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Community Sustainability Plan

City of Peterborough adopted the Greater Peterborough Area Community Sustainability Plan in April 2012.  A five year review on the progress made against the Sustainability Plan was completed July 2018, referred to as the Progress Report.  

Climate Change Action Plan

The City of Peterborough adopted their Climate Change Action Plan in December 2016. The Plan includes a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 30% by 2031 as well as the actions recommended to reach our target.  For more information, refer to the Greater Peterborough Area Climate Change Action Plans and the City of Peterborough Climate Change Action Plan.

Sustainability Office

The City of Peterborough is actively pursuing sustainable activities and projects such as energy and water conservation, electric vehicle charging stations, generation of renewable energy, right sizing vehicles, and implementing greenhouse gas reduction actions for the City of Peterborough and the community.

City Council adopted the City of Peterborough's Climate Change Action Plan in December 2016, establishing a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 30% reduction from the 2011 baseline inventory for both the Municipal Operations as well as the community.  Following the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Partners for Climate Protection Framework, the City has now completed Milestone 1 - create a baseline GHG inventory, Milestone 2 - set a GHG reduction target, and Milestone 3 - develop a local action plan.  We working through Milestone 4 - implementation and Milestone 5 - review and report.

The City is one of three municipalities in Ontario to be invited to participate on ICLEI Canada's Climate Adaptation Changemakers project. Together with three municipalities in British Columbia and two municipalities in Newfoundland, over the next two years we will develop community climate change adaptation plans to increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change through the City's built, social, ecological, and economical systems. 

The City of Peterborough has taken a progressive approach to sustainability by acting as the lead municipality in the development of an integrated Community Sustainability Plan, as a member of Sustainable Peterborough Coordinating Committee, and most recently, leading the Greater Peterborough Area Community Climate Change Plan.

For 2018, the City will continue to offer a Low-Flow Toilet Replacement Rebate of $50 per toilet when replacing an old toilet with a WaterSense certified toilet.


Melanie Kawalec, Sustainability Manager
210 Wolfe Street,
Peterborough, Ontario   K9J 2K9
705-742-7777 ext. 1441  

Greater Peterborough Area Community Sustainability Plan, known as Sustainable Peterborough

Sustainable Peterborough is a group of community members from across the Greater Peterborough Area working together to coordinate and implement the sustainability framework identified in the Community Sustainability Plan. "Caring communities balancing prosperity, well-being and nature" was the goal created by our community to reflect what the Greater Peterborough Area should look like in 25 years.

The Sustainability Peterborough Plan was modelled after the Bruntland definition of sustainability, namely development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Sustainability that seeks to find a balance between the environment, socio-cultural, and economic pillars, known as the triple bottom line approach. It is also about maintaining our values and qualities for future generations to enjoy, while working to mitigate threats to our future.