2021 was a year like no other. Despite the pandemic bringing sustained challenges, Clean Air Partnership continued to engage municipalities and stakeholders and made progress on important actions to address our environmental challenges. Witnessing Canadians struggle through heat domes, unprecedented flooding and massive wildfires provides us all with an added impetus to address the climate challenge before us.
2021 was an action-packed year for our Team at Clean Air Partnership. We successfully delivered 74 webinars, engaging over 3,800 participants. Our Team welcomed new members, who enhanced our capacity to take on more projects and tackle new challenges. Furthering our vision to build sustainable, healthy, and resilient communities, we welcomed new Clean Air Council members across Ontario, including the City of St. Catharines, Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the City of Cornwall.
Our Equity Webinar Series explored strategies to bring equity considerations into climate action and planning. Our Climate Lens Tool is now being used by municipalities across Ontario, as they apply climate considerations to municipal decision-making. The Active Transportation boom that began during the pandemic showed no signs of abating in 2021. The Centre for Active Transportation held cycling webinars and continued working with the City of Toronto on Vision Zero and Active TO programs to make our communities more equitable, safe and healthy. Our Markham Cycles program adapted to an in-person and online hybrid programming model, increasing cycling in Markham by removing barriers and building a cycling community.
As we look to 2022, Clean Air Partnership will continue to drive climate action in our communities. We will continue to navigate these uncertain times with our strong commitment to share innovative best, and emerging, practices to tackle the multi-faceted climate crisis. Building a sustainable, equitable and resilient society is an exciting challenge, and we look forward to building it with you!
By, Devanshi Kukadia, Research and Communications Manager, Clean Air Partnership