I want to extend a very big thank you to the federal government and MP Lloyd Longfield for two funding grants for Guelph.
This funding means we can do two important things.
One: we’re able to replace 20 heating, ventilation and air-conditioning units right here in this building (West End Community Centre). This work will provide energy and cost savings while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Specifically, the new HVAC system saves over half the energy previously used to heat and cool the community centre, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by burning a lot less natural gas and stopping 746 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into our environment.
This upgrade also helps us move forward with Guelph’s Race to Zero goal to become a net zero carbon community by 2050 or earlier by significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Two: We’ll use part of this funding to create a wayfinding plan for Guelph’s trails and active transportation network. This will give people a better and easier way to navigate Guelph’s trails, sidewalks and paths, whether they walk, cycle, use a wheelchair, ride a scooter, rollerblade, snowshoe, or cross-country ski. This project will give people more clean and affordable transportation options to make it easier to leave the car at home when traveling within our community.
It’s plain to see this is a win-win-win for the city of Guelph, our wallets and the environment.
Read the media release to learn more: