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Help plan to make Kingston an energy-smart city!

June 10, 2015 -

The City of Kingston is holding its first Community Energy Café to engage citizens – and especially those in the business and energy sectors – in building a Kingston community energy plan.

"Creating a smart economy means finding innovative ways to localize energy generation and improve on the efficient use of energy in our community plans, homes and workplaces: it saves money, creates jobs, and helps reduce our carbon footprint. Let's work together, as a community, to create a vision of a resilient, energy-smart economy and a more livable city," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.

He notes that the Kingston community collectively spends more than $600 million every year on energy and that much of that spending leaves the community.

The first Community Energy Café is set for June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tett Centre, 370 King St. W. Citizens are invited to come share their knowledge of Kingston's energy assets and discuss their ideas in small-group discussions organized around specific themes. 

Over the next 16 months, the City and the community will work with the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, SWITCH Ontario – a public/private network dedicated to advancing sustainable energy in Ontario – and the Chamber of Commerce to develop an energy plan that will:

  • allow residents and businesses to save funds now spent on energy, freeing them up for reinvestment elsewhere;
  • attract new investors to a transformed smart economy;
  • generate local opportunities in the sustainable emerging technologies sector; and
  • reduce Kingston's greenhouse gas emissions – a key objective of the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan.

The Kingston community energy plan will consider long-term energy generation, consumption, infrastructure, economic growth and land-use planning – and will look at energy-use in all sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, municipal and transportation.

Learn more about the community energy plan at www.CityofKingston.ca/CommunityEnergy.

For more on the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan see www.CityofKingston.ca/climateaction.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focusses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

Twitter: @CityofKingston

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheCityofKingston

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.