Local Government
Working Group

Our Mission

To cause the Councils and governments of Lanark County, its lower-tier municipalities and the separated Town of Smiths Falls to develop and deliver substantive climate mitigation and
adaptation actions that halve local greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and that build on our
region’s dynamic embrace and advocacy of sustainable practices.

What we are working on

Climate Action Plan

We are currently working with the County to develop their Climate Action Plan.


If you would like to volunteer with the Local Government Working Group please sign up to be part of the network, or email our Working Group Facilitator, Susan Brandum.

Who We Are

Noelle Reeve 
Noelle is a Registered Professional Planner with over 30 years of experience working in British Columbia, New Jersey, and Ontario on rural, urban and watershed planning with a focus on environmental protection and social equity. She has lived with her family on a sheep farm in Tay Valley Township for the past 13 years.

Bill Slade
Bill is a founding and current member of the Carleton Place Environmental Advisory Committee and past chair. He was a member of the Almonte Environmental Advisory Committee and past chair of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalist Environmental Initiatives Committee. Bill has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has focused his studies at various on-line universities on Climate Change: the science, sustainable development and renewable resources. He joined the Lanark Climate Network as a voice for the urban element, county initiatives, climate mitigation and adaptation.

Susan Brandum – Group Facilitator.
Before moving to Port Elmsley 25 years ago, Sue was a specialist energy writer and the volunteer manager of the Coalition for a Green Economic Recovery. She co-authored the underground bestseller, Get A Life! She became the general manager of REAL, delivering programs that helped local residents improve their energy efficiency, naturalize their yards and shorelines, manage their wells and septic systems and reuse goods when she established the REAL Deal Reuse Store. Sue grew up mainly in Shawville, Quebec.

Barrie Crampton 
Barrie is the Tay Valley Township Green Energy and Climate Change Working Group Chair, the Deputy Reeve of Tay Valley Township, a County Councillor and a member of Climate Network Lanark. As the Chair of the Tay Valley Climate Working Group, Barrie is privileged to serve with community volunteers that bring extensive subject matter expertise to provide advice and recommendations to Township Council.

Gord Harrison 
Gord Harrison enjoyed a long career as an environment and climate change educator, working locally, nationally and internationally. He served as the Director of Education programs for the Pembina Institute, and Executive Director of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Locally he developed  a state of the environment report for the Stewardship Council and a strategic plan for the County’s Community Forests. Gord is a Director of the Lanark County Stewardship Council.Connecting with place/the land  infomed my work as an educator, grounds me mentally and spiritually, and is at the heart of CNL.” Gord lives at Indigo Wood (named after the Indigo Buntings that nest there) with two-footed and four-footed family.


100 Years of Electricity

100 Years of Electricity

The Era’s ‘100 years ago’ page last month showed that after a referendum to see whether Lanark wanted to ‘be electrified’ nine householders signed up to have their homes wired - at their own expense! – so they could hook up to the hydro service.  Things went pretty...

Leave them with Scott!

Leave them with Scott!

Would you like your fall leaves to be used to help Almonte area farmers regenerate healthy soil? As part of my personal attempt to address the climate emergency, I have been learning from the work of a professor in New Mexico how to produce a very special type of...

Learn to Love the Carbon Tax

Learn to Love the Carbon Tax

Driving or walking around town, I am struck by the number of households that have chosen to rip up the front lawn and replace it with all manner of vegetables, shrubs and flowers. I like to think of these innovative individuals as a new kind of homesteader, breaking...

Meet Local Climate Leader Sue Brandum

Meet Local Climate Leader Sue Brandum

Sue Brandum is a local climate leader who has been instrumental in creating the Climate Network Lanark (full name Climate Action Network of Lanark County, Smiths Falls and Region). In this month’s column, she talks about her background, how she came to be so involved...