There are many green initiatives that are on-going in Selwyn Township that benefit the environment and our community. Each initiative aligns with Selwyn’s Climate Change Action Plan and help to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Clear Garbage Bag Program

Selwyn Township has launched a Clear Garbage Bag Program with enforcement effective September 1, 2021. 

Clear garbage bag programs are shown to help divert recyclable material from landfills and encourage residents to be more mindful of their waste habits.

Climate Change

Sustainable Peterborough has developed a Climate Change Action Plan for the Greater Peterborough Area. The Climate Change team is currently transitioning from planning to implementation.

Between 2011 and 2017, Selwyn Township reduced its GHG emissions by 65%! Check out how:

Closing the Loop on Food and Organic Waste

In September 2019, Lakefield District Public School was awarded funding from TD Friends of the Environment Fund for a food and organic waste reduction and diversion project. This project has changed how students, teachers and their families think about food waste.

The project included:

  • food waste audits
  • diverting food scraps through vermicomposting, traditional composting and digesters
  • educational programming on food waste reduction, seed ordering and garden planning
  • using the compost generated to plant vegetable and pollinator gardens.

Project partners included Selwyn Township, Nourish Lakefield Community Garden and the Peterborough Master Gardeners.

Depave Paradise

Before & After Photo of a Depave Project

Are you a local business or property owner with a large impermeable asphalt or concrete surface? Is your property in an area with lots of public traffic? If so, your property could be the first Depave site in Selwyn Township!

Depave Paradise is a project of Green Communities Canada and local partners such as GreenUP, in communities across Canada. Volunteers work together to remove unwanted pavement and plant gardens filled with native species in its place. Removing asphalt and concrete at the neighbourhood level is an exciting new trend that renews neglected urban spaces by improving biodiversity and stormwater infiltration potential.

The ideal site includes:

  • 100m2 of asphalt (or concrete) that can be removed and replaced with greenspace
  • space for disposal bins, temporary storage of plant materials and equipment, and access to washrooms (or space for a port-a-potty)

There is no cost to the site host but in-kind contributions are encouraged (volunteers, material donations, etc.) and a commitment to maintaining the site.

If your property meets these requirements, contact to submit your property for consideration and include the address, pictures, and size of your property in your submission.

Electric Vehicles
Green Fleet Strategy

Selwyn Township received funding from the Federal Government to lease a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle and install a Level 2 CoRe+ charging station at the Selwyn Township Municipal Office.

This project is an effort to raise awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles and reduce the carbon footprint of the Selwyn Township fleet.

Public Education
  • Check out the Electric Vehicle Society of Ontario YouTube Channel for virtual EV ride-alongs, Canada Talks Electric Cars Webinar Series, and other great information.
  • The Township is thankful to the EVS Kawartha Chapter for helping promote this pilot and featuring it in their EV Surge newsletter. Follow the local chapter on Facebook.
  • For more information and resources on everything EVs, including membership opportunities with EV Societies of Ontario.
  • Interested in purchasing an Electric or Hybrid Vehicle? Plug N’ Drive Canada can help you find a vehicle that’s right for you. Plug N’ Drive Canada supported Selwyn Township in choosing the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for this pilot project.
  • The Township also acknowledges the services of Peterborough Mitsubishi for the lease of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. 
  • From May-July 2021, Township staff will be conducting an analysis of success of this pilot project. Check this page for updates. 
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station
LakefieldElectronic Vehicle Charging Station
  • Location: Municipal parking lot beside The Village Inn of Lakefield
  • This is a Level 2 CoRe+ charger with applicable charge rates.
Municipal Office
  • Location: 1310 Centre Line, Selwyn
  • This is a Level 2 CoRe+ charger
  • The charger is free for public use from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, until September 2021. 

Selwyn Township received funding from the Federal Government to install a Level 2 CoRe+ charging station at the Municipal Office.

How to Use the FLO Network?
  1. Using the FLO Network App (can be downloaded for free from the Google Play or App Store)
  2. Using a FLO Network card (users must order the cards in the mail ahead of time for a cost of $15)
  3. Calling the toll-free number, 1-844-825-3356, found on all units. This number connects to a 24/7 line serviced by CAA.

All charging stations are listed on several map databases. Every Electric Vehicle (EV) comes with its own charging station finding app plus the following open networks including:

Energy Management
Energy Consumption Data
Energy Management Plan
LED Streetlight Project

As part of the Township Energy Management Plan, the Township converted all traditional streetlights to LED.

Green Event Policy

Our Green Event Policy supports event organizers in making sustainable choices when planning an event. If you are planning a green event, we encourage you to keep the Township updated so we can recognize your efforts.

"The Link" Rural Bus Service

"The Link" Rural Bus Service will help reduce the number of passenger vehicles on the road and the pollutants they emit into the environment. Township staff will be tracking ridership to determine approximate GHG emission reductions achieved through the availability of a public transportation program.

Solar Panel Installation
This initiative involved the installation of solar panels on some municipal building rooftops. The links below provide detailed read-outs on these systems:
Rain Ready Action Program

Climate change has brought on increased frequency of storm events as well as extreme heat and drought, causing issues of flooding, pollution to waterways, and water scarcity and security. In partnership with Peterborough-based environmental charity - GreenUP, Selwyn Township is offering a two-part workshop and subsidy program to Township residents to learn about the importance of water conservation and how they can take action on their properties to reduce flood risk and enhance drought tolerance.

Connecting the Drops - Rain Ready Workshop Series

Residents are invited to join Selwyn Township and GreenUP for virtual workshops to learn about the role of outdoor landscaping actions to mitigate impacts associated with climate change, learn water wise skills (such as how to install a rain barrel and plant a water wise garden), and ask any questions about design, planting, and ongoing maintenance!

All workshop participants will be automatically entered into a random draw to win one of three prizes!

Spring Workshop #1 - Connecting the Drops: How to be Ready for Flooding

Sunday, April 18th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM

Cost: Free!

Register here

Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 14th or until full.

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants in advance of the workshop. 


Fall Workshop #2 - Connecting the Drops: How to be Ready for Drought

Stay tuned for details late Summer/early Fall 2021

Subsidy Program

Selwyn Township residents are eligible for a $50 subsidy on a Rain Barrel and/or a Water Wise Garden Start Kit through GreenUP (while supplies last or until October 2021). 

To access the subsidy, residents must complete and return this Application Form






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