THE City of Surrey on Thursday launched a survey to gather input from residents, community members and other stakeholders, to help shape Surrey’s new Climate Change Action Strategy.
“Council is taking action to address climate change,” said Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum. “We are now inviting the community to provide feedback on our proposed ways to mitigate climate change risks. Community feedback will help us gauge support for the bold actions we are proposing for a zero-carbon future for Surrey. Input from everyone is important. Hearing from a diversity of voices from across the City will help us implement the best solutions for climate action in Surrey.”
The strategy will outline the City’s plan to meet bold targets, set by Surrey City Council last year, to reduce carbon pollution – also known as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – to net zero community wide and absolute zero corporate emissions before 2050. The strategy will focus on the areas estimated to make the biggest impact on greenhouse gas emissions, along with other community benefits, including:
- zero-carbon, resilient neighbourhoods
- safe, zero-carbon transportation
- healthy, zero-carbon buildings
- climate-positive, resilient ecosystems
- bold City leadership
“Council has set bold targets to tackle Climate change, and we encourage everyone to help shape our action plan,” said Councillor Allison Patton, Chair of the Agriculture, Environment and Investment Committee. “By providing your input and ideas, we can reduce carbon pollution together and create a more resilient community for everyone.”
The Climate Action Now Survey is open until the end of June, to anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Surrey. The City will also be hosting a virtual open house, meeting with stakeholders, and providing other opportunities for input over the coming weeks. Staff will be incorporating input and additional analysis over the summer, and the full draft plan will be shared with the community in the Fall, prior to Council approval in late 2021.
To take the survey and to learn more visit surrey.ca/climateaction.