Transition Brockville / 05 November 2016
The town of Norwich, Vermont provides an excellent example of municipal engagement.
In 2011, Vermont adopted a goal for the state of having 90 percent of all statewide energy come from renewable sources by the year 2050. Click for a two-page summary.
What would Norwich’s contribution look like? Here’s a rough plan from 2012 for the town to meet that target: Norwich 90% Energy Plan.
The official Norwich Town Plan, developed by the Planning Commission with extensive input from town committees and residents and approved by the Selectboard, has a thorough section on Energy (section 10, pp 87-94).
In addition, the Selectboard is working on a long-term strategic plan to guide its decision-making. At its 9/23/14 meeting, it approved a Draft Strategic Plan on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Efficiency and Sustainability as interim planning guidance until the adoption of a strategic plan.
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Transition Brockville / 28 October 2016
Brockville City Council will be considering a request from the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network for financial support for the FAB Go Local campaign at the Council meeting on Tuesday, November 1, 7 pm. From the FABN written request:
In a nutshell: The FABN proposes to develop and implement a “Go Local” campaign that will promote sustainable community development within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. Local businesses and organizations play crucial roles in creating jobs, enhancing local character, and strengthening communities. Our “Go Local” campaign will specifically support local independent businesses and organizations in building thriving local economies.
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Montreal Gazette / Michelle Lalonde / 06 October 2016
Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume says he gets “the chills” when he recalls incidents that have threatened his city’s drinking water supply, because they remind him of the vulnerability of Quebec’s rivers and waterways and the terrible burden of responsibility on municipal leaders to ensure safe drinking water.
Labeaume was addressing the AquaHacking 2016 Summit Thursday at Montreal’s Palais des Congrès, an annual conference gathering several hundred water experts, technological experts, decision-makers and citizens to find solutions for protecting waterways, with a focus this year on protecting the St. Lawrence River.
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City of Brockville / 06 October 2016
Curbside collection of leaves will take place on your regular waste collection day during October 17 to October 21 and November 14 to November 18.
Please note that plastic bags are not permitted for leaf collection. To ensure collection, residents must use paper bags or reusable containers only for their leaf waste. Leaves placed in plastic bags will not be collected.
Place leaves at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. Please ensure that no garbage or brush is included, and that the paper bags or containers weigh less than 22 kg (50 pounds).
Leaves and brush may also be brought to the Gord Watts composting site at 251 North Augusta Road. Compost site hours and rates are on the waste collection calendar, on the City website, or by calling 613-342-8772 ext 8220. Site will close November 25 for the winter season.
Sustainable North Grenville / 16 September 2016
You are invited to attend a municipal meeting this coming Monday, September 19, 6:30 pm.
We have learned only days ago that NG Mayor David Gordon has committed to sign a letter of support for Energy East at United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council. This goes against the resolution passed by Council in 2013 to not support the pipeline until concerns were satisfied.
A group of concerned citizens is planning to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting this coming Monday. The purpose is to ask Council to bring us up to date on their plans for Energy East—and to request that NG Mayor and Council make no further expressions of support as agreed in 2013 (see below).
Will you join us? A small group can make a difference. A larger group can make a bigger difference.
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CITYLAB / Laura Bliss / 21 April 2016
David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city.
After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure improvements, trees offer cities some of the best bang for their buck. Trees remove carbon dioxide, filter air pollution, and produce oxygen. They absorb rainwater, UV radiation, and noise. They slow down traffic, improve property values, and reduce human stress and mental fatigue. And they provide shade, which means we have to use less energy to cool down.
“Trees help us avoid emissions in the first place, in addition to taking out carbon,” says Nowak, a lead researcher at the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Syracuse, New York. “It’s a big problem that they help us solve.”
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