Reduction commitment: 20% GHG emissions from their 2015 baseline
Business Type: Government: Municipal
The City of Kitchener has been a municipal leader in environmental planning and stewardship for many years. The City’s mission is to ensure its environment is ecologically sound and supportive of the health, safety and well being of it’s residents. Through environmental policies and practices, green stimulus funding programs and grassroots initiatives, the city is leading by example by thinking globally and acting locally.Visit website
Notable GHG Reduction and Sustainability Projects:
Sustainable Commuting Initiatives: Zero % interest loan were given to employees to purchase bicycles; they were also provided secure (cage) parking for bicycles at City Hall. A Staff Bike Ride was also hosted from City Hall to the Kitchener Operations Facility, which spanned 9kms. Free food vouchers for the staff BBQ were offered to employees using alternative transportation to work. An introduction to electric vehicles has also been made by having 4 electric motorcycles for bylaw officers.
Sustainable building practices: The Council has passed policies that ensure new city owned buildings greater than 5,330 sq. ft are at minimum LEED silver standard; thus far the Kitchener Operations Facility is at Silver Standard, the Activa Sportsplex and Kingsdale Community Centre are at Gold Standard, and Fire Hall #7 has building features that allow it to qualify for Silver Standard. LED light retrofitting was conducted in multiple city buildings including City Hall, the Kitchener Auditorium, County Hills community centre and Victoria Hills community centre; the anticipated GHG reduction is 99 tonnes.
Stormwater Management: Constructed an overflow storm sewer on Rosthay Avenue.
Council adopted Multi-use Pathways and Trails Master Plan. The city-wide network of multi-use pathways proposed in the master plan will provide continuous and linked walking and cycling routes throughout Kitchener, building upon, expanding, improving and connecting the existing “community trails” encouraging the most sustainable form of transportation.
The Kingsdale Community Centre received LEED gold. The 16,500 square foot facility that opened in Oct 2011 features five program rooms, a large gymnasium with an adjoining commercial kitchen and bar area, which are available for rental, and an outdoor splash pad.
The City of Kitchener Strategic Plan: 2011-2014 is our city’s blueprint for our future. The plan is the single, comprehensive strategy that guides and aligns the city’s work and spending with the community’s priorities and vision for its future. The plan has environment as one of six key priorities.
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