Town Celebrates Earth Week…Every Week!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – for immediate release

Town Celebrates Earth Week…Every Week!

Oakville residents are celebrating Earth Week across the town April 16 to 22 by participating in activities such as neighbourhood cleanups and tree plantings. The Town of Oakville celebrates Earth Week every week by making good environmental choices in its daily operations.

“This Council is committed to a cleaner, greener Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “From ensuring cleaner air for our residents and finding ways to further reduce energy costs, to planning more efficient neighbourhoods and building green facilities, we will continue to make choices that protect our environment today and for future generations.”

In Council’s 2011–2014 Strategic Plan, one of its goals is to reduce town and community impact on the environment. The town has implemented a number of successful environmental programs including:

Participating as one of 12 signatory municipalities to create a Climate Change Adaptation strategy
Creating an Active Transportation Plan that will see a total of 49 kilometres added to existing cycle/trail ways
Launching a Community Sustainability Plan
Implementing a health protection air quality by-law
Working with Oakville Hydro to launch solar energy panels on town facility roofs — 260 solar power generation panels were installed at Town Hall. The solar installation generates 60 kW which can power as many as 15 homes in Oakville
Developing a north Oakville forestry plan to support a 40 per cent tree canopy target by 2057
Developing an Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategy
Adding bike racks to all Oakville Transit buses

Other programs the town is currently undertaking include:

Developing green building standards
Continuing to protect green space
Implementing a trails plan for north Oakville
Updating the private tree by-law and site alteration by-law
Developing and implementing a Stormwater Management Plan

The town’s daily operations also mirror Council’s environmental stewardship with programs such as automatic computer shut-down, sustainable purchasing procedures, environmentally-friendly vehicles and building energy audits to name a few.

To learn more about what the town is doing to reduce its ecological footprint and what you can do to live a greener and healthier life in Oakville, visit the environmental initiatives page.

Media contact

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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Town Celebrates Earth Week…Every Week!