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Kingston’s climate change strategy is number one in country

TVO Current Affairs / David Rockne Corrigan / 14 December 2018

The municipality that has billed itself as “Canada’s most sustainable city” since 2009 now has some solid evidence to back up the claim.

The November issue of the journal Climatic Change contains a ranking of the climate-change plans of 63 Canadian municipalities — and Kingston comes out on top.

Plans were evaluated based on eight criteria, including how a community sets its climate goals, how effective those goals are, and how it measures and achieves progress.

Municipalities are the “most vulnerable” of all levels of government when it comes to climate change, explains lead author Dave Guyadeen, of the University of Guelph, because they face the most immediate impacts. ”So we wanted to know how they are responding to it,” he says.

So what lessons can Kingston offer other municipalities trying to come up with or improve climate-change plans?

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Municipalities must improve climate change adaptation planning

Waterloo Region Record / James Jackson / 13 November 2018

Mitigation may no longer be enough to prevent climate change impacts from occurring. A UN report released last month found global emissions must drop by 45 per cent before 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2075 to avoid surpassing the 1.5 C threshold in global temperatures.

Adaptation to climate change varies, but it can include: building flood defences and raising dykes; placing a moratorium on new construction in flood-prone areas; and choosing tree or plant species that are more drought-resistant.

“The gap in adaptation planning is concerning, because cities are more exposed to climate change risk than other levels of government due to high concentrations of people, property, and infrastructure,” [researcher Dave] Guyadeen’s study found.

His analysis also says implementation, monitoring and evaluation is relatively weak in Canada, and that many municipalities haven’t put enough emphasis on stakeholder engagement. Only one province — Nova Scotia — has mandated municipalities to create climate change plans.

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Municipal recycling programs – Links

Transition Brockville / 02 October 2018

In conjunction with the TB recycling display at Culture Days last weekend, we have created a web page with links to all the municipal recycling programs in our area.

Also included is a March 2018 statement from Waste Management – Brockville, the City of Brockville’s current recycling contractor, regarding a recent change in China’s import policy on recycled materials. This change is bound to have repercussions on municipal programs when current contracts expire.

[ Municipal recycling programs – Links ]

Small businesses can save your community

Strong Towns / Quint Studer / 31 July 2018

Over the past few decades, most communities have had their “pillars” pulled out from under them. Big institutions like banks, hospitals, and newspapers used to be locally owned. Their owners lived and worked in the same place. Their children went to the local schools. As a consequence, their leaders were deeply invested in the community and worked hard to keep it vibrant.

But over the years, large corporations have bought up many of these pillar institutions and consolidated them. It’s now common for the owners of these organizations to live elsewhere, often in bigger cities where corporate headquarters are located. Smaller communities no longer have the benefit of business leaders with a deep personal connection to the place.

This is a natural part of change. And all change brings opportunities along with losses.

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E-bike charging station proposed for Blockhouse Island

Transition Brockville / 13 July 2018

On the Agenda for the Finance, Administration and Operations Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon, July 17, is a proposal to setup an e-bike charging station on Blockhouse Island Parkway. From Report to FAO 2018-073-07:

With the introduction of e-bikes, City staff has seen an increase in requests for access to power to recharge the vehicle batteries. In the past, staff has noticed people have plugged their personal electric vehicles into accessible outlets on City buildings and streetlight poles. Personal electric vehicles include e-bikes, and two and four-wheeled scooters. The proposed charging station is not compatible for charging electric cars. The City has previously installed two charging stations for electric cars in the public parking garage at Tall Ships Landing where the fee is $3.00 per hour.

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Big bucks from solar, counties told

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 04 July 2018

Leeds and Grenville municipalities could save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by incorporating renewable energy into their management of land and buildings, according to environmental consultant Sally McIntyre.

McIntyre urged the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville council on Tuesday to consider incorporating solar power into municipal projects as part of the provincial government’s “net metering” program that starts this fall.

Under the program, municipalities would be able to generate their own power using renewable energy to provide electricity to one of their buildings, say, and then send the excess power to the local electricity distributor in exchange for credits. Those credits could be used to lower the power bill for other buildings, McIntyre said.

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