Orillia’s Community Climate Change Action Plan online survey available until Sept. 20

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Orillia has launched a public survey to assist in the development of the Community Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), Orillia’s Climate Future.

The plan will identify how Orillia can reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally to reduce the impacts of climate change globally. It will guide the future growth of Orillia to help it follow a sustainable path for future generations.

“A Community Climate Change Action Plan is only as good as the input and buy-in we receive from the community. We are at a climate crisis crossroad and your input is vital. That is why we want to hear directly from you on what meaningful actions we can take to reduce Orillia’s carbon footprint. Together we can work towards a more sustainable future locally, which will have positive ripple effects globally,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

Vision statements about Orillia’s approach to climate change will act as guiding principles for climate action to ensure that the plan captures the concerns and perspectives of the citizens of Orillia. The statements touch on topics such as economic vibrance, social equity, zero waste, low-emitting transportation, renewable energy and green spaces.

The vision statements were developed by the community-based steering committee which has representatives from Sustainable Orillia, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce, Lakehead and Georgian, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and local businesses and organizations. A common thread through the vision statements is a focus on equity to ensure that all the citizens of Orillia are reflected in the plan.

“Understanding the impacts of local actions and planning to actively reduce our carbon footprint as a community will prepare the city to be more resilient and sustainable. The actions that will be identified as outcomes of the CCAP are projected to improve liveability, create jobs, and foster new opportunities,” Clark said.

The CCAP is anticipated to be presented to council for review and endorsement in early 2022.

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