Town of Caledon Wants Your Input on Environmental Strategic Plan

The Town of Caledon has taken a strong stance on its identity as the “Greenest Town in Ontario”. To maintain that reputation, the Town is updating its Environmental Strategic Plan, known as the “Environmental Progress Action Plan”. You are invited to comment on the Town’s Plan on February 25, 2014 to suggest new actions during an interactive afternoon of creative presentations and consultations with some of the Town’s most dynamic environmental leaders. “The Town of Caledon has made significant progress on improving its Plan and considering the environment in all activities undertaken at the Town. To maintain our momentum, and our status as the Greenest Town in Ontario, we want to refresh our actions and focus on areas based on the innovation and creativity that exists in our community and from municipal best practices,” said Mayor Marolyn Morrison.

This plan, created in 2005, focused on prioritizing environmental strategic initiatives for the Town. The existing plan was built upon consultations with Town Staff, Council and local stakeholder groups to define the following focus areas:

 Greening Town Hall “Walking the Talk” (added in 2009)

 Air Quality

 A Green Economy

 Climate Change

 Environmental Awareness

 Sustainable Planning

 Community Capacity

 Energy “Report Cards” highlighting the Town’s “green” success and opportunities were completed in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Notable successes include:

 Development of a fund to support schools and organizations in their “green” projects which has resulted in close to 50 projects which have helped groups leverage over $100,000 of additional funding and in-kind assistance. In September 2013, Town Council endorsed a new dedicated School Green Fund.

 Three solar installations which have generated 86,500 kilowatt hours equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from 6842 gallons of gasoline consumed.

 Introduction of the Green Development Program which has resulted in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building in Bolton that is constructed with 35 per cent recycled materials and has a white roof that reduces the heat island effect and cooling costs.

 A new Corporate Green Building Standard requiring LEED Silver certification for applicable new Town facilities.

 Additional focused plans on both climate change and energy; Caledon Community Climate Change Plan that was developed with the assistance of the Community

Working Group- 18 stakeholders representing key sectors. This plan received a Credit Valley Conservation Award of Distinction in 2012; a highly respected Corporate Energy Management Plan that met the Green Energy Act requirements in advance of the regulation.

The Town would now like to build upon these achievements to develop challenging new actions to further enhance and protect our natural environment and strive for environmental excellence in the Town of Caledon.

We invite you to attend a roundtable session at the Lion’s Den Room in the Caledon Community Complex on February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to provide your input and generate ideas on what the Town can do to reduce its impact on the environment. To confirm your attendance, or for more information, please contact Katelyn McFadyen, Energy and Environment Officer at environment@caledon.ca or 905.584.2272 x.4169.

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