The Bay Area Climate Change Office (BACCO) is 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.
BACCO partners work together on:
- Community engagement and outreach - educating and informing community members about climate change
- Supporting the Bay Area Climate Change Council (BACCC)
- Evaluating and supporting market readiness for deep energy retrofits in the residential and commercial sectors
- Supporting information sharing and collaboration on regional climate issues
The Bay Area Climate Change Council
The Bay Area Climate Change Council (BACCC) is a social impact initiative made up of 12 community leaders from Hamilton and Burlington. BACCC's vision is for the Bay Area to be a thriving and resilient zero carbon community by 2050. BACCC's mission is to create a sense of urgency and mobilize the community to catalyze climate action in the Bay Area.
To date, BACCC has supported the City of Hamilton and Burlington's climate change emergency declarations and consulted on both community's climate energy plans. In the fall of 2019, BACCC will develop Implementation Teams that will tackle climate actions on the areas of:
- Smart transportation policies and solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Deep energy retrofits for homeowners and property owners
- Food policies and programs that support local food and protect agricultural lands
- Progressive municipal policies that support climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience
BACCC continues to hold community consultation and engagement at the core of its activities. A community forum is planned for late fall 2019 to provide an update on the BACCC activities, its ambitious workplan for 2020, and engage the public in understanding the climate change priorities of the Bay Area community.
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 and 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.
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.
If you are looking for ways to make a difference in climate change mitigation or adaptation, get in touch with us.
Contact us at climatechange [at] mohawkcollege.ca