St. Catharines’ climate initiatives honoured with provincial award

Published April 20, 2023 at 12:03 pm

The Climate Adaption Plan, approved by St. Catharines Council back in 2021, is being lauded for its ongoing efforts to adapt and prepare for climate change impacts.

On April 17, the city received a Climate Action Award from the Water Environment Association of Ontario and the Ontario Water Works Association, acknowledging innovations in infrastructure that adapt to climate change or reduce climate impacts by significantly decreasing greenhouse gas emissions.

“These honours underscore the work the City and community is undertaking to prevent the worst of climate change,” said Anthony Martuccio, the City’s Director of Engineering, Facilities and Environmental Services.

“The work we’ve been doing has been focused around ensuring that the City and our infrastructure remain protected and safe in the face of changing weather patterns and climactic events.”

The news of the award came on the heels of a recent University of Ottawa research paper which ranked the St. Catharines Climate Adaptation Plan in third over 15 other plans from across the province evaluated for comprehensiveness – finishing ahead of communities like Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener, among others.

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