The Peel Climate Change Partnership
Working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change
The Peel Climate Change Partnership works collaboratively on strategic climate change initiatives to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change impacts, and increase the pace and urgency of the climate change response by all partners.
In 2018, the Peel Climate Change Partnership launched three strategies that were a focus of collaboration for the past five years. The work associated with the strategies continues beyond 2022 through the member organizations. Historical work is summarized below under Previous PCCP Accomplishments.
In 2022, the Peel Climate Change Partnership was refreshed to reflect the renewed commitment of each member and the evolving response to the climate emergency. The refreshed Partnership is focused on prioritizing climate action, streamlining the scale and acceleration of climate action across the community and to better meet the needs of member organizations.
The members of the Peel Climate Change Partnership are:
- City of Brampton
- Town of Caledon
- City of Mississauga
- Credit Valley Conservation
- Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
- Region of Peel
Climate Emergency Leadership Team
The Climate Emergency Leadership Team (CELT) is comprised of executive-level leaders from each member organization and focuses on issues management, strengthening collaboration, and leveraging networks or influence to address existing or new needs and opportunities for working together.
The current CELT members are:
- Gary Kent, CFO and Commissioner, Corporate Services, Region of Peel
- Kealy Dedman, Commissioner, Public Works, Region of Peel
- Michael Herallal, Director, Environment and Development Engineering, City of Brampton
- Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services, City of Mississauga
- Erin Britnell, Director, Corporate Strategy and Innovation, Town of Caledon
- Quentin Hanchard, CAO, Credit Valley Conservation
- John MacKenzie, CEO, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Champions make recommendations to the CELT, engage other leaders, and provide oversight and expertise for specific climate initiatives, as appropriate.
- Jeremy Schembri, Manager, Office of Climate Change and Energy Management, Region of Peel
- Olivia Sparrow, Manager, Stormwater Programs, City of Brampton
- Dianne Zimmerman, Manager, Environment, City of Mississauga
- Cristina Guido, Acting Manager, Energy and Environment, Town of Caledon
- Andrew Kett, Director, Corporate Services, Credit Valley Conservation
- Victoria Kramkowski, Government and Community Relations Specialist, Peel and York Watersheds, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
The secretariat is located within the Region of Peel’s Office of Climate Change and Energy Management. Members of the secretariat facilitate and support the Partnership’s strategic and operational work and ensure that group activities are effectively administered.
The secretariat is comprised of:
- Christine Tu, Director, Office of Climate Change and Energy Management, Region of Peel
- Rosemary Nobel, Administrative Assistant, Office of Climate Change and Energy Management, Region of Peel
- Iris Wagner, Advisor, Office of Climate Change and Energy Management, Region of Peel
Low carbon communities
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
The Region of Peel has successfully applied for two rounds of federal funding through NRCan’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) on behalf of the PCCP. The Region and PCCP members were awarded $652,000 to support the expansion of EV charging infrastructure.
View a list of public level 2 charging connectors by Partnership member organization.
A comprehensive list of public charging stations is available for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga through ChargeHub.
2016 Peel Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory was updated to provide insights on trends and highlight reduction opportunities, future scenarios and actions and where further monitoring is needed. According to the 2016 Community Inventory update, Peel's emissions:
- Are estimated to be 10.1 million tonnes of CO2e.
- Have increased by 18% since 1990.
- Are mostly produced through stationary energy (emissions come from fuel combustion, as well as emissions released in the process of generating, delivering, and consuming useful forms of energy, such as electricity or heat) and transportation.
To learn how and why the inventory was completed, as well as results and trends, review the 2016 Inventory Update summary and the 2016 inventory update technical document. The Community GHG Inventory will be updated in the near future and will be made available on this site.
Flood resiliency strategy
The Peel Climate Change Partnership will use the Risk and Return on Investment Tool to identify and support projects that will help avoid floods in Peel Region.
The tool will:
- Help municipalities and conservation authorities identify areas of high risk and make cost-effective decisions for flood risk mitigation.
- Assess economic and social impacts of riverine flooding, as well as urban overland flooding, storm sewer back-up, sanitary sewer back-up, and stream erosion.
- Perform a financial assessment of management options to help users optimize their investment.
Work in progress
- Asset management plans.
- Literature review of gaps in existing conditions.
- Evaluating costing for manicured parkland, wetlands, and forests to build into the tool.
- Green Development Standards.
Green natural infrastructure strategy
The Partnership will identify and then prioritize tree planting in Peel neighbourhoods that need more shade.
Work in progress
- Management best practices.
- Climate change adaptation guidelines.
- Policy best practices: helping to inform policies and guidelines in the Peel Region 2041 Official Plan Review.
- Tree planting activities in each of the priority neighbourhoods.
The executive summary of Peel Region's Best Practices and Strategies for the Urban Forest, provides an overview of best practices for managing Peel Region’s urban forest (primarily for street and park trees).
- Peel Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy
- October 28, 2021 - Peel Region Urban Forest Best Practice Guide
- October 28, 2021 - State of Stormwater Management in Peel Region
- February 27, 2020 - Peel Climate Change Partnership Terms of Reference update
- September 23, 2022 – Peel Zero Emission Vehicle Strategy Endorsement (TRCA Board Report)
- May 8, 2020 – PCCP Terms of Reference Update (CVC Board Report)
- The 2011 Peel Climate Change Strategy
- 2016 Peel Community Greenhouse Gas Inventory
- Vulnerability assessments
- TRCA Heat Index Mapping
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Resilient City
For any questions about the Partnership, the CELT or strategies, please contact the Peel Climate Change Partnership Secretariat at email@example.com with the subject line “PCCP Inquiry”.