Climate change is real. Calgary has borne the brunt of hotter summers, snowier winters, and higher floodwaters. All levels of government, business, and civil society must work together to mitigate future climate change effects and to adapt to the effects we are currently feeling. This includes small things, like better recycling of household goods to keep unnecessary items out of the landfill, to larger things like continuing flood-mitigation strategies or greater electrification of our vehicles. City Council is vital at ensuring the long-term environmental viability of Calgary for generations to come.
Ward 8 was at the heart of the flooding in 2013 and I remember it vividly, both covering it for Global and being a resident who was flooded out of my house for 10 days. It is also the ward with the most to gain from investments in green projects and initiatives for businesses and residents. I know that Ward 8 needs to be at the centre of any future climate mitigation strategies in the City so that our communities can lead the City forward on these environmental initiatives.
What I will do:
- I will propose the establishment of a sustainability office within the City administration to oversee all City matters regarding the environment and the circular economy.
- I will invest in better recycling and garbage services so that whatever can be recycled is and whatever can't be is disposed of in an environmentally sustainable way.
- I will ensure continuous review of flood-mitigation strategies and waste- and stormwater systems to prioritize effectiveness and longevity.
- I will prioritize environmental sustainability in future city developments and city investments and adopt explicit targets for reducing emissions from municipal assets.
- I will work with all levels of government, the private sector, and NGOs to support green funding and green projects in Ward 8 and around Calgary.