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Kingston Climate Action Plan seeks Roundtable perspectives

August 13, 2013 -

The Kingston Climate Action Plan is seeking organizations interested in being part of a roundtable discussion about how the Kingston community can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and prepare to meet the demands of climate change.

"Our climate is changing. This roundtable is about shaping the best possible plan to mitigate the effects of climate change on the Kingston community. We need a multitude of perspectives and wide participation to ensure success," says Daniel Shipp, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator.  He hopes to have a diversity of key community stakeholders and subject matter experts at the table to ensure the effectiveness of the Plan.

The Kingston Climate Action Plan Roundtable is the first event toward the development of the Plan, which is scheduled for release on Earth Day 2014. The Roundtable is set for Thursday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. Participation is free.

Representatives of organizations can email climateactionplan@cityofkingston.ca before August 29 to express an interest in participating and receive more information. 

Keynote speakers Climatologist Heather Auld and Don MacIver, the Chair of the UN Organizing Committee for the World Climate Conference-3, will kick-off the day's activities, which will also include facilitated sessions in a variety of themed discussion areas. 

Auld and MacIver are also part of the Climate Action Plan's research team.  It found that, by the 2020s Kingston's annual precipitation and temperature averages will be closer to those of Syracuse, New York and, by the 2050s, closer to those of Columbus, Ohio. This shift will certainly have implications on our energy and heating systems, food security and health care system.

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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

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