Sept. 18, 2015

KITCHENER – With residences contributing 22 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Waterloo Region, any party forming the next federal government must help Canadian homeowners reduce their energy use. Too many homes are also not prepared for extreme weather that is occurring with increasing frequency and magnitude. So REEP Green Solutions is proposing three actions to effectively address climate change.

The proposed actions are:

  1. Implement an integrated climate action plan (across all sectors) that includes mitigation and adaptation.
  2. Offer a Home Adaptation Audit Program to educate and encourage homeowners to become extreme weather-prepared.
  3. Implement a national home energy retrofit incentive program based on independent third party professional energy audits.

“Climate change resulting from greenhouse gas emissions presents unprecedented environmental and infrastructure challenges,” said Mary Jane Patterson, executive director of REEP Green Solutions. “We encourage all voters in Waterloo Region to question candidates about their support of our proposals and use the answers to help determine their choice.”

The rationale behind each of the proposals can be found on the REEP Green Solutions website.

Voters are encouraged to attend an all candidates meeting on environmental issues to see what local candidates think about these proposals and how they plan to work to see that they are implemented. The Forum, organized through the Grand River Environmental Network in partnership with several other local organizations, including REEP, takes place Thursday, October 8 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at WalterFedy, 675 Queen Street South, Unit 111, Kitchener


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