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!
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!
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?
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
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
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!
On Aug. 5, 2021, we published ‘Mow green to lower emissions and noise’ to encourage Burlington residents to make the switch to battery powered and/or plug-in electric landscape equipment. Making the switch reduces greenhouse gas and air emissions and has the co-benefit of reducing noise pollution in our neighbourhoods. One of the questions that was … More How do I retire my gas-powered equipment?
The City of Burlington recently received an overall ‘B’ rating from the Climate Disclosure Project (CDP) for our climate reporting in 2021. CDP is a non-profit charity providing a global climate action reporting platform for businesses and all levels of government. You might be thinking…. ‘Ok, you got a B, but why didn’t you get … More Sharing our climate action progress with the world
Do you drive an electric vehicle (EV), including either a battery EV (BEV) or a plug-in hybrid EV (PHEV)? If you do, you might be interested in completing a Pollution Probe survey for Canadian EV drivers. The survey supports the Assessment of the Consumer EV Charging Experience in Canada study, which is funded by Innovation, … More Do you drive an electric vehicle? Pollution Probe would like to hear from you!
Have you thought about purchasing an electric vehicle (EV) but live in an older apartment or condominium with no ability to plug in and charge your vehicle? If so, then you might want to tune into an upcoming webinar on EV Charging in multi-unit residential buildings hosted by Plug’n Drive to find out what you … More Understanding EV Charging in Your Multi-Residential Building Webinar
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