Climate Leadership Plan

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Download the Climate Leadership Plan Summary Report


The City of Kingston wants your input on the draft Climate Leadership Plan Summary Report. This action-filled document is the City’s response to the climate emergency and acts as its roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality.

This plan is one of the first like it in Canada, combining actions to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. It was built through engagement with the community, City staff, and leading experts. This Fall, it will be sent to members of Council for their review. If approved, the City will begin to implement the actions

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Download the Climate Leadership Plan Summary Report


The City of Kingston wants your input on the draft Climate Leadership Plan Summary Report. This action-filled document is the City’s response to the climate emergency and acts as its roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality.

This plan is one of the first like it in Canada, combining actions to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. It was built through engagement with the community, City staff, and leading experts. This Fall, it will be sent to members of Council for their review. If approved, the City will begin to implement the actions immediately. First, we need your feedback!

Get Involved!

  • Help validate the core elements of the Plan, such as the objectives and key actions.
  • Provide insight on how to promote the Plan and leverage community partnerships to ensure long-term implementation.
  • Review the draft Climate Leadership Plan Summary Report.
  • Attend a Virtual Open House on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m.
  • Complete the Draft Climate Leadership Plan Survey by 4 p.m. on Oct. 13.

About the Climate Leadership Plan

This plan builds off of previous climate work completed by the City in collaboration with the community, such as the Climate Action Plan (2014). In 2019, the City of Kingston became the first city in Ontario to declare a climate emergency, requiring an urgent response. The Climate Leadership Plan outlines objectives and actions for the City and community to become carbon neutral by 2040.

Goals of the Climate Leadership Plan

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