In a growing population where families are continuing to settle in urban areas, meeting residential energy needs is an issue that has not lost momentum. Cities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe are increasingly moving toward the adoption of municipal climate change action plans that align with provincial and federal frameworks on clean growth. Many of which carry a strong focus on meeting those energy needs. The City of Burlington is one such municipality with the new Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk College being one of its key initiatives. Launched in collaboration with the Ontario government and the cities of Hamilton and Burlington, it is aimed at stimulating the community’s move to a low-carbon economy and is the first of its kind at an Ontario college.
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.
First principles ensure coordination of efforts, and position for success. This blog will excavate, evaluate, and refine the ‘first principles’ of community energy planning. My insights build on the Getting to Implementation project, inspired conversations with leading practitioners, and my experience as co-chair of the City of Guelph’s energy task force.