Bay Area Climate Change Office (BACCO)

A powerful collaboration between the Cities of Hamilton and Burlington and the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College.

At its core, BACCO is a commitment by the Cities and Mohawk College to address climate change on a regional scale - sharing resources, expertise, and best practices to accelerate climate change action.

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The History of the Collaboration

The Mayors of Hamilton and Burlington announced their collaboration on climate change at the 2017 Bay Area Economic Summit. BACCO builds on the foundation laid by the City of Hamilton Community Climate Action Plan and City of Burlington Community Energy Plan. Discussions between the Bay Area Cities, Sustainable Hamilton Burlington, Mohawk College, and funding from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s Cap-and-Trade Program led to the formation of BACCO. BACCO was inspired by the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) established to address the rehabilitation of the Hamilton Harbour.

Community engagement is at the heart of BACCO work. Input received and priorities identified by community members guide the development of a community-driven climate action plan, and furthers our work towards shared goals. An ambitious community engagement program led to the design and formation of the Bay Area Climate Change Council (BACCC). This campaign included the Bay Area Climate Change Summit held in March 2018, forums, pop-up events, an online survey, stakeholder workshops, interviews and public meetings. On June 27, 2018, the proposed governance structure was presented and adopted. From March 2018 to June 2018, key stakeholders and members of the general public were engaged through a wide variety of activities that included a climate change forum, online engagement, pop-up events, stakeholder interviews, a stakeholder workshop, and a public meeting. Approximately 895 individuals were engaged throughout this process.

Read the BACCO Engagement Report (PDF)

 

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If you are looking for ways to make a difference in climate change mitigation or adaptation, get in touch with us at climatechange [at] mohawkcollege.ca

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