The City of Richmond Hill has released its environmental scorecard demonstrating its continued environmental leadership and positive progress in protecting our local environment. The report card shows good progress in many areas and for that I am pleased.
However the work to create a healthy environment is a continuous process and the scorecard also outlines work that still needs to be done. I am also pleased that we have a plan to accomplish this continuous improvement as well and I will support this important work.
A recent report to Council outlined the progress and achievements made to date on implementation of the City’s Environment Strategy, Greening the Hill: Our Community, Our Future from 2015-2019, including:
· A significant reduction in corporate energy use and emissions
· A downward trend in corporate and community water consumption
· Maintaining one of the highest waste diversion rates in Canada at 69%
· A 4% increase in the City’s tree canopy coverage (equivalent to 100,000 trees) making Richmond Hill one of the first municipalities in York Region to surpass its minimum Regional tree canopy target
· An increase in active transportation infrastructure, such as bike lanes and trails
Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Richmond Hill Council and City staff also continued to deliver on environmental initiatives in 2020 and received several notable environmental awards for the efforts. To read about the significant achievements to date click here.
Balancing Green and Growth is one of Council’s priorities. Residents can learn more about Richmond Hill’s environmental efforts by visiting RichmondHill.ca/Environment.