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Climate Change

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Climate change is real, and its impacts are already being felt here in Caledon. From increasing intense storm events that result in flooding to more extreme heat days in the summer, we know Caledon’s weather will become hotter, wetter and wilder in the coming years.

The Town is updating its existing Community Climate Change Action Plan, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare Caledon for the impacts of a changing climate.

Through Fall 2019, we heard from hundreds of residents, farmers, businesses, community groups and youth on how we can address climate change, and ensure Caledon continues to be a great place to live. The Town is now compiling that feedback to develop actions for the final plan, Resilient Caledon.

 

Understanding Climate Change in Caledon

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, global greenhouse gas emissions need to be drastically reduced over the next 10 years. The Town is looking at how Caledon can play a part in this global effort, while also achieving benefits to our local community including lower energy costs, cleaner air, and more green space.

Through the course of this project, we’re trying to understand where emissions come from in Caledon and what they’re likely to be in 2050 under three different scenarios:

  1. If no further action is taken to reduce emissions (business as usual)
  2. If moderate action is taken
  3. If aggressive action is taken

The Resilient Caledon climate change plan will include actions on how we as a community can reduce GHG emissions from transportation, buildings and waste, as well as how we can better prepare for impacts like flooding.

Climate Change Initiatives

Alongside the Resilient Caledon climate plan update, a number of ongoing initiatives and events are also supporting climate action in Caledon.

Caledon Green Business Program

The Town of Caledon has teamed up with Partners in Project Green (PPG) to pilot a new program aimed at helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint and green their operations. Businesses enrolled in the program will have access to advice and mentorship from the experts at PPG and can create a customized ‘green’ plan that works for them. Areas of focus will include energy, waste, vehicles, and green space. Benefits to businesses include:

  • Potential cost savings from energy and waste reduction
  • Employee engagement opportunities
  • Recognition for taking action on climate change
  • A chance to give back to your community
  • Free two-year membership to PPG

We’re looking for businesses or institutions of any size and sector, including manufacturing, retail, agriculture, food services, schools, etc. If you’re a business or institution in Caledon and interested in participating in this program please contact us by March 15, 2020.

To learn more about the program and to register visit partnersinprojectgreen.com/caledon.

Caledon Climate Heroes Campaign

Leading up to the release of the Resilient Caledon climate change plan, we want to showcase residents, businesses and community groups that are acting on climate change right here in their community. Each month we’ll feature a new Climate Change Hero on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you know a Climate Hero in Caledon? Contact us to nominate someone and tell us how they’re making a difference in the areas of energy, transportation, food, waste or nature. They may also be profiled in the final Resilient Caledon climate plan!

Contact

For questions or more information contact us.