In April 2020, Burlington City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan. The Plan identified and laid out a path for the community as a whole to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to as close to zero as possible by the year 2050.
One of the major sources of GHG emissions in Burlington is transportation. Let’s face it, people in Burlington love their vehicles! So, it makes sense that one of the six programs identified in the Climate Action Plan is to develop an Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP). What is an IMP? In simple terms, that’s figuring out how to move people around the City. Over the last few decades, transportation planning has centered around how best to move cars around. This Plan will examine how best to move people, not only by cars, but also through active (walk, bike, roll, etc.) and sustainable forms of transportation (transit, shared transportation, etc.)
Learn how you can take action by attending one or both of the upcoming sessions listed below and/or taking part in a local active transportation challenge currently underway.
Burlington’s Integrated Mobility Plan Study
On Thursday, Oct. 15, the City of Burlington is officially launching the start of the IMP study with a free virtual event taking place from 7 to 9 p.m. over ZOOM. Topics will include:
- The future of mobility,
- Opportunities and challenges related to public health and the environment,
- Social impacts of transportation, and
- How planning for a multi-modal transportation network will shape how we’ll get around over the next 25 years.
A panel will be moderated by Mary Rowe, President and CEO, Canadian Urban Institute. Panelists include:
- Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental and Climate Lawyer and former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
- Dr. Ahmed El-Geneidy, Professor, School of Urban Planning, McGill University
- Nancy Smith Lea, Director, The Centre for Active Transportation
- Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute
BurlingtonGreen’s Local Stories, Local Solutions Event
Join BurlingtonGreen for an inclusive, informative and solution-focused ZOOM webinar on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., as part of Al Gore’s “Climate Reality“ presentations being held across the planet.
Local Stories, Local Solutions will include climate change impacts and solutions with helpful takeaways and tips that you can put to ACTION as we join together to build the just and sustainable future we want and need. The free interactive webinar will include some fun with a chance to win a great eco-prize!
What is Climate Reality?
In 2006, Al Gore, Nobel Prize winner and former United States Vice President campaigned to educate the public about climate change through the film “An Inconvenient Truth.” In order to keep the conversation going, he founded The Climate Reality Project, where residents are trained and empowered to spread the message about climate change. Today, there are over 21,000 Climate Reality Leaders in 154 countries.
Take the Walk and Roll Challenge
The City of Burlington has launched an active transportation challenge to promote and encourage residents to find ways to get active in and around their neighbourhood. The challenge is now open and closes on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 11:59 p.m.
Not only will you get more active, socially distanced of course, but your team can also win great prizes including $150 and $200 Sail gift cards, and a $150 Royal Botanical Gardens gift card.
To participate and for contest rules, please visit burlington.ca/walkandroll.
What actions can you take NOW?
Get involved Burlington!
- Register and participate in the launch of the City of Burlington’s Integrated Mobility Plan taking place on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. Help set the vision and values for the IMP by completing the IMP survey, available until Nov. 6.
- Register for BurlingtonGreen’s Local Stories, Local Solutions free virtual event taking place on Thursday, Oct. 22 starting at 7 p.m.
- Take the City of Burlington’s Walk and Roll Challenge until Nov 8.
Take Action Burlington! We have lots of options to take action to reduce our impact on our environment. Collectively, we can make a difference!