Waterloo Region’s low carbon future supported by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
By: Katarina Milicic
February 4th, 2019 – ClimateActionWR, led by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region, has been granted $340,700 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The funding will be used to work with all eight area municipalities of Waterloo Region to help set the foundation to create significant carbon emission reductions to attain the long-term 80% greenhouse gas emissions reduction target by 2050 (80 by 50).
The grant is part of Transition 2050, an initiative offered through FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP). Ten organizations have been selected to build a network of communities and support them as they develop long-term plans and projects contributing to a low carbon transition by 2050 in alignment with the target date as set out by the Paris Agreement.
Participating municipalities will undertake commitments to deep emissions reductions through peer learning, strategic planning and operational implementation, while leveraging lessons learned from communities facing similar challenges.
“This funding will enable ClimateActionWR to support the community and eight area municipalities in reaching our 80 by 50 target by building capacity and developing a long-term climate action plan. We’re eager to be a part of Waterloo Region’s transformation towards a low-carbon, sustainable future!” said Mary Jane Patterson, Executive Director of Reep Green Solutions, and Tova Davidson, Executive Director of Sustainable Waterloo Region in a joint statement.
By embedding climate goals into diverse facets of municipal planning, and sharing new information with their peers, communities of all sizes can provide greater environmental, economic and social value for Canadians over the long-term.
Transition 2050 is available through MCIP, delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada.
- Katarina Milicic, Plan Manager
ClimateActionWR is a collaboration between local organizations and community members focused on climate change mitigation. Led by Reep Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region, this program coordinates the activities of the Climate Action Plan. It establishes cross-sector dialogue, facilitates collaborative opportunities, and monitors and measures progress toward the achievement of our community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 6% below 2010 levels by 2020. Since June 2018, Waterloo Region has had an ambitious long-term 80% greenhouse gas reduction target to be achieved by 2050.
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