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Guelph, Ont., August 3, 2022 – Guelph is committed to protecting the environment and the City’s release of its 2021 Environmental Sustainability Report confirms that efforts to conserve natural resources within the community and build a sustainable future are making a difference.
“Environmental sustainability is a priority for the City and the community,” says Mari MacNeil, manager, Compliance and Performance, Environmental Services. “And it’s not just on paper. We’re taking action—large and small—every day to move us closer to reaching our sustainability targets including the Race To Zero.”
The report highlights the outcomes of the City’s work related to:
The 2021 Environmental Sustainability Report also outlines the environmental impact of resuming City programs, services and facilities following the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2020, many City facilities were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and therefore used less resources than a typical year. From January to December 2021, annual greenhouse gas emissions increased 3.6 per cent compared to 2020. The 2021 greenhouse gas emissions are lower than 2019 and 2018 however, which shows the actions the City is taking are working.
“At the City, we’re reducing GHG emissions produced through our operations, building and maintenance infrastructure,” adds Bryan Ho-Yan, manager, Corporate Energy and Climate Change. “Climate change requires action by everyone and the City offers many programs to help mitigate climate change. We encourage the community to explore these options and join us on our Race To Zero.”
To learn more about the City’s environmental sustainability work, visit guelph.ca/environment.
Mari MacNeil, Manager, Performance and Compliance
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2284