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OPG hoping to build battery energy storage at Saunders dam

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Todd Hambleton / 07 September 2017

A community meeting will be held just under two weeks to discuss an Ontario Power Generation project for the R.H. Saunders Generating Station in Cornwall that will involve the use of a battery-based energy storage facility.

Ontario Power Generation wants to build the facility adjacent to the dam, which would be used to absorb energy in times of excess system generation, or release energy in times of a system generation shortfall […]

“Battery Energy Storage complements renewable generation like wind and solar, and will help (the Independent Electricity System Operator) maintain system reliability,” said OPG director of media, issues and information management Neal Kelly.

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Ontario supporting municipalities in fighting climate change

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 14 August 2017

Province Funding Local Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement today at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa.

Municipalities are important partners in the fight against climate change. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.

Fighting climate change while supporting growth, efficiency and productivity is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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Veggies n’ Fruit Community Boost Initiative awardees

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville / 7 July 2017

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville is pleased to announce awardees of the Veggies n’ Fruit Community Boost Initiative. The Veggies n’ Fruit Community Boost Initiative supports the third Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme, Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit, and aims to create supportive environments for healthy eating.

Thirteen recipients across Leeds and Grenville have introduced programs that will make it easier for kids and families to choose vegetables and fruit with every meal and snack.

Find out what is happening in your community!

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Zooming to both coasts, with zero emissions

Recorder & Times / Elizabeth Munro / 3 August 2017

Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington decided that on Canada Day, they and their dog Piper would be taking a coast-to-coast road trip from Victoria, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland in their new electric Chevrolet Bolt.

Although one reason for their trip is vacation, their primary objective is to promote sustainable energy in different communities en route to St. John’s – and prove that zero-emission transportation is possible despite the sparsity of direct current charging stations across Canada.

The couple arrived in Brockville on August 1, just in time for the grand opening of the city’s first Level 3 high-speed charging station at the local Riverside GM dealership.

The dealership already has two Level 2 charging stations for hybrid cars, and the newest one is designed for all-electric cars like the Bolt. There are also Level 2 charging stations at St. Lawrence College and in the Aquatarium’s parking garage.

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Ontario craft breweries are serious about resource management

NRCAN / Heads Up CIPEC / Vol 21 No 4

“We know breweries are increasingly aware that water is the most important ingredient in their business operations,” says Kevin Jones, President of the BLOOM Centre for Sustainability. “They are starting to recognize the opportunities to save money in the beer-making process by reusing water, capturing free energy and diverting spent yeast and other materials to beneficial end-use applications.”

A 2016 survey of Ontario craft breweries, conducted by BLOOM, supports Jones’ statement indicating that 97 percent of respondents understand the importance of improving their water and resource management not only to address their bottom line but to protect the environment and be proactive community partners.

The survey indicates that respondents are either in the midst of or are planning numerous measures to address resource conservation. Key features include implementing more water efficient practices to reduce water use, diverging materials before they enter the drain, using dry cleaning techniques, monitoring water use in different parts of operations, implementing better wastewater management design, and installing technology to treat wastewater on-site.

To help craft breweries in their efforts to manage water sustainably, BLOOM launched an online platform, Water & Beer that provides them with detailed information on best practices in water management.

As the BLOOM survey has shown, awareness of resource conservation is increasing and there are a myriad of opportunities. Taking action on these opportunities will benefit their business, their local community and the environment.

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An IGA in Montreal is growing its own vegetables on the roof

Montreal Gazette / Jacob Serebrin / 20 July 2017

Tim Murphy bends down and pulls a healthy-looking bulb of garlic out of the ground.

Nearby, heirloom tomatoes grow next to several varieties of lettuce. It’s a large, well-maintained garden, but what really sets this garden apart is where it’s located. Murphy is a project manager and urban gardener for The Green Line: Green Roof, a Montreal-based company that installs green roofs, the garden he tends is on the roof of a grocery store.

IGA Extra Famille Duchemin, in the St-Laurent borough, says it’s the first grocery store in Canada to sell produce grown on its own roof.

More than 30 different kinds of produce are being grown on the 25,000-square-foot roof, and all of it is certified organic. In addition to tomatoes and lettuce, eggplant, radish, kale and basil are among the products growing here.

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