Lanark County approves $200,000 for climate action initiatives in 2024

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Lanark County Council approved the 2024 Climate Action work plan following a report by Elizabeth Gallant, Climate Environmental Coordinator, presented at the public works committee meeting last month.

The Climate Action Plan was approved in November, and Gallant provided an overview of actions that took place in 2023. This included completing the Better Homes Lanark feasibility study and program design, funding a feasibility study for local transportation options, establishing a fund for lower-tier municipal projects related to electric vehicles or organic waste diversion, participating in the Regional EV Charging Network with a goal of increasing EV uptake and local charging infrastructure, purchasing a new electric truck for the public works department, and continued tree planting through the 1 Million Trees program (485,000 planted in Lanark County since 2020).

The 2024 work plan outlines $200,000 worth of initiatives, including:

  •  Municipal climate grant for each local municipality ($92,000)
  • Contribution toward a public electric vehicle charging station ($52,000)
  • Home energy efficiency kits ($10,500)
  • 2023 greenhouse gas emissions inventory ($10,000)
  • 1 Million Trees program ($10,000)
  • ALUS Lanark (Alternative Land Use Services) funding ($10,000)
  • Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Funding ($5,000)
  • A Community Efficiency Financing application prepared by Greenscale ($5,000)
  • Municipal climate intern ($3,000)
  • Graphic design of Climate Action Plan ($2,000)
  • Composters for school program ($400)
  • Wetland workshop ($100)

Gallant outlined other projects planned for 2024 that have no impact on the climate action budget, including an update to the transportation master plan to include active transportation, the Lanark County Rural Transportation Working Group feasibility study, a housing energy retrofit project, planning for local electric vehicle charging network connectivity, a new electric truck, a Natural Asset Management Roadmap program, a SharePoint for local municipal climate information, a Community Climate Grant and a Climate Adaptation Plan.

The new six-month municipal climate intern through Environmental Leadership Canada, Lalit Kumar, will be working on the 2023 greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the Climate Adaptation Plan and updating the EV charging station inventory and collaborating with local municipalities to plan a regional charging network.

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For more information, contact Elizabeth Gallant, Climate Environmental Coordinator, at 1-888-9- LANARK, ext. 3114.

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