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Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update gets green light

Community participation and ownership integral to CEI’s future success Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2016 – Council unanimously approved the City’s proposed process to update Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI) on Monday evening. “The City has learned a lot about the value of sustainable energy and its role in Guelph’s long-term ability to prosper since the Community Energy Plan was developed in 2007,” said Rob Kerr, the City’s Community Energy Manager. “The updated CEI will reflect what we know now and re-establish the CEI as a community-led initiative by engaging the community to reaffirm Guelph’s energy priorities and lead future success.” The CEI Update will also include metrics to track and report  progress on the initiative’s defined targets, reflect recent federal and provincial policy requirements, and incorporate… Continue reading Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Update gets green light

Guelph joins WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities

Guelph, ON, December 19, 2014 – The City of Guelph’s commitment to be an age-friendly community has been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). Late last month, Guelph was accepted as a member of the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities for its promise to make Guelph a great place to live and age well. More than 250 cities and communities in 27 countries have joined the Network as a part of a growing global movement of cities and communities striving to meet the needs of older residents. By 2031, Guelph’s population will be 175,000 with 57,000 people over the age of 55. “Being a part of the Network gives us efficient and effective ways to learn about age-friendly initiatives that are already… Continue reading Guelph joins WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities

Guelph to create Canada’s first municipal open government action plan

Plan will be Guelph’s road map for even more accountable, transparent and engaging local government Guelph, On, July 24, 2013 – The City’s innovative open government action plan—the first of its kind in Canada—is now underway. “The City is committed to pursuing an even more open, accountable, transparent and engaging municipal government—one that empowers the Guelph community to work together on innovative solutions and ultimately, all civic decisions,” said Mayor Karen Farbridge. “A tailor made open government action plan developed for Guelph and co-produced with residents and businesses will position this plan to resonate locally and be used by other jurisdictions as a model for success.” Delvinia, a leading digital strategy firm located in Toronto, was recently awarded the contract to assist with the development… Continue reading Guelph to create Canada’s first municipal open government action plan

City review to gauge progress and explore the future of waste management in Guelph

Guelph, On, July 23, 2013 – A review of the City’s 2008 Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) is currently underway and will provide recommendations that build on Guelph’s leadership in waste minimization and diversion for a sustainable, service focused and economically viable future. The SWMMP—a 25-year strategy approved by Council—set a path to achieve new waste minimization, diversion and disposal targets, and identified short- and long-term programs designed to achieve the targets. Since implementing the SWMMP, the City’s residential diversion rate has increased 30 per cent to 68 per cent in 2012, exceeding the first two targets set by the SWMMP. The increased diversion rate is a result of a number of City initiatives including the opening of the Organic Waste Processing Facility; recycling… Continue reading City review to gauge progress and explore the future of waste management in Guelph