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News Release

DRRCC continues to make Durham Region a leader in climate change issues

WHITBY, ON April 14, 2015

In 2009, Durham Region formed an advisory committee that was designed to help the Region mitigate climate change and adapt to its effects. Six years later, the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change (DRRCC) still makes recommendations to Regional Council about proactive measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change; acts as a community service provider; and identifies and implements community outreach and education programs.

The 2014 to 2018 DRRCC is composed of 17 individuals: the Regional Chair, a representative from all four Regional standing committees (and an alternate), the Region’s Chief Administrative Officer, and 11 citizens who represent local industries, corporations, institutions and the general public. These individuals have a mandate that focuses on outreach (assist all stakeholders within the Region to address climate change in their respective practices and operations), advocacy (make recommendations with respect to policy positions that Regional Council could adopt and/or take forward to other levels of government and agencies) and education (continually improving knowledge and understanding).

“As councillors, it is our responsibility to help ensure our future residents enjoy the same, high quality of life that is present in our current community,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “We have seen how climate change has impacted our community in the past few years, which is why we appreciate the recommendations that come forward.”

During this four-year term, the DRRCC will continue to work on a Community Climate Adaptation Plan (CCAP), which began in October 2013. Adaptation is defined as the protection of human life and infrastructure from extreme weather, through preparation, protection and safeguarding. At its foundation, the plan begins with climate projections for 2040 to 2049 that are specific to Durham Region.

“Climate change affects everyone; we need to continue developing policies and practices to protect our environment for future generations,” said Richard Gauder, Chair of the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change. “We are fortunate to have a roundtable made up of knowledgeable industry experts who hail from a variety of sectors.”

Phase 1: Assessment—which was endorsed by Regional Council on Jan. 21, 2015—summarizes the first phase of Durham’s CCAP and details the work undertaken in late 2013 and 2014. Sector-specific stakeholders will be engaged throughout the process of the plan’s development, to help interpret the impact that the future climate could have on community infrastructure, businesses and residents.

In addition to the work of the DRRCC, the Region of Durham has also implemented a number of activities to mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as adaptation initiatives.

To learn more about the DRRCC, or for climate change information (including household tips, activities for children, or to view an events calendar), please visit www.durhamclimatechange.ca. A list of meeting dates and times is also available online at www.durham.ca under the headings Council > Meetings Calendar.

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