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Inside Guelph: Canadian Urban Institute award

July 4, 2014

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Here I am on Rogers TV talking about a City Builder award I recently accepted from the Canadian Urban Institute, on behalf of the many people inside and outside City Hall who are working to make Guelph even better. (Note: one minute of the clip is cut off at the beginning.)

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New technology big driver of doing more with less

January 20, 2014


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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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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Inside Guelph – Talking about community engagement and energy efficient homes

April 16, 2013

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Inside Guelph  – talking about our Community Engagement Framework and the first 2012 ENERGY STAR® qualified home in Canada.

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Earth Hour – 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23

March 22, 2013

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See 10 things you can do to show your support of Earth Hour.

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Worth a read

August 14, 2012

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Guelph Hydro Inc’s 2011 Sustainability Report is now online. The report outlines Guelph Hydro’s environmental, social, and economic performance – and measures it using an international standard, the Global Reporting Initiative. Guelph Hydro was one of the first utilities in Ontario to publish a sustainability report. Well worth a read.

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Energizing Communities

June 15, 2012

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I have just returned from attending “Energizing Communities – Creating Solutions with District Energy and Combined Heat and Power”.  This was the annual conference of the Canadian District Energy Association (now merged with the International District Energy Association). I had the opportunity to speak, as part of a Leadership Panel, about Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative, and […]

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Talking energy

April 5, 2012

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The Mayor’s Taskforce on Community Energy met last week. Many members of the Taskforce were present along with members of Council, municipal staff and the community. The first half of the agenda was a bit of a “state of the union”. Some of the key messages included: The magnitude of the opportunity for Guelph to […]

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