I have consistently pursued an environmentally sustainable approach to community life and development. The following illustrate my commitment to a greener King’s Town District and City.

  • Public Transit: A key aspect of building a sustainable city is to address issues of greenhouse gas emissions. Transit moves many more people using less carbon-based fuel than individual vehicles, thus combating climate change and significantly improving the quality of air in our City. As indicated on the Homepage, I have been instrumental in increasing public transit rides from 2.9 million to almost 7 million.
  • Trails: I have worked with citizen groups for years to develop the trail system in Kingston. The K&P Trail was completed out to the countryside in 2017. I continue to support an interconnected trail, pathway and greenspace system for recreational and work travel purposes.
  • Waterfront Master Plan I served on the Waterfront Master Plan Committee working on a 30-Year plan to make the waterfront more publicly accessible and available. In this last term, with strategic purchases and acquisitions, the City has already started to implement this plan.
  • Electrical Charging Stations: I support the City and Utilities Kingston’s recent installation of electrical charging stations for electric vehicles. In response to the need to combat climate change, all of the major automobile manufacturers are switching over to electric vehicles in the next ten to fifteen years. It is vital to have the electrical infrastructure in place to support this phased-in necessary change. This will also be a source of additional revenue for Kingston Hydro, and over the mid to long-term should pay for itself.
  • Waste Management & Diversion: We achieved Council’s goal of diverting 60% of waste from landfill in 2018, making our City the third best municipality in Ontario. I have strongly supported our waste diversion program, including our Green Bin program and an expanded Blue Box program.
  • Double the Tree Canopy by 2025: This initiative beautifies our neighbourhoods, sequesters carbon and, by cooling homes and buildings in the summer, cuts the demand for energy and therefore greenhouse gases.
  • Municipal Buildings: I continue to support the City’s initiative to renovate its buildings to lower its total energy usage, saving tax dollars and lowering our City’s carbon footprint.
  • Brownfields: I am a strong supporter of the City’s Brownfields Program, which supports rehabilitating contaminated sites and returning them to productive, tax-producing properties.
  • Drop Bikes This program encourages people to leave their car at home, get active and more healthy.
  • Sustainable Kingston: The natural environment is rapidly changing, and our City needs to keep pace with these changes. I will continue to support the work of Sustainable Kingston, who have been working with Community Services to gather community indicators and plan a climate change symposium.