Sustaining our future

City’s Strategic Plan

2019 to 2023

Sustaining our future

an environment that sustains us

Care for the local environment, respond to climate change and prepare Guelph for a net-zero-carbon future.

Create and execute an ambitious and achievable climate adaptation plan

  • Investing in “green” infrastructure to prepare Guelph for the effects of climate change
  • Increasing Guelph’s tree canopy

Mitigate climate change by reducing Guelph’s carbon footprint

  • Reducing the City of Guelph’s energy footprint through retrofits
  • Advocating for federal and provincial regulations and policy change aimed at reducing carbon emissions
  • Supporting environmental innovation and programming by aligning with partners such as the “Our Energy Guelph” initiative

Plan and design an increasingly sustainable city as Guelph grows

  • Ensuring there is adaptable green infrastructure in physical areas such as the Guelph Innovation District and Clair-Maltby to support population and economic growth for future generations
  • Protecting the green infrastructure provided by woodlands, wetlands, watercourses and other elements of Guelph’s natural heritage system