Members of the public and the media were invited to the launch of reThink Green's newest program, Smart Green Communities, on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at the Kagawong Park Centre.

This launch comes with a funding announcement regarding a new project dedicated to providing educational opportunities and coordination for energy planning across Manitoulin Island. This initiative was made possible in part through the financial support of the Independent Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) Education and Capacity Building Program 6.0.

A full media release with details was issued on October 17, 2018 and may be downloaded by clicking here.

On hand for the launch of the Smart Green Communities program and funding announcement on October 17, 2018 were (left to right): Todd Gordon, Economic Development Officer, Billings Township; Barbara Erskine, Councillor, Billings Township; Raili Lakanen, Manager, Smart Green Communities Program; David St. Georges, Communications Director, reThink Green; Mayor Alan MacNevin, Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands; and, Silvio Berti, Municipal Coordinator, Central Manitoulin. Photo Credit: Cassidy McAuliffe. 

Event Details:
October 17, 2018, at 11:00am
Park Centre
39 Henry Dr, Kagawong, ON
Light refreshments served



Raili Lakanen                                                                             David St. Georges

Program Manager, reThink Green                                            Communications Director, reThink Green

705-674-1685 ext. 107                                                            705-674-1685 ext. 103

Community Energy & Emissions Planning

The Smart Green Communities program is working with municipalities in Northeastern Ontario to better understand local energy needs, and provide technical and interpretive support for the preparation of Community Energy Plans.

What are Community Energy Plans?

Community energy plans define community-wide priorities and goals for local energy generation, delivery, conservation, and efficiency. The plans help decision-makers understand current – and anticipate future – patterns of energy demand and management.

Community energy plans incorporate data and input from residents, small businesses, industrial and commercial interests, and other public-sector stakeholders. The scope and impact of community energy plans are related to government of Ontario-mandated Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, but their reach extends beyond the municipal sector.

It is a natural progression for Green Economy North to be extending our scope into this emerging area of public policy. By providing the networks, resources and expertise needed to succeed in setting and meeting targets, we help member organizations maximize the economic benefits of sustainability actions.