The Smart Green Communities Program is Growing!

We are pleased to announce that the second intake period for municipal members in our Smart Green Communities program is now open. The new cohort of municipalities will be accepted into the Smart Green Communities program in May 2018.

Smart Green Communities is a membership-based program for municipalities and First Nations in Northeastern Ontario, focused on developing strategies to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Our program provides technical and interpretive support for municipalities undertaking processes of energy and emissions planning.


What Smart Green Communities Program membership provides: 

  • Support and training on the provincial energy planning process for municipal leadership teams
  • Assistance preparing funding applications
  • Facilities audits and recommendations for energy efficiency measures
  • Energy baseline profiles using carbon accounting software + sustainability reporting
  • Analysis of community consultation data
  • Assistance interpreting and aligning energy planning with the responsibilities of municipalities under the Planning Act


For more information about your community's eligibility, contact:

Raili Lakanen, Sustainability and Energy Planner
(705) 674-1685 x100
raili.lakanen @

Past Events

Building Capacity to Plan conference

Find out more about incorporating energy considerations into your municipal asset management and long-term strategic planning. Hear directly from municipalities who have embarked on energy planning in their communities. Learn about how the Smart Green Communities Program can help identify projects in your municipal facilities to save energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions.


What are your energy concerns?

Smart Green Communities is actively working to plan future energy needs with municipalities on Manitoulin Island and the North Shore. Take a moment to share your thoughts on energy needs in your home or business through our simple survey:



Community Energy & Emissions Planning

Green Economy North's Smart Green Communities program is working with municipalities in Northeastern Ontario to better understand local energy needs, and provide technical and interpretive support for the preparation of Community Energy Plans.

What are Community Energy Plans?

Community energy plans define community-wide priorities and goals for local energy generation, delivery, conservation, and efficiency. The plans help decision-makers understand current – and anticipate future – patterns of energy demand and management.

Community energy plans incorporate data and input from residents, small businesses, industrial and commercial interests, and other public-sector stakeholders. The scope and impact of community energy plans are related to government of Ontario-mandated Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, but their reach extends beyond the municipal sector.

It is a natural progression for Green Economy North to be extending our scope into this emerging area of public policy. By providing the networks, resources and expertise needed to succeed in setting and meeting targets, we help member organizations maximize the economic benefits of sustainability actions.


Current Program Participants



Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.
  • Richard Eberhardt
    published this page 2018-01-31 16:54:37 -0500