Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
The Town of Whitby has made a commitment to sustainability. Together, with the Whitby Sustainability Advisory Committee, residents, businesses, and community groups, the Town is working toward becoming a more sustainable community.
This part of the Sustainability, Heritage, Downtowns and Community Development section of the Planning and Development Department is responsible for coordinating corporate and community sustainability initiatives. This includes the development of strategies, policies, plans, and programs surrounding sustainability, energy management, and climate change.
Energy Conservation & Demand Management Planning
The Town of Whitby is committed to reducing its energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to support a healthy and sustainable community. Greenhouse gases are gases in our atmosphere that keep the earth's temperature warm enough to sustain life. When sunlight enters the earth's atmosphere, some is reflected back towards space and some is absorbed by the earth. Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide can absorb the radiation from the sun and trap the heat in the atmosphere, creating a "greenhouse effect".
In compliance with the Green Energy Act (Ontario Regulation 397/11), the Town of Whitby is committed to reporting annual energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for its facilities. The Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report for 2011 is the first annual report to be posted.
The Town of Whitby has developed a five year Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plan that provides proposed measures for reducing energy consumption and demand in Town Facilities. The Green Energy Act requires this plan to be completed and available for viewing by July, 2014.
The Corporate Energy Management Plan is now available. The five year plan identifies a vision, goals, objectives and targets for energy reduction, including a number of technical actions to be implemented in the Town's facilities.
The Town of Whitby Celebrates World Town Planning Day
Sustainability: The Business Advantage
The Town invites residents, students, business and industry to attend Whitby's World Town Planning Day Building Healthy Communities event about the business advantage to sustainability. A commitment to achieve a balanced, healthy and sustainable community is the basis for Whitby's 2013 World Town Planning Day event.
Information about this event is available on the Town's Calendar.
Whitby Featured for its Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives
Whitby was recently featured in Business Review North America and Energy Digital magazine for its environmental and sustainability initiatives. The article provided an in-depth profile of the Town's green initiatives and sustainability practices, focusing on some of our most recent projects and successes in the development of a healthy and sustainable community.
Download the 'Whitby Collaboration and Education are Key to Sustainable Success' Article
Ontario's Feed-in Tariff Program
The Ontario government continues to offer renewable energy through the Ontario Power Authority Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. The Small FIT program was re-launched on December 14, 2012. The Ontario Power Authority has begun accepting applications from proponents of renewable energy projects more than 10 and up to 500 kilowatts.
On October 29, 2012 Town of Whitby Council approved the recommended guidelines for 'Requests for Municipal Council Support' for Feed-in Tariff projects and adopted a blanket resolution for projects determined to be Category A projects. Please see Planning Report 68-12 for more information on the Town of Whitby guidelines. The sole purpose of the blanket resolution is to enable the applicant to receive priority points under the new FIT program rules and may not be used for the purpose of any other form of municipal approval in relation to the application or project or any other purpose.
To make an application or to view the fees, submit a Request for FIT Program Municipal Council Support Application for your renewable energy project.
For more information please visit the Ontario Power Authority's FIT program website.
For further information regarding the Town of Whitby guidelines for Requests for Municipal Council Support and application form please contact the Town of Whitby Sustainability Coordinator in the Planning Department.