MEDIA RELEASE: October 8 Event with McMaster University Will Advance Municipality’s Climate Action Plan

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October 8 Event with McMaster University Will Advance Municipality’s Climate Action Plan

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Port Hope, ON

The Municipality of Port Hope is hosting a public event as part of its multi-pronged initiative to develop and implement a comprehensive Climate Action Plan designed to address local challenges and opportunities.

“Climate Change in Port Hope: Realities, Resources, Remedies” will take place on Oct. 8, 11 am to 1 pm at Trinity College School in the Davies Student Centre accessed by Rose Glen Road. This is a free event focused on education and engagement. It marks the next step in a long-term, community-based approach to climate action.

The event is being organized by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Sustainability Working Group established by Port Hope Municipal Council. The group is collaborating with the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University on this event and other key components of the Climate Action Plan.

The Acting Chair of the Working Group, Robert Sculthorpe, says the aim of this event is to provide insights and information in the context of a changing climate to better enable the Municipality of Port Hope, together with its residents and businesses, to leverage McMaster University’s global reputation in the growing field of sustainable development.

The Oct. 8 program will feature an opening address by Dr. Gail Krantzberg, Professor in the Public Policy Program at the W Booth School. She will draw on her extensive experience helping Great Lakes communities in Canada and the U.S. respond to threats — environmental, social and economic — stemming from a warming planet.

Dr. Krantzberg’s pragmatic talk will zero-in on climate-related topics of interest to Port Hope and Northumberland County, including flooding, infrastructure renewal and land use planning, regeneration of contaminated properties, innovative agricultural practices, tools for public engagement, and strategies to help unlock additional support from senior levels of government.

“I’m impressed by the leadership that the Municipality of Port Hope demonstrates on climate action and environmental sustainability. It’s a privilege for McMaster’s W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology to be Port Hope’s partner in advancing their long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to the effects of climate change. My colleagues and our students are excited to help Port Hope become a blueprint for other municipalities on the shores of our Great Lakes.” said Dr. Krantzberg, noting Port Hope’s proactive leadership in climate resiliency.

The opening talk will set the stage for a panel discussion intended to dig deeper into local issues to identify potential mitigating actions that can be taken at the individual and community level. The panel will include local and regional stakeholders with unique perspectives on the shared challenge of climate change.

The program will conclude with an interactive conversation on local needs and capacities, and priorities for provincial and federal engagement.

Outputs from this event will feed into several following activities in Port Hope organized by the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Sustainability Working Group in collaboration with McMaster University, including a community workshop, an event with municipal leaders and staff, and a report that will help inform the Climate Action Plan.

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For more information, please contact: 
Kevin Narraway, Marketing Manager 
905-885-2004 x 3306 
knarraway@porthope.ca