Shared: Sustainable Severn Sound receives funding to advance Local Climate Change Action…
Sustainable Severn Sound receives funding to advance Local Climate Change Action Plan
Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) continues to change the landscape of climate change planning in our area. In collaboration with the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay, SSS recently released the region’s first Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP), including a regional greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for municipal operations and community activities. “The focus of SSS during this first year of implementation of the regional plan is to lay the foundation to deliver on the LCCAP recommendations,” states Tracy Roxborough, SSS’s Sustainability Coordinator.
Upon receiving $89,700.00 from the Federation of Municipalities (FCM), Roxborough explains that SSS will be working with their seven partner municipalities to prepare climate change action plans for each municipality respectively, identifying realistic and achievable opportunities to reduce GHGs in their municipal operations and in their communities, while also contributing to the larger regional GHG reduction targets selected by SSS and the multi-sector Sustainability Committee. “This funding will result in SSS’s seven partner municipalities developing strategies and policies that will incorporate climate change planning for the long-term,” says Doug Luker, CAO for the Township of Tiny and the SSS Sustainability Committee Chair. Adding that, “it will help determine the financial impact of our baseline of GHG emissions, and demonstrate how local climate actions will meet our collective GHG reduction goals while also producing measurable cost-savings.”
Funding was provided through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), a five-year $75-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada. MCIP helps municipalities and partner organizations by providing funding, training and information sharing. It is designed to encourage Canadian municipalities to better prepare for and adapt to the new realities of climate change as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in infrastructure that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, contributes to a clean growth economy and strengthens the middle class, helping us plan and build the infrastructure of the 21st century. I am proud to support the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay, in doing their part at the local level and improving the quality of life for their residents.”
– The Honourable Franc¸ois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“Municipalities influence half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, so local action is vital to our country’s climate fight. That’s why FCM is so proud to support communities like the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay as they lead the way on green innovation to bring emissions down.”
– Vicki-May Hamm, FCM President
For more information about this project or to receive updates, please contact Victoria Ervick, Climate Change Action Plan Coordinator, via email at [email protected] or call 705-526-1371 x111.
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