The City of Burlington is hosting a virtual launch of Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather with a free online event. In the online event, participants will learn more about the CRB project and hear from keynote speaker David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada as … More Registration Now Open for Climate Resilient Burlington’s Oct. 27 Virtual Launch
Are you passionate about sustainability? Do you want to gain experience in solving real world problems? Do you have a passion for creating innovative solutions? Do you want to connect with industry leaders and build your resume? If yes, APPLY NOW to participate in the virtual Innovation Hackathon. Applications are due on Oct. 17, 2021. … More Innovation Hackathon: Sustainable Student Solutions
Did you know that 26% of Burlington’s local emissions are from residential homes and that by retrofitting your home, you could reduce your household carbon footprint by 25-50%? In 2019, Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency and in 2020, approved the Climate Action Plan. Deep energy retrofits of existing buildings is one of the … More HERO Program: We want to hear from you!
Are you a Burlington homeowner looking for ways to be more comfortable within your house? Are you interested in having a more efficient home? How about cost saving opportunities and incentives? Join us for a virtual session on Home Comfort Upgrades Oct. 14, 2021 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Click here to register – Please note … More Home Comfort Upgrades Webinar – Registration now open
The City of Burlington is hosting a virtual launch of Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB): A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather. Background In March 2021, we published Burlington Prepares for a Changing Climate blog post where we highlighted the information presented to City Council that month on climate adaptation: Staff Report … More Join Us on Oct. 27 for Our Virtual Launch of Climate Resilient Burlington
With constant reminders about what you can do to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, I’m sure many of you wonder what the City is doing in its operation to reduce our own emissions. In early July 2021, staff presented City Council with an annual update report to the Corporate Energy and Emissions Management Plan (CEEMP). … More Decreased Emissions and Increased Efficiency in City Operations
Green Space: Newcomer Youth Climate Forum Are you between the ages of 15 and 29 and would like to learn more about climate change and ways to reduce your community’s carbon footprint? Launched in partnership with RBC through a Tech for Nature grant, Conservation Halton is excited to offer learning and volunteer opportunities to program … More Seeking youth passionate about climate action
Lowering our carbon footprint comes in many shapes and forms and is a crucial step to reduce the impacts of climate change. Actions and activities can be big or small, but all are important. Below are some examples of everyday changes we can apply to our lives to live more sustainably. Big actions: Purchasing a … More Share your Switch contest!
It’s hard to believe but it’s in the middle of summer already. How did that happen? And unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you may have noticed some extreme weather events happening around the world along with an extreme (and at times horrifying) wildfire season in Canada and the US. Earlier this year, … More Mow green to lower emissions and noise
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