To cause the Councils and governments of Lanark County, its lower-tier municipalities and the separated Town of Smiths Falls to develop and deliver substantive climate mitigation and
adaptation actions that halve local greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and that build on our
region’s dynamic embrace and advocacy of sustainable practices.
What we are working on
Climate Action Plan
We are currently working with the County to develop their Climate Action Plan.
Who We Are
Noelle is a Registered Professional Planner with over 30 years of experience working in British Columbia, New Jersey, and Ontario on rural, urban and watershed planning with a focus on environmental protection and social equity. She has lived with her family on a sheep farm in Tay Valley Township for the past 13 years.
Bill is a founding and current member of the Carleton Place Environmental Advisory Committee and past chair. He was a member of the Almonte Environmental Advisory Committee and past chair of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist Environmental Initiatives Committee. Bill has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has focused his studies at various on-line universities on Climate Change: the science, sustainable development and renewable resources. He joined the Lanark Climate Network as a voice for the urban element, county initiatives, climate mitigation and adaptation.
Susan Brandum – Group Facilitator.
Before moving to Port Elmsley 25 years ago, Sue was a specialist energy writer and the volunteer manager of the Coalition for a Green Economic Recovery. She co-authored the underground bestseller, Get A Life! She became the general manager of REAL, delivering programs that helped local residents improve their energy efficiency, naturalize their yards and shorelines, manage their wells and septic systems and reuse goods when she established the REAL Deal Reuse Store. Sue wrote Tay Valley Township’s Climate Action Plan. Sue grew up mainly in Shawville, Quebec.
Barrie is the Tay Valley Township Green Energy and Climate Change Working Group Chair, the Deputy Reeve of Tay Valley Township, a County Councillor and a member of Climate Network Lanark. As the Chair of the Tay Valley Climate Working Group, Barrie is privileged to serve with community volunteers that bring extensive subject matter expertise to provide advice and recommendations to Township Council.
Gord Harrison enjoyed a long career as an environment and climate change educator, working locally, nationally and internationally. He served as the Director of Education programs for the Pembina Institute, and Executive Director of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Locally he developed a state of the environment report for the Stewardship Council and a strategic plan for the County’s Community Forests. Gord is a Director of the Lanark County Stewardship Council.“Connecting with place/the land informed my work as an educator, grounds me mentally and spiritually, and is at the heart of CNL.” Gord lives at Indigo Wood (named after the Indigo Buntings that nest there) with two-footed and four-footed family.
Lanark County and Smiths Falls are in the midst of developing their Climate Action Plan for us, and are looking at a long list of actions and innovative projects. As part of the plan, they have to set two targets to reduce local Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) over the next...
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Climate Network Lanark send a list of questions relevant to climate change in Lanark County to the 4 candidates in the federal election.
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