On June 22, 2017, ClimateActionWR invited members of the community to hear about the progress made so far on reducing Waterloo Region’s carbon footprint. Supplemented by the progress report, the presentation highlighted the sectors in which there were reductions being seen, as well as sectors that needed improving.
In 2013, the three cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge as well as the Region of Waterloo came together to set a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target. With the help of Sustainable Waterloo Region and Reep Green Solutions, ClimateActionWR was set up to work towards a 6% GHG reduction below 2010 levels by 2020. Between 2010 and 2015, the community footprint has already reduced by 5.2%, an equivalent of 58,000 cars being taken off the road. This reduction also came during a time of growth in population, employment, and GDP; a testament that community growth can simultaneously occur while emissions are reduced.