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Region nets climate change award

The Durham of Region is being recognized for its local climate adaptation measures.

The region has been chosen as one of nine recipients of the 2018 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Sustainable Communities Awards, as the winner in the Climate Change category for the Durham Community Climate Adaptation Plan (DCCAP).

According to a regional media release, the plan “addresses the local climate adaptation measures for the region, and is about protecting Durham from the changing global climate, and preparing our communities to cope with and respond to the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.”

The plan was the result of a collaborative effort by more than 60 experts from across the region.

“Durham Region is honoured to receive this award, and continues to work towards helping the region and our eight municipalities to prepare to adapt to the changing climate,” says region CAO Garry Cubitt. “We know that the weather is only becoming warmer, wetter and wilder, and we need to adapt and prepare our communities to meet that reality.”

The award will be presented to Cubitt on Feb. 8 at FCM’s annual Sustainable Communities Conference in Ottawa, which showcases the latest in municipal green innovation and best practices.

This award adds to the accolades the DCCAP has received from the sustainability community, including the Insurance Bureau of Canada, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, and the Ontario and federal Ministers of the Environment and Climate Change.