Guelph 100 percent

As Guelph considers becoming a 100% Renewable Energy City, what can we learn from other communities that are already on their way?  Join us for an evening featuring a renewable energy leader from Oxford County followed by a facilitated community discussion.

Guelph: 100% Renewable Energy

What can we learn from Oxford County?

7:00 pm Monday May 29, 2017
Guelph Youth Music Centre
75 Cardigan St, Guelph,

ON N1H 3Z7

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In 2015, Oxford County (including  five rural municipalities and the three urban centers of Woodstock, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg), passed a motion to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050. There are only two other municipalities in Canada and 1,000 around the world that have taken this bold step.  But how daunting is it and how is Oxford progressing down the path to 100%?

Jay Heaman, Manager, Strategic Initiatives for Oxford County will share his experience on how his community is putting the pieces in place to get to 100%.

Share your thoughts with Jay and others in the community over the course of a facilitated community discussion led by eMERGE Guelph Sustainability and CESI (Community Engaged Scholarship Institute) of the University of Guelph.

Seating is limited, please register early.
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Background

Communities around the world and across Canada have declared their intent to be 100 per cent renewable on or before mid-century.  What about Guelph?  An evolving energy policy landscape and faster-than-anticipated technological advancement, combined with growing concerns around climate change and consumer empowerment, has opened up new opportunities for structural change in local energy systems toward local, renewable generation.

Oxford County and Sustainable Development

Oxford County and Sustainable Development:

Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan. The County was the first municipality in Ontario to commit to achieving 100% renewable energy and, having already achieved one of the highest residential waste diversion rates in its class and having extended its municipal landfill life expectancy to 2063, the County is now working aggressively to achieve its zero waste commitments. The County is also transitioning to a green fleet; incorporating net zero standards into new builds for municipal housing and facilities; investing in a strategy to advocate for stronger transportation links in southwestern Ontario; and serving as an active member of CUTRIC, a national research and innovation consortium working to transform the Canadian transportation sector towards alternate fuel sources. Oxford County is currently working to establish a sustainability cluster in its historic Courthouse Square to serve as a “living lab” for sustainability initiatives and social innovation.

Jay Heaman, Manager, Strategic Initiatives for Oxford County:

Oxford County is Ontario’s first municipality to make a commitment to 100% renewable energy and Zero Waste. Jay has a demonstrated passion for sustainable energy and intelligent electrical system design and is now applying his experience and leadership skills with the County of Oxford as Manager of Strategic Initiatives.

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Seating is limited, please register early.

As a not-for-profit we have provided a quantity of Free tickets for unwaged community members.  In order to make this possible we appreciate the support made by all others purchasing tickets.

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Jointly presented by:
Community Engaged Scholarship Institute (CESI)

eMERGE Guelph Sustainability