EarthCare Thunder Bay was created by the citizens of Thunder Bay to form a partnership between the community and the City with a common vision to secure the environmental health of our city.

The Development of a Plan

EarthCare's story began in 1997 when the City of Thunder Bay joined the Partners for Climate Protection program. With this the City committed to a reduction of municipal and community Green House Gas (GHG) emissions through the creation and implementation of a plan.

Formerly called the EarthWise® Community Environmental Action Plan, the new EarthCare Thunder Bay Sustainability Plan 2014-2020 provides an updated framework of vision and priorities of Thunder Bay, and offers a clear path to deliver positive and tangible change in our community.

EarthCare's first plan was approved by City Council in 2008 and the present Sustainability Plan in 2014, and since then, many actions and initiatives have been implemented.

While the first plan was originally focused on GHG reductions and the mitigation of climate change, the focus has gradually been shifting to include a key necessity of our times: adapting to our changing climate.

Although the goals of the EarthCare Sustainability Plan are ambitious, they are both achievable and necessary if we are to become more sustainable and resilient in light of new challenges municipalities across the country face.

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