Conservation Halton joined Sustainable Hamilton Burlington in March 2019 and we have since been actively working towards understanding our current state of emissions and impact as well as the value of our natural resources and land holdings. We have identified organizational champions in our Green Team and struck a core project team to help drive sustainability initiatives across the organization. This past year, we implemented work from home policies to reduce staff commute, oversaw a tree planting program that resulted in over 60,000 trees planted, engaged local schools to reuse and repurpose ash logs from hazard trees and restored over 15 hectares of land. We rolled out digital transformation and low impact design initiatives to reduce the use and waste of physical assets and promote green infrastructure. 2020 has brought CH renewed enthusiasm to continue focusing on sustainability as a key pillar of CH as we embark on the planning of our next strategic plan.
One of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, our purpose is to protect our communities and conserve our natural environment through planning, education and recreation and to support our partners in the creation of sustainable communities within our watershed. Sustainability is a key guiding principle of our strategic plan, and we will embody sustainability in everything we do, from the facilities we build, to the workforce we support and to the communities we help plan. Our goal is to be a leader in conservation and be not only champions, but examples, of sustainability through our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, minimize climate and environmental risk, enhance resiliency and incorporate sustainable operations.
Conservation Halton joined Sustainable Hamilton Burlington in March 2019. This signifies a major commitment in putting our strategic plan into action. We have identified sources of baseline data to collect and are in the process of developing an implementation team. Staff attended several Sustainable Hamilton Burlington events in 2018, including the Cities in Action Bay Area Climate Change Summit. Staff presented at the Bay Area Youth Summit on the subject of protecting the natural environment in the face of climate change. We are excited to be embarking on this journey of sustainability in partnership with SHB.
One of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, our purpose is to protect our communities and conserve our natural environment through planning, education and recreation and to support our partners in the creation of sustainable communities within our watershed. Sustainability is a key guiding principle of our strategic plan, and we will embody sustainability in everything we do, from the facilities we build to the communities we help plan in an effort to limit our effect on the environment. In 2018, visitor impact management was expanded to include all 110 km of managed trails within the Halton Parks, with a focus on improving the distinction between trail and forest to discourage walking off the trails at Hilton Falls. There was also a focus on financial sustainability this year. Program-based budgets and performance metrics have provided us with more insightful financial analysis and enabled us to develop a more sustainable budget strategy.
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