We are pleased to share with you a new research paper written by the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) in partnership with Evergreen–Review of Renewable Energy Investments in Social and Affordable Housing. CEKAP-affiliated grad students from York U and the University of Guelph participated in the research. This research evaluates the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a federal-provincial economic stimulus program that supported the installation of renewable energy (RE) systems within Ontario’s social and affordable housing sector between 2010 and 2011.
Thanks to funding from the Places to Grow Implementation Fund, the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) in partnership with Dr. Kirby Calvert (UofG) and Karen Farbridge collaborated via the Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership (CEKAP) to complete a set of case studies looking at net zero and low carbon developments across five Ontario municipalities.
I was pleased to be able to attend the recent CaGBC Municipal Leader’s Forum meeting held at Vaughan City Hall on November 9, 2016 which focused on the topic of net zero homes and net zero communities. CEKAP has embarked on a research project that hopes to inform the conversation around the table.
The CEKAP research team is interested in identifying and overcoming the barriers to the implementation of community energy plans. Why are we focusing on community-level energy planning? And how might we envision the role of our municipal partners in the planning and implementation process?