In April 2019 Burlington City Council declared a Climate Emergency and directed staff to develop a Climate Action Plan. Following a community engagement process, a draft plan was presented to Council in December 2019 and was made available for public review before being approved in early 2020 (April).
In summer 2019, staff also presented the Take Action Burlington – a local environmental update report which included a climate change lens, reporting on initiatives related to air, land, water and waste.
Staff also presented the new Corporate Energy & Emissions Management Plan, a roadmap for city operations to be net carbon neutral by 2040.
The City of Burlington is a place where people, nature and business thrive. It recognizes that climate change is a significant issue and that we must work with community stakeholders and all level of government to work towards being a net carbon neutral community. In 2020, priority actions include final approval and implementation of the Climate Action Plan, the development of an Integrated Mobility Plan, a feasibility study for electric transit buses, an update to the Urban Forestry Master Plan and beginning the process for a Climate Adaptation Plan, among other initiatives related to climate change.
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