County of Huron to honour Earth Day

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HURON COUNTY – The County of Huron released a list of ongoing climate change activities that they are taking in honour of Earth Day 2021.

In a press release, the county stated, "in honour of this important day, the County of Huron is reflecting on the ways current actions are contributing to and mitigating climate change. County staff are taking proactive action to reduce consumption, achieve energy savings, generate awareness on climate concerns and issues, and are always looking for areas of improvement.”

Huron County Climate Change and Energy Specialist Lily Morrow said, “Improving how we manage energy in our facilities and through our work practices helps us reduce our environmental impact, become more sustainable, and generate cost savings.”

She stated that the county’s efforts are ongoing.

The release outline the ongoing efforts, saying that the county currently has a conservation committee that “meets regularly to discuss climate impacts affecting their areas of concern and shares ideas and strategies to reduce climate impacts in the workplace and in the community.”

This group has developed many initiatives, including the county's Single-Use Item Reduction Strategy and educating on avoiding single-use plastics.

Other activities being taken by the county include the Corporate Climate Change Adaptation Plan, which identifies 14 goals that the county will address over the next five years.

This plan looks at five priority areas, including infrastructure and assets, health and safety, engagement and partnerships, resiliency and continuity, and innovation and growth.

The county feels that by addressing and taking action on these five areas, they will be better prepared to lessen and respond and recover from future climate-related events.

The county staff is using a tool called the Climate Lens Tool when planning corporate projects.

This tool includes a list of questions that will help staff consider how corporate projects might be affected by climate change, including ways that staff could modify projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks.

Land use planning, forestry and stewardship, paper and plastic reduction efforts, and participation in the Terre Recycle program are other ways that the county is attempting to reduce its carbon footprint.

Learn more about the ways the County of Huron is working to address climate change at https://www.huroncounty.ca/climate-change-energy/.

The County of Huron encourages residents to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and every day by considering the climate impacts of their everyday actions and advocating for climate action.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times