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South Western Ontario Clean Air Plans Scan June - Clean Air


									Clean Air and Climate Change
Action Plans Scan
Southwestern Ontario Jurisdictions

Draft as of June 2010

Draft Report Prepared For:
South-Western Ontario Clean Air Council


Report Prepared By:
Clean Air Partnership

Executive Director:
Eva Ligeti, Clean Air Partnership

Justin Jones

Gabriella Kalapos

The Clean Air Partnership (CAP) would like to thank the members of Southwestern
Ontario Clean Air Council for their financial support, as well as their time and thoughtful
reflections on this material. CAP would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of
the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.

About the Clean Air Partnership
The Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is a registered charity that works in partnership to
promote and coordinate actions to improve local air quality and reduce greenhouse
gases for healthy communities. Our applied research on municipal policies strives to
broaden and improve access to public policy debate on air pollution and climate change
issues. Our social marketing programs focus on energy conservation activities that
motivate individuals, government, schools, utilities, businesses and communities to take
action to clean the air.

About the Southwestern Ontario Clean Air Council (SWO – CAC)
An airshed can be defined as a region with common air quality issues, including
geography, emissions sources and economic influences that result in discrete
atmospheric conditions. Pollution created in one locale may travel many kilometres,
affecting the air quality of other locale. As a result, air quality is best addressed on an
airshed basis. Several regional models for air quality improvement already exist in
Canada, including the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), the Greater Toronto
Area Clean Air Council (GTA-CAC), Clean Air Hamilton (CAH) and Alberta’s Clean Air
Strategic Alliance (CASA).

There are many benefits to an inter-governmental approach to addressing air quality
issues. Having multiple jurisdictions at the same table enhances networking and the
exchange of resources and information. It ensures that no one group is working in
isolation and that efforts are not unnecessarily duplicated. Inter-governmental
cooperation also provides an opportunity to leverage scarce resources for research,
outreach and other air quality improvement initiatives. Bringing together multiple staff
from different departments and municipalities across the airshed also helps break down
silos that may exist within and amongst municipalities, and increases cooperation on air
quality issues.

The Southwestern Ontario Clean Air Council promotes the reduction of air pollution
emissions and increased awareness of regional air quality issues in Southwestern
Ontario through the collective efforts of all levels of government. The Council identifies
and promotes the most effective initiatives to reduce the occurrence of smog and other
forms of air pollution in the GTA, and their associated health risks. The goals of the
SWO-CAC are:
    To enable solutions to air quality challenges through a dynamic network that
       expands knowledge and enthusiasm, and encourages practical and successful
       policies and actions.
    To promote a better understanding of air quality problems and their implications
       for public health among policy makers, and improve their ability to address these
       problems in an economically effective way.
    To explore opportunities for joint initiatives to reduce air pollution, and related
       health risks, in southwestern Ontario.
    To liaise with municipalities locally, across Canada and in the United States to
       share best practices for reducing smog, air pollution and addressing climate
Jurisdiction      Corporate Actions and      Notes                  Community Actions     Notes
                  Plans                                             and Plans
      Brockton                           Walkerton Draft                              
                                            Official Plan does
                                            contain some
                                            provisions for
                                            sustainability to be

      Goderich                           Have hired an                                 Making the Greener
                                            Environmental                                   Choice program – a
                                            Coordinator to                                  community outreach
                                            implement and                                   program to help
                                            coordinate                                      residents reduce
                                            environmental related                           emissions.

      Guelph      Community Energy       Plan establishes          Community Energy    Community program
                    Plan                    corporate energy           Plan                 contains incentives
                                            reduction targets and                           and actions such as
                                            strategies for reaching                         1000 Solar Roofs
                                            those targets such as                           project and
                                            building automation                             partnerships with
                                            and retrofitting, and an                        Guelph Hydro to
                                            E3 fleet system.                                reduce energy
                                                                                           New Cycling
                                                                                            initiative aims to add
                                                                                            bike lanes and make
                                                                                            the city safer to cycle

   Kitchener    Air Quality Kitchener    Plan encourages               Local Environmental
                  2006                      corporate emissions             Action Fund – a $5
                                            reductions through a            Million fund for
                                            green fleet, new                projects to reduce
                                            efficiency standards            GHG emissions,
                                            for municipal                   energy use and raise
                                            buildings and the               public awareness.
                                            promotion of
                                            alternative energy
                                           The City also has a
                                            Strategic Plan for the
                                            Environment, but it is
                                            more of a guidance
                                            document with no
                                            specific targets or
                                           Growth Management
                                            Strategy identifies the
                                            need to create a
                                            Transportation Master
                                            Plan, which will
                                            include provisions for
                                            increased active

   Lakeshore                                                          
   Lambton       Corporate Clean Air        Fleet greening,                                   
    County         Plan                        retrofits, audits and
                                               alternative energy
                                               procurement are all
                                               part of the corporate

   Leamington                               Greening corporate                                
                                               actions is identified as
                                               a priority in the 2009
                                               Strategic Plan.

   London        General information on     Fleet greening          General information on      RETHINK Energy
                   air quality & climate       includes E10 fuel,       air quality & climate        London will be used
                   change projects             hybrids (24), and        change projects              to develop a revised
                   http://www.clear.londo      right-sizing vehicles;   http://www.clear.londo       community-based
                pursuing E3 Fleet        sustainable energy
                   ove.html                    registration             ove.html                     plan.
                  Update on Corporate        Traffic signals         Community plans are        Mayor’s Sustainable
                   Energy Management &         converted to LEDs        in the process of being     Energy Council
                   Conservation Projects      Green roof at City       revised, through the
              Hall and new North       RETHINK Energy              ysaver
                   a/meetings/Board of         London Community         London                      London’s EnerGuide
                   Control Agendas/2009-       Centre                   (         Partnership for
                   05-13 Agenda/Item          LEED Silver is           nkenergy) consultation       residential energy
                   8.pdf                       “informal” design        process                      efficiency
                                               standard for new        Smart Moves London           www.energuide.londo
                                               buildings                2030 Transportation
                                              Pursuing                 Master Plan                 Work is underway to
                                               LEED:EBOM for City       consultation                 create a Green
                                                  Hall                      Development Strategy
                                                                             moves                      for London
                                                                           Bicycle Master Plan in
                                                                            place since 2005.
   Owen Sound       Transportation Master    13 municipal                                        
                      Plan provides             buildings retrofitted
                      provisions for            for increased
                      increased active          efficiency.

   Oxford County                             Staff is considering                                
                                                alternative energy

   Sarnia                                    Future Focus 2008-         Environmental             EAP is more of an
                                                2010 Strategic Plan         Action Plan                informational
                                                identifies a Green                                     document rather than
                                                Sarnia plan as a                                       a policy or plan.
                                               City has committed to
                                                increasing the
                                                construction of new
                                                bicycle right-of-ways
                                                in their Official Plan.
                                               The City has also
                                                committed to develop
                                                a Bicycle Master Plan.
   St. Thomas                                                            

   Stratford                                 Currently developing         City has anti-idling
                                                a Transportation               bylaw, and an energy
                                                Master Plan with               use reduction
                                                increased provisions           information outreach
                                                for active                     page.
   Tillsonburg                               Town is focusing on          Trails Master Plan
                                                greening their fleet.          focuses on vehicle use

   Region of      Environmental              ESS guides the               ESS outlines the
    Waterloo        Sustainability Strategy     creation of more               creation of a
                   Regional Cycling Plan       specific strategies with       Community Energy
                    in place since 2004.        the aim of reducing            Plan in 2010.
                                                the regions emissions.        Energy Conservation
                                                The ESS outlines the           Office established to
                                                need for a Regional            give residents
                                                energy Management              information on energy
                                                Strategy, a Green              use and emissions
                                                Fleet Strategy, a GHG          reductions.
                                                reduction target and a
                                                Community Energy
                                               Interim reductions
                                                target of 1% reduction
                                                below 2004 levels per
                                                year until a more
                                                substantial target can
                                               be drafted.

      Wellington                            Green Legacy Energy            
       County                                  Task Force minutes
                                               only found until May
                                               of 2007.

      Woodstock     Trails Master Plan      TMP aims to increase           
                                               active transportation
                                               use in the City.
                                              Fleet greening
                                               includes corporate-
                                               wide use of biodiesel
                                               and E3 Fleet
                                               Challenge driver
                                               training program.
      Windsor       Environmental Master    Corporate Energy               
                      Plan                     Management Plan
                     Bicycle Use Master       aims to reduce
                      Plan in place since      corporate energy use
                      2004.                    by 15% below 2006
                                               levels through
                                               retrofits, automation
                                               and fleet greening.
                                              PCP guidelines in

                                              Associate Members
Association of                               The AMO provides a             
Municipalities of                             number of tools and
Ontario                                      incentives for Ontario
                                             municipalities to
                                             lower their energy use
                                             and GHG emissions.
                                             Making the Most of
                                             Energy – a top 10 list
                                             of energy efficiency
                                             Integrated
                                             Sustainability Plan
                                             Toolkit and Website

Government of           Climate Change                                  List of incentives and
Ontario                  Action Plan                                        community based
                        Green Energy Act                                   plans available here.
Government of Canada    Canada’s Climate                               
                         Change Plans
Clean Air Plans and Policies Scan in the SWO Municipalities

Municipality of Brockton

      Walkerton Draft Official Plan
       ning/3663-OP(v1_1)-Walkerton-DRAFT-Jun19-(JN)4.pdf) does contain a section
       on sustainability, which commits to view new developments through a
       sustainability lens as well as an economic one.

Town of Goderich
No website information about Clean Air / Climate Change plans found, but according to
their presentation at the SWO CAC meeting, Goderich has

      Several lighting upgrade initiatives.
      Union Gas program giving free programmable thermostats.
      Green features on Town Hall renovation including a geothermal heating system.
      Focusing on small actions for better conservation.
      New Environment Coordinator position created to implement and coordinate
       environment related work.

Making the Greener Choice section of the website
( features information regarding
standby power, reducing personal GHG emissions and anti-idling information.

City of Guelph
Corporate Plans and Actions:

In 2007, the City put into place a Community Energy Plan
(, summary at, which sets out
the following goals:

      More stringent efficiency standards for all new development, incremental
       increases in efficiency up to 2031.
      By 2022, have the City’s energy requirements at least 25% fulfilled by renewable
      By 2031, 30% of the City’s energy requirements will come from cogeneration.

In order to achieve these goals, the city has undertaken the following actions:
      The City is undertaking Energy audits at municipal facilities, and is retrofitting
       and automating municipal facilities.
      The City has recently enacted stringent new Green Fleet guidelines that include
       right sizing, staff training and an E3 (Energy, Environment, Excellence) review in
       April. NOTE –
       News update provides little information regarding the exact requirements for fleet

Community Plans and Actions:

In accordance with the Community Energy Plan, the City has undertaken several
initiatives with the goal of reducing the City’s energy consumption and GHG emissions.
For example:

      The “Thousand Solar Roofs” project, which sets as its goal the installation of
       1000 solar roof projects in Guelph in order to reduce reliance on non-renewable
       energy sources.
      Project Porchlight: over 40,000 CFL bulbs distributed.
      Incentive programs in place through Guelph Hydro include the Great Refrigerator
       Round-Up (free pick up and disposal of old fridges), peaksaver (free installation
       of a programmable thermostat), Power Savings Blitz (program that provides
       between $300 – 1000 for energy efficient retrofits for small businesses) and ERIP
       - Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program – which provides funds to retrofit the
       electrical systems in a commercial or industrial building.
      Anti-idling bylaw in place
      The city has also launched an initiative to make Guelph a more cycling-friendly
       city, including 10 km of new bike infrastructure on Stone and Gordon Streets,
       bike racks on transit vehicles, and safety guidelines for cyclists and drivers.

City of Kitchener

Corporate Plans and Actions:

      City of Kitchener strategic plan for the environment
       ( – more of a guidance
       document, does not set specific targets or goals, but does affirm the City’s
       commitment to implement measures to reduce emissions in the Kitchener area.
       The plan also commits the City to using less energy, to seeking out alternative
       energy sources, and to introduce demand side management policies for the city’s
       gas and water utilities.

Air Quality Kitchener 2006 ( is a
plan that was put forward by the Kitchener Environmental Committee, which includes
many initiative-based recommendations. For example, the document recommends:
      New fleet management policies in compliance with ISO 14001 standards.
      New efficiency measures for industry and commercial emissions sources (ie
       LEED standards)
      Establishing a bylaw against idling
      The promotion and development of alternative energy sources, alternative heating
       methods and more efficient building guidelines.
      Establishing a GHG reductions target and keeping the public informed about the
       progress towards the goal.

While the plan recommends action on these fronts, there is no indication on the City
Website regarding the implementation of the plan. According to the City’s presentation
at the SWO Clean Air Summit, the fleet has achieved ISO 14001 certification, and the
City is implementing LEED Gold standards for all new municipal buildings.

The City’s Growth Management Strategy identifies the preparation of a city
Transportation Master Plan, which is to include provisions for increased active
transportation, the drafting of a pedestrian charter and the creation of a cycling advisory

Community Plans and Actions:

      Local Environmental Action Fund established in 2007 - $5 Million available for
       environmental projects to reduce GHG emissions, energy use and increasing
       public awareness.

Town of Lakeshore

      The town recognizes the value of wind farm developments, and have several in
       place already.
      Project Porchlight in Lakeshore began in 2008

Lambton County
Corporate Plans and Actions:

      Corporate Clean Air Plan in place since 2008.
      County is greening their fleet, including green procurement policies, the use of
       biodiesel and anti-idling policies.
      County is auditing and retrofitting buildings, have LEED standards in place for
       new municipal buildings.
      Examining alternative energy procurement strategies.

Community Plans and Actions:

      Promoting the use of cogeneration and district heating.

Municipality of Leamington
Corporate Plans and Actions:

      The Municipality’s Strategic Plan 2009 identifies the “greening” of the
       municipality as a priority, and mentions that LEED standards are being
       considered for a new municipal building, and that the Director of Development
       Services has been charged with the creation of green development policies.

City of London
Corporate Plans and Actions:

      Implementing London’s Air Quality Action Plan since 2003.
      Environmental Leadership Report Card completed in 2008, highlights areas where
       London has made progress towards sustainability and future programs to be
      The city is currently in the process of public consultation and online discussions
       with residents called RETHINK Energy London. After the RETHINK Energy
       London consultation process has been completed in late 2010, City staff will then
       work on a new Sustainable Energy Plan for the City of London.
      City staff has proposed to use the E3 Fleet Rating, currently the City operates 9
       Ford Escape Hybrids, 5 Honda Civic Hybrids, 5 Toyota Prius Hybrids and 2
       Smart Cars. In addition, the City currently purchases gasoline with 10 percent
       ethanol content.
      Next steps for the fleet are to bring in ultra-efficient light-duty vehicles, diesel-
       electric hybrid heavy-duty vehicles, a phase out of two-stroke off-road equipment
       and increasing use of E85 Ethanol fuel and B20 Biodiesel.
      Building temperatures being standardized and automated.
      Mandating LEED Silver Standards for all new municipal buildings.
      Traffic Signals converted to LED
      Landfill Gas heating project has received funding and approval.
      Green developments on municipal buildings include a solar photovoltaic power
       system on a library, solar water heating and a LEED Gold certified Community
      Bullfrog power being considered alongside local sustainable energy choices.

A Bicycle Master Plan has been in place since 2005, an update was provided in 2007.
     The SmartMoves London initiative is also underway, seeking public input in the
        creation of a new active transportation plan.
     The plan identifies the creation of primary and secondary networks for
        community and recreational cycling in order to facilitate large volumes of cyclists
        as London continues to grow.
     In addition to their cycling plan, London is also moving ahead with a transit plan
        aimed to increase ridership.

Community Plans and Actions:

      Have created the EnergySaver website, which provides residents and businesses
       with information regarding actions and incentives that can help them use less
      Running a series of consultations and discussions regarding how to make London
       more environmentally friendly, from housing and construction standards to
       transportation issues to community projects such as community energy projects
       and local food procurement.
      Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council was established in 2007 with the mandate
       “to promote, encourage and support the development and implementation of
       practical research and initiatives, technologies, and investment in the area of
       sustainable energy, including energy conservation, efficiency, and alternative
       energy for the sustainable economic and environmental benefit and use of London
       and surrounding region.”
      London District Energy system operates in downtown London.
      Anti-Idling bylaw is being updated, anti-idling campaign in place.

City of Owen Sound

Corporate Plans and Actions:

      No official plan is currently approved, but the City does have a Transportation
       Master Plan in place with increased provisions for active transport, and in a 2009
       workshop, residents identified multiple barriers to transit and active transportation
       which will be addressed in the Master Plan.
      City has retrofitted 13 municipal buildings for increased energy efficiency.

Oxford County

      No official corporate or community plans are currently approved, but staff is
       considering alternative energy policies, and the County building is LEED Silver

City of Sarnia

Corporate Plans and Actions:

      “Green Sarnia” Plan is identified as a priority on the Future Focus 2008-2010
       Strategic Plan, mentioning an energy efficiency program for City facilities, the
       development of a municipal innovations program (i.e. – alternative fuels and other
       pilot projects), but no “Green Sarnia” plan could be found on the City website.
      In the City’s Official Plan
       df) the City commits to increasing the construction of new bike right-of-ways,
       where feasible.
      The City also commits to developing a bicycle master plan to integrate and
       expand the cycling network, however, no plan was found on the City website.

Community Plans and Actions:

      Environmental Action Plan created in 2008, but is more of an informational
       document rather than a policy or plan.
      The Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee is currently examining the
       possibility of allowing small wind turbines in residential areas.

City of St. Thomas

      Could not find corporate or community actions listed on website.

City of Stratford

      City has an anti-idling bylaw in place since 2001, and has an energy / water use
       reduction information page set up at, however, no corporate or
       community action plans appear to be currently approved.
      Stratford is currently in the process of developing a Transportation Master Plan,
       which will feature increased provisions for pedestrian and bike infrastructure and

Town of Tillsonburg

      Town is focusing on greening their fleet, have purchased a hybrid bucket truck
       and 2 hybrid pick ups.
      Trails Master Plan in place to encourage the construction of new trails, and the
       development of more active transportation within the Town.
      Town is performing pilot projects with LED and induction street lighting

Region of Waterloo
Corporate Plans and Actions:

      Environmental Sustainability Strategy in place since May of 2009, it essentially
       guides the creation of more initiative and goal-based strategies for creating a more
       sustainable region. The report outlines the need for a Regional Energy
       Management Strategy, and a Green Fleet strategy, both of which to be written for
       Fall 2009, and a GHG reduction target and a Community Energy Plan to be
       written in 2010.
      As of February 2010, neither the Regional Energy Management Strategy nor the
       Green Fleet Strategy could be found on the regional website.
      Using 10% ethanol for all gasoline powered vehicles, and have installed catalytic
       mufflers on 87 transit buses.
      6 hybrid electric-diesel buses in service, right sizing of fleet vehicles and Smart
       Driver Training for transit drivers.
      Landfill Gas Capture plant in operation since 1999.
      Using some alternative energy sources: a 20 kW Photovoltaic System on the EMS
       building in Kitchener, Solar Thermal water heating at regional daycares, and are
       investigating feasibility of wind, geothermal and biogas power.
      Municipal building retrofits and automation are well underway.
      All Traffic Lights replaced with LED.
      City has purchased the Energy and Environmental Management System to track
       corporate energy use and is developing a Corporate Conservation Office with new
       staff being paid using the energy savings.
      Interactive tool to track the region’s progress towards their goals can be found at
      Region has established an interim goal of a 1% reduction in corporate GHG
       emissions per year below 2004 baselines until a more substantial target can be
       researched and developed.
      Regional Cycling Master Plan
       0F0055AC05/$file/CYCLING_MASTER_PLAN_2004.pdf?OpenElement) in
       place since 2004, makes provisions for an interconnected network of “trunks” to
       be constructed by 2014, at which time the major cycling network will be
       completed and the peripheral network can be focused on until 2024, by which
       time the plan will have been achieved. This plan is very extensive, and features a
       number of excellent provisions, such as end-of-trip facilities, education for
       motorists and cyclists and the construction of a network of cycling facilities that
       would allow for easy transit throughout the region. It would be great to see an
       update or a progress tracker on the Regional website, though.

Community Plans and Actions:

      Bike racks installed on all Grand River Transit buses.
      Anti-idling outreach program in place.
      Energy Conservation Office exists to guide corporate policy and provide residents
       with information on how to consume less energy.
      Community Energy Plan to be written in 2010.

Wellington County

      Fleet uses 7 E85 vehicles, and was investigating the use of biodiesel in 2007,
       according to Green Legacy minutes.
      Traffic lights replaced with LED, retrofits for lighting being undertaken when
       municipal renovations take place.
      2007 minutes make mention of a Green Legacy Energy Task Force examining
       what energy conservation steps the city had taken, and what their future plans
       were, yet there is nothing on the website to indicate if this report was ever
       completed or what the results were.
      The website shows major gaps in time between minutes for the Green Legacy
       meetings (there are minutes for January and March, 2007, then for January,
       March and April 2009), and the most recent meetings (January-April 2009) do not
       discuss energy conservation at all, instead focusing solely on the tree planting
City of Windsor

     Environmental Master Plan (EMP) in place since 2006
     Anti-idling bylaw in place.
     PCP guidelines in place, used as indicators for progress.
     Corporate Energy Management Plan being implemented with the goal of reducing
      corporate energy use by 15% by 2011, primarily through retrofits and building
      automation. However, there is no indication on the website that the Plan has been
      developed yet.
     Green Fleet Plan being implemented, according to the EMP, but no updates are
      available on the web site. Any fleet replacements aim to be lower emitting
     New green development policies are being considered.
     Developing an environmentally friendly purchasing policy for 2010.
     City has purchased 18 hybrid-diesel buses and one hybrid vehicle for parking
      enforcement use.
     Traffic Lights switched to LED.
     The city stated in 2006 that they would report biannually on the progress of the
      implementation of the EMP, yet I was unable to find those updates on their
     Bicycle Use Master Plan (BUMP) ( makes
      provisions for an extensive bike network to be constructed. As of 2007, Windsor
      has 47 km of bike lanes, 37 km of signed bike routes, and 64 km of multi-use
      trails in addition to 35 km of walking trails. The website does not mention how
      this compares to BUMP goals.
     The City is developing Green Development standards, including LEED
      certification for some municipal projects, and are also developing a Site Plan
      Review Standards Manual, which includes provisions for solar orientation of
      buildings and increased accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists.

City of Woodstock

     Trails Master Plan in place,
      f) aims to establish a network of trails to encourage increased active transport.
     From the SWO – CAC Summit in May 2009:
     Biodiesel being used in entire Woodstock fleet, starting with 5% and planning to
      increase percentage after pilot.
     Woodstock is one of 7 municipalities participating in the E3 Fleet Challenge
      where fleet staff receive driver training to reduce fuel consumption.
     Testing LED and induction street lighting technologies
Provincial Government of Ontario

      Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan
       CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=152273 sets goals for GHG reductions to
       6% below 1990 levels by 2014, 15% by 2020 and 80% by 2050
           o The Plan focuses on the phase-out of coal power in Ontario by 2014 in
               conjunction with other measures such as increased reliance on Green
               Energy and renewables, increased funding for research and development,
               retrofitting incentives etc
           o Climate Change Secretariat position established to track the government’s
               progress towards achieving their targets; reports directly to the premier
           o More information can be found at
      Ontario’s Green Energy Act: executive summary available at
       pdf full act available at
           o The GEA focuses on both demand side management by establishing
               measures and incentives with the goal of improving efficiency and on
               increasing the proportion of Ontario’s energy coming from renewable and
               green power by streamlining the approvals process and updating the power
               grid to accommodate such innovations
      Information on energy efficiency funding available in Ontario for various sectors
       (ie – residential, commercial etc.) is available at
      A list of available rewards and rebates can be found through the government’s
       Add It Up campaign at
      Government regulations require gasoline to contain a yearly average of 5%

Federal Government of Canada

      Government of Canada has committed to a 17% reduction in GHG emissions
       below 2005 levels by 2020
      Measures to achieve these targets include:
           o Increased reliance on green and non-emitting sources of electricity
               generation, including hydroelectricity, wind, solar, clean coal and nuclear
           o Energy efficiency grants for residents to retrofit their homes and
           o $3 Billion in funding towards Carbon Capture and Storage technologies
          o Increased funding for green technologies

Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO):

AMO has established a variety of tools to help municipalities in moving towards the
goals and benchmarks outlined in the GTA CAC intergovernmental declarations. Some
of these policies and toolkits are:

      Making the Most of Energy: A Top 10 Guide to Energy Savings.
           o This guide provides suggestions for easy to implement, high-yield
               corporate strategies to reduce energy consumption, thus reducing GHG
               emissions and operating costs
      As part of the Federal Gas Tax Fund program, the AMO has established an
       Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) toolkit to help municipalities
       bring their Official Plans into compliance with the Gas Tax Funds ICSP
      Under the Gas Tax Fund (GTF), municipalities are required to complete an ICSP
       by March 31, 2010. In Ontario however, municipal official plans are sufficient
       enough to meet this requirement. In other words, as along as a municipality has an
       official plan, they do not need to do any further work. This recognizes that
       Ontario already has a planning framework through existing legislation which
       mandates municipalities to plan for sustainability (i.e. through the Planning Act
       and the Provincial Policy Statement). This decision was made by the Ontario Gas
       Tax Oversight committee which consists of representatives from the federal and
       provincial governments, AMO and the City of Toronto
      However, work has been done to encourage municipalities to do more and to raise
       the bar. AMO has developed an ICSP toolkit which sets out practical methods and
       ideas that municipalities can implement. The toolkit also contains a number of
       case studies on sustainability. You can find this on our website here:
      Energy Planning tool should be available to municipalities in Spring of 2010 –
       will provide an opportunity to identify energy saving measures
   Have issued a letter of intent to introduce vehicle tailpipe emissions regulations
    under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act in 2011 which would reduce
    average fuel consumption in new vehicles by 20% below 2007 levels by 2016
   In August 2009, Canada was a signatory on the North American Leaders’
    Declaration on Climate Change and Clean Energy, which is a guiding set of
    collaborative principles aimed towards reducing Canada and the United States’
    GHG emissions by 80% below 1990 or more recent years by 2050
   Canada – US Green Energy Dialogue – an ongoing discussion between the two
    countries on how to better promote and utilize green energy technologies

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