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What is the City doing to improve air quality?

  • developing a Community Energy Plan in collaboration with the Region of Durham, utilities, and all eight municipalities within the region
  • replaced inefficient City vehicles with hybrid-electric and right-sized options
  • adopted greenhouse gas emission targets initially through the Partners for Climate Protection program, and most recently in the City's Corporate Energy Management Plan
  • developed Sustainable Neighbourhood development guidelines for all new development in south Pickering, and Sustainable Place-Making Guidelines specifically for Seaton; this includes ensuring new developments are designed for enhanced pedestrian connections and accessibility
  • promoting the revitalization and intensification of the City Centre. Recent amendments to the Official Plan promote many sustainability components including improving transit access and connectivity, cycling and pedestrian networks, and construction of small district energy systemsa woman talking to a man
  • participated in numerous Smart Commute Durham events and programs, such as Clean Air Commute, Bike to Work Day and Walktober
  • established carpool program for staff
  • completed an Urban Forest Study
  • adopted an Idling of Vehicles By-law (6297/04)
  • member of the GTA Clean Air Council