Town of Halton Hills recognized with Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation
For the second consecutive year, the Town of Halton Hills has received the Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation from Metrolinx and Smart Commute Halton.
This designation recognizes the Town’s outstanding commitment to being an employer that supports sustainable transportation options for commuters through its participation in the Smart Commute program. These options include: carpooling, cycling, providing sheltered bike lockers and walking.
Smart Commute is a transportation demand management program focused on reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, providing more sustainable travel options and reducing commuting costs. The new Smart Commute online tool launched this past year allows commuters to explore their commute options, match with potential carpoolers and track their impacts. To date, through a network of 13 offices in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Smart Commute is currently working with 340 workplaces representing more than 730,000 employees.
“The Smart Commute Gold Workplace designation recognizes the Town’s outstanding support of more sustainable commuting options. This is an example of Town staff committing to practical actions to be more sustainable as well as supporting the implementation of the Green Plan. The Town of Halton Hills is proud to be an environmental leader,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.
The Town’s participation in the Smart Commute program supports the implementation of the Green Plan, Community Sustainability Strategy and the Community Energy Plan by improving air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It also supports more active lifestyles by promoting walking and cycling.Posted: Apr. 24, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article
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Taking Action on Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Council approves draft Local Action Plan
Building on the Community Sustainability Strategy (Imagine Halton Hills) and its long-standing commitment to energy conservation, Town Council approved the draft Local Action Plan (LAP) component of the broader Mayor’s Community Energy Plan. This marked a major milestone towards the completion of the Energy Plan.
Once completed, the Mayor’s Community Energy Plan will consist of two closely related parts. The first, through the Town’s Corporate Energy Plan, will ensure that new and existing Town facilities are built and operated as efficiently and sustainably as possible. The second component, the Local Action Plan, will take into account local land use and transportation patterns (among other factors) to examine community-wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Mayor Bonnette said: “The Town has been a leader in energy conservation and greenhouse gas reductions. Aligned with our Community Sustainability Strategy, we have taken countless steps in this direction, including the implementation of a Corporate Sustainable Building Policy, Green Development Standards and completion of a wide rand of facility energy upgrades. The Mayor’s Community Energy Plan will continue our efforts and leadership by outlining practical actions that are designed to generate measurable financial benefits, efficiencies, reduced operating costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. I invite the community to browse the draft Local Action Plan.”
The draft Local Action Plan fulfills the Town’s commitments as a long-time member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection program.
Specifically, the Local Action Plan is designed to complete the following three milestones of the Partners for Climate Protection program:
- Creation of a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory;
- Setting of a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target; and
- Development of a Local Action Plan which outlines actions that can be taken towards achieving the selected greenhouse gas reduction target.
Accompanied by a series of recommendations, the draft Local Action Plan recommends the following greenhouse gas reduction targets for Halton Hills:
- 35% reduction in per capita greenhouse gas emissions by 2031 – compared to 2011 levels.
- 14% reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2031 – compared to emissions modelled for Scenario 1 (Moderate Energy Efficiency).
The draft Local Action Plan and the broader Mayor’s Community Energy Plan are being prepared in a context where North American municipalities are increasingly focused on energy as a strategic priority to reduce operating costs, support of economic development, mitigation against rising utility costs, and sustainability commitments. The Energy Plan also responds to the challenges posed by climate change such as more frequent and more severe extreme weather conditions. According to a 2012 report prepared for the Insurance Bureau of Canada by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction titled “Telling the Weather Story”, in Canada alone, the financial impacts caused by severe weather between 2009 and 2011, are estimated to be about $3.6 billion.
For additional information on the Mayor’s Community Energy Plan, including the Local Action Plan, please visit: http://haltonhills.ca/initiatives/CommunityEnergyPlan.phpPosted: Apr. 23, 2015 Under: Halton Hills - Georgetown Permanent Link to this Article
School crossing guards urgently needed in Georgetown and Acton Permanent and Standby opportunities available April 2015
The Town of Halton Hills is looking for community-minded people to work as crossing guards in locations in Georgetown and Acton.
“Crossing guards play an important role in ensuring the safety of children everyday through our Town, but unfortunately we have a shortage at this time and are having difficulty attracting people to the role,” said Dick Spear, Superintendent of Public Works.
Crossing guards are required to escort school children across a roadway safely at designated school crossing locations in accordance with the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and Town of Halton Hills guidelines.
- Obey all established traffic safety regulations to ensure pedestrians (going to and from school) are assisted in crossing roadways at designated locations
- Wear safety equipment (e.g. safety vest and reflective armbands) supplied by the Corporation of the Town of Halton Hills at all times while on duty
- Report and document any incidents or accidents involving traffic and/or pedestrians to the supervisor and appropriate police or school officials
The position requires the following qualifications:
- Community minded citizen of good character who is fit/alert, dependable and understands kids
- An acceptable Security Clearance Request certificate from Halton Police Services at applicant’s expense
- Good communication skills, including verbal and listening with the ability to follow directions and procedures
- Must be alert, able to maintain high degree of mental concentration, with visual and hearing ability to recognize traffic at a safe distance (approx.300 feet)
- Ability to walk pedestrians safely across busy intersections, reacting safely and quickly to traffic
- Must be able to perform duties outside in all diverse weather conditions
Permanent positions are required for two one-hour shifts per day, M-F, with a pay rate of $16.98 per hour/shift.
Standby positions are required on an as-needed basis (on-call) with a pay rate of $16.98 per hour/shift.
Mr. Spear said the role is ideal for retirees or others with flexible schedules and will be required to work in diverse weather conditions.Posted: Apr. 22, 2015 Under: News Permanent Link to this Article