The City of Burlington has received an A grade in our second year of climate reporting through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an improvement from last year’s B grade. Burlington is one of 13 municipalities in Canada and 122 municipalities around the world to get an A grade, out of over 1,000 cities, states and … More Sharing our climate action progress with the world again
Did you notice how vibrant the fall colours have been this year? This is due to the combination of enough summer rain so that the trees are not stressed, and an autumn with warm, sunny days and cool (though not too cold) nights. With the changing landscape comes the reality of falling leaves. Many of … More Relax, don’t rake.
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Halton Children’s Water Festival returned to Kelso Conservation Area this past September and welcomed back about 700 students for an in-person program focused on protecting water in our community. This was the 15th year for the festival which has educated about 50,000 elementary school students with the … More Halton Children’s Water Festival – A Successful Return
Conservation Halton’s Healthy Neighboursheds workshops are back this month. Register to attend one, two or all three online Zoom sessions. This year, there’s also an in-person workshop. All sessions are $8 each. See below for additional details. Virtual Zoom Workshops, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Getting Started: How “Rainscaping” Can Protect Your Property – Oct. … More October Workshops: Working with Nature to Create Healthy Gardens
Join BurlingtonGreen for a full day of action for the planet at Burlington Centre including: Bring your e-waste and other unique waste to the drive-thru where volunteers will accept: Date and Location Outdoors: Saturday, Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Burlington Centre Parking Lot, 777 Guelph Line (at Guelph Line/Fairview Street) More … More Local Action for the Planet Event
Transportation (gas/diesel-powered vehicles) is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Burlington. To help combat this, the City partnered with BurlingtonGreen, a local non-profit environmental organization, to complete our first community based Electric Mobility Strategy. It was important to work with an organization like BurlingtonGreen to develop a community-based plan and engage with … More Electric and Sustainable Mobility in Burlington
It’s that time of year again with the last few carefree summer days and the return to routines. For those of you responsible for school aged children, you may be hearing increased groans or anxiety about the prospect of returning to school while at the other end of the spectrum, perhaps excitement about reconnecting with … More Back to School Eco-Friendly Tips
Did you know that the City is working towards net carbon neutral operations by 2040? A pathway to achieve this Vision 2040 Strategic Plan goal is laid out in the Corporate Energy and Emissions Management Plan: 2019-2024 with progress reports presented to City Council every year. This post highlights some of the ongoing projects and … More Burlington leading by example to reduce carbon footprint
On July 12, 2022, Burlington City Council approved Burlington’s first climate adaptation plan called Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather. Background With this new plan, the City of Burlington is now addressing both aspects of climate change: Climate mitigation, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through the … More City Council Approves Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather
The City is adding more EV (electric vehicle) charging stations to support electric mobility in our community. With funding support from TAF (The Atmospheric Fund), we are installing eight more charging stations each with two charging plugs at: Appleby Ice Centre (2 stations) Haber Community Centre/Norton Park Mainway Ice Centre Mountainside Community Centre Nelson Recreation … More Charge Your Ride!
The popularity of backyard staycations and pools increased when travel plans were altered over the last two years. While backyard pools offer a refreshing and fun option creating many lifelong memories, it’s important to follow some basic environmentally-friendly actions. Good eco-friendly pool, spa and hot tub maintenance starts with knowing about sanitary and storm sewers … More Eco-friendly tips to maintain your pool, hot tub and spa this summer
Burlington’s first plan on climate adaptation called Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather will be considered at the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services (EICS) committee meeting on July 7, 2022. The plan was first presented as a draft to the EICS committee on May 5, 2022. Background … More Burlington’s first plan on climate adaptation before City Council in July
Thank you to everyone who completed the community survey posted in March on getinvolvedburlington.ca/electric-mobility-strategy. Your contribution helped us understand the opportunities and barriers to supporting electric mobility in Burlington including EVs (electric vehicles), e-bikes or e-scooters (the stand-up kind). BurlingtonGreen and City staff have reviewed the results and also interviewed community stakeholders. Based on these … More We want to hear from you about Burlington’s Electric Mobility Strategy – part 2!
The City of Burlington is currently updating and replacing the 2010 Urban Forest Management Plan with a new Urban Forest Master Plan. Background The updated Master Plan will provide strategic direction to manage the urban forest in response to new challenges including urban development, climate change and extreme weather, and invasive pests. The City of … More Burlington’s Urban Forest Master Plan Update: We Want To Hear From You!
Have you installed renewable energy technology at your home, business or cottage? If so, we would like to hear from you! Was your experience positive or negative? What motivated you to try renewable energy? And if you haven’t installed renewable energy, that’s okay. We would still like to hear from you too. What is stopping … More Renewable Energy – To install or not?
In April 2022, Nature Canada announced that Burlington and Hamilton are Canada’s latest cities to be certified Bird Friendly City. This recognition could not have been achieved without the dedication of the volunteers and community groups that make up Bird Friendly Hamilton Burlington. What is a Bird Friendly City? The Bird Friendly City certification program … More Burlington is a Certified Bird Friendly City
Throughout the pandemic, we saw an increase in the single-use plastics, especially in the food industry. According to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup annual reports, the single-use food and beverage category made up 15.3 per cent of the litter found in 2019, 26.6 per cent in 2020 and 32 percent in 2021. Each year, the … More The Future of the Reusable Economy – Registration Now Open
Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The City of Burlington’s sustainability and forestry staff along with Burlington Hydro, Burlington Green and Plug’n Drive hosted the Action on Climate Earth Day event in the Central Arena parking lot. Thank you to the organizations who helped us make this a successful event and to … More Action on Climate Earth Day Event – Thank You
Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather is a plan about climate adaptation. Background The City of Burlington already has two plans about climate mitigation (to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change). They are the Corporate Energy and Emissions Plan: 2019-2024 and … More Review the Climate Resilient Burlington Draft Plan and Take Our Survey(s)
The City of Burlington and Burlington Hydro, with BurlingtonGreen and Plug’n Drive, are hosting Earth Day activities in the parking lot at Central Arena on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three initiatives, one location 1. MEET Electric Vehicle Experts The City and Burlington Hydro are sponsoring Plug’n Drive’s Mobile EV Education … More Join Us for the Action on Climate Earth Day Event
Healthy Neighboursheds Conservation Halton is hosting their popular Healthy Neighboursheds homeowner workshop series this month. Register to attend one or all of the online sessions which cost $8 per session. All sessions take place on a Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Getting Started! Learning to Go with the Flow – April 6, 2022 Find … More Create a healthy and environmentally friendly yard. Upcoming workshops and a rain barrel fundraiser!
Are you interested in testing an Electric Vehicle (EV)? Plug’n Drive is coming to town with their MEET – Mobile Electric vehicle Education Trailer. They will have four different EV models available for test drives and EV specialists ready to answer all your questions in a sales-free, no pressure environment. Plug’n Drive MEET event details: … More Come MEET Plug’n Drive and Test Drive an EV
Did you know that 98 percent of homes built before 2017 need to be retrofitted by 2050 for the cities of Burlington and Hamilton to reach their carbon reduction goals? If you are a homeowner interested in learning how to incorporate best practice energy-efficiency upgrades in home renovations that improve comfort, resilience, peace of mind, GHG reductions, … More Home Energy Retrofit Orientation Program Webinars
Do you drive an electric vehicle (EV) or are you interested in buying one? Then check out the community survey on getinvolvedburlington.ca to tell us about your experience in owning an EV or your thoughts about purchasing one (or why you might not). If you have more of an interest in micro mobility (cycling and … More Electric Mobility – We want to hear from you!
Are you a student in grade 7 to 12 wanting to take climate action? Do you need some community involvement hours for high school graduation? If you answered ‘yes,’ you might be interested in an upcoming opportunity through Generation Green. What is Generation Green? Generation Green is designed for youth by youth wanting to take … More Generation Green Drives Climate Action