It's great to hear that all municipalities are doing something - most of them have anti-idling bylaws, are involved in education campaigns in the schools, and are retrofitting municipal buildings to be more energy efficient. Some are replacing traditional streetlights with LEDs, which are much cheaper and more efficient, and others are investing in biodiesel and hybrid vehicles for the municipal fleets. Here are some of the highlights in my opinion:
- Burlington is offering free transit today and on several other days this summer to encourage residents to try it out
- Caledon is the first municipality to purchase all its power from Bullfrog power
- Newmarket has an environmentally progressive subdivision being built and another developer interested in following suit
- Vaughn works with local manufacturers to figure out how they can be more efficient and save money. In one case, a business was able to save about $80 000 in less than a year by becoming more efficient and less pollution. Now that makes sense!