EH Responds to City Progress Addressing Climate Emergency
Environment Hamilton's Climate Campaign Coordinator Ian Borsuk and Executive Director Lynda Lukasik delegated to the City of Hamilton's General Issues Committee today regarding the update on city staff progress responding to Hamilton's Climate Emergency Declaration.
Ian underscored the urgent need for Hamilton to deliver on SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, & Timely) climate actions that will get our city to net zero carbon by 2050. He also spoke to Environment Hamilton's deep frustration regarding Hamilton's failure to initiate a Home Energy Retrofit Opportunity (HERO) despite council directing staff to take action over 5 years go to make these low interest loans for energy conservation available to Hamilton homeowners. CLICK HERE to read the full text of Ian's delegation.
Lynda zeroed in on the climate challenges associated with urban growth management in the city, raising concerns that the current lack of a finalized climate lens to assess planning initiatives is cause for concern given that the city's Planning Division is moving ahead right now with determining if and by how much the city's urban boundary may need to be expanded to accommodate urban growth out to 2050. She also called for council to make the Corporate Climate Task Force more open and transparent by making the names and affiliations of all city staff members public. CLICK HERE to read the full text of Lynda's delegation.