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Council approves funding to support making Guelph a net zero carbon community

Council also approves plan for meeting City’s 100 per cent renewable energy target Guelph, Ont., May 28, 2019 — City Council approved $700,000 in funding over five years to support the Community Energy Initiative led by Our Energy Guelph at last night’s Council meeting. Council also approved recommendations for achieving 100 per cent renewable energy sources for all City energy needs. “To tackle climate change, we need all hands on deck,” says Alex Chapman, manager of the City’s Climate Change Office. “This means working closely with our community and leading by example. With Council’s support, we can take a big step forward in reducing Guelph’s environmental footprint while further positioning our community as the leaders in environmental sustainability and delivering significant economic value and jobs.”… Continue reading Council approves funding to support making Guelph a net zero carbon community

Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations

Council approves City’s continuing partnership with task force Guelph, Ont., May 29, 2018—Last night, Guelph City Council acknowledged, in principle, the role of Our Energy Guelph as the implementer of the Community Energy Initiative going forward, and approved the City of Guelph’s continued association with Our Energy Guelph as a primary stakeholder and partner. Council also approved Our Energy Guelph’s recommendations for the community as outlined in the updated community energy plan, including a target for Guelph to become a net zero carbon community by 2050. The 2007 Guelph Community Energy Plan, now the Community Energy Initiative, was the first of its kind in North America. In 2016, Council directed staff to initiate an update. A community-based task force was recruited to lead the update… Continue reading Council unanimously accepts Our Energy Guelph’s community energy recommendations


City of Guelph’s Innovation District plan wins FCM sustainable community award

Guelph, Ontario, February 8, 2018—The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has awarded the City of Guelph a Sustainable Community Award in the category of sustainable neighbourhood revitalization and design for the Guelph Innovation District (GID) secondary plan. FCM praised the plan’s carbon-neutral vision and its efficient, sustainable design which reduces transportation needs.

The 436-hectare district is planned as an integrated mixed-use community with housing, commercial and recreational spaces. The GID will connect to the downtown and University of Guelph communities, provide homes for more than 6,500 residents and space for more than 8,500 jobs.

Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy CAO for Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Scott Stewart are in Ottawa today to accept the award at the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference.

“Our plans for the GID will take an unused parcel of property and turn it into a vibrant neighbourhood that reflects our city’s environmental, economic, social and cultural goals. We are fortunate to have this extraordinary piece of property within our urban boundary – and we plan to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie.

The GID plan adopts a village concept with a focus on sustainable energy. For example, buildings will be aligned to maximise the use of solar energy, resulting in lower costs to residents and reduced environmental impacts. The community design also makes it easier to get around by walking, biking and public transit, and emphasizes public access to the river and other green spaces.

“This award recognizes the hard work our incredible staff has done over the last 13 years to create a plan for a sustainable community as Guelph continues to grow,” said Stewart. “We also appreciate the vision, pioneering leadership and support from our Council on this sophisticated project, and we’re excited about moving ahead and putting the plan into action.”

Mr. Stewart was a featured speaker at the conference on February 6, giving a talk to delegates about innovation in community planning and the GID.


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City of Guelph
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Stormwater credit and rebate program starts January 1

Options for Guelph businesses and residents Guelph, Ont., December 15, 2017 – Starting January 1, 2018, the City will offer Guelph businesses and residents credits and rebates for making changes to private property that help manage stormwater runoff. The new program includes rebates for residential properties and credits for businesses and multi-residential properties of six or more units. Residential program The residential program includes an enhanced seasonal rainwater harvesting rebate that offers a one-time rebate to residential property owners who purchase and install an approved tank to capture and manage stormwater runoff on site. Residents will be able to claim a rebate of $0.50 per litre of storage capacity for new, approved systems installed in 2018, up to a maximum of $1,000, and up to… Continue reading Stormwater credit and rebate program starts January 1

Improved energy commitments for Guelph residents

  News release from Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph Guelph, Ontario, November 17, 2017—Investing in local infrastructure helps create good middle class jobs, tackle climate change and improve Canadians’ quality of life. That’s why the Government of Canada is partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities—and municipalities such as Guelph—to help achieve these national objectives. Today, Member of Parliament Lloyd Longfield, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities,  Mayor Cam Guthrie and Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Scott Stewart highlighted $175,000 in federal funding for an update to Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI). This project is funded through a new funding program delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities: the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP). The project is… Continue reading Improved energy commitments for Guelph residents

Council Chambers get energy-efficient lighting retrofit

Guelph Council Chambers was retrofitted with new light emitting diode (LED) lighting to replace burned out and faded light bulbs. The new LED lighting will save about 8,500 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually — roughly the amount of energy used by one household over three months, which reduces our energy costs by about $1,250 per year. An additional $5,000 will also be saved annually in maintenance costs, based on 2,000 hours of operation. The retrofit replaced 91 incandescent bulbs and 136 fluorescent lamps over three days and cost $19,870. Facts about LEDs use 46 per cent less electricity, last longer and need less maintenance produce less waste heat and that means less energy is needed to cool Council Chambers improve light quality: they’re brighter and don’t… Continue reading Council Chambers get energy-efficient lighting retrofit

Guelph celebrates ninth solar energy installation

Guelph, Ont., March 17, 2017 – The City of Guelph now has nine solar photovoltaic systems installed across the city, as part of the City’s commitment to generating more local, renewable electricity in support of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative and the Corporate Energy Management Plan. “Last week clean solar electricity started flowing from the City’s ninth photovoltaic system, located on the roof of the Lyon Park pool building,” explains Alex Chapman, manager of the newly created Climate Change Office. “These types of projects further Guelph’s position as a solar energy champion.” Solar photovoltaic systems have been installed at the following City-owned facilities: Lyon Park pool (301 York Road) Guelph Fire Headquarters (50 Wyndham Street South) Fire Hall #3 (115 Stone Road West) Fire Hall #5… Continue reading Guelph celebrates ninth solar energy installation

First LED traffic signal replacements underway since original upgrade in 2006

LED upgrades paid off faster than anticipated Guelph, Ont., January 18, 2017—The City of Guelph is starting the first city-wide replacement of LED traffic signal bulbs since they were installed over 10 years ago. The City expected a four–year payback period from the LED traffic signal upgrades, but saw a much shorter, two–year payback period, and continues to see operational savings every year. “The City has saved 90 per cent a year on energy costs for traffic signal operation since we replaced incandescent bulbs with LED lighting,” said Steve Anderson, Supervisor of Traffic Engineering with the City. Previously, traffic signal bulbs had to be replaced twice a year. LED lights are generally maintenance free for 7-10 years, which reduces operational costs for bulbs and replacement… Continue reading First LED traffic signal replacements underway since original upgrade in 2006

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

City tests LED street lights

Energy efficient, low maintenance LED street lights can save Guelph $750K annually Guelph, Ont., January 18, 2016–The City and Guelph Hydro are testing a number of LED options on residential Guelph streets to determine the best energy efficient alternative to the City’s current high pressure sodium (HPS) street lights. “The City is in a position to save about 50 per cent of its 13,000 street lights’ energy use, about $750 thousand dollars in annual cost savings, by switching out Guelph’s HPS  street lights with LEDs,” said Alex Chapman, the City’s program manager of Corporate Energy. “LED lights last longer, use much less electricity, require less maintenance and provide better illumination than the HPS lights we’re currently using.” During the test period, which runs until March, the City… Continue reading City tests LED street lights

City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments Win QUEST 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards

Ottawa, Ont. October 30, 2015 – The City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments were announced as the 2015 winners of the QUEST Community Energy Builder Awards at the annual QUEST Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony on October 27 in Toronto, Ontario. The Community Energy Builder Awards are presented annually by QUEST to recognize leadership and innovation in advancing Smart Energy Communities in Canada.  Awards are presented in three categories that reflect the key implementing sectors of Smart Energy Communities: Local Government, Real Estate Sector, and Utility and Energy Service Providers. “Smart Energy Communities are now being recognized as one solution in meeting Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial energy and climate goals,” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. “QUEST congratulates the 2015 award winners… Continue reading City of Guelph, Enmax Corporation and Windmill Developments Win QUEST 2015 Community Energy Builder Awards