Can we produce energy in a more sustainable way? Burlington’s Community Energy Plan

September 20, 2013

Burlington’s Community Energy Plan

Burlington Community Energy PlanIn Canada, we often take energy for granted that energy is widely available. Whether we are turning on our lights, electronics or appliances, heating and cooling our homes, or fueling our vehicles – energy is everywhere.

We do seem to take notice when there is a spike in costs, a brownout, or a severe storm knocks out power like it did in Burlington earlier this summer.

Cities and Energy Planning

Traditionally, municipalities have not considered energy usage in their strategic or land use planning but this is beginning to change. Many cities are now setting targets to reduce energy by using it more efficiently or producing it more sustainably.
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Inspiring Healthy Communities

May 9, 2013

Over the past 2 years we have heard from some great speakers about what makes a great city and they have provided us with inspiring ideas on how to build our community better. Several of our events have involved conversations around ways that urban planning can impact community life – whether it is the environment, our economic prosperity or public health.

Last week we heard from Dr. David Mowat, Chief Medical Officer of Health for Peel Region about building healthy communities and how the built environment (our roads, buildings, parks) can have a direct impact on public health. Picture1

Some key points that really resonated for me:
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Health and the Built Environment: Inspire Burlington hosts Dr. David Mowatt

April 26, 2013

“We often act as if the only things needed to ensure good health are knowledge and willpower, but there is a mass of evidence that where we live and how we live exert a strong influence on our health. Building cities which help rather than hinder physical activity is an example of something we can do as a society to increase our chances of leading a long and healthy life.” – Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region

I am pleased to host leading industry-expert, Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of Health, Peel Region at Inspire Burlington on May 2, 7 pm at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

This talk will relate to our Official Plan Review and building healthy, vibrant communities.  As we review our Official Plan in line with efforts at the Region and the Province, we will consider opportunities to support the creation of healthy built environments.
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Highlights from Inspire Burlington “Perverse Cities” Discussion

March 1, 2013

Inspire Burlington featuring Dr. Pamela Blais will air on TVCogeco:

  • Monday, Mar. 11, at 2 pm
  • Tuesday Mar. 12 at 3 pm. 
  • Wednesday, Mar. 13 at 1 pm

Last night Dr. Pamela Blais gave a very interesting talk about municipal finance and planning at the first Inspire Burlington event of 2013.

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“Perverse Cities: Hidden Subsidies, Wonky Policies and Urban Sprawl”

Feb. 21, 2013

Many of us feel, and indeed know, that Burlington is a great place to live, work and play. In a recent Environics poll, 95% of those polled ranked their quality of life as either good or excellent. That is something that I believe we should all be proud of and is certainly something we should all strive to maintain in the future.

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