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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Are you or do you know a Halton youth in grade seven to 12 interested in learning about climate action in a fun, engaging and interactive way? If so, you need to check out the Generation Green Youth Un-conference designed by youth for youth. What’s in it for you: Engage in climate action leadership Be … More Check out the Generation Green Youth Un-conference
It’s hard to believe that another school year is here and with it comes a friendly reminder about idling. In an ideal world, it would be great if your kids walked or rolled to school. However, if you are doing school drop-off and pick up by vehicle, please turn your engine off while you wait. … More A back to school reminder for drivers: Turn your engines off while you wait.
On June 17, 2019 City of Burlington sustainability staff presented Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment to Council. This report provides an overview on the state of Burlington’s environment and highlights local sustainability efforts and actions that can be taken. This is the third of five posts about the report. This post … More Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Air
On June 17, 2019 City of Burlington sustainability staff presented the Take Action Burlington – An Update on Our Local Environment to Council. This report provides an overview on the state of Burlington’s environment including information on local sustainability efforts and actions that can be taken. This is the second in a series of five … More Take Action Burlington: An Update on Our Local Environment – Land