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Climate Action in Grey County

Grey County has declared a climate emergency and adopted Going Green in Grey: Climate Change Action Plan 2022-2050.

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Cover of Climate Change Action Plan
 

Transform the Lawn October 15, 2022

Join Grey County and partners NeighbourWoods North for a community tree planting event:

Saturday, October 15
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Grey County Administration Building
595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound
 

This event is a celebration of climate action and Grey County's climate change action plan, Going Green and Grey. The event will feature the planting of approximately 15 trees and information will be available to all attendees about how to become involved in local climate action groups. and activities. 

Registration is encouraged. 

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About the Plan

Climate change is a critical global problem that requires urgent action. In just one generation, we’ve seen its effects in Grey County through increased flooding, extreme heat, snowstorms and other severe weather events. Our community is projected to grow to nearly 125,000 residents by 2046 – more people means more emissions-producing actions and the potential for increasing climate change impacts.
 

Going Green in Grey includes 21 community actions across seven themes; Nature-based Solutions & Agriculture, Waste, Transportation, Buildings & Development, Energy, Climate Adaptation and Outreach & Engagement.

Grey County Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
Year Community Target Corporate Target
2026 15% 20%
2030 30% 40%
2035 50% 55%
2040 60% 70%
2045 75% Net-Zero
2050 Net-Zero  

Public Engagement

Going Green in Grey was developed in consultation with stakeholders from a variety of sectors as well as the general public. Hundreds of residents and stakeholders shared their time, ideas and expertise. Grey County would like to gratefully acknowledge everyone who participated in its development. The Plan’s development was guided by the Climate Change Taskforce, supported by internal and external working groups, and informed by the Local Municipal Climate Change Community of Practice.

All feedback was summarized and analyzed into a ‘What We Heard’ report. It was presented to the Climate Change Taskforce in December 2021. Minutes and materials are available here.

 

Many Benefits of a Climate Change Action Plan

Going Green in Grey was developed in consultation with stakeholders from a variety of sectors as well as the general public. Hundreds of residents and stakeholders shared their time, ideas and expertise. Grey County would like to gratefully acknowledge everyone who participated in its development. The Plan’s development was guided by the Climate Change Taskforce, supported by internal and external working groups, and informed by the Local Municipal Climate Change Community of Practice.

  • All feedback was summarized and analyzed into a ‘What We Heard’ report. It was presented to the Climate Change Taskforce in December 2021. Minutes and materials are available here.

Adaptation and Mitigation venn diagram showing urban forests, complete communities and energy and water conservation

 

The Process

The planning process follows the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI Canada’s Partners for Climate Protection five-milestone framework.

Milestone 1 – Create a baseline emissions inventory and forecast.

Milestone 2 – Set emissions reductions targets.

Milestone 3 – Develop and local action plan.

Milestone 4 – Implement the local action plan.

Milestone 5 – Monitor progress and report results.

Reports

Draft Climate Change Action Plan: Draft Climate Change Action Plan

Summary Presentation

Report to the Climate Change Taskforce April 2022: Report

Report to the Climate Change Taskforce December 2021: Report

Report to the Climate Change Taskforce July 2021: Report

General Climate Change Survey Results (August 2020): Report

Agricultural Sectors Climate Change Survey Results (September 2020): Agricultural Survey Results and Insights.pdf 

Contact Us

For more information about the Grey County Climate Change Action Plan, contact Linda Swanston, manager of climate change innitiatives, at linda.swanston@grey.ca.

You can also subscribe to our mailing list for regular updates.  

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Staff Contact(s)

Linda Swanston
Manager Climate Change Initiatives

Department(s)

Planning and Development

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Rockwood terrace site plan

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2022 Regional Job Fairs banner.

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logos of all 9 member municipalities and Grey County

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Aerial photo of downtown Thornbury

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Age Friendly Community Strategy Plan

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Map of the Grey Road 19-21 Corridor highlighting areas to be improved

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