Why the Future of Sustainability in Kingston is Still Incredible

 Written by: Kristin Mullin 

Written by: Kristin Mullin 

Despite the uncertainty regarding the future of province led reductions to carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, Sustainable Kingston (SK) is focused on its mission and excited about the future of Sustainability in our community. The team at SK continues to lead the way in working with the community to transform our society and create a more resilient Kingston.   

Through its growing Green Economy Program (an SK program that until recently was partially funded by the Ontario Cap and Trade program), Sustainable Kingston has supported 29 local businesses in setting and achieving carbon reduction targets.  In 2017, this program recorded a reduction of over 215 tonnes of carbon emissions – this offset is the equivalent of taking 47 passenger vehicles off the road for an entire year. SK will continue to host its Green Economy Program and plans to expand it geographically to support more businesses. 

Another initiative of Sustainable Kingston is to be a leader in bringing the community together to discuss important issues such as climate change, sustainable transportation, food security, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity. SK is convening with partners such as the City of Kingston, St. Lawrence College, Utilities Kingston, Limestone District School board, KFL&A Health Unit as well as local service groups to provide bold solutions to the issues that face our community.

In just the last 12 months we have seen positive change, created by people and organizations who are willing to directly invest in our community. Some of these changes are city led, such as new electric vehicle charging stations, and the proposed active transportation plan, or grassroots led movements by our friends at Boho & Hobo or Tri-Art Mfg. 

The team at SK is more motivated than ever to continue to provide the services that support positive action in our community, with or without the support of our provincial government, but with strong local members and partners. 

To join our movement, and reduce your carbon footprint please visit sustainablekingston.com

Bringing the Project Idea Book to Life

As Sustainable Kingston’s Green Economy program continues to grow it is clear that Kingston’s business community is taking climate change seriously! The program provides support and recognition for businesses and organizations to track and reduce their carbon footprints. With 24 businesses now part of the Green Economy program, sustainability is on its way to becoming business-as-usual in Kingston!

In order to support this growing commitment to local climate action, Sustainable Kingston’s Green Economy program held its first-ever member-only event on December 6th, 2017. Bringing the Project Idea Book to Life brought together Sustainable Kingston staff, local business leaders enrolled in the program, and representatives from Utilities Kingston for a 90-minute conversation about energy conservation.

Hosted in Trailhead Kingston’s upstairs loft, the event began with a presentation from Trailhead’s owner James Malcom. James has embedded sustainability into Trailhead Kingston’s day-to-day operations and long-term planning, and in 2016 was recognized as the program’s Most Engaged Member. During his presentation he identified over 20 conservation projects being implemented throughout the store. The projects varied in scale from reducing the brightness settings on computer monitors to James’s interest in exploring ways to power the store with a roof-top solar array. 

Event participants then shared examples of energy conservation from their own businesses. These included LED lighting retrofits, upgrades to high efficiency furnaces, and re-using waste heat from freezers to heat buildings. Representatives from The Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation, The Ambassador Hotel, Cher Mere Canada, J.E. Agnew Foods, and Tara Natural Foods all made it clear that energy conservation is a priority for a business of any size. Through conservation, each business has been (or soon will be!) lowering operational costs while reducing their carbon footprints.

The event concluded with a presentation from Caitlin Newey and Hugh McLaren from Utilities Kingston. They explained the best way for businesses to read their utility bills and the wide variety of incentives available for gas, electricity and water conservation. They also stressed that energy conservation is in everyone’s best interest as it saves money, reduces our collective environmental impact and helps Utilities Kingston meet its own energy conservation goals.

Click here to learn more about conserving energy or call Utilities Kingston at 613-546-0000 and say ‘conservation’ to learn about their incentive programs!

Sustainable Leadership Nominee Spotlight - The Sanctuary

Earlier this year, Sustainable Kingston hosted its first ever Evening of Recognition in celebration and recognition of the outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations enhancing the livability and resiliency of Kingston. Over 30 nominee applications were sent our way sharing stories of inspiring locals working towards a healthy and sustainable community.

This is one of those stories.

The Sanctuary was nominated for the 2017 Evening of Recognition Sustainable Leadership Awards. This is why they were nominated:

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