The Town of Caledon has received recognition for completing all requirements of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP).
PCP is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and to acting on climate change. Climate change is a long-term change in temperature and weather patterns due to increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Since it began in 1994, more than 300 municipalities have joined PCP, with the goal to reduce emissions. PCP membership covers all provinces and territories and accounts for more than 65 per cent of the Canadian population. Jenny Gerbasi, FCM president, says “local action in communities across Canada is driving change on a national scale. Together, we’re making real progress toward Canada’s climate and sustainability goals.”
The program empowers municipalities to take action against climate change through a five-milestone process that guides members in creating GHG inventories, setting realistic and achievable GHG reduction targets, developing local action plans, then implementing, monitoring, and finally reporting on the plan’s progress. The guidelines are intended to address GHG emission issues at both community and corporate levels.
Since joining the program in 2003, the Town of Caledon has demonstrated that it has made reducing GHG a priority. They have demonstrated leadership in energy and GHG emissions management by meeting the program’s five-milestone framework.
A key element of Caledon’s strategy was the creation of the Community Climate Change Action Plan. Developed in partnership with local stakeholders and community working groups, Caledon’s plan is progressive and wide reaching. The 21-page guide covers areas including transportation, green development, energy, schools, agriculture, community awareness, tree planning and naturalization, waste, local food and longer-term actions. The plan aims at a GHG reduction of 17 per cent below 2006 emission levels by 2021.
“I’m very proud of our energy and environment team who continue to help us understand the GHG impact and how to take lead on effective energy management,” said Mayor Thompson, in a news release. “Caledon has joined just 26 other municipalities across Canada who have achieved this fifth milestone for both corporate and community-wide emissions.”
Caledon’s achievement of the final milestone (reporting and progress) was formally recognized in February at the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa. Key highlights from the final milestone report include: the allocation of almost $200,000 to support Community and School Green Fund grant programs, the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (with funding from the province) and the distribution of more than 150,000 trees since 2002 to private landowners through the annual tree seedling program, resulting in an approximate reduction of almost 35,000 tonnes of GHG emissions.
Caledon also collaborated with the Peel Region, Mississauga, Brampton and the conservation authorities in the development the Peel Climate Change Strategy, which calls for an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels. Click here for information.
Image courtesy of Town of Caledon Facebook page.