Conservation Halton joined Sustainable Hamilton Burlington in March 2019. This signifies a major commitment in putting our strategic plan into action. We have identified sources of baseline data to collect and are in the process of developing an implementation team. Staff attended several Sustainable Hamilton Burlington events in 2018, including the Cities in Action Bay Area Climate Change Summit. Staff presented at the Bay Area Youth Summit on the subject of protecting the natural environment in the face of climate change. We are excited to be embarking on this journey of sustainability in partnership with SHB.
One of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, our purpose is to protect our communities and conserve our natural environment through planning, education and recreation and to support our partners in the creation of sustainable communities within our watershed. Sustainability is a key guiding principle of our strategic plan, and we will embody sustainability in everything we do, from the facilities we build to the communities we help plan in an effort to limit our effect on the environment. In 2018, visitor impact management was expanded to include all 110 km of managed trails within the Halton Parks, with a focus on improving the distinction between trail and forest to discourage walking off the trails at Hilton Falls. There was also a focus on financial sustainability this year. Program-based budgets and performance metrics have provided us with more insightful financial analysis and enabled us to develop a more sustainable budget strategy.