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Sustainable Peterborough updates Trent Lakes Council

by Ben Clarke

What a difference a year makes.

At Tuesday’s Municipality of Trent Lakes council meeting, Sustainable Peterborough identified the Township as a key contributor to the County’s success in 2013.

Back in the spring of 2012 the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, the eight member Townships and two First Nations communities adopted the Greater Peterborough Area Community Sustainability Plan to commit to leading the way towards a sustainable future.

Based on community feedback during the first round of engagement, 11 key Theme areas of focus and 18 Priority Actions emerged for Sustainable Peterborough.

These are areas that our community values the most and form the structure of our Sustainable Peterborough Plan.

While the report card doesn’t give out specific letter grades to each community, Trent Lakes was identified as a key contributor.

“When I presented my report last year we had two pages of accomplishments,” said Sustainable Peterborough chair Ken Doherty in a presentation to Council on Tuesday.

“This year we have six, so we are definitely gaining momentum.”

Some of the accomplishments Trent Lakes was recognized for included installing curtains at the Buckhorn Sports Pad, using wood chips for biomass heat generation, reducing solid waste by 524.05 tonnes and increased recycling by 32.14 tonnes along with improvements to WhiteBeach and Crystal Lake.

The Sustainability Planning process was driven by community input and ideas, and its implementation is driven be community energy and action. The theme areas that Sustainable Peterborough focuses on were augmented by the input received from about 2,200 community members.

Each focus was broken down into categories that included agriculture and local food, climate change, cultural assets, economic development and employment, energy, healthy communities, land use planning, natural assets, transportation, waste and water.

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