Buildings and Transportation
Working Group

Our Mission

Work with other public and private agencies in the areas of energy generation and use, and transportation, to help make Lanark County and region net-zero carbon by 2050 .

What we are working on

#1 Actions to reduce/eliminate GHG emissions from energy use in buildings and transportation in Lanark County and region by 55% by 2030.

Get current data on energy sources and quantities of GHG emissions in Lanark County and region, by sector.

Advocate for more stringent building codes that support good environmental practices.

Advocate all levels of government to provide financial incentives and support for new and upgraded net-zero carbon buildings, including “deep” retrofits.

Support and promote local “green” building trades.

Work with planners and Councils to revise Official Plans so they reflect more mixed live, work and school zoning to reduce transportation needs and increase walkable communities – as well as to revise existing residential subdivisions to add some commercial and community spaces.

#2 Actions to promote and support the implementation of clean energy generation including local generation and distribution.ssible working with local stakeholders.

Support the transition to an electricity-driven economy County wide by 2050.

Support provincial and federal organizations and initiatives to advocate for financial incentives and programs, Smart-Grid capabilities, Virtual Net-billing, etc.

Advocate against the expansion of natural gas

Explore net metering and other options for locally generated and distributed power such as micro-grids.

Search out and, if possible, join opportunities to promote and demonstrate clean energy through Hydro One and IESO.

Develop a plan to use local renewable energy electricity generation to fuel the Lanark all EV fleet by 2030.

#3 Actions to cultivate a community environment that supports the early and accelerated adoption of technologies and lifestyles required to meet our objectives.bjectives.

Create community engagement and ownership in setting reduction targets, in accessing programs to take action, in advocating to local governments and to developing innovative ideas and solutions.

Develop the CNL website to be the Lanark-relevant hub for information on all the above. 

Collaborate with the Communications group to develop an all-media communications strategy to make the public aware that changes to Building and Transportation standards and individual practices are necessary to reach our emissions goals.

Develop high-profile initiatives such as a model community, EV demonstrations, tools for zero emission homes, and sustainable build tours.

Contact

If you would like to volunteer with the Energy Working Group,, please sign up to be part of the network, or email our Working Group Facilitator, Susan Berlin.

Who We Are

Gord Harrison 
Gord Harrison enjoyed a long career as an environment and climate change educator, working locally, nationally and internationally. He served as the Director of Education programs for the Pembina Institute, and Executive Director of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Locally he developed  a state of the environment report for the Stewardship Council and a strategic plan for the County’s Community Forests. Gord is a Director of the Lanark County Stewardship Council. Connecting with place/the land  informed my work as an educator, grounds me mentally and spiritually, and is at the heart of CNL.” Gord lives at Indigo Wood (named after the Indigo Buntings that nest there) with two-footed and four-footed family.

Don McDiarmid 
Don was born and raised in Vancouver and obtained a PhD in electrical engineering at UBC before moving to Ottawa in 1965 to accept a position at the NRC.  There he conducted research in space physics.  Following retirement he and his wife relocated to Perth in a sustainable home built in part by Algonquin Advanced Carpentry students.  Since then he has been a Food Bank volunteer for a number of years as well as a board member of what is now the Alzheimer Society Lanark Leeds Grenville.

Doug Smith 
Doug is a retired dentist with extensive experience chairing several evidence based committees for both the Ontario Dental Association and the provincial regulatory body. He has spent 8 years on the executive of the White Lake Preservation Project, an environmental group studying  how climate change and increased human activities are affecting the lake characteristics. In addition Doug has a keen interest in architecture and building science and has designed and built 2 highly efficient residences.

Bruce Williamson 
Truly, our legacy must be our guiding principle. So many of us come from rural stock, but we have become detached from the land. My heritage dates to 1820 in Peel Co. In my teens, I had an epiphany of sorts, entrenched in suburbia; ” This is not sustainable.” I have tried to live simply, and intentionally leave a small footprint, with respect for our beautiful and only world. I’m quite proud that my children are of similar attitude. What gives me hope? That people will consider their behaviour beyond their own interests and realize that their legacy is in jeopardy. 

Susan Berlin – Group Facilitator
Susan Berlin was the first Social Policy Planner for the City of Toronto and the head of the Canadian Healthy Communities Project. She is an editor, and a writer of articles and books. She is committed to democratic process and a believer that communication is the way to achieve it. She has two grown sons and one half-grown grandson, and lives in Lanark Highlands with two dogs and way too many spinning wheels and looms.

Kris Bailey
Kris is the owner of Dwelling design-build, a construction company that has specialized in sustainable, low carbon building since 2005. He currently sits on the board of directors of the Ontario Natural Building Coalition. For the past twenty years he and his family have lived outside of Perth in an old (like, really old) log cabin. This house is the proving ground where low-performance design meets a high- performance mindset and where craft and heritage come together in a 21 st century mishmash.

Susan Brandum
Before moving to Port Elmsley 25 years ago, Sue was a specialist energy writer and the volunteer manager of the Coalition for a Green Economic Recovery. She co-authored the underground bestseller, Get A Life! She became the general manager of REAL, delivering programs that helped local residents improve their energy efficiency, naturalize their yards and shorelines, manage their wells and septic systems and reuse goods when she established the REAL Deal Reuse Store. Sue wrote Tay Valley Township’s Climate Action Plan. Sue grew up mainly in Shawville, Quebec.

Don Cameron
Don worked at Nortel Networks documenting telecom system design. Looking for a better way to model system design, he got involved with a group of people to develop a system modelling language that ultimately went through an international standardization process in the ITU-T. Currently, he is modelling the replacement of fossil fuelled electricity generation with renewable energy fuelled electricity generation. He has  three grown children and four grandchildren. Since retirement, he has  been happily living beside a peaceful Lanark lake surrounded by wildlife.

Stephen Graham
Stephen is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario with a graduate degree in Environmental Studies. He has dedicated over 35 years of his career to providing engineering services around sustainable energy options (including hydro, wind, solar, rural grid extension, biomass and energy efficiency) combined with social and development services improving livelihoods. He has worked in over 15 developing countries as well as rural Canada. In addition Stephen is experienced in the inventory and mitigation of  GHG having helped establish Canada’s national inventory along with other local and international studies. Now retired, he generates power from his 12.3 kW solar grid-connected array from his home in Lanark Highlands.

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