posted: February 4, 2019

reThink Green has been granted $247,000 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to work with municipalities across Northeastern Ontario and help them reach significant carbon emission reduction targets.

The grant is part of Transition 2050, an initiative offered through FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP). Ten organizations have been selected to build a network of communities and support them as they develop long-term plans and projects contributing to a low carbon transition by 2050 in alignment with the target date as set out by the Paris Agreement.

reThink Green has developed the first phase of the project with municipalities from Manitoulin Island and the North Shore of Lake Huron. This project emerged from “a recognition that everyone has a role to play in reducing our impact on the environment. Small to medium communities can be effective leaders in the transition to a low-carbon economy,” says Rebecca Danard, Executive Director of reThink Green.

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The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are proud to announce a new initiative to help municipalities across Canada reach significant carbon emission reduction targets. The initiative, known as Transition 2050, will fund training and support delivered by 10 partner organizations to groups of municipalities to foster deep emissions reductions.

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Raili Lakanen, Program Manager
705-674-1685 ext. 107


posted: January 14, 2019

The Smart Green Communities program at reThink Green is launching a new collaborative project to build energy and climate change leadership in communities on Manitoulin Island and the North Shore of Lake Huron. The project aims to:

  • Consider actions for adaptive asset management
  • Build regional networks for collaboration
  • Enhance local staff and council knowledge of climate change – and how to address impacts using a sustainability planning approach
  • Develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from community buildings and activities
  • Prepare communities to meet changing energy demands and scenarios
  • Explore economic development opportunities related to clean energy and other innovative technologies

Contact: Smart Green Communities Program for more information

Low-Carbon Building Skills: 2018 Report and Building Services Database

posted: January 14, 2019

The 2018 Sudbury-Manitoulin Low-Carbon Building Skills (LCBS) Partnership Project has provided an opportunity for lead partner reThink Green to collaborate with Workforce Planning for Sudbury & Manitoulin to conduct research into the current availability of, and the readiness of our workforce to provide, low-carbon building skills.

2018 Low-Carbon Building Skills Final Report   2018 Low-Carbon Building Skills Services Database

*this project was undertaken by an affiliate of the Smart Green Communities Program and does not represent the views of Smart Green Communities or its members* 


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.