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Partners for Climate Protection

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiatives - 2012

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Town of Banff: The Fenlands Recreation Centre

Local governments participating in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program are reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a significant degree. PCP prepares monthly case studies to highlight the range of innovative initiatives being implemented by municipalities.

Look for a new initiative each month.

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    Banff's Municipal Sustainable Building Policy

    In 2007, Banff's Town Council approved a policy requiring all new municipal buildings to meet or exceed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Level certification. As a result, Banff's transit storage facility is expected to reduce annual GHG emissions by 18 tonnes and The Fenlands arena, will save about $100,000 per year in operating costs (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Kamloops Boiler Upgrades

    Strategies to reduce energy requirements are a key part of the City of Kamloops' Sustainable Kamloops Plan. The City started with heating-system upgrades at a number of City-owned facilities. The City has estimated that these boiler upgrades will  save about $120,000 in natural gas costs each year, and reduce GHG emissions by about 444 tonnes. (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month)
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    Ritchot, Manitoba’s Ile des Chenes Arena Geothermal System

    The Ile des Chenes Arena was built in 1974. Renovating the ice plant would extend the life of the facility by 35 years and reduce maintenance costs; however, staff from the Local Arena Board saw that replacing the ice plant with a geothermal system would be an expensive proposition. To overcome the financial challenges, Ritchot decided to design a bigger geothermal heating and cooling system that would attract more funding and serve not just the arena, but the fire hall and community centre as well (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Halifax’s Mini-Hybrid Bus System

    As part of its inventory of energy use and GHG emissions in 2005, Halifax determined that fleet vehicles were responsible for about 8,500 tonnes of emissions each year. To reduce emissions from fleet vehicles, HRM has implemented a number of measures, including replacing the traditional hydraulic-fan system in Metro Transit buses with a slide-in, controllable electric-fan package (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    City of Nanaimo & Regional District of Nanaimo: Electric Vehicles

    Both the City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo have purchased electric vehicles for their fleet operations in recent years and have installed charging stations for use by municipal fleet vehicles and residents alike. This article features the rationale behind the purchases and results of the vehicles' use in both municipalities (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Saskatoon's Solar Hot Water Installations

    As a result of its 2005 energy and emissions inventory, the City of Saskatoon hired a consultant to help it prepare an action plan. The plan made a number of recommendations, including the use of solar hot water heating at the city's two public swimming pools (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    District of Mission’s “Rot Pot” Curbside Food-Waste Program

    Food waste had been collected separately in Mission for more than ten years. Residents had been encouraged to use at-home composters, or to place food scraps in with yard waste. The municipality found, however, that this approach was largely underutilized, and waste audits showed that approximately 50% of curbside garbage could be composted (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Halifax Streetlight Conversion Program

    In 2011, the Province of Nova Scotia introduced legislation that required the use of light-emitting-diode (LED) technology for all roadway lighting in the province, making it the first province or state in North America to do so. HRM was already ahead of the game in this case, as its program to replace streetlighting began in 2005. Of the almost 40,000 streetlights in Halifax, about 38,000 still need replacing, and HRM plans to replace them over the next five to ten years (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Thompson’s Energy-Efficient Furnace-Replacement Rebate

    In 2010, as part of its Climate Change Action Plan, Thompson, Manitoba completed a baseline inventory of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and found that the propane combusted in propane furnaces contributed 82% of residential-sector emissions, but only 18% of total energy usage. To combat this, the city initiated a furnace-replacement program. The objective was to remove as many older, inefficient propane furnaces as possible, replacing them with high-efficiency propane or electric furnaces, or geothermal heat pumps (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Drake Landing Solar Powered Community District Heating System

    Drake Landing, a 52-house development, is Canada's first solar-powered community district heating system. An array of 800 solar panels, installed atop the development's stand-alone garages, captures solar energy in spring, summer and fall (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation: Solar Wall Installations

    The Greater Sudbury Housing Corporation (GSHC) is a non-profit organization that manages more than 280 public housing buildings on behalf of its sole shareholder, the City of Greater Sudbury. About 40% of the units managed are high-rise apartment buildings. In 2007, the GSHC was faced with the need to reduce energy consumption at its largest building, a 17-storey apartment complex on Bruce Street. After reviewing a variety of ideas, the GSHC approached Conserval Engineering, a Toronto-based company, to custom-design a SolarWall® as the best solution (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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    Gibsons’ Geoexchange District Energy Utility

    In 2010, the Town of Gibsons, British Columbia, established a geoexchange district energy utility system to heat and cool a new housing development. The first phase of the system, now complete, provides heating and cooling to 27 residential lots in the Parkland development area of Gibsons (GHG Reduction Initiative of the Month).
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