GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction

Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region


Cambridge, Ontario. November 14, 2013… The City of Cambridge is moving forward with its sustainability initiatives and last night Cambridge City Council endorsed the game plan.

A Corporate GHG Reduction (Energy Management) Plan was unveiled as part of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection program which calls for a six percent reduction of emissions over the next five years.

“As home to Canada’s first Gold LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified City Hall, it’s important for us to continue this leadership and implement environmentally-conscious solutions that benefit our community,” says Mayor Doug Craig.  “The work plan captures what we have done to date, and puts in place realistic actions that reduce costs, optimize energy consumption and enable the organization to track results.”

The Cambridge corporate plan proposes the following actions:

Programmable thermostats – 30 out of 40 City facilities by 2019

Furnace replacement – 24 units out of 40 by 2019

Facility lighting – 6 out of 10 buildings by 2019

Street Lights conversion – 3,000 out of 10,000 by 2019; 30% completion

Pumping Station upgrades – 8 stations, 50% completion by 2019

Reduce pumping station generator runtimes – implement immediately

Fleet Right Sizing – 100% completion by 2019                          

Eco Driver Training – 100% complete by 2019                          

Currently, there are 241 municipalities across Canada (57 in Ontario) that are participating in the Partners for Climate Protection program and are at various stages of the process.  Cambridge is one of only 17 municipalities that has finished milestone three for both the corporation and the community plan.  These plans also meet the requirements of the Green Energy Act for an energy management plan.

“It is anticipated that the immediate budget expenditures will offer a return on investment within 7-10 years from the energy and fuel savings alone,” says Bob Paul, Director of Sustainable Development.

The City of Cambridge continues to enhance policies to be consistent with energy conservation at both the corporate and community levels including the municipal Gold LEED® green building policy standard, the Corporate Sustainability Plan (, and Official Plan ( The corporate plan was developed by an interdepartmental staff group called the GHG Reduction Team, along with Stantec.


Primary Media Contact:

Linda Fegan, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing

(519) 740-4683 ext. 4623 / cell: (519) 212-3409

Project Contact:

Bob Paul, Director of Sustainable Design and Development

(519) 740-4683 ext. 4626


About the City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. It is strategically located astride highway 401 in southwestern Ontario, part of Canada’s Technology Triangle. The population of Cambridge is approximately 130,000 people. With a multicultural mix and a strong foundation of support services, Cambridge has a diverse economic base with leading industries in advanced manufacturing, automotive, high technology, pharmaceutical, business and financial services and hospitality/retail. The Corporation of the City of Cambridge is an employer with a progressive work environment that offers the opportunity to provide service to the community through creativity and innovation, and with opportunities for career growth and advancement. 

You meet the nicest people in Cambridge. It’s a place that understands all about coming together. There is so much more to Cambridge than the beautiful lands created at the convergence of two rivers or its logistically perfect location in the heart of Ontario’s economic corridor. Cambridge is the coming together of people from diverse, close-knit and proud communities. The people of Cambridge ‘do the right thing’ by respecting history, family values, a sound work ethic, the arts, environment and advancement. A young city, Cambridge is a master of balancing the excitement and promise of the new with the historical significance and stability of the old. A place where coming together is just the start. Uniting together is what sets Cambridge apart. Undiscovered–Cambridge families and entrepreneurs get more for less, and sacrifice nothing.

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Linda Fegan
Director, Corporate Communications and Marketing

City of Cambridge, 50 Dickson Street, 2nd Floor,
P.O. Box 669, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5W8

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