Welcome to the City of Kingston's Community Energy Plan Ideascale page.

The City of Kingston is working with community leaders, citizens and key stakeholders in the Kingston economic and energy sectors to develop the first community energy plan. The City of Kingston’s Municipal Energy Plan provides a unique opportunity for the City to explore its energy future through comprehensive energy modelling, and to see what the implications of different policies and actions are on future energy costs, employment and GHG emissions. By preparing now, the City of Kingston can ensure a stable and sustainable energy future. And we want to hear from you! In this community page, you can submit ideas, vote on existing ideas, or add comments to help inform our Community Energy Plan. The ideas and comments you submit will be modelled as part of scenarios for the final Community Energy Plan to be completed by September 2016.

To submit an idea, please click the Submit New Idea button at the top of the navigation sidebar. You will then be asked to add a title and choose a campaign for the new idea. You will also have the option to add tags to the idea. To vote on an idea, simply click the up or down arrows to the right of the idea title/description. And to add a comment, click in the box below the idea.

If you would like to see all ideas created with a specific tag, you can click on the word or phrase via the tagcloud in the navigation sidebar area under "What we're discussing". You can also view ideas sorted by Campaigns from the right navigation area. To return to this page, click the All Ideas link.

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Renewable energy

Utilities Kingston Power Generation

Invest in Utilities Kingston in becoming a producer of energy as well as being our local distributor. Give Utilities Kingston resources to be able to offer solar programs similar to Grasshopper Solar and other solar energy generators. For example, programs such as offering free installation of solar panels on homeowner/business owner roofs which will generate electricity to be sold to the grid as part of the microFIT... more »

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Local economy

Gardens or greenhouses in every school

Let's have a garden or unheated greenhouse in every school! This is a long-term investment into the health and well-being of our community, while saving energy and fuel in transporting and storing food.

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Every school in Kingston should have a garden and/or unheated greenhouse. While school is in session, students can learn about different plants, rotating crops, organic growing, composting, seeding, planting,... more »

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Renewable energy

Geothermal as a Utility option for homes and businesses

Green Heat Utilities is a new business in Kingston looking to help home owners & businesses overcome the initial cost of Geothermal Heat Pump installations by working with the City of Kingston.
With the City of Kingston lending the money to Green Heat Utilities to cover the cost of the installation and putting it on your property tax bill at a low interest rate over a long term it will enable Green Heat Utilities Ltd.... more »

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Renewable energy

Vertical axis wind turbines

Vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) technologies have made leaps and bounds in the past years. We have VAWTs that produce good and healthy clean energy with minimal impact on the environment and produce minimal sound. This is a far cry from conventional horizontal axis turbines which produce nuisance noise for neighbours and can have an impact on wildlife. A review of the City of Kingston's policies on wind turbines... more »

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Clean transportation

Promote Walking

Plan the downtown business area so that it has enough "weight" to thrive.We need to increase density , not just of residents but also commercial uses and employment opportunities. More people will be able to walk from their homes to work, shop or for pleasure. And more people who come into the downtown will be able to walk more to accomplish what they want to do. Work to close some key streets to car usage to make the... more »

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Clean transportation

Micro-transit/Regional Transit

So many people who work in central Kingston live outside of the city in places like Gananoque, Napanee, Sydenham, Battersea, etc. A regional transportation system or micro-transit company that could service such areas 3+ times a day could help take cars off the road and help non-drivers/working teens/seniors in those areas.

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Green buildings

Strengthen commitment in the Official Plan

The Kingston Offical Lan is being updated. Use this opportunity to strengthen the energy elements of the Plan. In particular, all new Secondary Plans that are developed for public lands (fed, prov, or city) should have the strongest and highest objectives and requirements. For example on the Provincial Lands Campus, all new housing should meet LEED standards, be orientated to maximize passive and active solar and use... more »

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Clean transportation

Promote Car Sharing

The city of Mississuaga attracted a car sharing service for everyone by signing a deal for municipal employees to use the cars for work. Several American cities boast they have saved money with similar arrangements. Vancouver has offerred developers a deal to reduce parking requirements if they host a shared car on site, resulting in large buildings funding cars for car sharing. Many cities provide free municipal... more »

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Clean transportation

Promote Electric Cars

We need to electrify our private cars to stop using fossil fuels to propel our cars but also to be able connect them to the grid to be able to draw on energy stored in them to supply the grid during periods of peak demand for electricity,
The most obvious thing the city can do is to create electric vehicle charging stations in municipal parking lots but also where municipal fleets are parked. With a densely developed... more »

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Clean transportation

Bus schedule extended hours and Holiday improvements

I currently live and work on a major express bus route and so do many people that do not use the bus on a regular basis. The sheer fact of the matter is that Kingston does not acknowledge that many people work past 11:30 pm for a large percentage of their shifts. I have worked many jobs in Kingston and have ALWAYS required a vehicle to get to and from work due to my late schedule. I have also always worked holidays. The... more »

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