The Corporation of the City of Kingston

Member Since: 2016

Baseline Year: 2011

Baseline GHG Emissions: 24,147 tCO2e


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About the Member:

  • The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Their vision – to become Canada’s most sustainable city – focuses their efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality.

  • Visit the City’s website to learn more about their sustainability projects

Highlighted Sustainability Projects:


  • As of January 1, 2019 the City has 11 operational rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations on municipally owned facilities.

  • City Council declared a Climate Emergency in March, 2019

  • Under City policy, all large municipal building and retrofit projects must be constructed to the LEED standard. These standards ensure that new City buildings maximize energy efficiency, provide the highest quality of indoor working environment and minimizes any building's burden on the natural environment and long-term operating budgets.

  • The My Kingston (Municipal Fee Assistance Program) offers access to City programs to help residents who live in lower-income households get around Kingston to lead active and healthy lives.

  • The Kingston Community Garden Network was established by the City of Kingston in collaboration with partner groups to support the creation of new community gardens on public or private lands, and to assist with the retention of existing community gardens in the city.

  • There are a range of programs and services the City has in place, or is pursuing, to help make affordable housing available to those who need it most to promote social equity and economic health.

  • Partner with Sustainable Kingston on the annual Pitch-In Kingston cleanup

  • Kingston Transit provides Park & Ride lots for customers who wish to park their vehicles and ride the bus the rest of the way to their destination. Free parking at these locations is available on a first come first serve basis.

  • Rack and Roll: Each Kingston Transit bus is equipped with a bike rack which accommodates two or three bicycles. Passengers may secure their bikes for no additional charge.


  • The City of Kingston is currently managing the Community Energy Plan, with its intent to reduce energy consumption and keep energy related purchases within the community.

  • Winner of the Green Economy Program - Innovation at the 2018 Evening of Recognition!

  • The City, in partnership with FLO, took part in a large-scale installation of 48 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in 21 locations. This innovative project will significantly advance the province’s existing charging infrastructure and address crucial needs to support electric vehicle adoption in Southeastern Ontario.


  • A streetlight retrofit program led to a 60% reduction in streetlight electricity consumption in 2015 compared to 2011.

  • The City of Kingston's facilities decreased their greenhouse gas emissions by 29% between 2011 and 2015 as a result of conservation program implemented across the building portfolio, as well as a decrease in provincial grid intensity.

  • In 2015 the City, supported by grant funding from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, began the process of evaluating current and future energy scenarios for our community using the Ministry's Community Energy Planning framework. This work has culminated in the completion of the City's first Municipal Energy Study (MES).

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