—- Municipal Candidate Survey —- John Gordon

Gravenhurst — District Councillor

1.     What actions have you personally taken to support a greener, more sustainable climate?

All food waste is composted on site if possible.  Garden to grow own produce.  Native plants to support monarch butterflies.  Waterfront kept as natural as possible.  Home pickling, canning is done with mason jars that have been recycled.

Encouraged and supported municipal support for moving forward.  This led to a committee of the District being established so that the whole District would be moving forward together on climate change improvements.

2.     What opportunities for climate leadership at the municipal level (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs)) would you champion in one or more of these areas: Buildings | Housing | Land use (sprawl) | Transportation | Other

  1. Use of cisterns to capture water runoff from roofs.
  2. Use of solar panels for electricity.
  3. Use of solar water heating in day and release of heat during the night to heat home.
  4. Province should study planning and building code to include changes that would require less greenhouse gas emissions.
  5. Encouragements for more charging stations and also for earlier changes to electric vehicles.

3. A long-term problem requires a long-term solution. What is your 100-year plan? If elected, what would be your first action?

Preliminary goals need to be established, specific measures of success need to be set,  the plan needs to be reviewed and revise on a periodic basis.

Council needs to be educated on what are realistic objectives for the Town of Gravenhurst and approve any preliminary goals.