For Immediate Release – September 26, 2016

Green Economy Kingston program announces low carbon economy event at St. Lawrence College

September marks six months since the launch of Green Economy Kingston, Sustainable Kingston’s program for organizations looking to measure, report, and set targets on their carbon emissions. Building on a series of membership sign ups including Trailhead Kingston, The Tea Room, and St. Lawrence College, the program is holding an event focused on the low carbon economy on October 4th.

Opportunities in a Low Carbon Economy is being hosted by St. Lawrence College, and is being presented in partnership with the City of Kingston, which was a Founding Partner of the program at its launch in March 2016. Speakers at the event will include those representing Scotiabank, Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and the Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) Caucus.

“St. Lawrence College is excited to host the community on such an important and timely subject.” says President and CEO of St. Lawrence College, Glenn Vollebregt. “We are eager to hear the perspectives of the participating speakers, and to share our own efforts to reduce the college’s carbon footprint.”

“Bringing together three of the agencies that are leading the conversation on climate change in this community is a great opportunity to further climate action in our city,” says Ruth Noordegraaf, Executive Director of Sustainable Kingston. “We’re looking forward to an insightful and energetic event.”

In six months, the Green Economy Kingston program has welcomed a diverse set of members to the program. In addition to those that joined the program this summer, Rogers & Trainor Commercial Realty, Kingston & Frontenac Housing Corporation, and Western Landscape Services are also members of the program and are working towards measuring and reporting their carbon footprints.

Registration for the October 4th event is free and is available through Eventbrite until October 3rd.

About Sustainable Kingston

Sustainable Kingston’s mission is to enhance the livability and resiliency of Kingston. We do this by sharing knowledge and providing resources and programs that drive community action. We work together with our volunteers and community partners to realize our community’s vision for sustainability: Kingston, Canada’s Most Sustainable City.

About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 8,000 students, and more than 85,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada.