Tree giveaway aimed at taking on climate action - Tree giveaway aimed at taking on climate action

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May 2, 2016 -

The City of Kingston will be giving away 300 white pine seedlings at upcoming open houses to encourage residents to take climate action and contribute to increasing our municipal tree canopy.

"It's easy to be a climate activist! A climate action is any action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Planting a tree is just one very simple, very effective climate action anyone can take," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

The community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 352,500 tonnes by 2020 (based on 2011 projections).

"We plant trees every year.  Trees work hard to protect the climate, clean the soil and protect the watershed. Climate action is environmental action and if everyone takes a few actions, we will do a great service to our environment and future generations," says  Stana Luxford Oddie, education officer with the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority.

You can get your tree at either of the following two events:

  • 75 white pine seedlings will be available during a free tour of the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC) from 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, May 7 at 196 Lappan's Lane.
  • 225 white pine seedlings will be available at the City's Public Works Open House on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the Public Works Yard off Railway Street near Division Street.

Show us your #YGKClimateAction and you could win!

Show all of Kingston how you are taking climate action: Tweet your climate action pics to @cityofkingston using the hashtag #ygkClimateAction and you will be eligible to win a Nest programmable thermostat or a Kingston Transit multi-ride pass in a random draw!

Tweet a picture of yourself, your friend or your partner planting a tree, taking the bus, growing a garden, installing a light timer, hanging clothes out to dry, using a rain barrel – or see the climate action tool kit for more ideas on climate actions you can take.  Find it at

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality – ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit and join the conversation on social media.

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