Reducing building emissions are one of the most cost-effective approaches to integrate in community energy plans. Ensuring that new buildings are built to the highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental design, and finding pathways to reduce the energy consumption of existing buildings is critical to meet local climate and energy plan targets. Learn more about how green building policies can help your community energy plan strategies by accessing the Canada Green Building Council’s new online.
This primer, designed for small and mid-sized local governments, describes the cost of energy in Ontario’s communities, outlines some of the approaches available to keep energy dollars local, and provides access to helpful resources to support the implementation of a Community Energy Plan.
This primer is a resource for communities that are interested in developing a Community Energy Plan (CEP). It provides information on the value and benefits of developing a CEP, how to get started, how to engage local partners, steps for developing and implementing a plan, and concrete municipal actions and approaches to realizing a CEP in New Brunswick.
Urban sprawl is a phenomenon that is witnessed globally, though most predominantly in North America. Unfortunately, the costs of sprawl including increased emissions, chronic disease and reduced productivity are often hidden. This report compares the long-term economic and social benefits of urban density to the development trend that is sprawl. It argues that the true cost of sprawl is distorted by “suburban myths” and the misalignment of price structures.
The City of London’s Community Energy Action Plan is a tool that will lead to significant savings for their local economy; every one percent reduction in energy use that Londoners and London businesses achieve will keep about $10 million from leaving the economy. London’s Community Energy Action Plan will be the community’s plan for London, not the City of London’s plan for the community, and will include the following key principles: Start first with conservation, Invest in energy efficiency and good design, Make use of free heat and free light, Build on local strengths, Use renewable energy, Measure your progress, and Share your stories.