The City of Cambridge maintains a healthy and sustainable community for our citizens and businesses. We have four pillars of corporate sustainability:

  • Social
  • Cultural
  • Economic
  • Environmental

To support the environmental sustainability of our corporation, we have done a lot of work to reduce our energy use, including:

  • Introducing new energy conservation methods
  • Introducing alternative energy processes
  • Exploring other initiatives to demonstrate leadership in green energy goals

City of Cambridge Climate Adaptation Plan

Global trends continue to point to a future world where atmospheric carbon levels are higher than the historic norm. In response, the City of Cambridge has prepared this Climate Adaptation Plan to take action. The purpose of climate adaptation planning is to identify where existing and planned buildings, infrastructure, programs, and services could be vulnerable to future change.

Our plan is based on the following principles:

  1. Public & Staff Safety: We will plan for and consider new health and safety risks that may be posed to our staff from climate and extreme weather.
  2. Property Protection: We will proactively work to protect our built assets and infrastructure from damage and limit costs to our tax base from replacement, rehabilitation, and increased maintenance costs.
  3. Service Delivery to Community: We will strive to maintain service continuity so that Cambridge residents can continue to access and enjoy City services with minimal interruption or inconvenience.

View the City of Cambridge Climate Adaptation Plan.

Through assessing our risk and vulnerabilities, we can make more informed decisions in the years to come. This Climate Adaptation Plan will aid us in continuing to deliver the services that you expect – safely, affordably, and reliably.

What are greenhouse gases?

The earth sustains life because of gases in the atmosphere. Some gases in the earth's atmosphere hold heat and we call these greenhouse gases (GHGs). As the amount of GHGs in the atmosphere increases, so does the average global temperature.

The two main GHGs are carbon dioxide (from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil) and methane (from landfills, wastewater, livestock, and areas where decomposition happens).

The two main sources of these GHGs are energy uses, such as:

  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Powering buildings
  • Powering vehicles

Land use, such as removing forest that would usually absorb GHGs, also increases the amount of GHGs.

Energy use and GHG emissions

The City of Cambridge reports annual energy use and GHG emissions, in accordance with the Ontario Regulation O. Reg 507/18. Our goal is to reduce our GHG levels, which will have a positive impact on our environment.

View our previous annual reports:

Corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan

The updated Cambridge corporate Energy Conservation and Demand Management (ECDM) Plan, in accordance with O.Reg 507/18, received Council approval on December 15, 2020. This Plan, which builds on the previous 2014 ECDM Plan  proposes:

  • Actions for reducing GHG levels and energy use related to services provided by the City
  • Evaluates and prioritizes these actions
  • Highlights anticipated energy and GHG reductions

The GHG Reduction (Energy Management) Plan also outlines how the City will reduce GHG emissions across our corporate operations and services by 80 per cent below 2010 levels by 2050. To achieve this goal, the City will make improvements and changes to the following:

  • Buildings
  • Vehicle fleets
  • Sewage collection and pumping
  • Corporate waste
  • Tree canopy coverage

The implementation of the initiatives identified in the previous 2014 ECDM Plan has led to a successful reduction of corporate GHG emissions of 23% below 2009 levels.  This exceeds well the 2019 target of 6% below 2009 levels as approved by Council in 2014.

Partners for Climate Protection

The City participates in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP is a joint voluntary program between Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The program supports municipalities in their efforts to reduce GHG emissions.

The Cambridge GHG Reduction (Energy Management) Plan has officially completed Milestones 2, 3 and 4 of the program. View our PCP Program Milestone 4 Submission to learn about the latest updates to our Plan.

Climate Action WR

Cambridge supports Climate Action WR, in partnership with the Region of Waterloo, City of Kitchener and City of Waterloo. Climate Action WR's goal is to reduce GHG levels in Waterloo Region by 6 per cent in ten years (2010 to 2020).

Reep Green Solutions

Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity that helps people in Waterloo Region and across southwestern Ontario live sustainably. Their focus is on addressing climate change through residential energy efficiency and storm water management. Visit for more information about their programs and services.