The City of Burlington has announced it will be part of 25 cities in a pilot program with the leading global climate initiative.
Burlington was chosen to join the Showcase Cities cohort, which is led by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) Canada.
Taking place over the next year, the program will allow the City to work towards implementing its Strategic Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change with assistance from the GCOM.
The program will provide participating cities with technical support, training, exclusive networking opportunities and access to tools and resources, in order to achieve their climate objectives.
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“Municipalities, like Burlington, are leading the way on low-carbon initiatives—from building retrofits to greening our transit fleets. Municipalities are the source of half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, so implementing as many changes under a climate lens is key to meeting Canada’s climate targets,” Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said in a news release.
“Burlington is finalizing our community Climate Action Plan where key programs will focus on deep-energy retrofits of existing buildings, low-carbon designs for new buildings, use of renewable energy wherever possible, and working towards a modal split and electric transportation. Burlington has already done much, but more is needed and that is why the development of a new Climate Adaptation Strategy will begin in the new year. Burlington has declared a climate emergency and is showing leadership by continuing to take action on climate change,” she continued.
Cover photo courtesy of the City of Burlington’s Instagram