City of Waterloo council summary

Posted On Monday November 14, 2022

** The council summary below provides a snapshot of the major items presented at today’s council meeting. Please refer to the minutes for an official record of the meeting.

This is the last official meeting of the 2018-2022 Council.

New Generation Park has new sustainability standards

The City of Waterloo’s west side employment lands, now named Generation Park Waterloo, will feature new sustainability standards.

The sustainability standards support Council’s desire to achieve sustainability targets within the park and to support Council in achieving goals identified in TransformWR (corporate emissions reduction target in greenhouse gas emissions of 80 per cent below 2011 levels by 2050). The sustainability standards for Generation Park were developed based on exploring other standards and guidelines existing within Canada, adaptations needed to apply standards to an industrial context, taking into account staff expertise and capacity to administer standards, as well as ensuring they meet Council’s stated carbon reduction targets. Consultation and input on draft versions was gained from key groups including Sustainable Waterloo Region, Waterloo Community Energy and City of Waterloo Sustainability Advisory Committee, in addition to City staff across divisions. In addition the Waterloo Economic Development Advisory Committee.

City making progress to reach sustainability goals

The City of Waterloo has made significant strides towards institutionalizing and fortifying its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a corporate and community scale, increasing its resilience to the impacts of climate change, and integrating sustainability into the core of corporate programs and processes.

A few notable highlights of the most recent Council term include:

  • Council endorsement of TransformWR in May 2021. TransformWR is a region-wide long-term mitigation strategy to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 as compared to 2010 levels
  • Declaration of a Climate Emergency in November of 2019 and formal adoption of a corporate emissions reduction target of 80 per cent below 2011 levels by 2050
  • Inclusion of environmental sustainability and climate change in the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan
  • Development and approval of the Corporate Climate Change Adaptation Plan in June 2019. This plan aims to increase the resilience of the City’s corporate assets, staff, and services to changing climate conditions
  • Direction to create and approval of the terms of reference for the Corporate Climate Action Plan (CorCAP) in October of 2020. Through CorCAP the City will aim to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions and integrate sustainability and climate change considerations into all applicable City processes and procedures
  • Transitioning the Senior Sustainability Officer position to the Office of the CAO and the creation of the City’s Environmental Sustainability Team (EST). This position, in tandem with other divisions, is responsible for guiding the City’s climate change efforts through various projects and initiatives and through ongoing collaborative support of regional community partners

 

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