While the cities of Nelson, Yellowknife, and Halifax and the Region of Waterloo have pursued their own unique plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they share the common vision of reaching a low-carbon future. All are Milestone 5 achievers in the PCP program, and all have valuable knowledge to support other communities in taking local climate action.

Watch this webinar recording and learn from municipal climate leaders about ways to boost energy initiatives in your community. Our panelists will share their stories and insights on the many subjects shown in the speakers list below.

You will hear how:

  • The northern City of Yellowknife, NT, converted several of its corporate facilities to biomass heating systems and is actively promoting wood pellets as an energy source within the community
  • Halifax Regional Municipality, NS, used innovative financing to develop its $8.3-million Solar City Program, which provides solar hot water installations for homeowners
  • The City of Nelson, BC, is pursuing an aggressive target to cut corporate GHG emissions by 25 percent by 2015
  • The Region of Waterloo, ON, is undertaking a range of corporate and community-based initiatives to curb energy and fuel use within a rapidly growing region


  • David Roewade, Sustainability Planner, Region of Waterloo: partnerships that engage commercial, industrial and residential sectors in emissions reductions, robust cost assessments of emission reduction initiatives, gaining buy-in from decision makers
  • Julian Boyle, Energy Manager, Halifax Regional Municipality: Halifax Solar City, LIC-financing for energy retrofits, the role of municipal government in renewable energy
  • Fiona Galbraith, Corporate Energy Coordinator, City of Nelson: implementing corporate climate action plans, building a business case, EcoSave home energy retrofit program, district energy 
  • Remi Gervais, Energy Coordinator, City of Yellowknife: biomass heating systems, district energy, the importance of experimentation


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This resource is available through the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP is managed and delivered by FCM and ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability Canada (ICLEI Canada) and receives financial support from the Government of Canada and ICLEI Canada.

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