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    Office of Sustainability

    Plans and Strategies

    Plans and Strategies

    Green Plan

    First Green Plan

    The Town is committed to environmental leadership and recognizes the need to 'think globally while acting locally', the dedicated work of the Mayor's Green Plan Task Force cumulated in the Town's first Green Plan. The Plan was implemented in 2008 to provide a basis to guide the Town and the community on developing and implementing future "green" strategies and actions. Work has been initiated and/or completed on many of the Green Plan's 70 recommendations.

    The Plan establishes Halton Hills as a community committed to be proactive rather than reactive in protecting and enhancing the environment. The Green Plan is focused on actions that are "PAREE" or Practical, Affordable, Reasonable, Enforceable and Educational. A copy of the Green Plan can be obtained by clicking on the image of the Green Plan to the right.

    For more information please contact:
    Jennifer Spence
    Sustainability Outreach Officr
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Jennifer Spence
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2290

     

    Community Sustainability Strategy

    Imagine Halton Hills

    The Community Sustainability Strategy or otherwise known as ‘Imagine Halton Hills’ is a long term strategy that acts as a blueprint to integrate sustainability into its day-to-day decision making, plans, policies and other initiatives. Imagine Halton Hills centers on a community vision to the year 2060. It envisions Halton Hills with a high quality of life through a long-term community vision which reads:

    "In 2060, the urban and rural communities of Halton Hills balance economic prosperity with a deep commitment to the natural environment, while retaining viable local agriculture and small-town feel, and being socially equitable, culturally vibrant and strongly connected."

    This community vision is supported by individual visions for the four "pillars" which are key to high quality of life: Cultural Vibrancy, Economic Prosperity, Environmental Health and Social Well-being. Each of these pillars is equally important and includes several focus areas, goals and indicators.

    Whether your organization is interested in sports and recreation; social services; arts, culture and heritage; economic and community planning matters; the health of our natural environment or anything in between, consider becoming a Partner in the Strategy’s implementation. It’s easy and free! You will receive recognition on the Town website and receive and attractive decal.

    While the Town is committed to the Strategy's implementation, success will require the effort of our entire community. Residents, businesses, institutions, as well as the Town, all have a role in championing implementation. To partner with the Town in the Strategy's implementation, please contact the Office of Sustainability.

    Browse the Become a Partner Package

    Our Partners

    Throughout Halton Hills, individuals and organizations, are working together to help implement our Community Sustainability Strategy. Our growing list of partners includes individuals, community organizations, government agencies and businesses. Collectively, the actions of our partners are shaping the future of Halton Hills – a future that will be characterized by a higher quality of life, cultural vibrancy, economic prosperity, environmental health and social wellbeing.

    Below, we profile the actions and accomplishments of each partner, and how they support the vision, focus areas and goals of our Community Sustainability Strategy.

    Partnership is an important commitment to the sustainability and quality of life of our community.

    View list of Sustainability Ambassadors
    View list of Sustainability Champions
    Map of Sustainability Partners

    To partner with the Town in the Strategy's implementation, please contact the Office of Sustainability:
    Jennifer Spence
    Sustainability Outreach Officr
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Jennifer Spence
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2290

    The Town Sustainability Committee (TSIC) is a committee of Council that renews its members every four years as it aligns with Town’s municipal elections. This Committee is responsible for implementing actions that supports the Community Sustainability Strategy. The Committee has prioritized actions and goals to complete over the Council term 2014-2018.

    The first project completed by TSIC refers to our community’s social well-being by improving relationships and getting to know one another through planning a Block Party. For more information please visit: Planning a Neighborhood Block Party

    TSIC Workplan

    Members:
    Mayor of Halton Hills (Ex-Officio)
    Councillor Ann Lawlor
    Councillor Jane Fogal
    Art Skidmore
    Cassandra LoFranco
    Cassie Schembri
    Allison Qua-Enoo
    Chris Macewan
    Ed Seaward
    Shama Pirbay
    Inga Lavoie
    Laurent Thibault
    Linda Bischoff
    Rob Russell
    Suzanne Burwell

    Town staff contact:
    Gabriel Clarke
    Mgr,Sustainability&Climate Ch
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Gabriel Clarke
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2256

    Town of Halton Hills Sustainability

    To encourage and assist local community groups and organizations in introducing actions that contribute to the Strategy’s implementation, Town Council has a Community Sustainability Investment Fund.

    The 2018 deadline for submission is April 3, 2018 by 4:30 pm.

    For more information visit:

    For more information contact:
    Jennifer Spence
    Sustainability Outreach Officr
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Jennifer Spence
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2290

    State of Sustainability Profile

    The 2015 State of Sustainability Profile serves as a sustainability report card to objectively measure the Town’s progress in advancing its sustainability indicators outlined in the Community Sustainability Strategy.

    This bi-annual Profile identifies successes and challenges experienced in meeting the intent of Community Sustainability Strategy ‘Imagine Halton Hills’. This Profile generally highlights examples of corporate and community initiatives over the past two years that contribute to the community’s vision of a sustainable future.

    This Profile replaces previous Green Plan Report Cards written in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The State of Sustainability Profile includes an expanded focus on Halton Hills’ environmental health, cultural vibrancy, economic prosperity and social wellbeing. The next State of Sustainability will be completed by the end of 2017.

    For more information contact:
    Jennifer Spence
    Sustainability Outreach Officr
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Jennifer Spence
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2290

     

    Green Development Standards

    Green Building Standards

    Building on its award-winning Green Development Evaluation Checklist, in April 2014, Town Council approved a new set of Green Development Standards. These Standards put in place a highly flexible set of criteria that are anticipated to materialize in more sustainable, high-performance and efficient development – benefiting the development/building industry as well as building owners/occupants. The Standards are designed to maximize development’s positive attributes, while minimizing potentially negative impacts. The Standards advance many key Town objectives, including those of its Strategic Plan and Community Sustainability Strategy – contributing to economic prosperity, environmental health, cultural vibrancy and social well-being. The Standards apply Town-wide to Low-Rise Residential, Low-Rise Non-Residential and Mid to High Rise development.

    Green Development Standards
    Final Standards
    Notice of Adoption
    PDS-2014-0022

    Green Development Standards

    Gabriel Clarke
    Mgr,Sustainability&Climate Ch
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Gabriel Clarke
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2256

    To celebrate and recognize the leadership demonstrated by developers that implement the Green Development Standards, the Town has launched the Green Development Leadership Awards. This new municipal award program will support implementation of the Standards, recognize development industry leaders and help raise market awareness of the benefits of high-performance sustainable development. 

    Mayor Bonnette said: “Development, whether residential, commercial or industrial, can make a significant contribution to the sustainability and wellbeing of our community.  This includes improving energy and water efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, addressing climate change and designing our neighbourhoods to be more walkable. The Green Development Leadership Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and recognize industry leaders that are making a valuable contribution to the sustainability of Halton Hills.” 

    Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including the development industry, consultants, residents, community associations, industry associations, suppliers, Councillors and staff. Self-nominations are acceptable. Apply today!

    Green Development Leadership Award Guide
    Green Development Leadership Award Application

    The deadline for submission is June 23, 2017. 

    For complete details, contact the Office of Sustainability.
    Gabriel Clarke
    Mgr,Sustainability&Climate Ch
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Gabriel Clarke
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2256

    1. Meadows in the Glen (Glen Williams) by Intracorp Projects
      • 91 single detached homes
      • permeable pavement, vegetated street swales, bio-retention drainage system, rain gardens
      • 50% of the site is green space and woodlot
      • ENERGY STAR ® qualified homes
    2. River Rock Ridge (Georgetown) by Remington Homes
      • 144 single detached homes
      • Motion sensor lighting
      • Efficient appliances and low flow fixtures
      • Use of low or no VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and finishes
      • Environmental Homeowners Manual provided to new homeowners.
      • ENERGY STAR qualified homes
    3. The Chateaus (Georgetown) by Fernbrook Homes
      • 276 unit residential development with 239 single detached homes and 37 townhouse units.
      • Drain water heat recovery (DWHR) units
      • Homeowner education on efficient home operation
      • ENERGY STAR qualified homes
    1. The Enclaves of Upper Canada (Norval) by Menkes Developments
      • 184 single detached homes and townhomes
      • Homeowner education workshop on ENERGY STAR benefits and cost savings
      • Low flow fixtures
      • One LEED Silver “discovery home” built
      • ENERGY STAR qualified homes
    2. Toronto Premium Outlets Stormwater Management Facility (Georgetown) by SmartREIT & Simon Properties
      • Innovative underground storm water management system accommodates more on-site parking and cleans storm effluent to benefit the environment.
      • Installation of an underground CultecTM storm water conveyance, water storage, and water cleaning system
      • Construction of above-ground bio-swale
      • Xeriscaping (use of native, non-invasive, drought tolerant plants for landscaping)
    3. Georgetown Sterling (Georgetown) by Country Homes
      • 38 three-story townhomes.Heat recovery on drains and ventilation units
      • Instantaneous water heaters for hot water and home heating including zone temperature controls
      • Xeriscaping (use of native, non-invasive, drought tolerant plants for landscaping)
      • ENERGY STAR lighting, appliances and qualified homes

     

    Mayor's Community Energy Plan

    Mayor's Community Energy Plan

    The Mayor’s Community Energy Plan will enhance quality of life in Halton Hills through improved energy efficiency and cost savings, greenhouse gas reductions, renewable energy generation and the pursuit of innovative approaches to generating energy for Halton Hills. It will also expand community awareness of the value of energy efficiency as well as assist the Town in responding to the challenges posed by climate change such as more frequent and more severe extreme weather conditions.

    The Plan consists of two parts. The first part relates to the Town’s municipal operations and is captured through the “Corporate Energy Plan”. Developed in response to the provincial Green Energy Act, this part outlines a 5-year roadmap to ensure that Town facilities are built and operated as efficiently as possible. Implementation of additional energy efficiency improvements at Town facilities is projected to translate into:

    • 13% to 17% improvement in energy intensity;
    • 16% to 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; and
    • About $1.2 million in financial benefits for the Town.

    The second component, referred to as the “Local Action Plan”, is broader and addresses energy use across the community. The Local Action Plan fulfills the first three milestones of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection program by:

    • Creating a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory;
    • Setting a greenhouse gas emission reduction target; and
    • Identifying actions that need to be taken to achieve greenhouse gas reductions.

    For the community as a whole, the Energy Plan sets the following targets:

    • 35% reduction in per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2031 – compared to 2011 levels.
    • 14% reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2031 – compared to emissions modelled for Scenario 1 (Moderate Energy Efficiency)

    Implementation is projected to:

    • Reduce annual energy costs by $17 million ($271 in total).
    • Create over 200 new jobs.

    For more information, please contact:
    Gabriel Clarke
    Mgr,Sustainability&Climate Ch
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Gabriel Clarke
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2256

    As required by Regulation 397/11 of the Green Energy Act, the Town of Halton Hills regularly submits its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission data to the Province for operations conducted in prescribed Town facilities.

    As required by Regulation 397/11 of the Green Energy Act, the Town of Halton Hills has completed a 5-year Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan for its corporate operations, referred to as the “Corporate Energy Plan” or “CEP”. The CEP outlines a 5-year roadmap for successful energy management, focusing on electricity, natural gas and vehicle fleet fuel use. The CEP aims to ensure that new and existing Town facilities are built and operated as efficiently and sustainably as possible. It builds on the Town’s existing commitment to energy conservation.

     

    Climate Change Adaptation Plan

    The Town of Halton Hills is participating in the Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Project by ICLEI Canada in 2016. The Town will benefit from the information collected because it will contribute to the Town developing its own Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The Town will utilize ICLEI Canada’s BARC (Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities) framework to develop the Town’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

    The Plan will focus on identifying our community’s risks to climate change and consist of developing actions to take to manage, minimize, or eliminate those risks.

    The development of this plan is a priority of Council’s Strategic Action Plan. Council recognizes our community’s experience with a changing climate and the need to be prepared and adaptive for changes in the weather. Extreme weather events, such as the 2013 ice storm, the 2016 low precipitation and extreme summer heat reinforces the need for us to be prepared. The Climate Change Adaptation Plan will be completed by May 2018.

    Milestone Framework:

    1. Consult and Engage
      The Town will establish the stakeholder groups that will be consulted at various points throughout the project.
    2. Conduct Research
      Review climate change science for municipality; conduct vulnerability and risk assessment; identify priority impacts.
    3. Create Plan
      Establish goals and objectives; identify and prioritize actions; develop monitoring and evaluation strategy; identify indicators; draft implementation plan.

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    For more information about the Climate Change Adaptation Plan project please contact:
    Gabriel Clarke
    Mgr,Sustainability&Climate Ch
    Town of Halton Hills
    1 Halton Hills Drive
    Halton Hills ON L7G 5G2
    Email: Gabriel Clarke
    Phone: 905-873-2601 ext. 2256

     

     


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