Our climate is changing. Burlington is already experiencing warmer, wetter and wilder weather. In 2014, about two months’ worth of rain fell during eight hours affecting 3,000 households and resulting in $90 million in insured damages. Since then, the City of Burlington, Halton Region and Conservation Halton have carried out studies and implemented changes to … More Get a Home Flood Protection Assessment and Reduce Your Risk
In celebration of Canadian Environment Week (May 31 to June 5), Clean Air Day (June 2) and World Environment Day (June 5), let’s make a commitment to do better, environmentally speaking. There are so many actions we can take such as cleaning up after ourselves and others by not littering the environment, becoming better informed … More Idling Gets You Nowhere. Turn Your Engines OFF!
Did you know that Burlington City Council approved a Climate Action Plan in 2020 setting a pathway to become a net carbon neutral community by 2050? What does this mean? In simple terms, we want to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced within our community as much as possible and to ‘subtract’ any remaining emissions by … More Climate Change – It’s not just about City Hall (but we can help!)
The Burlington Sustainable Development Committee is partnering with the Burlington Public Library (BPL) to present a free virtual event called “Could Your Next Vehicle Be Electric?” Brian Millar of Plug’n Drive will speak about the benefits of making your next vehicle electric with an opportunity for a live Q&A period for participants. Event Details Monday, … More FREE Event: Could Your Next Vehicle Be Electric?
The previous Take Action Burlington post highlighted recognition the City of Burlington received from the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) for completing two phases under the climate mitigation badge. Work is now underway to develop Burlington’s first climate adaptation plan to help us better prepare for our changing climate. Why are we working on a … More Burlington Prepares for a Changing Climate
Burlington is one of 25 Canadian municipalities that successfully completed the Showcase Cities pilot focusing on local climate action. Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change. By participating in this pilot, Burlington has been recognized as a leader on local climate action both nationally and internationally. As reported in a Dec. 2019 Take … More Burlington successfully completes Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy Showcase Cities pilot in Canada
The Bay Area Climate Change Council would like to invite you to a free virtual event called “Around the Kitchen Table: Discussing Climate Change with Others.” Hear updates on progress of the climate goals in the Burlington-Hamilton region and learn how to have better climate conversations. Keynote speaker Katharine Hayhoe is an award-winning climate scientist, … More Register for the 2021 Bay Area Climate Change Forum
Happy New Year! With a new year comes hope for positive change. The last Take Action Burlington blog post of 2020 presented a Year in Review. This blog post will present some of the upcoming programs, initiatives and reports related to the environment planned so far for 2021. Climate Change Adapting to a Changing Climate … More 2021 Environmental Action Sneak Peek
For most of us, 2020 has been a year unlike any other that we have experienced in our lifetime. With the year almost over, I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight some environmentally related initiatives that have taken place in Burlington this year. In January, Burlington staff began using an updated template … More 2020: A Year in Review
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 Burlington or Hamilton homeowner interested in learning more about energy efficiencies for your single-family home (detached, semi-detached or townhouse), register for … More Home Energy Retrofit Orientation Program Webinar
Let’s face it, climate change is a complex issue. Climate change has often been described as a ‘wicked problem’ due to its complexity and interconnected nature with other issues where a variety of solutions are required. And that’s why the HCC Reads campaign was developed. What is the HCC Reads campaign? The HCC Reads campaign … More Let’s Talk about Climate Change!
Waste Reduction Week in Canada Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national campaign led by the Recycling Council of Ontario. It is a year-round campaign focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency and waste. Each year, the third week of October focuses on celebrating environmental efforts and achievements and empowering Canadians to … More Take Action on Waste
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 … More Take Action to Reduce Your Impact – Register for Upcoming Events
It’s that time of year again where the end of August typically marks the end of summer vacation and the return to a routine. For those of you with kids, you may be hearing some groaning or at the other end of the spectrum, some excitement at the prospect of your kids seeing their friends … More Back to School Eco Tips
Here’s a ‘good news’ story to share with you on World Environment Day and Canadian Environment Week! A dedicated team of students from the Halton District School Board (HDSB) recognized that they can have a significant impact on mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation efforts for climate action. Over the past year, they developed … More Halton District School Board Student-led Climate Emergency Declaration Approved
With physical distancing due to COVID-19, many organizations are staying engaged with residents by creating and promoting different activities that you can do or learn at home. This post highlights some of the environmentally related or nature-based activities that are currently available. Since early April, the Royal Botanical Gardens has been running interactive content on … More Enviro Fun @ Home
Last year, Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency, recognizing that our community is already experiencing the impacts of climate change and that action is needed to support a low carbon resilient community. In response to the emergency declaration, city staff worked with community and local stakeholder groups to develop a Climate Action Plan for … More Burlington’s Climate Action Plan Approved by City Council
Increased heat waves, windstorms, ice storms, drought and flood events are just a few of the climate change impacts being felt in many communities around the world. Burlington is not exempt from such events and we need to be prepared. Communities are increasingly setting up extreme weather resiliency hubs with local faith-based organizations to offer … More Forming Partnerships with Local Faith Based Organizations
Climate change has been described as a wicked or complex problem as there isn’t a single, simple solution. This could result in individuals becoming overwhelmed and believing that they can’t make a difference, so they continue with their current behaviour. However, as I always highlight in this blog; every individual action matters as ‘collectively we … More Do one thing … Put on your sweater
January 2020 not only brings a new year but also a new decade. From a climate change perspective, this is a very important decade as the impacts of our daily decisions need to be considered now more than ever. Please continue reading to find out why. The Science The International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) … More Use a climate lens for personal decision-making
The City of Burlington is excited to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM). This coalition of city leaders around the world are tackling climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (mitigation) and preparing for the future impacts of climate change (adaptation). Burlington is also one of 25 … More Burlington joins the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy
Did you know there are 27 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in downtown Burlington? The city’s first public EV charging station was installed in the parking garage at 414 Locust St. in 2015. A second charging station was added in 2017 at the same location. Both charging stations have two ports each allowing a … More Ready, set, charge!
Burlington’s draft Climate Action Plan (BCAP) is now available and we want to hear from you. Check out the plan by clicking on the links below: Staff report on the Climate Action Plan Appendix A – Burlington Climate Action Plan (draft) Appendix B – Climate Action Plan Engagement Strategy Take the Climate Action Plan survey … More We want to hear from you on the draft Burlington Climate Action Plan
Thanks to the 50 or so residents who came out to Burlington Public Library, Central Branch on Nov. 12 to hear five City staff speak about climate change projections and impacts in Burlington as well as what the City is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to our new climate. The audience was … More Climate Action in Burlington: Event Highlights
Did you know that Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency? Come out and hear about some projects and initiatives city staff are working on with respect to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to our new climate. There will be five presentations with time for Q&As: Climate Change Projections and Impacts in Burlington City … More Learn more about climate action in Burlington on Nov. 12