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Green Energy Doors Open Showcase Kicks Off September 9th

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sustainable energy and sustainability initiatives will be the focus for many Ontarians on the weekend of September 9 to 11 during Green Energy Doors Open. Thousands of people are expected to visit the 150 events that are taking place across Ontario, showcasing the passion and enthusiasm of individual homeowners, community groups and organizations for solar, wind, net-zero homes, electric cars, geothermal and more.

“With climate change action being a cause of both concern as well as excitement for many people, this initiative by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) provides a great opportunity to get close to actual projects and to learn from the experiences of those who have spent their time and energy to develop them,” says Nicole Risse, OSEA’s Executive Director.

"Buildings and transportation account for about 70% of greenhouse gas emissions in urban centres, so greening our buildings is essential. The good news is that it's doable. At TD, our green building program is the key reason we've been able to reduce GHG emissions from energy by 20% since 2008, despite occupying 26% more space," says Karen Clarke-Whistler, TD's Chief Environment Officer. "Green Energy Doors Open is a great opportunity to see a huge range of innovative green buildings. It's incredibly inspiring, and we are excited that the idea of Green Energy Doors Open is spreading and now includes other provinces, such as Alberta and British Columbia."

“At Enbridge, we believe in sustainability and are concerned about the impacts of climate change. With and for our customers, we have worked for years striving to find innovative solutions to save energy and to improve the overall efficiency of their buildings. That is also why we started the “Savings by Design” initiative, which is a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach to gain maximum energy efficiency in new building structures. We are proud to partner with OSEA on this campaign as it gives us the opportunity to inform the public about this part of our business,” explains Shannon Bertuzzi, Manger, Residential Energy Solutions of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

 “Our members are very excited to be supporting this initiative again,” says Joe Mulhall, President of the Canadian Union of Skilled Workers. “Green Energy Doors Open hosts are teaching us that we can power, heat, cool and move ourselves sustainably, while building resilient and prosperous communities and acting responsibly to mitigate Climate Change.”

The events during Green Energy Doors Open are family friendly and offer a lot of variety – both in terms of technologies that are being demonstrated as well as in the type of events that are taking place, ranging from community BBQs, over site tours and EV test drives, to workshops, movie screenings, and much more. 

Join WGSI & Other Waterloo Region Sustainability Groups for Green Energy Doors Open

REEP Green Speaker & Open House
September 10, 2016
10am - 3:30pm (Speaker at 1:30pm)
20 Mill St., Kitchener

REEP House for Sustainable Living is hosting an open house event during this year’s Green Energy Doors Open.

Danielle Laperriere from ClimateActionWR will be joining for an exciting talk at 1:30pm.

Join the Plan Manager of ClimateActionWR to explore changes you can make in your daily life and at home to contribute to our collective impact. Learn how you can play a role in achieving our community carbon reduction target!

Danielle Laperriere facilitates the ClimateActionWR partnership between Sustainable Waterloo Region, REEP Green Solutions and the Region of Waterloo, along with area municipalities, local energy utilities and the community at large. She is responsible for developing relationships among partners, guiding and executing project planning, and managing external communication.

Danielle has a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies in International Development from the University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a part-time Sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College.

Tour Under The Shade Of Solar Panels At MCC Ontario
September 10, 2016
10am - 2pm 
50 Kent Ave., Kitchener

Join us and celebrate the opening of the new rooftop solar system at Mennonite Central Committee Ontario.

We will be celebrating indoors in the Atrium at 50 Kent Avenue, where there will be:

Speeches from MCC Ontario and CED Co-op representatives
- Ribbon cutting
- Live display of the energy being generated by the system
- Information about investing in renewable energy

Guided tours will take you up to the roof where you can walk underneath the solar system and see this unique system first hand.

Learn about what makes this solar system unique, and how MCC Ontario is living their values and putting stewardship into action by reducing their environmental impact.

Speak with the team from Community Energy Development Co-operative about how individuals are investing in solar projects like this and earning a return on their investment while supporting the distributed generation of clean, green energy in Ontario.

Sustainability Showcase at the University of Waterloo
September 10, 2016

Come on by to learn more about WGSI, Community Car Share, ELSE Solar Ambassadors and the Waterloo Insitute for Sustainable Energy. More details to follow.


About Green Energy Doors Open

Green Energy Doors Open is a province-wide, year-round communications campaign and showcase of individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects organized and spearheaded by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association. The initiative aims to showcase advancements in the sector, demonstrating that Ontario is already on the path to building a 100% clean and sustainable energy system. Green Energy Doors Open takes place in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.

About OSEA

The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) is championing a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector, good jobs, resilient communities and healthy environments powered, heated, cooled and moved by portfolios of sustainable energy by raising public awareness, advising decision makers and establishing forums for new market opportunities and collaboration. Find us on the web at

Media Contact               

Nicole Risse, Executive Director, OSEA
416-977-4441 ext. 3
416-892-0559 (cell)