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Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Town working with Sheridan to cut greenhouse gas emissions

2 institutions to create Community Energy Plan

Town working with Sheridan to cut greenhouse gas emissions
Graham Paine/Metroland
Sheridan College
Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville is teaming up with Sheridan College in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The two institutions announced Feb. 15 that they are moving forward with the development of a Community Energy Plan (CEP) that will look at the types of energy the community uses; how much energy is used by local homes, businesses and travel habits; and how population, employment and land use impact local energy needs.

Town staff say the plan is intended to act as a guide to help the town, its residents, businesses and industry adopt new technology to reduce emissions, keep more energy dollars local and improve overall energy security and efficiency.

“We are proud of our many initiatives to improve our energy efficiency and lesson our impact on the environment,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“With the resources and expertise of Sheridan College and other community stakeholders, we will have a world-class Community Energy Plan that will ensure Oakville continues to be one of the best places to live and raise a family.”

-Oakville Mayor Rob Burton


“With the resources and expertise of Sheridan College and other community stakeholders, we will have a world-class Community Energy Plan that will ensure Oakville continues to be one of the best places to live and raise a family.”

Burton said the Sheridan team involved in the project brings extensive experience from a wide range of technical, organizational, municipal and institutional backgrounds, encompassing projects worldwide and spanning many decades.

He said the college is also building on the success of its own Integrated Energy and Climate Management Program, which has Sheridan on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2020.

“Sheridan is proud to contribute our experience and expertise in effective energy management to this important initiative,” said Dr. Mary Preece, Sheridan president and vice chancellor.

“As an institution with deep roots in Oakville, we’re excited by this opportunity to give back to the community in such a meaningful and impactful way.”

Oakville Hydro, Union Gas and Halton Region have committed to support the CEP by providing energy data and expertise.

Funding for the CEP’s development comes from a $220,000 Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund grant from the federal government, $90,000 from the province’s Municipal Energy Plan program, and $125,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities through its Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.
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