Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions

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Applications for the 2023-2024 Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions are now closed. 



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The City of Kingston is seeking local neighbourhood leaders to engage with residents on local environmental issues and inspire climate action. The Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions will inspire, motivate, and encourage other residents to undertake community-focused actions to support the City’s Climate Leadership Plan and reach the City’s target of carbon neutral by 2040.

Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions

Participants will receive training (in-person or virtual) through a series of webinars on climate change science, climate change communications, and climate action in Kingston. After the training, participants will receive a Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit to help them engage their neighbours in discussions about climate change and develop innovative neighbourhood-focused climate action projects. The aim of the Toolkit is to identify specific Kingston Climate Leadership Plan goals the neighbourhood should target and develop a plan to reach these goals.

Climate Action Champions are required to commit at least 50 hours per year (4-5 hours per month) toward climate outreach, project development and execution.

The City of Kingston’s program will require participants to present their project’s deliverables, needed materials, their project evaluation plan, and a budget before receiving funding and entering into a funding agreement with the City. Participants will be eligible to receive a maximum of $2,000 per project.

Participants will meet with City staff monthly to discuss their neighbourhood projects and receive feedback and support.

As a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion, you will:

  • Communicate and educate residents about environmental and climate-related topics and issues. Lead constructive and interesting conversations about the challenges of climate change and potential solutions.
  • Collaborate with residents to develop neighbourhood-focused climate action projects that account for the diverse values and needs of the community.
  • Connect and inspire a broader group of neighbourhood residents to participate in climate action to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Contribute to advancing the City’s Climate Leadership Plan and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our city.

Program Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in Kingston
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to commit at least 4 to 5 hours per month to climate outreach and attend monthly meetings with City staff
  • Able to work as part of a team and have a strong leadership capacity
  • Currently engaged in climate action work; or
  • Engaged in neighbourhood or local community work; or
  • a recent graduate interested in climate action
  • Existing connections with neighbourhood networks/groups are an asset
  • Fluency in a non-English language is an asset

Applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities / disabled, will be given priority.

An icon of a hand holding a leaf. Text says Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions.

The City of Kingston is seeking local neighbourhood leaders to engage with residents on local environmental issues and inspire climate action. The Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions will inspire, motivate, and encourage other residents to undertake community-focused actions to support the City’s Climate Leadership Plan and reach the City’s target of carbon neutral by 2040.

Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions

Participants will receive training (in-person or virtual) through a series of webinars on climate change science, climate change communications, and climate action in Kingston. After the training, participants will receive a Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit to help them engage their neighbours in discussions about climate change and develop innovative neighbourhood-focused climate action projects. The aim of the Toolkit is to identify specific Kingston Climate Leadership Plan goals the neighbourhood should target and develop a plan to reach these goals.

Climate Action Champions are required to commit at least 50 hours per year (4-5 hours per month) toward climate outreach, project development and execution.

The City of Kingston’s program will require participants to present their project’s deliverables, needed materials, their project evaluation plan, and a budget before receiving funding and entering into a funding agreement with the City. Participants will be eligible to receive a maximum of $2,000 per project.

Participants will meet with City staff monthly to discuss their neighbourhood projects and receive feedback and support.

As a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion, you will:

  • Communicate and educate residents about environmental and climate-related topics and issues. Lead constructive and interesting conversations about the challenges of climate change and potential solutions.
  • Collaborate with residents to develop neighbourhood-focused climate action projects that account for the diverse values and needs of the community.
  • Connect and inspire a broader group of neighbourhood residents to participate in climate action to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Contribute to advancing the City’s Climate Leadership Plan and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our city.

Program Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Live in Kingston
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to commit at least 4 to 5 hours per month to climate outreach and attend monthly meetings with City staff
  • Able to work as part of a team and have a strong leadership capacity
  • Currently engaged in climate action work; or
  • Engaged in neighbourhood or local community work; or
  • a recent graduate interested in climate action
  • Existing connections with neighbourhood networks/groups are an asset
  • Fluency in a non-English language is an asset

Applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, LGBTQ2S+ persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities / disabled, will be given priority.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for participating in the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion program. This survey is designed to gather insights from program participants about their experiences and help City staff identify opportunities to improve the program and the experiences of the people who take part.


    Your responses will contribute to our ongoing efforts to enhance the program's effectiveness, relevance and overall impact. Your honest feedback is highly appreciated and all information provided will be anonymous. If you would like to talk with us about the program, please reach out to Julie Salter-Keane at JSalter-Keane@CityofKingston.ca 


    Time required: 5 minutes
    Survey closes: Dec. 20 at 4 p.m.


    Notice of collection: All information received will be compiled and considered by staff for use under the purposes of this site. Information will be collected and used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other relevant privacy legislation. All comments made on this site are available to the public and may form part of public records.


    Applications for the 2023-2024 Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions are now closed. 



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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Thank you for your interest in becoming Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion.  

    Applications are open to adults (18 or over). Applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and persons with disabilities / disabled will be given equity in the application evaluation process.

    The Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program is designed to cultivate local leaders to engage with residents and inspire action on climate change at the neighbourhood level. Champions will help to inspire, motivate, and encourage other residents to support the Climate Leadership Plan’s strategy and help achieve the City’s net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2040 or sooner. 

    Participants will receive training through two sessions on climate change science and climate action in Kingston Neighbourhoods. After the training, participants will receive a Neighborhood Climate Action Toolkit to help them engage with their neighbours in discussions about climate change and develop innovative neighbourhood-focused climate action projects. With the help of the toolkit, participants will identify specific greenhouse gas reduction goals for the neighbourhood and develop a plan to reach these goals within the community. Participants will be eligible to receive funding to support the implementation of their climate action projects.  

    Participants will meet with City staff monthly to discuss their neighbourhood projects and receive feedback and support.  

    Time commitment: Climate Action Champions are required to commit at least 50 hours (4-5 hours per month) toward climate outreach and project development and execution.  

    Please allow 10 to 15 minutes to complete this application. 

    Applications close Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.

    If you require assistance or accommodation, kindly contact changeforclimate@cityofkingston.ca or call 613-546-4291 ext 1163 for assistance.

    Notice of Collection: All information received will be compiled and considered by staff for use under the purposes of this site. Information will be collected and used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and other relevant privacy legislation. All comments made on this site are available to the public and may form part of public records. 


    Applications for the 2023-2024 Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions are now closed. 



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