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Green Municipal Fund

Case Studies

Learn from municipalities across Canada and read about how they developed and implemented their energy initiatives. In addition to the case studies below, see our Approved Projects Database for case studies of GMF-funded initiatives.

  • Toronto asks: do solar energy projects deliver as promised?

    Toronto asks: do solar energy projects deliver as promised?

    Unsure of the real-world performance of solar energy systems, the City of Toronto's Toronto Atmospheric Fund decided to evaluate 16 projects completed on municipal properties.
  • Prince George looks to groundwater to beat summer heat

    Prince George looks to groundwater to beat summer heat

    The City of Prince George investigated the possibility of cooling its new RCMP headquarters with groundwater.
  • City of Kelowna develops corporate and community energy plans

    City of Kelowna develops corporate and community energy plans

    The City of Kelowna developed corporate and community action plans to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • New city maintenance building reduces energy costs

    New city maintenance building reduces energy costs

    The City of Kitchener has consolidated its once-scattered maintenance operations into a former Michelin tire plant.
  • Region integrates community and corporate goals in climate action strategy

    Region integrates community and corporate goals in climate action strategy

    The Niagara Region created an integrated community and corporate climate change action plan with targets for local energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction based on a previously-compiled regional inventory.
  • District energy system is viable for city centre

    District energy system is viable for city centre

    The City of Surrey studied the feasibility of a district energy system (DES) for its new civic centre and its growing central business area. 
  • Energy-efficient community centre uses geothermal heat

    Energy-efficient community centre uses geothermal heat

    To prepare for a projected 12 per cent population increase by 2035, this bedroom community 15 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg built an energy-efficient community centre featuring a large daycare facility, a 500-seat banquet hall and 6,000 square feet of rental space for medical and government services.
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    Toronto Exhibition Place’s GREENSmart Initiatives

    Exhibition Place (EP) in Toronto, Ontario, is Canada's largest entertainment venue, attracting millions of visitors each year. In the past decade, EP has become a demonstration site for renewable energy technologies - wind, solar, geothermal and trigeneration - as well as numerous energy-efficiency, resource and water conservation initiatives (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Saanich Carbon Fund

    As a member of PCP, Saanich prepared corporate energy and GHG inventories of all of its municipal operations. In 2007, the District of Saanich, BC established its innovative Carbon Fund ("the Fund") to finance initiatives that lower the District's corporate emissions (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    FCM GHG Emission Reduction Strategies

    In 2010, FCM prepared greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use inventories of its offices and operations. These inventories will help FCM zero in on emission-reduction approaches, policies and practices that can be implemented now and in the future (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Geo-exchange heating system at Whistler’s Spruce Grove Field House

    The Resort Municipality of Whistler, British Columbia, adopted its Green Building Policy in October 2008. One such green building in Whistler is the Spruce Grove Field House. Installation of a geo-exchange system at the Field House began in 2001 and was completed in 2002 (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Fredericton’s Ammonia Heat Recovery System

    Fredericton became one of only a handful of Canadian cities to achieve the highest level of program requirements for greenhouse gas (GHG)measurement and reduction in municipal operations. The city has refurbished a number of municipal buildings, including  replacing several inefficient heating systems with more energy-efficient ones (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    North Vancouver Lonsdale Energy Corporation

    The City of North Vancouver, British Columbia, established the Lonsdale Energy Corporation (LEC) in 2003. Connecting City Hall and the library to the LEC system will reduce emissions by approximately 33 tonnes per year and save more than 650 gigajoules of natural gas (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Pickering Civic Complex Lighting Retrofit

    The lighting system at the Pickering Civic Complex and Main Central Library was nearing the end of its service life. The system appeared an obvious target for one of the city's first energy-reduction projects. The initial energy savings of $32,000 a year were based on actual energy costs for the 12 months prior to project completion (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    John Brother MacDonald Stadium heat recovery

    The heat recovery project cuts annual GHG emissions by about 153 tonnes and saves the town about $22,000 a year in heating energy costs (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Aldergrove water treatment plant geothermal project

    In 2010, a geothermal system was installed at the Aldergrove water treatment plant. Based on the plant’s energy use between 2005 and 2007, Langley estimates it will avoid using about 1,300 gigajoules of natural gas each year (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Annapolis Royal LED streetlight project

    The town expects to save between $13,000 and $14,000 per year on the electricity costs associated with street lighting, a decrease of more than 60 per cent of what they had been paying, and cut GHG emissions by 47 tonnes (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Port Alberni arenas lighting retrofit

    This project involved replacing the lighting at two of Port Alberni's ice rinks. Electricity savings are estimated at 68,539 kWh, an annual cost savings of about $4,000 (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Yellowknife’s ice plant heat recovery project

    The city estimates the facility’s oil consumption will be reduced by about 40%, which translates into annual savings of $50,000 and GHG emission reductions of 250 tonnes, a 5% overall reduction in the city’s corporate emissions (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Regent Park Revitalization

    Read how the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing are redeveloping Canada's oldest public housing community to create this award-winning, LEED Gold® certified, mixed-income, mixed-use neighbourhood .
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    Streetlight Renewal

    Read how the Town of Cobourg implemented induction lighting to supply electricity, update aging lighting infrastructure, and reduce GHGs, operating costs, and light pollution through this award-winning project.
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    Calgary’s green power contract

    The 2009 Calgary Climate Change Accord, and revisions to the Target Minus 50 Action Plan, aims to cut emissions. At the core of Target Minus 50's renewable energy program was its long-term energy contract with ENMAX, Calgary's wholly owned electricity utility. Over the 20-year life of the agreement, Calgary will produce about seven million fewer tonnes of GHG emissions associated with power generation (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    North Vancouver’s core building lighting retrofits

    The City of North Vancouver conducted energy audits of four of its municipal facilities and made recommendations on how to cut energy use. The city will save close to $14,000 each year in energy costs and reduce GHG emissions by about five tonnes annually (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Clare combined technologies project

    Beginning in 2005, the municipality began developing the Clare Energy Concept, a plan that aims to expand Clare’s economic development while keeping more energy dollars within the community and protecting the environment (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Dawson Creek’s energy-efficient exterior lighting

    The City of Dawson Creek, B.C., initiated a community energy plan in January 2005 that examines the municipality's current and future energy use patterns and identifies where improvements can be made. The city spent approximately $60,000 to purchase the new traffic, street and solar lighting and is saving approximately $15,000 a year in energy costs, for a simple payback of four years (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    City of Fredericton's Kimble Drive Solar Installation

    Since 2000, the City of Fredericton has applied an aggressive retrofit policy to all its municipal buildings. As part of this process, the city's property services division has been removing oil-fired boilers, furnaces and water heaters from many of its buildings and replacing them with natural gas-fired water appliances. Costs totalled $17,823 ($10,000 for the natural gas heater and $7,823 for the solar thermal system), and annual savings are estimated to be $3,385 for a simple payback of about five years (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    City of Regina’s Building Retrofits

    The City of Regina aims to reduce GHG emissions from its municipal operations by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. Between 2002 and 2008 electricity use at City Hall, for example, was reduced by about 23 per cent, while natural gas use dropped by almost 42 per cent (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Energy-efficient lighting at Edmonton’s LRT stations

    As part of a group of lighting upgrades to several LRT stations, Edmonton upgraded the lighting at the Grandin station, as well as its mechanical control and temperature systems. With annual savings of about $41,500, the project has a simple payback of 1.5 years and annual GHG reductions of 459 tonnes or 610,887kWh (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Kilowatt Countdown Challenge

    Read how the Township of South Stormont's Kilowatt Countdown Challenge motivated residents to reduce their electricity consumption through this award-winning project.
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    City of London Case Study – Uptake of Infraguide’s Decision Making and Planning Best Practice (DMIP 5): Coordinating Infrastructure Works

    Read about the value of InfraGuide's best practices in the City of London's energy efficiency successes.
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    Deployment of best practice results in significant efficiency gains for the city of London

    As a result of adopting this InfraGuide best practice, the City of London has gained considerable legitimacy and municipal administrators are now aware of how to further improve future infrastructure works.
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    Deployment of Best Practice Results in Significant Efficiency Gains for the City of London

    Read how the City of London's adoption of the InfraGuide best practice Coordinating Infrastructure Works has helped the city implement a well-coordinated infrastructure programs.
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