Minister McKenna congratulates town of Bridgewater for GLOBE award win

Minister McKenna congratulates town of Bridgewater for GLOBE award win


HON.CATHERINE MCKENNA (Minister of Environment
and Climate Change): So, here I am with Leon. He is from the town of Bridgewater and they
are doing amazing things to take action on climate change. He’s in fact a winner, the town of Bridgewater
is a winner of our GLOBE Leadership Awards. So tell me what the town of Bridgewater is doing. LEON DE VREEDE (Sustainability Planner for
Town of Bridgewater): So Bridgewater, for a very small community, has done something
pretty amazing. We’ve created a fully-costed approach to complete energy transition to an 80% emissions reduction by 2050, and we figured out what it’s actually going to cost to retrofit every home, put solar panels everywhere, introduce community-scale renewable energy, transition our entire fleet to electric vehicles, etcetera. And the town is taking that momentum very seriously and is actively investing in it, not only because of the environmental imperative of doing that work, but because it’s a massive economic development opportunity. In fact, we believe that the ‘Energize Bridgewater’ approach is an opportunity for all Canadian municipalities, and we would be thrilled to work with your office and share that innovation and momentum with other communities. HON.CATHERINE MCKENNA: So, I love this! So thank you to all the residents of the town of Bridgewater, and also I think everyone can learn from this. I agree. Everyone, we need to figure out the transition
and it’s a huge opportunity. Environment and economy go together. A really great example. Thank you. LEON DE VREEDE: Thank you. I’ve given you a copy of our plan and I’m
honoured to have it in your office. HON.CATHERINE MCKENNA: Oh, that’s great!

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