Post contributed by Ruth Noordegraff
The New Energy Project is an ambitious, long term initiative to position and market the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) area as a region with ‘new energy’. A steering committee representing private companies, local governments and institutions in KFL&A (including the Frontenac CFDC) have joined forces to collaborate, coordinate their efforts, and to capitalize on a flood of new activity as the region develops its new economy opportunities and renewable energy resource.
This region has many strengths: we have existing wind and solar farms, extensive biomass capacity, development of sustainable tourism and creative economy, unique programs at Queens and St. Lawrence, SWITCH, a powerful network of cooperation and the Frontenacs Green Energy Taskforce. These initiatives have already added jobs to the local economy and attracted new companies.
The future is about more conservation technologies, manufacturing and distribution of environmentally-friendly products, green chemistry, bio materials and about smart grid technologies and the nee information technology. By sharing information, by coordinating efforts and by helping us all see the benefits of change, the New Energy Project Project will multiply the current successes and ensure that the whole region’s new economy continues to grow even faster than the sum of its many impressive parts.
Results of the New Energy Project: Growing numbers of new jobs and (re)investment in next generation business; a skilled labor force that attracts companies, who attract more skilled workers; efficient homes and buildings, shielded from the prices of fossil fuels; strong supply chains for sustainable materials and services a natural transition to better products and services and facilities the social benefits of cleaner, more efficient practices, the best region in Canada to live, work, study and play.
You have a role to play. Do you have ‘new energy’? Join this unique collaboration. Do you have questions, ideas and/or suggestions? Contact Ruth Noordegraaf, Project Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-893-1980 or go to www.newenergyproject.ca