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City could save on energy: Report

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 18 November 2016

sewage-treatment-plantBrockville should not hire an “embedded energy manager,” but it can still save money on energy by monitoring consumption better, say consultants hired by city hall to look into the matter.

A report by the consulting firm Energy Performance Services (EPS) suggests the city spend more than $83,000 to upgrade monitoring at the water and sewer plants, adding this would eventually yield more than $32,000 in annual energy savings.

City officials will decide next year whether to follow through on the recommendation.


Brockville’s Commemorative Tree Planting Program 2017

City of Brockville / Operations Department

commemorative-tree-planting-brochure-coverThe Operations Department is pleased to offer a Commemorative Tree Planting Program. This program may be used as a form of remembrance of a loved one, celebration of a birth, honouring a retiree, or any other event which you feel should be commemorated by a living tribute. Trees will be planted in approved areas along the Brock Trail in the fall of each year. Orders must be received by the Operations Department by August 1 with payment in full. Once planted, the tree becomes the sole responsibility of the Operations Department.


Wanted: Cycling Advisory Committee members

Brockville Active Mobility Matters / Alan Medcalf / 11 November 2016

Are you interested in helping Council realize the benefits of cycling, as directed in the Official Plan and Sustainability and other plans, and as endorsed in the Healthy Communities Vision? If so, the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee is seeking new members.


Town energy plans – an example

Transition Brockville / 05 November 2016

norwichThe 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.


FABN seeks City support for its FAB Go Local campaign

Transition Brockville / 28 October 2016

go-localBrockville 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.


Dangers posed to St. Lawrence River, mayors tell water summit

Montreal Gazette / Michelle Lalonde / 06 October 2016

montreal-que-november-11-2015-montreal-mayor-denis-coQuebec 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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