There are considerable completed, current and ongoing corporate Town environmental actions, activities and initiatives that convey Aurora’s environmental successes and commitments.
· Installed traffic circles to reduce stops/starts thereby reducing emissions
· Addition of Smart Car to the fleet, 2008
· Installed 17 Idle Free Zone signs at 6 Town owned facilities
· Participated in York Region Demand Response Program since 2006 in order to conserve energy during summer months when the electricity demand is at its peak.
· Greening of Aurora Facilities – green building technology and retrofits have been installed that will save on gas and hydro consumption and reduce carbon emissions. Examples include: Public Library, Family Leisure Complex and Town Hall.
· Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex - The design for this Complex has been recognized by Natural Resources Canada ecoEnergy program as a facility that reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
· Town of Aurora received 2008 Aurora Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards: Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.
· Bullfrog Eco - Certified Green Power -Aurora has committed to purchasing green power in 2008 to 2010 to power Town Hall with green power.
· Town of Aurora capital projects retrofits for energy conservation.
· Wildlife Park: The Community Wildlife Park will be approximately 170 Acres and consists of a portion of the East Holland River valley lands and adjacent natural areas located east of Bayview Avenue, between Wellington Street East and St. John's Side road, in northeast Aurora.
· Two Town nurseries grow trees and harvest seedling trees from Town woodlots to maintain native genetics.
· The Aurora Community Arboretum was established in 1996. A Master Plan for the Arboretum was completed in 2005; it provides for a Specimen Tree Collection, education for residents, a Discovery Trail and many other initiatives related to the collection and preservation of trees and shrubs. The Town of Aurora has been a funding partner to the Arboretum’s 10 year Implementation Plan since 2007.
· Boardwalks - Installation of boardwalks over environmentally sensitive areas i.e. wetlands/marshes.
· Fertilizer/Herbicides/Pesticides - Parks greenhouse operations use biological (beneficial insects) to control non – desirable insects.
· Trails/Woodlots - Trail systems are constructed using permeable surfaces and are not lit, lowering light pollution levels.
· Use of Eco Friendly Building Materials - Since 2008 the Town of Aurora uses ecologically friendly building materials where possible when doing renovations, repairs and maintenance to Town of Aurora facilities including: re-using materials, recyclable carpet replacement and low VOC paints and adhesives.
· Installation of bicycle paths and trails where/when possible and published a map/plan showing bicycle routes/trails.
· Salt Reduction Plan has documented a decrease in salt use from 200kg/km/lane to 170kg/km/lane.
· Brine tanks have been installed and all Town trucks and (most) contracted trucks are fitted with pre-wetting equipment.
· A holding tank was installed at Ada Johnson Park to catch the runoff from the splash pad and rainwater; water is used to water trees, new sod and annual plant displays around Town of Aurora.
· In 2006 the Town changed over 20% of the hanging baskets to a reservoir based container; this has resulted in less frequent watering, less run off and a decrease in vehicular emissions.
· Stream bank and erosion control projects restore and protect creeks and water courses, provide vegetation enhancements and buffers.
Aurora initiated the retrofit of four existing stormwater management facilities accomplishing the following:
· Improved the quality of stormwater runoff by up to 80%.
· Reduced the amount of phosphorus entering Lake Simcoe by up to 84 kg/year.
· Cut back weed growth in our waterways by 41.6 t/year.