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Northumberland County awarded grant to take action on climate change and resilience

Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019

Cobourg, ON – February 20, 2019 –  Northumberland County has been granted $122,400 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) climate change staff grants initiative to help address staffing gaps and increase our capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change or reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions.

Northumberland County is among 59 communities across Canada benefitting from this initiative.

The County will use the funding to dedicate staff to the following activities:

  • Developing a County vision for climate change mitigation and a GHG emissions reductions plan
  • Reviewing, assessing and updating current County energy and GHG emissions inventories
  • Preparing a policy on GHG emissions reductions, and
  • Prioritizing operational and institutional recommendations for the County.

The new staff member will also support our three funding application partners—the Town of Cobourg, the Township of Hamilton and the Municipality of Port Hope—with advancing their climate change plans and implementing related strategies. Key learnings from the project will be shared with all member municipalities.

The climate change staff grants are offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada.

“Launching this project is a significant step on the path to becoming a municipal leader of innovation and excellence,” states County Transportation, Waste and Facilities Director Mo Pannu. “This project will allow us to gather insight end explore cutting-edge strategies and tools that can help us reduce GHG emissions county-wide, increasing quality of life in our community.”

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