Residents of Halifax are demanding more action to green the municipality and respond to the global climate emergency.
Halifax Regional Municipality has a reputation for being a sustainability leader thanks to its successes in waste management and programs like Solar City. It is essential that we continue to prioritize climate change and environmental stewardship to ensure the municipality remains a leader, while also protecting our communities from the effects of climate change in the years to come.
Regional Council approved the HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together climate action plan in June 2020, and now Council and residents have to dig deep to find the resources and funding to do our part. The Canadian Centre for Police Alternatives gave the plan a glowing review in their article “A Climate Plan That Actually Meets the Crisis: Halifax Leads the Way.“ As a community, we must embrace our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 by improving building efficiency and electrifying transit among other measures.
What will it look like in practice? I’m committing to achieving these objectives by working to:
- Provide EV car-charging infrastructure at all municipal facilities by 2025.
- Transition 50% of the Halifax Transit bus fleet to long-range battery-electric buses by 2028 and 100% by 2034.
- Expand the Solar City (PACE) program to include residential energy efficiency, including building envelope and main panel upgrades.
- Commit the municipality to produce or purchase 100% renewable electricity as early as 2025.
- Purchase land toward complete regional parks, such as Sandy Lake and Blue Mountain Birch Cove, while continuing to renew district parks, especially implementing the Common Master Plan