Kitchener, Ontario – Earlier today, the City’s planning and strategic initiatives committee endorsed the TransformWR strategy, a region-wide community climate change mitigation plan. The strategy aligns with Kitchener’s strategic plan and commitment to environmental leadership. 

 The goal of the plan is to reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions. In 2018, all eight city, township and regional councils committed to reducing Waterloo Region’s local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.  

 “Today's endorsement of the TransformWR strategy is another step toward meeting our greenhouse gas emission targets and continuing our journey to becoming a sustainable, low-carbon city and region,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “In order to meet our collective goals, we’re calling on the federal and provincial governments for support and action to aid in achieving these targets even faster with a 50 by 30 plan.” 

 The strategy has been developed through the ClimateActionWR collaborative lead by Reep Green Solutions, Sustainable Waterloo Region and funded by the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge as well as the Region of Waterloo.  

 “We all have a role to play in climate change mitigation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Councillor Paul Singh, chair of the City’s Planning and Strategic Initiatives Committee. “Our community climate action plan is another important piece of the puzzle to help get us to our 2050 targets.” 

 A final decision is expected at regional council on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. Learn more about the TransformWR community climate action plan, and ClimateActionWR at 


For more information:
Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications