Strategic goal: Sustainability and the environment
In this series of six posts I introduce you to the 2019-2020 strategic plan’s goals and objectives, as well as highlight a few related outcomes we have and will be delivering.
The City of Waterloo is committed to environmental, economic and social sustainability. It recognizes its leadership role in minimizing its environmental impact, prudently managing financial resources considering current and future needs; and creating processes, systems, and relationships that promote social sustainability and actively contribute to healthy and livable communities.
Apply a sustainability lens on all services and projects.
Enable bold local actions to address the climate change crisis.
Work to date
Mayor Jaworsky and Councillor Bonoguore initiated the removal of plastic water bottles from the elected officials office.
Following a pilot project and in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, solar panels and batteries were installed on two additional heavy work vehicles. This will result in cost savings, as well as reduce green house gas emissions.
Council approved an investment into Parkview Crematorium to improve heating and ventilation, and to replace retorts, which will reduce greenhouse gas and emissions. The full report with recommendations can be viewed here.
Expansion of the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex to begin January 2020. Emphasis has been on making the building more energy efficient (44%) and reducing greenhouse gas and emissions (46%). See the full report with recommendations here.
Completion of the Corporate Climate Adaptation plan.
What’s coming up?
Council will be considering this climate emergency motion on November 21, 2019.
Update to the 2011 Transportation Master Plan. Improving all transportation infrastructure will support environmental sustainability by redistributing space to make it safer and easier for people to walk and bike, allowing us to take our cars on fewer trips. You can have your say on the transportation master plan by sharing comments on EngageWR.
The Advisory Committee on Culture will continue to explore the merits of including arts and culture as a pillar of sustainability.