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City Hosts Dialogue to Help Shape Surrey’s Energy Future

January 30, 2012

Surrey –Surrey is hosting an ENERGYShift panel and open house this week in order to engage the public on how the City can reduce energy consumption and advance sustainability in its operations and in the community. The forum will discuss issues such as transportation, housing and waste, and will help the City develop a new Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).

“We want to create a dialogue around how we can reduce consumption and waste, save money, and develop innovative energy solutions. We want the public’s input so we can create a plan that meets the energy needs of our community,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

The panel will be moderated by CBC Radio’s Mark Forsythe, and will and feature Gordon Price (SFU City Program), Nancy Olewiler (TransLink Board), Nimal Rajapaske (SFU representative on the Mayor’s Clean Energy Advisory Network), and Penny Priddy (social issues advocate).

In 2011, the City launched its ENERGYShift program, which consists of three action areas: corporate emissions, community emissions, and promoting clean tech businesses.

The City has committed to reducing community greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent per capita, below 2007 levels, by 2020. In 2007, Surrey businesses and residents spent over $1 billion dollars, or $2,300 per capita on energy. Over half of that money, and 62 per cent of emissions came from transportation, with the balance coming from buildings and waste. This amount is projected to double to over $2 billion dollars by 2020, due to rising fuel prices.

The CEEP will compliment the new Corporate Emissions Action Plan, which was implemented in 2010 and identifies specific actions on how the City can reduce its carbon footprint and become more energy efficient.

ENERGYShift Event:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Open House)
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Expert Panel and Q&A)

Enver Creek Secondary School
14505 84th Avenue
Surrey, BC

For more information on the ENERGYShift program, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/energyshift

For more information on the CEEP, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/energyshift/9466.aspx

For more information on the Corporate Emissions Action Plan, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/9854.aspx

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584