City of Hamilton Receives National Recognition for Climate Change Action

Below is a press release from the City of Hamilton announcing the recognition Hamilton received at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference. Although we have much more to do, it’s great to see Hamilton get recognized for action on sustainability issues. We should celebrate this achievement together and help it stoke the fire on climate change action in our community.



City of Hamilton Receives National Recognition for Climate Change Action

HAMILTON, ON February 9, 2012 Earlier this week the City of Hamilton received an award of recognition for its efforts in combating climate change. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recognized Hamilton along with other municipalities across Canada for achieving “Milestones 3 & 4” under the Partners for Climate Protection Program (PCP) at the launch of FCM’s Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa.

“It’s an honour for Hamilton to be recognized with fellow municipalities for taking action on climate change” explains Brian Montgomery, Air Quality and Climate Change Co-ordinator at the City. “Actions on climate change are increasingly local, and our community has stepped things up through our community Climate Change Action Charter, our Corporation’s Action Plan, and actions throughout our community.”

Milestones 3 & 4 include setting an emissions reductions target and developing a local action plan. Hamilton has also been recognized by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the top cities in Canada addressing climate change. Community greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 were estimated at 12,891,371 tonnes; a reduction of 26% from 2006 emissions levels (estimated at 17,382,000 tonnes). These changes occurred due to a number of factors such as reduced energy demand due to a cooler summer, improved energy efficiency and conservation actions in the community, and the shifting of energy from coal as part of the Province’s actions towards the phasing out of coal in Ontario’s energy mixture sources by 2014.

On October 2011, Hamilton became the first community in Ontario to launch a community Climate Change Action Charter. Since its inception, 28 organizations (along with the City) have endorsed the Charter including Mohawk College, McMaster University, Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton District Labour Council, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Hamilton Area Steelworkers, Union Gas, North End Neighbours, St. James’s Anglican Church, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, Hamilton CarShare, Environment Hamilton, and Green Venture. For more information and to join the Charter, please visit:

The Charter and other actions to combat climate change and improve air quality and health will be featured at the upcoming Upwind Downwind Conference: Unlikely Partners on February 27th, 2012. As part of the Conference, a free public talk featuring author Jay Walljasper will take place in the afternoon of Sunday, February 26 at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. For more information about the Conference head to:


Media contacts:

Debbie Spence                                                                       Brian Montgomery
Communications                                                                  Air Quality & Climate Change Coordinator
Planning and Economic Development                        Planning and Economic Development
City of Hamilton                                                                   City of Hamilton
Ph:  905-546-2424 ext. 5541                                         Ph: 905-546-2424 ext. 1275

About the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program:

PCP is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. A five milestone framework is used to guide municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The five milestones are: Creating a greenhouse gas emissions inventory, Setting an emissions reductions target; Developing an action plan; Implementing the local action plan or a set of activities; and monitoring progress and reporting results. For more information on the PCP program visit:

Brian Montgomery
Air & Climate Change Coordinator
Planning & Economic Development
City of Hamilton
T: 905-546-2424 extn. 1275

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