The Energy Conscious Community - Calling All Planners

September 24, 2019


International Energy Association research confirms that successful urban energy planning is only possible if energy is integrated in the entire urban planning process. But in many countries, including Canada, consideration of energy issues is missing in land use planning processes.

The problem

A natural connection should exist between urban development and energy development, but the legacy of siloed urban land use and energy systems planning is a barrier to a more coordinated transition to low carbon and climate resilient communities. The barriers also exist with related professions, including building professionals, engineers, finance professionals and others.

The solution

Recognizing that municipalities both directly and indirectly influence approximately 60 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, a two-day professional development course for land-use planners has been developed at York University to accelerate the integration of energy and climate policy into land use planning (i.e., official plans, secondary planning, non-statutory master plans, and zoning by-law) and development review processes.

The course has been designed to build awareness and capacity for energy and climate planning among Ontario’s urban planning community and share best practice (e.g., policy, procedures and tools). 

Community energy plans uniquely consider all local energy flows from source to end-use. They identify opportunities to increase efficiency for the entire energy system from supply through distribution to end use.

Reserve a space now

Two days of in-class sessions, led by subject-matter experts, will take place on February 20 and 21st, 2020 from 9am – 5pm. This will be the second offering of the course. To reserve a space, visit the website for The Energy Conscious Community.