About Us

Sustainable Cobourg is a not-for-profit, paid membership organization that was incorporated in 2008. It is comprised of members who help promote a sustainable framework for the community through environmental stewardship, economic resilience and social responsibility.

Sustainable Cobourg

Sustainable Cobourg was formed in the summer of 2008 to educate and increase the public’s understanding of Climate Change, its impact and the importance of changing attitudes and practices that contribute to the emissions of Greenhouse Gases.

By organizing and participating in local projects such as urban planning, energy conservation and renewable energy, water quality and protection, waste reduction, climate change, farmland protection, transportation, personal health, developing a sustainable, local economy and enhancing the quality of life in Cobourg and it’s neighbours, Sustainable Cobourg endeavours to put into practice the principles of sustainability.

Sustainable Cobourg’s focus is primarily on the Town of Cobourg, but planning and growth issues in surrounding towns and rural areas (environs) that affect Cobourg are also within the scope of our vision.

Sustainable Cobourg Advocacy Teams

Sustainable Cobourg is comprised of multiple Advocacy Teams. These teams were created to focus on various areas of concern. They research and develop policy, organize activities, advocate around issues and coordinate public events. Advocacy Teams are under the supervision of the Board.

Bicycle Action

Building a Better Cycling Culture
The Bicycle Action Advocacy Team aims to improve and grow Cobourg’s bicycling culture.

Climate Emergency

Understanding Climate Change
Works to educate, advocate, and demonstrate how Climate Change is affecting our lives.

Electric Vehicles

Transition to Electric Transportation
The Electric Vehicles (EV) Advocacy Team helps people transition to electric transportation through education and advocacy.

Eco Action

Protecting our Soil, Air, and Water
Supports a range of initiatives aiming to have a positive impact on the environment.

Food Action

What's On Your Plate?
Promotes accessibility to affordable local food and information on nutrition, food sources and local food programs.

Town Hall

Sustainable Development
Advocates for sustainable development in Cobourg and addresses current concerns with sustainable development with the Town.

Youth

Promote Youth Engagement
Help to promote Youth Engagement and promoting sustainable activities throughout Cobourg and its neighbours.

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Awards & Recognitions

2012

Cobourg Civic Award to Sustainable Cobourg for the BAC’s assistance in developing the town’s Master Transportation Plan

2018

G. Ludorf-Weaver, President of Sustainable Cobourg receives prestigious Town of Cobourg Environmental Civic Award for 2018

2019

Environmental Club of CCI Winners of Sustainable Cobourg’s Student Sustainability Award for a project on Zero Waste

Acknowledgements

First Nations
We (Sustainable Cobourg) will begin this event by acknowledging that we are meeting on indigenous land; the traditional territory of the ANISHNABEK, HURON-WENDAT, HAUDENOSAUNEE, OJIBWAY/CHIPPEWA peoples. This territory is covered by the WILLIAMS TREATY.

We recognize and deeply appreciate their historic connection and importance to this place. Long before today, as we gather here, there have been indigenous peoples who have been its stewards. Their connection to nature, their understanding of the importance of protecting water, their respect for the land, are a great legacy. We are in their debt.

Did You Know?

Packed into standard shipping containers and placed end-to-end, municipal solid waste generated in one year would wrap around the globe 25 times. This is unsustainable! What is your community doing to target waste reduction? - un.org

Adopting sustainable practices, whether large or small, can have significant impacts in the long run. If every office worker in the United Kingdom used one less staple a day by using a reusable paper clip, 120 tonnes of steel would be saved in one year.

So far in 2022, Depave Paradise has depaved 15 asphalt pavements! Since 2012 this group has completed 80 projects across 32 Canadian cities covering 76,384 square metres of unused paved surfaces into beautiful community green spaces with native grasses, flowers and trees. What an amazing sustainable action to capture carbon, a Greenhouse gas, and create a welcoming ecological ‘paradise’ for our monarchs and bees and of course, for us. Well done. This is a project of Green Communities Canada.

In 1993, the Convention on Biological Diversity put the precautionary principle to work.

In 1987, the Brundtland Report consolidated decades of work on sustainable development.

The First World Climate Conference happened in 1979 and opened up the science of climate change.

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." - Anne Frank