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.
Town of Bridgewater Housing, Energy, and Transportation Survey
The Town of Bridgewater wants to hear from its residents about the challenges they have experienced related to household energy and transportation costs. Residents in Bridgewater can expect to receive a one-page survey in the mail within the next week. The survey is eight questions in length and comes with a pre-paid return mail envelope for residents to use to return the survey to Town Hall. The information collected from the survey will inform our understanding of the affordability of energy, transportation, and rental housing in our community, and whether residents experience challenges in meeting their needs. Residents who complete the survey and return it to Town Hall by January 31, 2019, either by mail or by dropping it off, may be entered to win a prize draw for one of five $100 VISA gift cards, if they so choose. Participation in this survey is voluntary, and the information gathered will not be shared with anyone outside the organization.
Smart Cities Challenge Finalist
On June 1, Bridgewater was revealed to be one of only five finalists for Infrastructure Canada’s $5 million Smart Cities Challenge prize. Bridgewater will receive $250,000 to go towards creating a final proposal, with the aim of reducing energy poverty in Bridgewater. A great team effort by town residents, staff, and local supporting organizations has enabled us to move toward achieving our target of lifting 20% of Bridgewater residents out of energy poverty. Over the next several months, Town staff and Council members will be connecting with the community to create our final proposal. Stay connected on social media and the Town’s website to learn about how you can participate in Bridgewater’s campaign to End Energy Poverty. To read more about Bridgewater’s Smart Cities application, click here. For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge and ideas from other communities, click here.
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: