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Who Are we?

 The Leadership Team of the Halton Climate Collective (HCC) is comprised of environmental leaders and engagers from: Conservation Halton,  Town of Oakville,  Town of Halton Hills, City of Burlington,  Halton District School Board,  Halton Catholic District School Board,  University of Waterloo, and the Halton Environmental Network.  
 
Objective:
Group of local organizations focused on collectively transforming the community of Halton into a low-carbon, climate-resilient community
Purpose:

 Drive local collective change
 by tackling the challenge of climate change and ensure successful 
GHG mitigation for the community of Halton.

Did you know?

Local Initiatives in Halton Region
Halton Climate Collective delegates to the Halton Regional Council.
Presentation to the Regional Council for the Halton Climate Collective
Halton Climate Collective delegated to the Halton Region Council to have the Region take an active role in our collective.
Halton Regional Council is a decision-making body for the Halton Region. It is made up of 24 elected representatives from Halton's Local Municipalities including the Mayors of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville.

The power of the Halton Climate Collective is the alignment of organizations to leverage expertise, funding opportunities, promote organizations initiatives and support local action. We look forward to working together with all community to respond to the challenges of climate change and drive successful greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation in the Halton Community. 
Conservation Halton hosts
Workshops to get your yard ready for spring
Want to upgrade your background to create a healthy and sustainable garden? 
Conservation Halton hosts Homeowner Workshops: https://www.conservationhalton.ca/healthyneighboursheds

All workshops in Oakville are hosted at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Multi-purpose Room 1 and 2. With All Burlington Workshops hosted at Tansley Woods Community Centre, Community Room 2

Getting Started! Learning to Go with the Flow
Find out how storm water is managed in your community and how it connects to you and your home at our introductory homeowner workshop. We will discuss the newest trends in residential landscaping, and how you can use them to increase curb appeal, save money, and improve the health of our local watershed.
     Oakville: Tuesday, April 9 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
     Burlington: Thursday, April 11 -6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Working with Nature: Selecting the “Right” Plants
Want a diverse garden with more birds and wildlife but less upkeep, watering and mowing? Naturalizing your yard by using native species, organic fertilizers, or a backyard pond may be the perfect solution for you. You will leave this workshop with the inspiration and know how to make your garden a low-maintenance oasis.
     Oakville: Tuesday, April 16 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
     Burlington: Thursday, April 18 -6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 


Rain Gardens and Low Impact Landscaping
At this workshop you will discover how adding a rain barrel or rain garden can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct storm water away from your home towards your plants, garden, or lawn. Manage storm water on your property using low-impact techniques that are sure to make your yard the envy of the neighbourhood.
    Oakville: Tuesday, April 23 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm 
    Burlington: Thursday, April 25 -6:30 pm to 8:00pm

The workshops are $8 per workshop or $20 for all three! Register at the link:
For More information and to Register Click Here
Upcoming Clean up events in Halton 
The weather is getting nicer and as we celebrate the coming of spring, it's time to clean-up our environment. Get together with friends and family for a quick cleanup of litter around your school, business, or neighbourhood. It only takes 20 minutes and makes a big difference in keeping our communities beautiful.
Burlington Green Clean up Week:
April 22-28, 2019
Check out Burlington Green’s site to register and for more details:
 
https://www.burlingtongreen.org/services/events/156-community-clean-up-green-up
Oakville Clean Sweep: 
April 18, 2019
https://www.oakville.ca/environment/clean-sweep.html
“Oakville residents take great pride in our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Participation in Clean Sweep is a great example of how we are working together to create an even cleaner, greener, more livable Oakville.”
Celebrate Earth day with a clean-up! The town encourages individuals, businesses, families, neighbourhood, school and community groups to get out and clean up! The town will provide gloves, garbage bags and garbage collection to organizing groups.
Register on the Clean Sweep page at oakville.ca to get your free bags courtesy of GLAD, along with gloves to help with your cleanup. GLAD bags will be collected on your regular garbage collection day by Halton Region free of charge above the three-bag limit.
Can't make it April 18th?
Participate in the Oakville Community Centre for Peace, Ecology and Human Rights Earth Week Clean Up on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9 to 11 a.m.

This community clean-up takes place at over 40 nature sites in Oakville contact 905-849-5501 or info@oakvillepeacecentre.org for more information.

If you take part in either of these litter clean-ups or organize your own, please take pictures and post your success to the Oakville's  Facebook 
or Twitter page using #CleanCanadaTogether.
Upcoming Events in Halton Hills
Check out these upcoming events in Halton Hills. For more information click the link: https://www.haltonhills.ca/sustainability/inOurCommunity.php
1. 22 Minute Makeover of Halton Hills
Join us for 22-Minute Makeover on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 where local businesses, town employees and schools are encouraged to take 22 minutes out of their day to clean-up outside.

It is a voluntary activity where participants report they enjoyed getting outside for a brief time, even though they were picking up litter. We encourage more businesses to participate to spruce up the area outside of their business. Town employees have about 100 participants per year! Local schools have an A+ grade for past participation and are encouraged to keep up the great work.

Take the easy steps below to participate!
  1. Register by going to this link or by phoning 905-873-2601 ext. 2603 for your free bags and gloves!
  2. Choose the clean-up time that suits your schedule.
  3. Advertise your event to encourage others to help!
  4. Make it fun! Set a timer and head outside to clean-up.

2. Help clean our community!
Take the lead to organize a clean-up in your neighbourhood! 
We invite individuals, families, church groups, service clubs, rate-payer associations and youth groups to help us clean parks, ravines and roadsides of our entire community. Join an organized group listed below or form your own group. Take notice of areas that need attention. Perhaps it is your local park or a nearby roadside.

Check out HERE for locations with leaders who will direct the clean-up and provide gloves and bags for participants on May 4, 2019.

3. The 17th annual Halton Hills Earth Day Event will take place on Saturday April 27, 2019 from 8:00 am to 2 pm at the Robert C. Austin Operations Centre located at 11620 Trafalgar Road (Georgetown).

For more info, click here.
4. Used Bike Buy and Sell Event
The Bike It Committee will be hosting a bicycle buy and sell event in conjunction with the Earth Day Event at Public Works. The intent of this event is to recycle bicycles by selling or giving your unwanted bicycle to someone else to use.
Details include:
Bring your unwanted bicycle to the Robert C. Austin Operations Centre on Saturday April 27, 2019. Check out here for more information.
5. Community Open House and Sustainability Fair
Georgetown Market Place (280 Guelph Street, Georgetown)
Saturday April 27, 2019, 10 am - 4 pm
Bring your family to the the fair! Local organizations will showcase their good work in the community that make Halton Hills a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. Donations to the local food banks will be gratefully accepted. A complete list of activities will be available closer to the event.
Halton Green Screens Film Workshop for
Oakville’s Youth Week
On saturday May 4th, join Halton Green Screens at  QEPCCC, Youth Centre,
2302 Bridge Road for a free stopmotion workshop
 
From Noon to 4 p.m. 
 
Click here for more workshops and events. Hope to see you there!

Did you know?

Internation Climate News
Report on climate change shows Canada warming at twice the rate of rest of world
The report is the latest to warn of potentially devastating effects from global warming on Canada's climate.
Federal scientists and academics are warning that Canada’s climate is warming rapidly and faster than the global average, saying human behaviour must change to slow the shift.

Officials from Environment and Climate Change Canada presented the first study of its kind, titled Canada’s Changing Climate Report, on Monday. It has been in the works for years and is the first of a series aimed at informing policy decisions and increasing public awareness and understanding of Canada’s changing climate.

The report says that Canada is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world and that Northern Canada is warming even more quickly, nearly three times the global rate. Three of the past five years have been the warmest on record, the authors said.

Marjorie Shepherd, director of the climate-research division at Environment Canada, said that warming is not uniform and some regions are warming more than others, and that on average, since records became available in 1948, temperatures in Canada have increased by 1.7 degrees. Annual average temperature over Northern Canada increased by 2.3 C since 1948.

“While both human activities and actual variations in climate contribute to this observed warming in Canada, the human factor is dominant,” Ms. Shepherd said.

Check out the full article here

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