Bridgewater wins $5 million Smart Cities Challenge
On May 14, Infrastructure Canada announced Bridgewater as the winner of the $5 million Smart Cities Challenge for its Energy Poverty Reduction Program! We are extremely proud of our community and would like to thank all of the individuals involved in our project. Bridgewater was one of five finalists in the Smart Cities Challenge $5 million prize category. In March, the community submitted a comprehensive proposal for an Energy Poverty Reduction Program designed to lift residents out of energy poverty, starting by reducing the energy poverty rate 20% by 2025. The final application is the result of many months of consultation with Bridgewater residents and community partners. 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
Bridgewater’s Vision for a Smart Community
What Bridgewater Plans to Achieve….
How Bridgewater Plans to Achieve This Vision…
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: