The City of Kingston recognizes the urgency of the climate emergency, and in close consultation with subject matter experts, community partners and residents, has drafted a Climate Leadership Plan to chart a path to achieve the City’s target of carbon neutrality by 2040.
Review the draft Climate Leadership Plan Summary Report.
The draft Plan, one of the first of its kind in Canada, combines adaptation and mitigation strategies to respond to existing climate impacts, and slow the onset of others, by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The draft Plan includes measures to make Kingston more resilient to changing climate conditions and extreme weather.
“Across Canada, Ontario and here in Kingston, we are seeing the impacts of climate change. Flooding, extreme heat, drought, invasive plants are becoming more common and more costly to manage. Scientists are telling us it will get much worse if we do nothing.
“In Kingston, we have a good foundation for taking climate action and we have set a target to be carbon neutral by 2040—about a decade ahead of other levels of government. It’s an aggressive goal but it’s doable, with your support,” says Julie Salter-Keane, Manager of the City’s Climate Leadership Division.
Take climate action: Get Involved
- Attend an online session: On Sept. 29, the City will host a virtual engagement session. The project team will provide an overview of the Climate Leadership Plan, collect input on key action areas, and take questions from attendees. To attend this session, RSVP now.
- Meet project team members in person: On Tuesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct. 7, meet City staff from the Climate Leadership Division in Springer Market Square starting at 9 a.m. Staff will answer your questions, help you complete the open questionnaire, and discuss ways the City is working to become carbon neutral.
“The past two years have shown us how essential and powerful community-wide effort is when responding to an emergency. Please, don’t sit on the sidelines. Get involved, and let’s make Kingston a leading city when it comes to responding to climate change,” says Salter-Keane.