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null Businesses invited to learn more about the Open Door Air-Conditioning Bylaw

November 19, 2019 -

The City is seeking input from business owners as it develops a bylaw that would prohibit businesses from having their doors open while running their air conditioning.

This bylaw may include exemptions that take into consideration certain items, such as the comfort and wellness of kitchen staff working in restaurants and for the delivery or shipping of goods 

"Kingston is in a climate emergency and it's time to conserve energy as best as we can. This proposed bylaw is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by keeping our doors and windows open when the air conditioning is in use," says Julie Salter-Keane, Community Projects Manager. 

City staff will be sharing information about the Open Door Air-Conditioning Bylaw at the Downtown Kingston! Business Association Annual General Meeting on Nov. 20.

This meeting will be followed by three drop-in Coffee & Chat sessions for businesses. They will be held from 8:30 – 11 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Nov. 26 and 27 at Sustainable Kingston, 303 Bagot St., Unit 6.
  • Dec. 4 at the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, 204-299 Concession St.

Can't make it to an in-person session? Visit the Open Door Air-Conditioning Bylaw project page to learn more about this bylaw, why it's being considered, the proposed timeline, and complete a short survey.

Input gathered from businesses online and in-person will be compiled into a report that will accompany the draft bylaw.

Demonstrating leadership on climate action is one of Council's strategic priorities.

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