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.
The world’s population is becoming increasingly urbanized. As of 2015 more than 50% of us live in cities; 70% of us will live in cities by 2050. Our cities need to become more energy efficient if we are to meet global climate objectives. Well-designed energy efficiency programs bring a range of local social and economic benefits.
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?