We Need Your Input! Help Create our 1st Local Climate Change Action Plan!

Did you know, despite the large amount of media attention given to the issue of climate change, most people simply don’t talk or think about it all that much? Let's change that.
Be a #ClimateChanger. 
SSS is starting a local conversation about climate change with the objectives to:
1. Better understand the view held by you - our community - on climate change.
2. Identify opportunities for action by our local governments and by the community-at-large.
3. Share your stories demonstrating the local impacts of climate change.
This survey involves 10 questions and will take you 6-9 minutes to complete.  
Your responses will remain completely anonymous and confidential, and will be analyzed without any identifiable details (i.e., name or e-mail).
To thank you for your time, we are offering you the chance to win 1 of 4 prizes as part of our ‘Be a #ClimateChanger’ campaign!  You could win:
1. A one-year subscription to either Corporate Knights or Mother Earth News magazine (your choice of one),
2. A bee house and native wildflower seeds for your garden or property, designed to support healthy, solitary native bee populations,
3. A hand-crafted butterfly house and native wildflower seeds for your garden or property to provide food and nesting habitat for butterflies, or
4. A set of zero-waste reusable produce bags to help avoid the single-use of plastic produce bags when purchasing fruit and vegetables.
*Notes: (1) We do not endorse the information contained within the aforementioned magazines, but we do like to read and learn by exploring ideas in the areas of built infrastructure, nature, energy, water and climate change! (2) This contest is open to residents of the Town of Midland, Town of Penetanguishene, Townships of Georgian Bay, Severn, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay, and to those whose primary work location is within one of these 7 municipalities. Multiple entries are permitted. The draw will take place on March 1, 2018.
If you would like to learn more about climate change or SSS before completing this survey, please visit our website at https://www.sustainablesevernsound.ca/support.php
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this survey, please contact staff at Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) at:
Staff: Tracy Roxborough, Sustainability Coordinator, SSS
E-mail: tracy@sustainablesevernsound.ca
Phone: 705.526.1371 x.112
Staff: Victoria Ervick, Climate Change Action Plan Coordinator, SSS
E-mail: victoria@sustainablesevernsound.ca 
Phone: 705.526.1371 x.111
If you are completing a print copy of this survey, you can place it in the survey box at your municipal office, or return the survey to SSS by mail or drop-off at 105 Fourth Street, Midland. P.O. Box 8. L4R 4K6

* 1. In which of the following municipalities do you either live or work? If more than one, please select the municipality which you most associate with.

* 2. Which sector best describes your area of interest or involvement?

* 3. Do you view climate change as an important issue requiring action by municipalities and our communities to reduce current and future impacts?

* 4. Which of the following climate change impacts are of highest concern to you? Please select your level of concern for each impact.

  Most Concerned Somewhat Concerned Not Sure of the Impact Not Concerned
Longer and more frequent heatwaves.
Increased drought.
Increased potential for grass and forest fires.
Extreme wind storms and increased likelihood of tornadoes.
Increased soil erosion, either by wind or rain events.
Increased ice build-up and occurrence of ice storms.
Less snowpack and reduced spring melt.
Changes in ecosystems and natural areas, including loss of trees, plant and animal species.
Introduction of new pests, including plant and animal species (i.e., land and water-based invasive species).
Increased spread of vector-borne disease (i.e., those carried by ticks and mosquitoes, such as Lyme disease and Zika virus).
Decrease of air quality.

* 5. Which of the following 5 potential actions do you think are important actions to be undertaken by our municipalities and the community in response to climate change? Please select the level of importance for each action from your perspective.

  Most Important Somewhat Important Not Sure of Importance Not Important
Include low-impact development standards into new developments and infrastructure upgrades (i.e., reducing paved areas and including more green space/vegetation to better manage water run-off).
Develop a municipal forest strategy to ensure the planting of a diverse range of trees for a changing climate and to promote tree protection on residential and municipal properties. 
Create a program to increase local food production, support a food-to-retailer network, develop mentoring programs and to promote local/seasonal eating.
Support a collaborative, municipal sustainability program that will deliver programs to educate and promote a greener, more sustainable lifestyle for residents.
Work to attract more pollinators in urban and rural areas by developing a strategy to enhance habitat and protect pollinator (bees, butterflies, birds, bugs, etc.) health.

* 6. Which of the following 5 potential actions do you think are important actions to be undertaken by our municipalities and the community in response to climate change? Please select the level of importance for each action from your perspective.

  Most Important Somewhat Important Not Sure of Importance Not Important
Explore ways to increase municipal use of clean, renewable energy technologies (i.e., solar and wind).
Increase energy retrofits at municipal facilities by reviewing Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, and creating a regional energy working group to improve energy conservation.
Prepare a Green Fleet Plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and limit pollutants that impact air quality.
Review and update emergency planning and preparedness for floods, wildfire, extreme heat and other extreme weather.
Establish a water education program to increase water conservation, encouraging practices such as low-flow toilets and shower-heads, rainwater collection (i.e., barrels and cisterns) and xeriscaping (drought-resistant plantings).

* 7. Which of the following 4 potential actions do you think are important actions to be undertaken by our municipalities and the community in response to climate change? Please select the level of importance for each action from your perspective.

  Most Important Somewhat Important Not Sure of Importance Not Important
Include Road Safety, Cycling Network Plans and Complete Street Guidelines into by-laws and Official Plan policies to further support active transportation.
Undertake a municipal waste audit to identify opportunities for increased recycling and green-bin (organics) participation within facilities and at municipally-led events and festivals.
Work closer with energy service providers to support renewable energy development, to expand customer access to utility data, and to improve customer access to available incentives and rebates.
Work  to support the increase of electric vehicles (EVs) ownership by developing policies and programs for EV use by municipal staff and residents (i.e, charging stations and parking policies).

* 8. Do you have a suggestion for action that you think is important in addressing climate change at the local level that is not listed? If so, please suggest that action below.

* 9. What does the phrase 'a community resilient to climate change' mean to you?

* 10. SSS staff are assembling a collection of written experiences of climate change stories and impacts experienced by our community members. If you are interested in sharing your story, please enter your name, e-mail and phone number below. A staff member will contact you to set-up a time for a conversation. We will not share your story or information without your express permission. You will receive 1 additional entry to win a prize as part of our ‘Be a #ClimateChanger’ campaign per an accepted submitted story of 50 to 250 words.

               

* 11. If you would like to join our mailing-list to keep up-to-date on our Local Climate Change Action Plan project, or to be entered into the draw to win 1 of the 4 prizes as listed, please enter your name and e-mail below.

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