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Guelph hospitals get provincial funds for energy efficiency improvements

February 13, 2018 — "Guelph’s hospitals are among those on the receiving end of the province’s cap-and-trade program. Guelph General Hospital (GGH) and St. Joseph’s Health Centre are the recipients of a total of nearly $1.5 million from the province toward projects meant to improve energy efficiency at the two hospitals." (Read more on Guelph Tribune)

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Deep retrofit upgrade makes Guelph home as good as new

February 13, 2018 — A new family moving to Guelph decided to make a change to a car-free, sustainable lifestyle. A deep retrofit of their property upgrades their Energuide rating to 82, which means that their house performs among the top 5% of buildings of its type. Read the case study to learn more.

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Savings from LED traffic signals exceed Guelph's expectations

February 13, 2018 — "Guelph is starting the first city-wide replacement of LED traffic signal bulbs since they were installed in 2006, resulting in savings that city hall says have exceeded expectations. The city expected a four-year payback period from the LED traffic signal upgrades, but it saw a much shorter, two-year payback period and it continues to see operational savings every year" (Read...

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City wins FCM's Sustainable Community Award

February 13, 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." (Read more on City's website)

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County applies for more vehicle charging stations

February 13, 2018 — "Wellington County will apply for federal funding for up to seven additional electric vehicle charging stations. At its Jan. 25 meeting, county council approved an administration, finance and human resources committee recommendation to apply to a Natural Resources Canada program for up to 50% of the total project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per charging unit." (Read more from...

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Sleeman Centre gets a lighting facelift

February 13, 2018 — Sleeman Centre is home of the Guelph Storm OHL Hockey Franchise. In addition to ice sports, this facility hosts a variety of events including, concerts, corporate and family events and an assortment of special sports events. The facility typically operates for 18 hours per day during the hockey season leaving the off season schedule dependent on event bookings, off ice...

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Guelph residential development helps set zero-carbon building standard

February 13, 2018 — "Consisting of 8 residences and ground floor commercial with basement storage, a joint project of Terra View Homes and Newton Group that has been selected to be part of the Canada Green Building Council's Zero Carbon Building Standard pilot program. The building will be part of Terra View's NiMa Trails development in Guelph's north end." (Read more from Guelph Mercury...

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Guelph faith-based institutions lead the way on solar adoption

February 7, 2018 — By our estimates, five faith based instutitions in Guelph are producing energy locally through rooftop solar.   Harcourt Memorial United Church on 87 Dean Avenue has 46 solar panels on its roof. Since 2011, these panels have produced nearly 80MWh of electricity - enough to power nearly 8 average Ontario homes! Click here to learn more about their system.  St....

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Social housing cooperative gets a lot greener

February 7, 2018 — "A $45,400 green energy investment in Wellington County’s Royal City Housing Co-operative in Guelph will save residents lots of money, and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of a social housing community built back when baseboard electric heaters were the thing." .... (read original article on GuelphToday)

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Dr. Kirby Calvert on Community Energy Planning

February 7, 2018 — This post originally appeared on CEKAP.ca and was written by Dr. Kirby Calvert 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...

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Lloyd Longfield, MP Guelph

March 6, 2017 — Mr. Speaker, I rise today to offer my full support of the Paris agreement and the promise this agreement holds for Canada's future. Climate change is truly unlike any other challenge the House or, indeed, humanity itself has ever faced as this struggle is not with a particular nation or ideology, but with an ever-increasing need of human society. We...

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