Climate Action Initiatives in other Communities

In Ontario

Sustainable Orillia ‘Sustainable Orillia’ is a network of citizens committed to improving the quality of life, the health and wellness, and the environment in our community. Mandated and supported by the Mayor and Council, the Sustainable Orillia task force provides an overarching framework for programs and partnerships that target more sustainable practices across nine critical sectors. See Sustainable Orillia’s Tip of the week in the Orillia Sun Online

Community Energy Initiative – City of Guelph
A commitment to use energy more wisely and fight climate change. The main goal of the CEI is that Guelph will become a Net Zero Carbon community by 2050.
Council has set a further goal that City corporate operations will be powered by 100% renewable energy by 2050

Sustainable Peterborough has developed a Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) for the Greater Peterborough Area (GPA). The overall objective of the CCAP is to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, reduce the use of fossil fuels, lower our energy consumption, and adapt to our changing climate.

Township of Duoro-Dummer Sustainable Development Program Rewards significant improvements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in new construction projects
40% Permit fee reduction for new houses that meet a low carbon footprint
80% Permit fee reduction for new houses that meet a low carbon footprint and near net zero energy consumption

Tay Valley Township Approves First Climate Action Plan Posted on Wednesday September 16, 2020 In late August the Council of Tay Valley Township approved Taking Steps to Make a Difference – A Climate Action Plan 2020. The Plan sets two targets – a 55% reduction in municipal greenhouse gas emissions by 2028 and a 45% reduction in community emissions.  The municipal target reflects the call by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 7.6 per cent a year, each year, in order to hold the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Across Canada

connect • collaborate • create

Community Climate Hubs — There are over 1200 local climate initiatives in nearly 600 municipalities that are led by more than 30 national and international organizations. What if these local climate initiatives coordinated their efforts to maximize impact?  Through broad stakeholder engagement, Hubs build public support for political leadership on climate change.

Vancouver Climate Emergency Action Plan
TO: Vancouver City Council
FROM: General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability and General Manager of Engineering Services
SUBJECT: Climate Emergency Action Plan
In January 2019, Vancouver Council declared a climate emergency in recognition of the urgent threat posed by climate change, and as a call to scale up Vancouver’s efforts to cut carbon pollution. In April 2019, Council approved the Climate Emergency Response, which established six new targets (referred to as “Big Moves”). The Climate Emergency Action Plan (this report) provides the road map to achieve the following four Big Move targets in ways that also bring financial, health and economic benefits to Vancouver.

Salt Spring Climate Action Plan Salt Spring Island, BC
Climate change is not something that will happen in the distant future. It is happening now. It is not about Polar Bears or people in distant places that we don’t know (although yes, it is about that too). Climate change is about us, and our community. How we are being affected by it now and in the coming years and the part that we can play in stopping it. 

Bridgewater Community Gardens Network (BCGN)
Hodge Podge Garden, Incredible Edible Bridgewater (IEB), Edible Trees Bridgewater (ETB), The Bees’ Needs Pollinator Garden (BNPG)
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Initiatives in the US

Drawdown Georgia is the first state-centered effort to crowdsolve for climate change, with 20 high impact solutions that are tailored to Georgia’s unique natural, economic and social resources.
Project Drawdown’s theory of change is based on scaling the best solutions we have today. Each Drawdown Georgia solution has a strong track record and is market ready. Scaling the solution to the level we need to reach by 2030 is both achievable and cost competitive.

Office of Sustainability The City of Oberlin, Ohio is committed to reducing community wide greenhouse gas emissions below zero, while striving to balance the environmental social and economic interests of the Oberlin community. The City developed and adopted a Climate Action Plan in 2011. The 2011 plan set systematic goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2015, 75% by 2030 and below 100% by 2050.

World wide

Blue Communities – The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all.

The effects of climate change on indigenous peoples – Indigenous peoples and the role they may play in combating climate change are rarely considered in public discourses on climate change. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, is well placed to support indigenous peoples in putting a “human face” on this issue.