Town receives award for taking action to reduce climate change

Friday, June 11, 2010 – for immediate release

Town receives award for taking action to reduce climate change

The Town of Oakville received a Recognition of Achievement Award at the GTA Clean Air Council’s Clean Air and Climate Change Summit on June 2 for meeting approximately 80 per cent of the Inter-governmental Declaration on Clean Air and Climate Change targets for 2008 and 2009.

“This award represents the extensive efforts Council and town staff have put towards reducing the environmental impact of our operations, and I’m proud to accept it on behalf of the town,” said Ward 6 Town Councillor Max Khan, who was presented with the award at the summit.

The Clean Air and Climate Change targets met by the town over 2008 and 2009 include phasing out bottled water from Town Hall, developing corporate energy and community action plans, implementing a green purchasing procedure, installing LED traffic signals and streetlights, and participating in the Smart Commute program.

“This Council is very proud to put environmental and health protection at the forefront of so many of our actions over the last four years,” Mayor Burton said. “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through green building and energy initiatives, and continuing to protect and enhance our urban tree canopy will help the town meet the remaining Clean Air and Climate Change targets.”

The town’s new Clean Air Strategy that includes enhanced smog, heat and health response efforts was endorsed by the Community Services Committee (CSC) on June 8, 2010. The goals of the strategy include reducing smog emissions from municipal operations by taking action year-round across the organization.

A progress report on the implementation of the town’s Green Fleet Procedure was also brought to CSC June 8. The procedure is identified in the Clean Air Strategy as one of the town’s long-term corporate actions to protect air quality by reducing the environmental impacts of the town’s fleet. In 2009 two more hybrid vehicles were purchased, bringing the total owned by the town to 12. SmartDriver training for Oakville Transit drivers, also implemented in 2009, teaches drivers to minimize idling and operate the town’s buses to get the best fuel efficiency possible and the least wear and tear. As older buses are retired and the new transit facility is completed in 2011, there will be enough space to house and maintain new hybrid buses.

“Out of 22 actions outlined in the Green Fleet Procedure, the town has now implemented or is currently implementing 14,” said Cindy Toth, director of Environmental Policy for the town. “Reducing fuel consumption and extending the life of our equipment will save the town money in the long run, as well as help us reach our GHG reduction targets in the coming years.”

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Media contact

Trisha Leszczynski
Environmental Policy Coordinator
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3948
tleszczynski@oakville.ca


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Town receives award for taking action to reduce climate change