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For Immediate Release:
August 11, 2017

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Visits Region of Peel

The Region of Peel hosts Dianne Saxe at the Make Space for Climate Change Event

BRAMPTON, ON. (August 11, 2017) This past Wednesday, the Region of Peel hosted Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario at their Make Space for Climate Change event.

The event, which was attended by Regional Councillors, senior leaders, staff and residents was focused on strengthening support for continued action on climate change in Peel Region. Dianne Saxe spoke on a variety of topics including the Province's record reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and, the complementary role municipalities play in addressing climate change.

"We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to cut energy costs and reduce the environmental footprint of municipalities," said Dianne during the event.

In response to this important call to action the Region has initiated the development of a Corporate Climate Change Master Plan to support continued execution of the 2015-2035 Strategic Plan and Term of Council Priority to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

"Dianne spoke to the need for all of us to take action now," commented Ward 2 Regional Councillor, Johanna Downey. "She brought to light the important role Peel Region can play as a climate change leader."

Ward 1 Regional Councillor, Barb Shaughnessy added, "Dianne captivated the audience when sharing how each one of us should have a carbon footprint plan and how important it is to improve the environment for our children those who will experience more effects of climate change." The environmental footprint plan can include actions such as reducing vehicle dependency, eating fewer meat products, cycling to work or putting in place other ways to decrease carbon emissions.

"We were honoured to have Dianne Saxe speak at the Region. As one of Canada's leading environmental experts, her insights into climate change are invaluable," said Corporate Service Commissioner Lorraine Graham-Watson. "She has inspired us to continue advancing climate change actions that will lead to a sustainable community for future generations."

For more information on the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan or to view progress on the Term of Council Priorities, visit peelregion.ca/strategicplan

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts:

Ivona Radon
Communication Co-ordinator
Region of Peel
Tel: 905-791-7800 ext. 4144

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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