Climate change affects human health and the health of our environment. Climate change and global warming lead to:

  • More frequent and extreme weather events
  • Damage to ecosystems and the environment
  • Food insecurity
  • The spread of invasive species
  • Increase in diseases

We recognize the impact that climate change has within our community. For Lanark County, climate change is a priority issue that we can tackle with a Climate Action Plan and through climate initiatives.

Climate action plan

The County of Lanark is committed to making an impact on climate change through the development and implementation of the Climate Action Plan. With support from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities we will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions using the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) five step milestone process. This process aims to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions both as a corporation and in the community.


Milestone 1: Create a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory and forecast for corporate emissions and community emissions.

Milestone 2: Set an emissions reduction target.

Milestone 3: Develop a local action plan.

Milestone 4: Implement the local action plan or set of activities.

Milestone 5: Monitor progress and report results.

Climate initiatives

If you have any questions about Lanark County’s Climate Action Plan or climate change initiatives please send us an email or call us at 613-267-1353.

Tree planting

Lanark County’s One Million Tree Program aims to plant one million trees over the next ten years in partnership with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). Trees play an important role in carbon capture to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions throughout the community.

We want to promote tree planting in Lanark County. If you want to plant more trees on your property, you can get saplings at our tree giveaway or apply to RVCA’s tree planting program. The tree planting program provides subsidized trees and custom planting plans for landowners with a minimum of one acre of suitable land.

Tree Giveaway 2021 – Spring and fall dates and details to be determined.

Plastic reduction

Lanark County aims to ban single use plastic bags and straws by July 1st, 2021. We will be working with local businesses to find alternatives for single use plastics. This will make a significant impact on the environment and aligns with Lanark County’s Climate Action Plan.

Climate network lanark

The Climate Network Lanark was established by the Lanark County Stewardship Council to connect, coordinate, facilitate and support collaborative community efforts to address climate change. The Climate Network Lanark provides advice and support for the development of Lanark County’s Climate Action Plan. For more information on how to get involved, please visit Climate Network Lanark’s web page.

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