Leadership for a Cleaner, Greener Ottawa

Ottawa is a fantastic city, and a great place to live and raise our families. We are blessed to have beautiful green space and fertile farmland, while the Ottawa River and Rideau River Watershed makes it easy to get outside and enjoy nature.

Our quality of life is directly linked to air quality, clean water, and access to plenty of green space. We must protect our region’s biodiversity and encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. 

The impacts of climate change on our city are real and immediate. We must work together to both reduce emissions, and mitigate the impacts of climate change, as adverse weather events such as storms and flooding become more common.


I believe a clean, and green Ottawa is the foundation of a prosperous, growing Ottawa. As your Mayor, I’ll take practical, immediate and achievable actions to make the workings of our city more energy efficient, reduce emissions, and preserve the natural beauty of our nation’s capital.

 

Here’s what that means for you:

For Drivers, Cyclists, and Pedestrians

  • Enable Hydro Ottawa to install 200 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Ottawa, on a cost recovery basis.

  • Enable Hydro Ottawa to install 100 E-Bike charging stations across Ottawa, on a cost recovery basis.

  • Work with community groups to identify areas where there are missing links in pedestrian and cycling pathway systems to promote the use of active transportation and more walkable communities for inclusion in the long-term capital plan.

  • Ensure timely repair of sidewalks and cycling infrastructure.

For city-owned vehicles:

  • Phase out the city’s gas-powered fleet to become fully electric or hybrid by 2030.

  • Champion the adoption of electric vehicle use by police services and other emergency response vehicles.

For Businesses and Building Owners

  • Facilitate the adoption of sustainable, renewable energy solutions with Hydro Ottawa and green technology companies, builders and building owners.

  • Work with the provincial and federal government to use their proceeds from carbon pricing and fuel taxes to incentivize Ottawa’s largest private emitters to modify their operations for lower carbon emissions. The City will work with Hydro Ottawa to provide services and incentives when matched by senior levels of government.

  • Investigate and adopt proven technologies that are zero emission waste-to-energy systems, rather than add a new landfill site or expand the existing landfill on Trail Road.

  • Advocate to the province to raise standards for recycling and green bin usage for industrial commercial institutional (ICI) users.

For city-owned buildings:

  • Ensure new city buildings are constructed to a net-zero standard for maximum efficiency.

  • Retrofit city buildings with supportive funding from established federal and provincial programs, as well as through Hydro Ottawa. This includes delivering an additional $100M over 4 years of energy upgrades and retrofits to city buildings.

  • Work with Hydro Ottawa and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to accelerate district heating initiatives such as heat recovery from sewers at LeBreton and elsewhere.

  • Work with PSPC and the Province on the feasibility of bringing district heating and cooling to Ottawa City Hall and the Provincial Courthouse to achieve cost efficiencies.

  • Immediately cease any purchasing of single use plastics such as straws and stir sticks upon taking office.

 

For Public Transit Users & Commuters

  • Fix Light Rail Transit (LRT) Phase 1 and deliver Phase 2.

  • Secure funding for Phase 3 LRT to Kanata, Stittsville and Barrhaven so we can get even more people using transit to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Continue the transition of the city’s diesel city bus fleet to electric buses to reduce emissions.

  • Enable the City of Gatineau to bring LRT or electric buses into Ottawa, replacing diesel-powered buses that are noisy, pollute our downtown, and emit carbon pollution.

  • Invest in improving pedestrian and cycling connections to existing and future transit stations, and install more secure bicycle storage systems.

For Those Who Love Nature and the Outdoors

  • Double the city’s annual tree planting goal to replace and enhance the urban canopy, helping to cool the city and clean the air. This would mean 250,000 new trees planted annually, or one million by the end of the first term.

  • Monitor the stormwater management and outfall rehabilitation programs to improve the water quality of the Ottawa and Rideau rivers with real-time reporting of sewage overflows and regular reporting on water quality.

  • Work with the National Capital Commission, the City of Gatineau and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority to improve the health, biodiversity and water quality of our rivers and watershed, as well as on climate change mitigation measures and in developing adaptation strategies focused on addressing flooding and extreme heat.

  • Further develop the integrated cross-country ski trail network in cooperation with local communities and the National Capital Commission.

 

Further, as Mayor, I will commit to the following actions at City Hall:

  • Establish Mayor’s roundtable on the environment to include not-for-profit organizations such as Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ecology Ottawa and Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES).

  • Provide regular, public reporting on carbon emissions in line with the city’s 2040 climate goals.

  • Establish robust disaster recovery plans to respond to extreme weather events.

  • Add emergency generators to more city buildings so they can operate as refuges in the event of an emergency such as an ice storm, flood, major wind event or in extreme heat.

  • Work with Invest Ottawa to encourage pilot demonstrations and projects that accelerate Made-in-Ottawa green tech innovations.

  • Ensure that city snow clearing teams and private sector providers use the appropriate amount of salt when clearing roads and sidewalks, without compromising safety. Excess use of salt can have detrimental impacts on plants, animals and humans.

 

On October 24th, vote Mark Sutcliffe for plan for a cleaner, greener Ottawa for everyone.

Pledge to vote for Mark!