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Media coverage from Germany: Transatlantic Dialogue putting Guelph on the the solar map

February 19, 2014

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Click here to read an article from PV magazine about Guelph’s progress in renewable energy, particularly solar.  I am in Germany this week with Lloyd Longfield, President of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, on an energy-related economic development mission. An editor from PV magazine interviewed me at an event hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Berlin […]

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Photos from Sustainable Communities Award celebration

February 13, 2014

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Here I am accepting the award with (from left) Raymond Louie, second vice-president of FCM, chair of GMF Council, and councillor, City of Vancouver, BC; Lise Burcher, councillor, City of Guelph; Rob Kerr, corporate manager, community energy, City of Guelph; and Brock Carlton, CEO, FCM Guelph was also recognized for reaching milestone 5 under FCM’s Partners […]

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FCM Sustainable Communities Award

February 12, 2014

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I’m thrilled that the City of Guelph is being honoured tonight with a Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, in recognition of our Community Energy Initiative. You can read FCM’s press release here. See a video that FCM created and a summary of the project here. Very proud that Guelph is recognized as […]

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New technology big driver of doing more with less

January 20, 2014

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I was sent a link to an article about new street light technology that saves on energy costs.  I sent it to staff for their reaction and received this great response back. Street lighting cost the City $1.1M in 2012, or 19% of our electricity budget. The City of Guelph owns the streetlights and Guelph Hydro […]

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Great cities take a balanced approach to development

December 13, 2013

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Great cities take a balanced approach to development. Guelph is proud to announce the opening of the Hanlon Creek Business Park. The park offers over 400 acres of developable area to attract and retain jobs. Within the heart of the Park is a 255 acre environmental reserve with recreational trails for employees and citizens to […]

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A different kind of pipe

December 4, 2013

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The Community Energy Initiative has several strategies to reduce our community’s energy consumption and green house gas emissions. One is to take advantage of thermal energy by growing a network to distribute thermal energy throughout the city. Ground has broken on the first stages of the Galt District Energy System that will begin to serve properties […]

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Great cities are exceptional stewards

November 25, 2013

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Great cities are exceptional stewards of resources. When the glaciers receded from our area they bestowed upon us the precious gift of water, abundant in supply and rare in quality. Through conservation and efficiency, Guelph has separated water consumption from growth – as our population has grown we have used less water and that means […]

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Being Relentless is Paying Off

June 18, 2013

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Council endorsed the community-developed Community Energy Plan in 2007.  Since that time we have partnered with local organizations and businesses to forge a new energy future for Guelph.  Combining conservation, efficiency, local generation (both heat and power), renewable energy and smart grids, the initiative will build a more reliable, secure, sustainable and affordable energy future […]

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Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue: Seeking Integrated Community Energy Solutions

May 16, 2013

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Today, I was thrilled to showcase our Community Energy Initiative at the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue  fourth workshop. (From the left: Martin E. Nohe, Coles District Supervisor, Prince William County; Mayor Karen Farbridge; Bernd Tischler, Lord Mayor of Bottrop and Bob Lazaro, Mayor, Town of Purcellville.) My welcome speech to the participants:   • Good morning! […]

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Guelph Hosts the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue

May 10, 2013

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Guelph is proud to host the Transatlantic Urban Climate Dialogue (TUCD) fourth workshop focusing on Integrated Community Energy Systems: Sustainable City Building, Competitiveness and Economic Development on May 14-16.  The Project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany as Part of the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry […]

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