Climate Leadership Plan

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Climate change is here. We need your help to identify how it’s impacting our community, so that, together, we can implement real and sustainable solutions.

Take climate action!

Complete a brief survey. The City brought together stakeholders and experts to identify ways climate change impacts Kingston. Tell us which impacts mean the most to you and what else needs to be considered.

How has climate change affected you? Using the mapping tool, let us know where you’ve seen the impacts of climate change within Kingston.

Review all the resources. We have a lot of work ahead of us to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. Across City departments, and this community, positive steps are already being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which are scientifically proven to cause climate change. Find out what is in the works. Please review all the resources shared on this page, and our City website.

How your input will be used

The City recognizes that collective community action is key to achieving meaningful climate action.

The Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) will be informed by community input and provide strategic guidance on how to achieve these very ambitious targets: 15 per cent reduction in GHG emissions over 2018 levels by 2022, and a path to achieve carbon neutrality as a corporation by no later than 2040, with aspirational goals for the community.


Goals of the Climate Leadership Plan

  1. Define a clear path to reach corporate and community carbon neutrality.
  2. Engage the most influential local stakeholders who can make the biggest GHG reductions.
  3. Identify climate risks and adaptation priorities.
  4. Consider solutions that stimulate economic development and prosperity.

Engage for climate change

Global issues require local action. We’ve witnessed this with COVID-19. Kingston’s success in limiting the community spread of COVID-19 has shown that, when we work together, we can make a difference. As we continue to respond to the pandemic, let’s also plan to take climate actions to mitigate future climate-related impacts. The good news of the day: It is within our power to reduce the GHG emissions and improve our resilience to extreme weather and climate impacts…but the City can’t do it alone.


climate leadership banner


Climate change is here. We need your help to identify how it’s impacting our community, so that, together, we can implement real and sustainable solutions.

Take climate action!

Complete a brief survey. The City brought together stakeholders and experts to identify ways climate change impacts Kingston. Tell us which impacts mean the most to you and what else needs to be considered.

How has climate change affected you? Using the mapping tool, let us know where you’ve seen the impacts of climate change within Kingston.

Review all the resources. We have a lot of work ahead of us to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. Across City departments, and this community, positive steps are already being taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), which are scientifically proven to cause climate change. Find out what is in the works. Please review all the resources shared on this page, and our City website.

How your input will be used

The City recognizes that collective community action is key to achieving meaningful climate action.

The Climate Leadership Plan (CLP) will be informed by community input and provide strategic guidance on how to achieve these very ambitious targets: 15 per cent reduction in GHG emissions over 2018 levels by 2022, and a path to achieve carbon neutrality as a corporation by no later than 2040, with aspirational goals for the community.


Goals of the Climate Leadership Plan

  1. Define a clear path to reach corporate and community carbon neutrality.
  2. Engage the most influential local stakeholders who can make the biggest GHG reductions.
  3. Identify climate risks and adaptation priorities.
  4. Consider solutions that stimulate economic development and prosperity.

Engage for climate change

Global issues require local action. We’ve witnessed this with COVID-19. Kingston’s success in limiting the community spread of COVID-19 has shown that, when we work together, we can make a difference. As we continue to respond to the pandemic, let’s also plan to take climate actions to mitigate future climate-related impacts. The good news of the day: It is within our power to reduce the GHG emissions and improve our resilience to extreme weather and climate impacts…but the City can’t do it alone.


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Impacts of climate change

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Where are you seeing the impacts of climate change? Use the mapping tool to let us know where you’ve witnessed the impacts of climate change. Sharing your experience is easy, simply drop a pin on the map to identify a general area that you think is under risk or has experienced climate impacts. 

What is a climate impact? 

Please review the Climate Adaptation Information Package [link] to learn more. 

How to use the Interactive Map

Please drop a pin on the map, provide a comment, share a photo (if you like) and tell us what specific impact you’ve experienced or observed and why it is important. Your suggestions will help inform the development of a climate adaptation vulnerability and risk assessment for the City of Kingston.  

To help guide you, here are some examples of what each pin can be used for: 

  • Heat Waves – where have you experienced extreme heat conditions and how has this impacted you (e.g. cost to cool my home has increased, or this park requires more shade and is too hot for my family to enjoy in summer)?
  • Flooding – where have you experienced or seen flooding (e.g. my basement during the summer, the waterfront, a specific road in the City or surrounding area)? 
  • Storm Events – what areas experience storm events, what impacts occurred (e.g. high winds and rain, erosion of a riverbank, damage to property or the environment, a broken water main in a specific area of the City, power outages)?
  • Changing Winter Conditions – what areas have faced extreme cold conditions (e.g. ice storms, or damages roads due to wear and tear over the winter)?
  • Forest Fire or Droughts – where have crops and plant life been impacted by drought or fire? 
  • Other – what else have you experienced? Have we missed any Kingston locations that are being impacted by Climate Hazards?