Launch of Community Energy & Emissions Planning Process

Posted On Tuesday January 07, 2020

EarthCare Thunder Bay has begun the planning process for the creation of a Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP). EarthCare Thunder Bay will conduct a community-wide energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) inventory and develop an action plan to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions, with the ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.

The planning process will kick-off on Thursday, Jan. 9, at Magnus Theatre, where EarthCare Thunder Bay is hosting a film screening of the award-winning, climate change documentary Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. Following the film, residents are invited to learn more about the creation of the Community Energy and Emissions Plan, and how to get involved. Limited seats are still available by visiting: earthcare-anthropocene.eventbrite.ca

An online survey has also been launched with staff on-hand to fill it out with attendees during the event. The survey is designed to help the City understand the concerns of the community as they relate to the CEEP and respond to them accordingly. Those unable to attend are encouraged to take part in the survey at www.thunderbay.ca/GetInvolved.

“The project will bring together City staff and officials, energy experts, local businesses, institutions, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and the community,” said Amy Coomes – Sustainability Coordinator. “We understand that the community plays an important role in this process and we encourage everyone to get involved and have their say.”

In 2019, the City of Thunder Bay received funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities along with the Province of Ontario’s Municipal Energy Plan program for the Plan's creation.

Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) is the lead consultant on the development of the CEEP, and is a workers co-operative focused on state of the art community energy planning, climate action planning and climate change adaptation projects. SSG has engaged Arbora Management Services to assist in local engagement and workshop delivery for the CEEP process.

EarthCare Thunder Bay (EarthCare) is a partnership between the City of Thunder Bay and the community. EarthCare’s mission is to lead the community toward environmental health, and as a result improve the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of future generations.

For more information on the Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP), visit: www.thunderbay.ca/GetInvolved

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Contact:          Amy Coomes, Sustainability Coordinator – EarthCare Thunder Bay, 684-3217

 

 

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