Four Municipal Councillors Selected to Attend National Climate Leadership Course

Sep 14th, 2020
By rwhelan


For immediate release:  Monday, September 14, 2020

Four Municipal Councillors Selected to Attend National Climate Leadership Course

The County of Dufferin is pleased to announce that four elected officials have been selected to represent Dufferin County at a national Climate Leadership Course, hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

Grant Peters (Councillor, Town of Orangeville), Laura Ryan (Mayor, Town of Mono), Philip Rentsch (Deputy Mayor, Grand Valley), and Shirley Boxem (Councillor, Township of Mulmur) will join 88 leaders from across the country to participate in FCM’s first-ever online course for municipal elected officials.

“Of 93 elected officials selected from across Canada, to have 4 municipal leaders from Dufferin County attending is really quite outstanding”, said Boxem, Councillor from the Township of Mulmur.

The course, offered through the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP), will help participants deepen their knowledge and skills as climate leaders.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and learn from climate change leaders across the County”, said Peters, Councillor for the Town of Orangeville. “I look forward to sharing the knowledge gained during the FCM course with my colleagues here in Dufferin County.

During the course, participants will hear from experts and connect with peers as they learn about success stories and lessons to be learned.

“I applied to FCM’s climate leadership course to learn about practical ideas that could be incorporated into the County’s Climate Action Plan.”, said Rentsch, a Dufferin County Councillor. “I hope to absorb as much information as possible about the available opportunities, resources, and funding to support resilient infrastructure in our community”.

Dufferin County signed on to the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program in 2018, joining a national network of over 350 municipalities across Canada who are committed to reducing local greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, the Dufferin County Council unanimously agreed to adopt a “climate lens” into municipal decision-making processes.

“As a County we’ve made a commitment to climate action”, said Ryan, former Dufferin County Warden and a current Dufferin County Councillor. “FCM’s climate leadership course is an important step in developing knowledge on the tools and best practices for implementing initiatives like the climate lens”.  

The course will feature three short assignments and three live chats from September through November 2020. The course will conclude with an in-person summit planned for Ottawa in January 2020, although FCM notes that the advice of public health authorities will be considered before finalizing travel and event plans.

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