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City to create Community Climate Action Plan

June 5, 2013 -

The City of Kingston in partnership with Sustainable Kingston will lead the charge and create a Community Climate Change Action Plan. The project was endorsed by City Council at its meeting on June 4, 2013. 

The creation of a community climate action plan is a key milestone in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The City will be submitting a proposal to the FCM's Green Municipal Fund. Kingston joined the Partners for Climate Protection program in April 2001.

"We are excited to create this community action plan on climate change," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "Our community goal is to become Canada's most sustainable city, and we recognize and use four pillars' of sustainability to work toward this goal. We can all contribute to the environmental pillar by creating the plan, evaluating our greenhouse gas emissions, and working together as a community to reduce them."

According to a recent inventory, Kingstonians collectively spend $599 million every year on energy and in turn release 1.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emission into the atmosphere. Since 2000, our annual energy consumption has increased by 22 per cent.

Last month, for the first time ever, the world's most important carbon dioxide observatory, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii measured daily concentrations above 400 parts-per-million (ppm), 350 ppm is considered high.

Similar to the creation of the Sustainable Kingston Plan in 2010, the process to build a climate action plan will engage and seek feedback from the community. Stakeholders will be asked to focus on ways the community can adapt to extreme weather and at the same time reduce the amount of harmful greenhouse gasses that are released into the atmosphere. The plan will help the community prioritize its actions.

It is expected that the finalized Climate Action Plan will be unveiled on Earth Day 2014.

For more information on the plan visit www.cityofkingston.ca/climateactionplan or to join the mailing list to receive more information email us climateactionplan@cityofkingston.ca

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.