Richmond Hill Makes Positive Strides on Climate Change

Richmond Hill has won two awards recognizing its efforts to creatively educate residents about the local effects of climate change and engage them in the development of the City’s climate change plans: 
–      an Award of Distinction from the So(cial) Good Design Awards for the Resilient Richmond Hill video. This animated video takes viewers on a journey through the city to learn the importance of climate change actions, including the Community Energy and Emissions Plan.
–      the Best Web GIS Award by BeSpatial/URISA Ontario, the premier geospatial and information non-profit organization in Ontario, for the Resilient Richmond Hill Story Map. This online resource features local climate data and creatively captures stories and feedback from the community.
 
At the November 25 Council Meeting, Council also endorsed the City’s new Climate Change Framework. This internal framework will position the City to manage climate change more effectively by:
 
·        Applying a climate change lens to how we manage the organization and its assets and how we plan for land use and development
·        Creating climate change action programs that lower climate risks and increase green infrastructure in our communities
·        Fostering collaboration and innovation by engaging with our residents, businesses and partners
 
The Resilient Richmond Hill program, including the Climate Change Framework, is just one of the ways Richmond Hill is working to protect our natural environment and lead the way towards a more sustainable future.
 
The next step in our efforts include the Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). One of the final steps in passing this plan is consideration by Council of a staff report on December 9th. To view this staff report please visit – https://pub-richmondhill.escribemeetings.com/filestream.ashx?DocumentId=37248 
 
To read an article written by Sheila Wang following the Council Meeting on November 25 entitled “Richmond Hill adopts climate change framework, starting single-use plastics reduction” please click here.