The city of Laurel is seeking input from residents to help develop the city’s first sustainability plan, a framework officials may turn to as they formulate short- and long-term decisions related to the economy, environment, and social and governance issues .

According to Michele Blair, the city’s environmental programs manager, the sustainability plan involves two separate phases. The first phase involves city operations, from ensuring that city facilities are using LED lightbulbs to providing curbside compost pickup.

The second phase will call for input from the community. On Jan. 18, residents are invited to attend an introductory meeting and form focus groups with residents who have the same common interests and concerns. No previous experience is needed to join a focus group.

“I don’t want anybody to feel their voice isn’t important,” Blair said. “I want people to feel comfortable and safe and share ideas.”

Focus groups will be asked to meet separately on a regular basis, Blair said. Her team is meeting with leaders of community groups and religious organizations separately for their input.

“I really want people to feel that they have ownership of this plan,” she said. “A true sustainability plan is not for the current residents but for future residents, later generations.”

An initial meeting is scheduled for Jan. 18, at 5:30 p.m., at the Joseph R. Robison Laurel Municipal Center Council Chambers, 8103 Sandy Spring. Food and beverages will be served at 5 p.m. For more information, call 301.725.5300, ext. 2203.