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Environmental Master Plan

The City of Windsor has approved the 2017 Environmental Master Plan.  Visit our Environmental Master Plan page for more details.

Climate Change Adaptation Update

Degrees of Change logoThe City of Windsor is updating its Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Degrees of Change. This update will include adaptation measures to address the climate change impacts being felt in Windsor. Stay tuned for more updates and public engagements. You can read our current Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Appendices or visit the Adaptation website to learn more.

Remember to check out the Stay Cool Windsor-Essex program, designed to prepare for heat events during the summer months. 

Partners 4 Action Partnership

This partnership aims to dig deeper into understanding how flooding impacts Windsor residents from the social and economic perspective. With this partnership we can understand the true costs of flooding and help tailor our messaging and programs to reach more of the Windsor community. Visit www.floodsurvey.ca/windsor from now until May 15 to complete a survey regarding personal flooding experiences. The survey is estimated to take about 20 minutes.

Community Energy Plan

Windsor's Community Engergy Plan, a powerful plan for the futureThe Community Energy Plan was approved by City Council on Monday, July 17, 2017. For more information, please visit the Community Energy Plan web pages. Or, check out our videos, available in the shorter Community Energy Plan Ad or our full-length Community Energy Plan Education Video!
Energy Plan ad video linkEnergy Plan education video link 

2017 Windsor Report on the State of the Environment

The 2017 Report on the State of the Environment (ROSE) provides data collected from 2007 in general through 2016. The trends from the indicators from the Environmental Master Plan are found in the ROSE and show Windsor’s environmental progress.

City approves Sustainable Purchasing Policy and GuideSapling in a green shopping cart

The Sustainable Purchasing Guide is full of information about what to ask for when trying to find environmentally friendly products at home or at work! It also provides information on which environmental certifications to look for and includes products in a number of categories, including cleaning products, furniture, office supplies, landscaping and even food.

Wastewater: Where does it go?

Ever wonder what happens to water when you flush the toilet? Do laundry? Wash your car? Watch our video, Waste Water: Where Does it Go? to find out.

Visit our Environmental Services pages to learn about wastewater treatment and how to properly dispose of waste products. The City of Windsor's Downspout Disconnection program is also available for residents who would like to divert clean rainwater collected on the roof from the sewer system. 

Environment History


In 2005, the City of Windsor started on the path of environmental actions with its first Environmental Master Plan. The City then developed many other plans to help balance the environment with Windsor’s economy and social atmosphere.
The Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Office has helped make the environment a part of decision making for the City of Windsor. This has been through the creation of many plans and policies, which include:
  • Environmental Master Plan (2017)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2012)
  • Community Energy Plan (2017)
  • Corporate Climate Action Plan (2017)
  • Report on the State of Our Environment (2017)
  • Green the Fleet Manual (2012)
  • Community Garden Policy
  • Sustainable Purchasing Guide (2015)


The Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Office is responsible for spearheading the different environmentally focused plans of the City of Windsor. The plans the Office is responsible for are:
  • Environmental Master Plan (2017)
  • Community Energy Plan (2017)
  • Corporate Climate Action Plan (2017)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan (2012)

The Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Office also conducts regular public engagements to ensure the community’s knowledge and awareness of different environmental topics. The office is also responsible in part for the development and support of community gardens in the City of Windsor. The Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Office aims to promote environmentally responsible behaviours for both the Corporation of the City of Windsor and the Windsor community.

The image below and background above show the different plans by the City of Windsor that the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Office is involved in. Although the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change Office has three core plans, it has provided input on a number of other plans. This helps indicate that the environment is embedded throughout the City of Windsor; many of these other plans involve the public, which indicates that the environment is also the responsibility of Windsor residents.

Plans the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change office is responsible for

Environmental Master Plan

The City of Windsor approved the 2017 Environmental Master Plan (EMP) in March 2018. The EMP is a guidance document for the City of Windsor to address environmental issues. A simple vision led to a set of goals that formed the foundation for municipal action to improve the City’s environment. Through this plan, we aspire to make Windsor cleaner, greener, healthier, and more sustainable. Most of the actions refer to the Corporations of the City of Windsor’s activities and operations, underpinning its intent of leading residents, industry, and stakeholders by example. The EMP reflects the City’s commitment to enhancing environmental performance and facilitating social well-being and economic prosperity. This update is the renewal of that perpetual commitment. Visit the Environmental Master Plan pages to learn more.

Community Energy Plan

The Community Energy Plan (CEP) looks at all these activities and recommends strategies for a smart energy future. The CEP is a long-term plan that identifies ways to support Windsor’s local economy by increasing competitiveness and creating jobs in the energy sector, and it serves as a business retention strategy as well. The CEP also identifies ways to improve energy efficiency, improve energy security, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while contributing to the overall quality of life of the Windsor community. The CEP describes and quantifies the types of energy used in the entire Windsor community by homes, buildings, and travel, and explores how population, employment and land use impact Windsor’s energy needs. Visit the Community Energy Plan site to learn more.

Climate Change Mitigation

Climate Change Mitigation consists of actions that aim to minimize climate change (reduce greenhouse gas emissions). These actions are proactive and can be done on varying levels (individual, local, provincial, etc.). As a measure to mitigate climate change impacts, the City of Windsor has created two plans: the Community Energy Plan (2017); and the Corporate Climate Action Plan (2017) to provide guidance to the City of Windsor for actions to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation consists of actions that are conducted in response to impacts of climate change. Windsor has started experiencing the effects of climate change, for example, more severe storms with flooding as a consequence. The City of Windsor is working to continually to identify the possible impacts of climate change. In 2012, the City of Windsor approved the Climate Change Adaptation Plan. In 2018, the City of Windsor is undertaking a review/redevelopment of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan: Degrees of Change. An example of an adaptation measure being studied for the plan are shade structures.
For more information on Environmental Initiatives
Phone: For general information call 311. For detailed inquiries call 519-253-7111 ext. 3226
E-mail: emp@citywindsor.ca 

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