Climate Resilient Burlington

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On April 23, 2019, Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency “for the purposes of deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, environment and community from climate change.”

Burlington is one of many local governments planning actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within city operations and community wide to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. However, we must also do what we can to adapt to our changing climate which is projected to be warmer, wetter and wilder.

Actions related to climate adaptation are already being carried out locally. Developing Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather, will help identify additional vulnerabilities and risks requiring further attention and align actions to plan for our changing climate.

On April 23, 2019, Burlington City Council declared a climate emergency “for the purposes of deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, environment and community from climate change.”

Burlington is one of many local governments planning actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within city operations and community wide to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. However, we must also do what we can to adapt to our changing climate which is projected to be warmer, wetter and wilder.

Actions related to climate adaptation are already being carried out locally. Developing Climate Resilient Burlington: A Plan for Adapting to Our Warmer, Wetter and Wilder Weather, will help identify additional vulnerabilities and risks requiring further attention and align actions to plan for our changing climate.

  • Join us for the Virtual Project Launch Event – Oct. 27

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    Join us on Wednesday, October 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. for the virtual Climate Resilient Burlington (CRB) project launch event.

    Register now

    • Our keynote speaker David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada, will present "Weather and Climate: It's Not What Our Grandparents Knew" followed by a Q&A session.
    • Learn more about CRB and how you can get involved.
  • Learn about the Project

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    On March 4, 2021, City staff presented the Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services Committee with a staff report introducing the work done to date on the Climate Resilient Burlington project. Also included with the report were:


    • Climate Projections for Burlington Region which highlighted Burlington’s baseline data (1976-2005) under the categories of temperature, hot weather, cold weather, precipitation and agriculture with future projections (2021-2050 and 2051-2080) under lower and higher (business as usual) greenhouse gas emission scenarios using the Climate Atlas of Canada. Data for extreme weather and Lake Ontario was also included where available from additional sources.



    The Climate Change Impacts Story Map was also released which showcases historical weather events in Burlington which could become more frequent in the future.

Page last updated: 13 October 2021, 14:01