Urban Citizen Blog

With two thirds of the world population to be urban dwellers by 2050, we need to get cities right – for people, governments and budgets. In fact, more than 80% of Canadians already live in urban environments. We know there are endless opportunities and possibilities to grow smart, sustainable and resilient cities. This blog shares our ideas about how governments, citizens and the private sector can work together to build cities for todays Urban Citizen.

Mainstreaming local energy

July 4, 2017 —   Mainstreaming local energy will come in many different shapes and sizes.  Some will be far-reaching like recent changes to Ontario planning legislation which will require local governments to embrace climate and energy policies.  Others will be small tweaks that bring familiarity.  For instance, I have often wondered whether we should have used the term “Local Energy Master Plan” –...

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On the path to net-zero communities

June 25, 2017 — When some colleagues and I set out to better understand the path to net-zero communities, we quickly understood we were missing something – a clear definition of what net-zero meant. It wasn’t for a lack of definitions – quite the reverse.  There were definitions for building and communities.  While some definitions focused on carbon, others focused on energy.  Sometimes it...

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Towards First Principles of Community Energy Planning

June 23, 2017 — Kirby Calvert is a leading thinker in how to support local governments and communities in the energy transition. His recent blog post – Towards First Principles of Community Energy Planning – is an important contribution to the practice. It draws from the legacy of past efforts to begin a conversation about a new model.  He proposes three primary principles. Localization...

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