In Vaughan, we aim to lead by example as responsible stewards of our community. We work to put sustainability first, making decisions and taking actions to ensure a healthy environment, vibrant social and cultural communities and economic vitality now and for future generations.
As part of this effort, the City is working on two projects as part of Green Directions Vaughan, the City’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Master Plan:
- The Natural Heritage Network Study — a project aimed at protecting and conserving natural heritage resources in Vaughan
- The Community Climate Action Plan — a plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions produced by the Vaughan community
How climate change affects you
Communities are the places where we live, work and play. Any changes to our natural heritage networks — valleys, wetlands and woodlands — and impacts to our climate will be most deeply felt at the local level. We’re already experiencing such impacts:
- Changes in weather patterns result in increased risk of extreme weather events like the recent flooding in Calgary or the prolonged drought and heat waves experienced in the U.S. Midwest.
- As local landscapes, climates and habitats change, advancing invasive species and vector borne diseases present risks to the health of local trees, plants and animals as well as local human populations.
The good news is that all parts of the community — residential, commercial and institutional, industrial and other sectors — have tremendous potential to act to protect our natural heritage and work for a better climate future. Simple daily actions can have a profound and positive environmental impact, such as:
- Purchasing energy efficient appliances, fixtures and equipment
- Promoting the use of renewable energy technologies
- Walking or taking public transit rather than driving your car
- Purchasing local food
- Getting involved in local efforts to restore and protect natural areas and green spaces
With this in mind, the City is turning to residents, businesses and visitors to help craft a community-wide, “made-in-Vaughan” approach to protecting our natural heritage and working together to reduce climate impacts.
Here’s how you can help
Interested in learning more about these great initiatives? Want to get involved and share your opinions and ideas? Come out to our community forum on these two projects for an exciting opportunity to learn more and to help shape the vision and actions for these two projects.
We welcome your input on the Community Climate Action Plan and the Natural Heritage Network Study as we look to develop reachable targets and criteria, as well as learn about the various mechanisms available for land securement.
This open house forum provides you with the opportunity to ask the project teams any questions you may have in small breakout sessions. Plus, you’ll learn more about these and other City of Vaughan initiatives.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Vaughan City Hall, Council Chambers, 2141 Major Mackenzie Dr.
If you are unable to attend the community forum you can still submit your ideas and opinions for the Community Climate Action Plan through our online IdeaScale forum. Or you can comment on both projects by tweeting us at @City_of_Vaughan.
If you have any questions about the Natural Heritage Network Study, please contact Tony Iacobelli, senior environmental planner, at 905-832-8585 ext. 8630 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the project website.
If you have any questions about the Climate Action Plan, please contact Chris Wolnik, manager of environmental sustainability, at 905-832-8585 ext. 8633 or email@example.com or visit the project website.
We hope you’ll be able to join us!
The Environmental Sustainability Department