CEI – Financing energy retrofits – Speaker Series – April 26

I’m attending this event sponsored by eMerge here in Guelph. It starts April 26th, just a day after city council debates updating our Community Energy Initiative. It would be great to see you out at the council meeting ( more on that later) and at this informative talk- James

Financing residential or commercial energy retrofits can be a stumbling block for many.

One possible solution is a program called GEERS (Guelph Energy Efficient Retrofit Strategy) that is being considered as part of the Community Energy Initiative (CEI).  The Guelph Chamber of Commerce and eMERGE Guelph Sustainability are hosting a series of events to provide individuals, businesses and institutions with ideas and information to help make the CEI more economically and environmentally robust.

Our 2nd CEI speaker series will look at GEERS from three different perspectives:

  • the lens of a senior real estate professional
  • a view from Canada’s leading expert in LICs (Local Improvement Charges the policy mechanism being used under GEERS) to enhance sustainability
  • an energy management professional with expertise in the policy of sustainable buildings and the commercial use of LICs

1:00pm Tuesday April 26, 2016

Location:         Innovation Guelph

111 Farquar Street, Guelph, ON, N1H 4E6

All three of these professionals have been an integral part of LICs and two of them provided foundational support in the creation of Toronto’s Home Energy Loan Program (HELP).  Operating for two years, HELP was designed using a similar policy tool to GEERS.

This event is free but you must register here:


Our speakers include:

Bill Johnston, LL.B., Bosley Real Estate Manager & Legal Counsel, is past President of the Toronto Real Estate Board, and has served as Director of both the Ontario Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Bill has been a long-time advisor on LICs from a realtor’s perspective.

Sonja Persram BSc., MBA, LEED® AP is President of Sustainable Alternatives Consulting Inc. and is considered Canada’s leading subject matter expert on LIC financing of retrofits to enhance sustainability. She is project manager of a Sustainable Buildings Canada initiative on using LICs for Commercial and Industrial Buildings and District Energy Systems, and she assembled and led the collaboration to bring about LIC regulatory change in Ontario. Sonja will be sharing some background on LICs, some LIC best practices, and why municipalities, owners and other stakeholders are interested in LICs. These reasons include achieving savings on utility bills as well as key policy goals such as: reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in water use, addressing stormwater management, reducing infrastructure costs, and creating local jobs.

Bob Bach, P.Eng., Founding and current Director and Treasurer of Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC); designs, implements, and evaluates energy efficiency programs for governments and utilities, and is vice-Chair, Energy of the Ontario Building Code Conservation Advisory Council, and a member of the IESO Strategic Advisory Council on Conservation. He is SBC project manager of the LIC Commercial and Industrial Buildings and District Energy initiative. Bob will be speaking about the kinds of measures included in this initiative as well as measures that may be suited to home retrofits; and energy use in the province.

This event is free but you must register here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cei-learning-from-other-communities-tickets-24572943335


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