Selwyn Township's Green Principles

Incorporating Green Principles is the aim of all Council and Staff in the Township of Selwyn and many initiatives have been undertaken to date.

The following are on-going initiatives in Selwyn Township that are benefitting the environment and the community. Each initiative is aligned with priorities in Selwyn’s Climate Change Action Plan and helping to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the corporation and community


Between 2011 and 2017, the Township of Selwyn reduced its GHG emissions by 35%!
This Township of Selwyn Corporate GHG Emission Reduction Efforts 2012-2019 report provides yearly highlights of initiatives that have reduced GHG emissions across corporate sectors.

It is demonstrated that we have made significant progress toward reaching our GHG emission reduction targets outlined in Selwyn’s Climate Change Action Plan!

ReLeaf & Backyard Digester Program - Apply now!

Digest & ReLeaf Program Poster

The Township’s ReLeaf and Backyard Digester Program, funded by the Frank Cowan Company is currently underway with the installation of 30 digesters, and the planting of 52 maple trees on resident properties.

Backyard digesters help homeowners sustainably divert organic waste, while trees beautify properties and have a number of environmental benefits.

Green Event Policy
On February 25th, 2020, Selwyn Township Council endorsed a Green Event Policy. This policy will help support event organizers to make sustainable choices so that events produce as little waste and greenhouse gas emissions as possible. To make it as easy as possible for event organizers to utilize the policy, several resources have been developed. If you are planning a green event, we encourage you to keep the Township updated so we can recognize your efforts!
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 to undertake a food and organic waste reduction and diversion project. Project partners include Selwyn Township, Nourish Lakefield Community Garden and the Peterborough Master Gardeners. In December, Grade 8s conducted waste audits to understand the food waste patterns at the school. Participating classrooms of various grade levels have begun to collect food scraps that will be sustainably diverted through vermicomposting, traditional composting and digesters on school property. Students can look forward to educational programming delivered by project partners on food waste reduction, seed ordering and garden planning and using compost generated through the project to plant vegetable and pollinator gardens. This project will change how students, teachers and their families think about food waste and its connection to our well-being and the health of the environment.
Clear Garbage Bag Program
On March 1st, 2020, the Township of Selwyn is launching a clear garbage bag program with enforcement commencing September 2021. Clear garbage bag programs have shown to significantly increase the diversion of recyclable material from the landfill and inspire residents to be more mindful of their waste habits. For more information on the program, visit:
"The Link" Rural Bus Service
The Link 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 greenhouse gas emission reductions achieved through the availability of a public transportation program. For more information on The Link and to provide feedback on the proposed service design and branding, please visit:
2020 Capital Budget Projects
In 2020 the Township looks forward to several capital projects with environmental benefits. Some of these include an LED retrofit of the Lakefield Marina Boardwalk Lighting, improved roof insulation at the Ennismore Seniors Club, stormwater management upgrades, improving active transportation infrastructure and corridors, and energy efficient upgrades to arena equipment.
Solar Panel Installation
The Solar Panel initiative involved the installation on some municipal building rooftops. The links below provide detailed read-out on these systems:
Selwyn Township Energy Consumption Data
Township Energy Management Plan
LED Lighting Project
As part of the Township Energy Management Plan, converting all traditional street lights to LED is our first significant project that will help us in meeting our commitments over the coming years.
EV Charging Station available in Lakefield
Electronic Vehicle Charging Station

Residents of Selwyn Township can charge their electric cars while taking a tour of downtown Lakefield and all of its amenities. The electric vehicle charging station is located in the municipal parking lot beside The Village Inn of Lakefield. This is a level 2 charger and the rate charged is $1.50 per hour.

How to Use the FLO Network

How users can start a charge:

There are three methods to initiating a charge at the units:

  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.

These are the only three ways to start a session. We recommend users to download and install the app. This app will allow them to start and end their charging sessions for free, as well as locate plugs anywhere in North America. If users plan on travelling outside the Peterborough area on a regular basis, then we recommend getting a Flo card and adding funds to it with their credit, as most chargers are not free. Lastly if the network should be down or in the case of an emergency, users can always call the toll-free number located on each unit for CAA assistance.

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

Sustainable Peterborough

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

For more information on the implementation process visit:

Conservation in Action - ORCA
Otonabee Conservation has produced an information sheet "Conservation in Action: Township of Selwyn" which highlights conservation activity - from the number of permits issued last year, to the types of stewardship and education programs offered - in our municipality.
"Greening our Municipality" Links

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