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    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • tba Kingston

    Join Kingston's sustainable energy community at this free meeting featuring a presentation by a sustainable energy expert, introductions, sector news, networking, and refreshments.  Please bring your own mug.


    Vanessa Cipriani

    Clean Air Partnerships

    • Addressing GHG emissions from buildings through home energy efficiency retrofits is critical for municipalities to reach their GHG reduction targets.
    •  A no net cost tool that municipalities can use to encourage retrofits is Local Improvement Charge (LIC) financing.
    • The City of Toronto offers a LIC program to finance home retrofits.
    • How this LIC tool can be used by municipalities, and the program design elements that must be considered by a municipal government.
    • Significant barriers that must be addressed in order to offer scalable, affordable, accessible programs across Ontario.

    Municipal Leaders for Climate Action Peer-to-Peer Network


    • Clean Air Partnership (CAP) is a charitable environmental organization launched in June, 2000. CAP’s mission is to help municipalities become sustainable, resilient, vibrant communities where resources are used efficiently, the air is clean to breathe and greenhouse gas emissions are minimized.

      CAP achieves this mission through research, knowledge transfer, and by fostering collaboration among all orders of government, academia, NGOs and a range of additional stakeholders. 

    Vanessa Cipriani is a Project Coordinator at Clean Air Partnership. Vanessa is coordinating the Climate Action Support Centre project, which works with a group of municipalities in Southern Ontario to advance implementation of green development standards for new low-rise buildings, and to create a pilot program for home energy efficiency retrofits for existing low-rise buildings. Previous to her work at CAP, Vanessa worked as a policy advisor for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. She is passionate about sustainable low-carbon communities, and the intersections between environmental justice and social equality. 

    Clean Air Partnership Presentation

    For more info: here.

    Advancing climate action at the community level isn’t only about reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fighting climate change; it is about advancing community livability and resilience and the financial sustainability of our communities.

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Past events

20 Sep 2019 Dianne Saxe, Sept 20, 2019 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Jul 2019 Kingston's Climate Emergency, July 5, 2019 SWITCH Open Meeting
07 Jun 2019 Vivek Gupta, Solar Energy Tree, June 7, 2019 SWITCH Open Meeting
16 May 2019 Creative Commerce Conversation at St. Lawrence College, Kingston Campus
03 May 2019 Jim Juczak, ANCA, Friday, May 3, 2019, SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Apr 2019 CUTRIC, Yutian Zhao, Friday, April 5, 2019 SWITCH Open Meeting
01 Mar 2019 Caitlin Newey, Utilities Kingston March 2019 SWITCH Open Meeting
01 Feb 2019 2019 SWITCH AGM and Board Election
11 Jan 2019 Canada Green Building Council, Kim Bouffard, CaGBC, Friday, January 11, 2019 SWITCH Open Meeting
07 Dec 2018 Tim Babcock, Friday, December 7, 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
02 Nov 2018 Gary Michor, Screaming Power Building, Friday, November 2, 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Oct 2018 The Opportunity for Marine Energy in Canada, VENNDesign October 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
07 Sep 2018 Steve Lapp KTECH Building Solutions September 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
06 Jul 2018 July 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting, Ted Hsu Post-election debrief, Sustainable Energy.
01 Jun 2018 Rob Miller June 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
04 May 2018 Fat Chance Farmstead 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
06 Apr 2018 Filament Energy: April 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
02 Mar 2018 XERGY Energy: March 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
02 Feb 2018 2018 SWITCH AGM and Board Election
05 Jan 2018 CeraPaint: January 2018 SWITCH Open Meeting
01 Dec 2017 The biggest off-grid installation in Ontario?: December 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
03 Nov 2017 Plug 'n Drive: November 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
19 Oct 2017 Managing Energy 2017
06 Oct 2017 Friendly Fires and Tesla Powerwall: October 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
08 Sep 2017 GreenStory: September 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
07 Jul 2017 Net Zero Homes: July 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
02 Jun 2017 Kingston, Canada and Climate Change: June 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 May 2017 Farming Off the Grid: May 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
25 Apr 2017 Special Event: Virtual Net Metering webinar replay
07 Apr 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
03 Mar 2017 2017 SWITCH AGM and Board Election
03 Feb 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting
13 Jan 2017 SWITCH Open Meeting in January
04 Nov 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
07 Oct 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
03 Oct 2016 Managing Energy 2016
09 Sep 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
08 Jul 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
22 Jun 2016 Carbon Pricing Is Here: Is Your Business Ready? Assessing Cap & Trade Costs, Risks, And Opportunities
03 Jun 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
06 May 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
01 Apr 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
21 Mar 2016 GreenProfit Conference 2016
04 Mar 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Feb 2016 SWITCH Open Meeting
15 Jan 2016 SWITCH Annual General Meeting
14 Dec 2015 SWITCH / Sustainable Kingston Holiday Mixer
06 Nov 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Oct 2015 Managing Energy 2015
02 Oct 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
04 Sep 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
10 Jul 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Jun 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
01 May 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
10 Apr 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
30 Mar 2015 GreenProfit Conference 2015
28 Mar 2015 Earth Hour: Kingston Unplugged
06 Mar 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
06 Feb 2015 SWITCH Open Meeting
16 Jan 2015 SWITCH Annual General Meeting
22 Dec 2014 SWITCH / Sustainable Kingston Holiday Mixer
07 Nov 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
06 Oct 2014 Managing Energy 2014
03 Oct 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Sep 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
04 Jul 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
09 Jun 2014 Ontario Energy Drinks - Kingston
06 Jun 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
28 May 2014 Provincial Candidates Debate - Sustainability Focus
02 May 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
04 Apr 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
29 Mar 2014 Earth Hour - Kingston Unplugged
24 Mar 2014 GreenProfit Symposium presented by SWITCH and SEARC
07 Mar 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
11 Feb 2014 Large Renewable Procurement Input Session
07 Feb 2014 SWITCH Open Meeting
17 Jan 2014 SWITCH Annual General Meeting
06 Dec 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
01 Nov 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
04 Oct 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
24 Sep 2013 Green Building: Benefits and Opportunities For Growth
06 Sep 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
05 Jul 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
07 Jun 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
04 May 2013 Sunflower Farm Sustainability Workshop
03 May 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting
20 Apr 2013 Sustainable Kingston Community Forum
12 Apr 2013 SWITCH Open Meeting

SWITCH Board of Directors Harriet Waterman and David Hyndman at The Sustainable Energy Applied Research Centre (SEARC), St. Lawrence College, Kingston, January 2019. 

The Applied Research and Department of Innovation and Business Engagement Team hosted panel discussions on Academic and Industry Research with a tour of SEARC.

SWITCH Vice-Chair Ted Hsu was a local speaker at Climate Change Symposium 2019, Sustainable Kingston event.

Speaker addressing audience.

SWITCH Vice-Chair Ted Hsu was the featured speaker at the Queen's Global Energy Conference taster event in November 2018.

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