Feb 2, 2009

What's stopping us from making the residential sector totally green?

A special workshop on identifying barriers to change and innovation
to reduce impacts of climate change in the residential sector

When: Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, Room 4101
55 Laurier East, Ottawa, K1N

The residential sector in Canada generates at least one tenth of greenhouse gases. These emissions can be reduced by as much as 60% by the year 2030. All this requires is the deployment of known technologies, innovations, and practices, already in the market.
What's stopping us from reaching that objective?

Key questions to be addressed:

What have we learned?
Over the last thirty years we have tried to reduce usage of fossil fuels. Many of the necessary technologies already exist and are available in the market. Refinements and improvements are always possible, but there is enough available already to make a big difference. So what have we learned from these years of federal, provincial, and municipal efforts to reduce energy consumption of Canada’s residential sector?

What are the barriers to change?
Identify major themes and obstacles, including jurisdictional, legal/economical, and behavioural challenges

What are some common themes?
Discuss common themes and possible integrated areas of intervention.

- Overview of objectives and sustainable visions
- Some of the presenters and resource persons:
Hugh MacLeod, Associate Deputy Minister
to the Premier of Ontario: Climate Change
Peter Love, Chief Energy Conservation Officer,
Conservation Bureau, Ontario Power Authority

David Foster, Director of Environmental Affairs
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Gordon Shields, Executive Director
Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition

Dana Silk, General Manager
Envirocentre, Ottawa

- Preliminary results from the Telfer School research project
on barriers to innovation and change
- Recent case studies
- Breakout into groups and sharing of past experiences
- Synthesis and priorization of major barriers to innovation and change
- Next steps

To register, click here

For further information: makingithappen@telfer.uottawa.ca

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