Canadian Institute of Planners Commits to Carbon Neutrality 

Recognizing that climate change is the single largest threat to our world and the communities we live in, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) reaffirms its commitment to continued action and advocacy, and promises to implement new measures to reduce its own carbon impact.

This week, inspired by Sweden’s Greta Thunberg and Anishinabek Nation Chief Water Commissioner, Autumn Peltier, who are participating in the United Nations Climate Action Summit, and further motivated by the alarming findings presented in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report, CIP affirms that “business as usual” is no longer acceptable.

“As a national organization and the voice of Canadian professional planning, we can and must do better to reduce our operational carbon emissions,” said Eleanor Mohammed, CIP President. “I am proud to state that CIP is committing to establishing and implementing a carbon-neutral strategy in 2020. Sustainability must be the lens we apply to CIP’s operations, travel, and programs.”

CIP has been active in advocating for climate action and the environment for more than thirty years. Most recently, CIP joined the UN-Habitat’s Planners for Climate Action, published a national policy on climate change planning, completed a climate change awareness survey of planning professionals, and has been active in advocating for stronger federal policies. The 2018 Joint Statement on Advancing Integrated Climate Action further committed CIP and other national professional associations to enact, advocate for, and improve practices, understanding and policies to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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About the Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 7,000 planning professionals nationally, and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919. Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities, by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities, and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency.  Our members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, Indigenous communities planning, transportation planning, and economic development. Learn more about CIP and the role of planners at

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