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.

Here are some of the Township of Selwyn success stories:

  • Converted all of our traditional streetlights to LED; and
  • Installed three microFIT and three FIT solar installations on our municipal facilities.
  • 2019:
    • Selwyn Township received funding from the Federal Government to install a Level 2 CoRe+ charging station at the Selwyn Township Municipal Office;
    • Selwyn Township established the Green Event Policy which supports event organizers in making sustainable choices when planning an event; and
    • Lakefield District Public School implemented a food and organic waste reduction and diversion program with funding from TD Friends of the Environment Fund.
  • 2020:
    • Installed 30 digesters and provided 52 maple trees within the community;
    • In partnership with GreenUP, Selwyn Township offered a Rain Ready Program to residents to learn about water conservation, flood mitigation and drought tolerance, as well as a rain barrel subsidy.
  • 2021:

Climate Action at Home

GreenUP, in partnership with Peterborough County and the City of Peterborough, has developed a series of Climate Action at Home videos to help you take action!

  • Easy DIY Retrofits - To learn about easy DIY retrofits that you can complete in your own home or apartment, check out the DIY Retrofit Series. Chris Magwood from the Endeavour Centre shares tips to help you reduce emissions, save money, and increase the comfort of your home.
  • Achieving Carbon Neutral - To find out how you can go further to significantly address climate change, check out the Achieving Carbon Neutral video. This video also features local expert Chris Magwood, as well as Sean Flanagan from Flanagan and Sun, and Brianna Salmon from GreenUP. 

Visit the GreenUP website to learn more about available retrofit incentive programs, and to find out how you can book an energy audit. 

Climate Change Action Plan

Sustainable Peterborough has developed a Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) for the Greater Peterborough Area.

Depave Paradise
In July 2021, Green Up and volunteers depaved and planted a beautiful 100m2 pocket park at the entrance to Winfield Shores Harbour on Stewart Drive in Lakefield. Together, they liberated the soil, making Winfield Shores Rain Ready, and adding beauty and biodiversity for the whole community to enjoy!

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.

Interested in your own Depave project? Contact GreenUP for more information.

Electric Vehicles
Public Education
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 Plans
Rain Ready Program

In partnership with GreenUP, Selwyn Township hosted virtual workshops for residents 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!

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

Watch the recorded presentation on YouTube

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

Watch the recorded presentation on YouTube

 Rain Barrels & Water Wise Garden Kits

To help homeowners sustainably capture and conserve water on their properties, Selwyn Township is offering $50 subsidies on either a rain barrel or water wise garden kit purchased through GreenUP.

Only Selwyn Township residents are eligible and must complete a subsidy request form online when purchasing their items.

*While supplies last. Limit of one subsidy per household.

  • To order a Rain Barrel or Water Wise Garden Kit, visit the GreenUP website and pick-up from the GreenUP Store - 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough during operating hours.
  • Rain barrels come complete with a brass spigot, overflow valve with 5 feet of drainage hose, and a double screw top lid.

  • Water wise garden kits will be available from the Ecology Park upon opening May 21.

Note: if stock is showing as “Sold Out,” please check back and process your subsidy form and payment when stock is available. Rain barrels are typically restocked every Friday afternoon.




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