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Kingston chosen to pilot CoLab initiative

January 17, 2014 -

Sustainable Kingston to engage businesses to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Yesterday at the official Sustainability CoLab Launch in Toronto, Kingston was chosen as one of three communities in Ontario to pilot the Sustainability CoLab initiative.

With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the non-profit Sustainability CoLab initiative aims to create a provincial network of communities to work with business and industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Locally, Sustainable Kingston will lead the CoLab initiative to support community-driven and action-oriented approaches to business sustainability.

"Being a part of Sustainability CoLab speaks to our community's ability to come up with practical, efficient and economical solutions as we face the challenges of climate change," says Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "The timing of this announcement is perfect as the City and Sustainable Kingston are currently engaging the public, organizations and businesses in Kingston's Climate Change Action Plan." 

The City and Sustainable Kingston are working together to build the Kingston Climate Action Plan with the community. The action plan will be released on Earth Day, April 22. Residents are encouraged to give their input into the plan online starting January 28th. For more on the Kingston Climate Action Plan visit www.CityofKingston.ca/ClimateActionPlan.

For more on Sustainability Co-Lab go to www.sustainabilitycolab.org

At the launch (left to right), were: Paul MacLatchy, the City's Director of Environment and Sustainable Initiatives, Councillors Rick Downes and Jim Neill,  John Johnson, Executive Director of Sustainable Kingston and Mike Morrice, Executive Director of Sustainability CoLab.

Interested in helping Kingston face the challenge of climate change?  Come to the Kingston Climate Action Plan Community Collaboration on February 6.

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer,  613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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