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Pickering Recognized for Taking Action on Climate Change

Posted on Tuesday February 17, 2015

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, recognized the City of Pickering for achieving Milestone 5, the last step of the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program at the 2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference.

The PCP program is a network of 270 Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) and acting on climate change. Pickering is one of only 24 other municipalities in Canada to have achieved this distinction.

The program is based on a five-milestone framework:

  1. Create a GHG emissions inventory and forecast.
  2. Set an emissions reductions target.
  3. Develop a local action plan.
  4. Implement the local action plan or a set of activities.
  5. Monitor progress and report results.

“Achieving Milestone 5 is a significant accomplishment and demonstrates our commitment to moving Pickering forward as a more vibrant, healthy and livable community,” said Mayor Dave Ryan.

Together, PCP members have invested over $2.3 billion to date towards mitigating climate change, implementing more than 800 green projects or measures, and reducing greenhouse gases by 1.8 million tonnes.

Visit pickering.ca/sustainability to learn more about the City of Pickering’s involvement in the program.

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As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Media Contact:

Chantal Whitaker
Coordinator, Sustainability l City Development Department
905.420.4660 ext. 2170
1.866.683.2760 | TTY 905.420.1739