Education, Awareness, and Outreach

Promoting the CEI and building awareness of it has been an important area of activity. Presentations about the CEI have been delivered to the following organizations:

  • Rotary Club of Guelph
  • Guelph-Wellington Men’s Club
  • Guelph Resilience Festival
  • Ontario University Women
  • Edward Johnson Public School (Grade 6 students)
  • Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute (Grade 8 students)
  • Community Environmental Leadership Program (Grade 10 students)
  • Headwaters program (Grade 12 students)
  • University of Guelph – GEOG*3020: Global Environmental Change
  • University of Guelph – UNIV*2200: Towards Sustainability
  • University of Guelph – ENVS*2270: Impacts of Climate Change
  • York University – Master of Environmental Studies program
  • Ryerson University
  • Ontario Public Interest Research Group

An article on the CEI was also published in Engineering Dimensions, the official publication of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Content relevant to the CEI has also been presented to Upper Grand District School Board and Wellington Catholic District School Board students in Grades 3-6 through Planet Protector Academy. This superhero-themed program encourages participants to turn off lights, take shorter showers, walk or bike to school, and encourage parents to avoid leaving their car engines idling.

Guelph has received awards and recognition for CEI-related work:

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection program – Milestone Five, 2014
  • FCM Sustainable Communities Award – Energy, 2014 (CEI)
  • Share the Road Cycling Coalition Silver Award, 2014
  • Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) Community Energy Builder Award – Local Government, 2015 (GEERS)
  • FCM Sustainable Communities Award – Neighbourhood Design, 2018 (Guelph Innovation District Secondary Plan)
  • GLOBE Climate Leadership Award – Large Municipal Trailblazer, 2018

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