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Brampton among 25 Canadian municipalities selected for an intensive pilot with a leading global climate initiative


BRAMPTON, ON (November 13, 2019) – Today, Mayor Patrick Brown signed a declaration to officially mark Brampton’s inclusion in the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), a first-of-its-kind global alliance of more than 9,200 cities leading the fight against climate change.

The City of Brampton is also one of 25 Canadian municipalities selected to join Showcase Cities, a pilot project led by GCoM Canada, where the City will receive intensive support to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change over the next year, at no charge.

The announcement comes at an important and exciting time in Brampton. With a commitment to being a Green City, in June 2019, City Council set a target to reduce GHGs in Brampton by 80 per cent by 2050. The City is taking a number of steps to achieve that target, including the development of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEERP) in partnership with Sheridan College.

Once completed in early 2020, this ambitious and transformative plan will include targets for:
• Energy efficient homes and building
• Producing cleaner, affordable, and more reliable energy
• Growing Brampton’s transit network, trails, and bike infrastructure
• More walkable neighbourhoods
• Home and business retrofits
• District energy nodes

Work is also underway, in partnership with Sheridan College and the Region of Peel, to define and establish an Institute for Sustainable Brampton, as recommended by the 2040 Vision and put forward in a February 2019 Council resolution

Learn more about CEERP and the City’s other environmental initiatives at www.brampton.ca/growngreen.

Links
• News Release: FCM and Global Covenant of Mayors announce climate action pilot project
Backgrounder: GCoM Canada

Quotes

“Cities are leading the way on low-carbon solutions — from building retrofits to green transit fleets. With municipalities influencing half of Canada’s GHG emissions, scaling up local solutions is key to meeting Canada’s climate targets. Earlier this year, the City set a target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 and today’s announcement is another milestone in our journey to becoming a sustainable Green City.”
Mayor Patrick Brown

"We’re building momentum in Brampton to make a real impact on our own carbon footprint, and also make an impact as a municipal leader in sustainability. I’m proud of the work of Council and City staff on the variety of important climate change mitigation and adaptation projects underway to become a Green City.”
City Councillor Doug Whillans

“Together we are creating ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preparing our communities for the impacts of a changing climate.”
Megan Meaney, Executive Director, Canada office of ICLEI
 
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MEDIA CONTACT
Natalie Stogdill
Senior Advisor, Public Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca