City of Greater Sudbury
Canada

Population: 160274
Area of jurisdiction: 3200.56 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: n/a n/a
Energy efficiency target: 80% by 2050 (1990) 30% by 2019 (1990)
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 1998 ):  0 tCO2e

Other available GHG inventories: 1990

Mitigation actions

Biosolids Management Master Plan and Facility
The focus of the Biosolids Management Master Plan is to provide the City of Greater Sudbury with a sustainable plan to deal with the handling and disposal of sludge generated by the wastewater plants. Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status  
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Brownfield Strategy and Community Improvement Plan
This plan will help breathe new life into the many already-used and now vacant commercial and industrial properties – otherwise known as brownfields. (a 2013 version is now available). There are incentives available. Start year 2008
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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EarthCare Sudbury Action Plan
Since 2003, EarthCare Sudbury has been guided by the EarthCare Sudbury Local Action Plan and a commitment by over 150 community partners from all sectors to contribute to implementing the Plan. City departments and councillors participate in this program and there are numerous communications between other like-minded cities/communities. The action plan includes 10 key topics including solid waste, transportation, air quality and energy. Start year 2003
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Sustainable Mobility Plan
The Sustainable Mobility Plan (SMP) for the City of Greater Sudbury is anticipated to move the community forward in terms of active transportation strategies and initiatives. With a focus on low income populations the plan will examine the mobility of individuals and the impact mobility has on our health, our environment, and our economy. Start year 2010
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Green Cart Organics Program
Launched in 2009, the Green Cart Program collects organic waste (food scraps and non-recyclable papers) and turns it into compost. Once processed, this compost will be available for sale to local residents. The Green Cart Program currently services approximately 57,000 households (6 residential units or less on a curbside collection route). Expansion of the program to apartment buildings and other sectors is currently under review Start year 2009
Sector Waste
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File  
Idle Control Campaign & By-Law
The original 2001 campaign featured signs, personal contacts and request for commitments to avoid idling by residents. EarthCare Sudbury also developed and aired a radio ad to inform residents about the impacts of vehicle idling. A new campaign began in 2012 to help educate people about idling before a new idling by-law comes into place in 2013. There is new material including TV commercials, ice scrapers, metal signs, banners, educational kits etc. The by-law is in effect as of September 2013 and a draft file is attached Start year 2001
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File download
City of Greater Sudbury Lighting Retrofits
As of the end of July 2012, 89 lighting retrofit projects have been completed in 2012, resulting in annual perpetual operating savings of $79,108 and a reduction in consumption of 659,232 kWh. Start year 2012
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
Landfill Gas to Electricity
The primary objective of this system is to provide long-term control of potential methane-related LFG emissions. A method was developed for harvesting the methane gas produced at the City dump and then converting it into usable energy. The generation plant has been fully operational since September 2007. Start year 2007
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
File  
Compressed Work Week
participating employees must work an extra thirty (30) minutes daily for fourteen (14) days in order to earn a fifteenth day off with pay. Total of 137 participants in 2011 for approximately 9months per year. This adds up to almost 50,000 km of driving reduced. Start year 2007
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
File  
Sudbury U-Pass
Introduced in September 2006, the U-Pass allows students to have unlimited use of the City of Greater Sudbury's transit services from September 1st up until the last week of April. This encourages transit use and reduces vehicle gas emissions. Start year 2006
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File  
Hybrid Fleet Replacement
In 2007, the City of Greater Sudbury set out to replace its fleet with more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles. The city has seen unbelievable results from its hybrid vehicles. Each one emits 50 percent less greenhouse gas than the vehicle it replaced. The hybrid vehicles require less maintenance, so the future will see less expenditure in that area of the department. As of 2012, Forty-six vehicles in the city fleet, including hydro and EMS, are hybrid vehicles. The current plan is for Greater Sudbury to continue investing in hybrid vehicles on an annual basis until their entire fleet of almost 100 vehicles has been replaced. Start year 2006
Sector Transport
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  

Adaptation actions

Salt Management Plan
This Salt Management Plan (SMP) sets out a policy and procedural framework to ensure the City of Greater Sudbury's (City’s) Public Works Department (PWD) continuously improves the effective delivery of winter maintenance services and the management of road salt used in winter maintenance operations. With 330 lakes in our city and a predicted increase in icy conditions, this document helps ensure proper salt management. (Full document available upon request) Start year  
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Biodiversity Action Plan
A Biodiversity Action Plan for Greater Sudbury has been developed that defines the vision and prioritized goals for ecological recovery. Depending on the climate change model used, the Canadian Forest Service predicts that by 2100, the majority of our common forest tree species will find the Greater Sudbury area unsuitable. Ecological recovery in Greater Sudbury will need to include species in our plantings that currently grow just to the south of our City. This will need to be continued over the coming decades including ever more southern species as climate change progresses. This type of intervention is called assisted migration. New species introduced to the local area will be tracked to gauge success and research will be required on the effects of climate change on species migration. In a few decades, plant communities in Greater Sudbury will likely be radically different than they are today. Start year 2009
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
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Community Flood Management Plan
It is highly probable that with events such as climate change and weather anomalies Greater Sudbury could experience flash flooding or a major flooding event to some degree in the future. The purpose of this Community Flood Management Plan is to prepare for the most efficient deployment of resources to achieve the following: • To provide effective intra-agency and inter-agency cooperation and communication before, during, and after a flood event. • A coordinated response consistent with prevailing conditions and information provided by external agencies including the NDCA Flood Forecasting and Warning System, local dam operators, and/or other sources. • To define the roles and responsibilities of the City departments and supporting agencies involved in a flood emergency. • To define the procedures to be utilized in minimizing the effects of a flood emergency in the City of Greater Sudbury. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status  
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Hot Weather Response Plan
Although Greater Sudbury does not currently have many extreme heat events, climate change projections and recent studies in the region have demonstrated that these events will increase in frequency and intensity. The proactive approach to this project creates a basis for future adaptation and revision. Start year 2007
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
File download
Lawn Fertilizer with Phosphorous By-law
The City of Greater Sudbury is the first community in Ontario to ban commercial fertilizers containing phosphorus. Both phosphorous and warmer weather (ie Climate Change) have been linked to green algae blooms. By reducing one of these factors, we hope to decrease the number of algal blooms in our community that result in closures of well-loved beaches and lakes. Start year 2012
Sector  
Type Regulatory
Status Completed
File download
Preventative Plumbing Subsidy Program
reduce the amount of rainwater entering the municipal wastewater treatment system. "Systems are designed solely for wastewater. Additional water flow from other sources can exceed the design capacity of pipes and treatment systems. This increases the risk of flooded basements and overflow into waterways. Flooding events are anticipated to become more frequent or more intense. Start year 2009
Sector Infrastructure
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status  
File  
Leak detection program
The new Leak Detection Program helps locate watermain leaks that may leak in excess of 5 litres per minute . In 2011, leak detection was performed for 263 km of municipal watermain. Start year 2011
Sector Infrastructure
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File  
Watermain lining
Watermain Lining is a new technology for the City of Greater Sudbury where interior pipe surfaces are lined to provide a new pipe within an old pipe. Such lining has a 50-year repair cycle and has minimal environmental impact. There is no major excavation required, which reduces fuel usage of construction vehicles, downtime of the road and greenhouse gas emissions. Start year 2012
Sector Water Resources
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
File  
Forest Floor Transplants
Forest floor transplants were removed from an area along Highway 69 South of Sudbury that was subject to construction activity. Those plots were transplanted into local reclamation sites. In 2010, regreening crews dug up 250 plots, enough to cover a football field. Last year, there were fewer plots dug up, about 135 Increasing the richness and abundance of plants and insects is an important part of a ecosystem resilient to climate change, drought, fire, etc. Over time, these nodes of diversity will provide a seed source for these species to disperse and colonize adjacent areas. Start year 2010
Sector Terrestrial Ecosystems
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
File