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    Find out what Energize Bridgewater is all about and how you can get involved!

What is Energize Bridgewater?

Energize Bridgewater is a community-wide initiative led by the Town of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, and its many community Partners and supporters. Achieving a local, efficient, renewable energy economy is everyone’s business, so everyone can be involved. In fact, everyone already is. By purchasing electricity, and refilling your car at the gas station, you’re making decisions every day that determine the energy reality of your household, your business, your organization and your community as a whole. Each energy decision, no matter how small, sets our community on a course toward or away from a local energy economy.

Energize Bridgewater is about exploring new and emerging energy opportunities as a whole community, and setting up practical, cost effective solutions right here in our own backyards. Starting in the Summer of 2017, with the launch of the Community Energy Centre, the Energy Partnership and the Living Energy Laboratory, we are working together to accelerate the transition to a local, efficient, renewable energy economy. Our community’s efforts and findings have been recorded in the Community Energy Investment Plan, which was approve by Bridgewater Town Council in January 2018.  The Plan can be downloaded from the front page of this website.

What is a “Local Energy Economy”?

In other words…  it will cost less to invest in efficiency and renewables, than it will to continue paying someone else to sell us their energy.  Our money does more for us, which is why this is an INVESTMENT.

How Can I Help?

Please join us in this amazing and inspiring journey! There are lots of things that everyone in the community can do to help:

  1. Explore this website to learn more
  2. Receive updates by following us on social media, or signing up for email updates through the Community Sustainability Network
  3. Take part in Energize Bridgewater events
  4. Have your business, organization, or community group become a member of the Energy Partnership
  5. Join or support one of the Living Energy Laboratory projects
  6. Learn what you can do at home or in your business or organization to make a difference

Project Coordination

The Town of Bridgewater Planning Department is managing the project, in partnership with Sustainability Solutions Group as the project consultant, and the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation as the communication and event planning partner. The project lead is Leon de Vreede, Sustainability Planner for the Town of Bridgewater.

Advisory Committee

Following a public call for participation, these people and organizations have been appointed by Bridgewater Town Council as the initiative’s volunteer Advisory Committee. They represent different sectors of the community:

  • Reno Roy (CHAIR) – Michelin North America (Canada) – Bridgewater Plant
  • Rick Senior (VICE-CHAIR) – BTS Property Inspections
  • Cameron Cochrane – Bridgewater Pharmasave
  • Craig Schrader – Developer
  • Doug Reid – Municipality of the District of Lunenburg
  • Ernest O’Neill – Bridgewater Resident
  • Madeline Myers – Bridgewater Resident
  • Michael Graves – Bridgewater Town Council representative
  • Michael MacKay – Clean Foundation
  • Robert Todd – Bridgewater Baptist Church
  • Shawn Nolan – Wilsons Fuels Co Ltd
  • Vanessa Mossop – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the South Shore

The Advisory Committee meets on the fourth Friday of every other month at Bridgewater Town Hall.  Meetings are open to the public.  Please contact us if you would like to attend a meeting.

Technical Working Group

The following individuals have volunteered their time to advise on the project’s technical aspects as a group of independent experts in fields such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, community economic development, education, and community engagement:

  • Bob Cervelli & Dr. Gregory Heming – Centre for Local Prosperity
  • Alan Warner – Acadia University
  • John Colton – Acadia University
  • Errol Pereira – Efficiency Nova Scotia
  • Shawna Henderson – Bfreehomes Design
  • Mary Ellen Donovan – QUEST Canada – Nova Scotia Caucus

Major Project Funders

Energize Bridgewater is receiving approximately half its project funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Green Municipal Fund.  Another major source of funding is the Province of Nova Scotia.  The Town of Bridgewater appreciates the support it has received from FCM and the Province of Nova Scotia for this pioneering initiative.

Other project funders and sponsors are recognized under the Partnership program.