The 2021 Climate Change Report Card report card tracks our annual progress of implementing the Climate Change Strategy and provides examples of our actions.
Our four Climate Change Strategy Goals are to Educate, Adapt, Mitigate, and Implement.
Click on the Goals below to view our progress with each Goal.
Under each Goal, we have listed the targets that we aim for. Each target is colour coded to display the level of progress that we have attained in 2021. Green means we have completed the target in 2021. Yellow means that the target is underway or ongoing. Grey means that we have not yet started working on the target.
GOAL 1 | Educate
Add and maintain a climate change page to our website
Otonabee Conservation Climate Change Strategy is available online, now!
Make climate change a theme for social media posts
Model climate change actions and behaviours
ORCA Green Team formed to advise on organizational climate initiatives and sustainable actions in the workplace.
Review and amend job descriptions to include responsibilities related to climate change
Climate Change Strategy Targets included in 2022 staff performance objectives
Include climate change activities in workplans
Be an active participant on local climate change initiatives
Member of Peterborough Public Health Climate Change & Health Advisory Group
Member of Green Economy Hub Peterborough | membership fees added to budget
Facilitate discussions with Municipalities to share best practices, strategies, and measures
Support climate change initiatives undertaken by partner municipalities
Investigate options for undertaking climate change vulnerability assessments
Continue with data collection programs and enhance ability to manage and share data
Identify linkages between monitoring data and climate change impacts
Incorporate climate change messaging into all education programs and events
Climate change information added to education presentations and programs including:
Envirothon, Yellow Fish Road, Spring Water Awareness Program, Peterborough Children’s Water Festival Activity.
Develop public information products related to climate change impacts
GOAL 2 | Adapt
Initiate a policy review process to identify opportunities to integrate climate change adaptation
Initiate program/service review to identify and integrate climate change adaptation
Review the Official Plan updates, Land Use Planning policies and documents and to include climate change considerations in our comments
Quantify the future impacts of climate change on floodplain mapping
Investigate partnership opportunities with municipalities and other partners to implement projects designed to reduce volume of water entering watercourses, and stormwater management facilities to prevent flooding
Investigate partnership opportunities with municipalities to require pre/post development water balance and site level stormwater management.
Collaborate with municipalities to develop design criteria to control and capture specific water volume and implement through Low Impact Development
Participate in development of appropriate design criteria for culverts, bridges, stormwater management, ponds and other infrastructure to reflect climate change impacts from runoff and extreme weather events
Collaborate with municipalities to establish new IDF curves that reflect future climate change impacts
GOAL 3 | Mitigate
Schedule regular vehicle maintenance and complete repairs as required
8 fleet vehicles inspected as required based on mileage and maintained for optimal performance & efficiency
Establish policy that vehicles cannot idle for more than 1 minute.
Include criteria for low fuel consumption, electric/hybrid vehicles in procurement process for new vehicles
Install electric vehicle charging stations at Administrative Office and Campgrounds
Upgrade technology to facilitate remote work and promote paperless / digital processes
Laptop computers, VOIP, and VPN issued for all staff to facilitate remote work options.
Adoption of paperless practices including online forms for Hunting Permits, Property Inquiries, and Applications for Clean Water Act Notices.
Update policies to facilitate remote work and meetings
Work From Home Policy and Agreements adopted
Incorporate climate change considerations into Conservation Land Management and Operating Plans
Complete energy and waste audits for operations and facilities and prioritize recommendations for implementation
Greenhouse Gas Inventory completed including waste and energy use audits for Otonabee Conservation properties
Adopt energy efficient design principles for any building renovation or replacement
Ensure Conservation Lands are actively managed to maintain a healthy forest
Implement tree planting activities
1980 trees planted on 6 properties
Over 11,000 trees sold through Tree Seedling Sales Program
GOAL 4 | Implement
Complete annual review and update of Climate Change Strategy and Actions
New Climate Change Strategy published in 2021
Develop targets and milestones to facilitate implementation
First Climate Change Strategy Report Card published Spring 2022
Calculate organizational carbon footprint
Calculate impacts of actions to quantify reduction
Include climate change in updated Strategic Plan