Former Guelph mayor Karen Farbridge will be the keynote speaker at a climate change town hall hosted by eMERGE.
The online event, Guelph, It’s Not Enough: How Communities Fight Climate Change, happens Sept. 23. She will discuss Canadian and global best practices in fighting climate change.
"We're concerned that Guelph isn't working fast enough to fight climate change," said Evan Ferrari, Executive Director of eMERGE, in a news release.
"We want to show what can be done and know that (Farbridge) brings a wealth of knowledge from around the world. She can help us learn about best practices to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and energy efficient economy especially in the midst of a pandemic."
Well over 400 communities in Canada, with over 50 in Ontario, have completed Community Energy Plans. Many of them are now demonstrating continuing implementation efforts driven by aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and energy efficiency targets coupled with community demands for climate emergency declarations, said the release.
The shock of the COVID-19 pandemic provides an excellent opportunity to transition to low-carbon, energy efficient communities by accelerating this work coupled with the use of stimulus funding and legislation, the release said.
Register for the pay-what-you-can event here.