Municipal Action Plan
The Township of Severn is a leader among small municipalities when it comes to environmental initiatives. Beginning in 2016, the township converted streetlight and electronic signage to light emitting diodes (LEDs). In one year, this upgrade resulted in an approximate 52 per cent reduction in energy use, with the street light network consuming only 182, 723 kWh as opposed to 383,412 kWh prior to the switch. The Township continues to practice sustainable procurement, through the purchase of the Building Department’s hybrid vehicle, and a Council-supported travel conservation policy.
In April 2018, Severn Council further demonstrated the Township’s commitment to preserving its natural environment by taking action on climate change and approved a model resolution to join the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. Since joining, the Township has achieved Milestone 1, 2 and 3, and is currently working with SSS to achieve Milestones 4 and 5.
GHG emission summary
In 2015 the Township of Severn emitted approximately 64,061 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e), with corporate emissions accounting for 1% of this total or 777 tCO2e and community emissions accounting for 99% or 63,284 tCO2e.
Community energy consumption data was provided by Hydro One and Union Gas, while corporate information was provided by the municipality itself.
“This collaborative effort among municipalities in our area will strengthen the capacity of our communities to be more resilient to climate change, while providing Severn with the tools to find opportunities to reduce GHG emissions – setting the foundation for future climate planning.” – Councillor Ron Stevens, PCP Program Council representative, Township of Severn
Did you know that the Township of Severn was Canada’s 25th municipality to join Bee City? Congratulations!