Guelph, it is not enough: Canadian and Global Best Practices – Dr. Karen Farbridge

eMERGE Guelph was delighted to host Dr. Karen Farbridge as she provided insight into best practices in community energy planning from Canada and around the world. She showed how municipalities are stepping up and are accelerating the transition to a low-carbon and energy efficient economies.

This event was the second part of two separate webinars that are designed to embrace solutions and mitigate the challenges faced by communities in our fight against climate change. Part 1 featured Rob Kerr as he shared strategies on how other successful Ontario communities are driving climate and energy action last Tuesday, Sep 15 .

A recording of the Webinar can be found on our Youtube Channel here!

The slide deck for this webinar is now available here.


The shock of the COVID-19 pandemic provides an excellent opportunity to transition to low-carbon, energy efficient communities through the use of stimulus funding and legislation.

Well over 400 communities in Canada, and over 50 in Ontario, have completed Community Energy Plans. Many of them are now demonstrating continuing implementation efforts driven by aggressive GHG (greenhouse gas) and energy efficiency targets coupled with community demands for climate emergency declarations.

About Our Speaker

Dr. Farbridge has over 25 years of experience in change-making in the non-profit, public, and private sectors. She went from grassroots organizing with her early work at the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), to a PhD in Zoology, and then she became the first female Mayor in Guelph, after spending years on City Council.

She has a longstanding passion for building sustainable and resilient communities. She has been a leader in various community innovation projects including smart growth, downtown revitalization, open government, neighbourhood development, community wellbeing, resource and natural heritage protection, community energy and municipal governance. She is a respected speaker who has worked to educate on matters of urban interest and community resiliency to broad and diverse audiences both locally and internationally.

Karen is an urban connector that helps communities and governments across the country fight climate change in practical and achievable ways.

Dr. Karen Farbridge received the eMERGE Climate Change Hero award in 2019.


Our Upcoming Event

Register here for our event next week entitled “ Ontario: undermining Guelph’s Climate Goals.