On March 5, the Town submitted its Smart Cities Challenge Finalist application to Infrastructure Canada. In the application, the Town proposes an Energy Poverty Reduction Program to lift residents out of energy poverty, starting by reducing the energy poverty rate 20% by 2025. Bridgewater was announced as one of five finalists for the $5 million Smart Cities Challenge competition in Spring of 2018. The final application is the result of many months of consultation with Bridgewater residents and community partners. Infrastructure will announce the winners of the Smart Cities Challenge in the Spring. Stay tuned to Town of Bridgewater and Energize Bridgewater social media for updates on the project.
Bridgewater’s 5-minute Smart Cities Challenge Video Pitch
Youth Video Team: Living in Energy Poverty Documentary
A team of young people from Bridgewater spent four months capturing the stories of residents who struggle to pay for housing, energy bills, and transportation. Living in Energy Poverty shares these stories so they can be heard by the wider community. The full documentary is now streaming on the Town of Bridgewater ‘s Youtube channel. This project was a collaboration between HeartWood Centre for Community Youth Development , Picnic Studios , and the Lunenburg District Office, Community Services. The young adult film production team, Starling Studios, was assembled, trained and supported by these partners, so the team would have the skills they required to create the documentary.
Community Energy Investment Plan
Energize Bridgewater is a community-wide initiative to accelerate the transition of our community into a “clean energy economy”. Started in 2016, the initiative has resulted in practical energy demonstration projects, innovative new partnerships, and new knowledge and skills. Through this initiative, the Town of Bridgewater and its network of Energy Partners are engaging a broad cross-section of the community to achieve these ambitious goals by taking concrete action on innovative energy solutions. This bold initiative is proving to be unique not only in Nova Scotia but across Canada.
The community’s shared vision and commitments have been recorded in the Community Energy Investment Plan that has mapped out an economically-viable pathway toward a clean local energy economy, and recommends practical financial tools that will make energy solutions more affordable for residents, businesses, and organizations. Read the 1-page story of Bridgewater’s “Energy Shift”. Or, you can download the full Plan here: