It was a great afternoon helping out @UGDSB Gateway Public School! They’ve been doing a natural greening project for sometime now. It kicked off last fall where they started building their natural amphitheater and has now continued out across the school yard with many other projects of natural stone and logs.
After a lot of work we ended up with what many started calling the new “council horseshoe”! 😄
Thanks to all involved today!
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Guelph Central Station temporarily moving to St. George’s Square, May 23 and 24
Guelph, ON, May 20, 2015 – Guelph Central Station will close temporarily on May 23 and 24 as a result of the Galt District Energy System construction taking place along Macdonell and Wellington streets. During this time, Guelph Transit buses will use alternate platform locations within St. George’s Square.
“Guelph Transit is aware the temporary relocation of Guelph Central Station into St. George’s Square will impact weekend riders, and we apologize for this inconvenience,” said Phil Meagher, general manager of Guelph Transit. “Guelph Transit is carrying out the temporary relocation on a weekend when the least number of riders are using the service.”
Updates and complete detour details are available online at guelphtransit.ca > service advisories.
The timing of the relocation is weather dependent.
This graph says it all.
Look at the uptake on Solar Hot Water alone for Halifax after a unique program called Solar City came into play. I believe Guelph should be looking into this. I’ve had meetings with staff asking them to inform me on how we might be able to go about having this option for our community.
This equipment can help offset up to 20-25% of an annual bill for an average homeowner. The average energy saved (in 2013 energy costs) over the life of approximately 25 years, would be over $5.5million dollars.
The city does not give people solar hot water systems for free. They broker it, administer it and help finance it at about a 3.5% rate. Payback to the city is normally over 10 years. They do this by adding a charge to residents tax bills.
By stimulating these initiatives, I believe it would create more jobs and boost our economy. From the equipment side and the installation side there would be benefits. The city website says “Solar City is playing the lead role in building what the city calls energy-efficient economic development.” I like the ring of that!
Halifax regional council are now looking at expanding the solar options to include solar photovoltaic (electricity) and solar air (space heating), on top of solar thermal technologies.
A current report from city staff indicated that an additional 2,500 homeowners “expressed interest,” and that by the end of January, a total of 388 residents signed on to have new solar energy systems installed.
Go here for more info: SOLAR CITY
What do you think Guelph? Would you install solar panels to pay it back over several years by adding the costs onto your tax bill?
I’d certainly consider it.
I challenged them that as the IOR (integrated operational review) program was rolling out through our staff to address their concerns over what was originally coined as the “Guelph Factor”, that when good news occurred to tell us about it. To step up and let staff know, let me know, tweet about it, blog about it and so on.
Well today I received permission to share from Granite Homes an email they sent me about our staff that needs to be out there for all to see! Check this out:
Hello #Guelph I’m having a community wide townhall meeting this Wednesday at city hall. It’d be great to have as many of you there as possible! If you’re coming, let’s think of others at this time and bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Guelph Food Bank!
Please share this with others! 7pm this Wednesday.