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  • OSEA: Windmill opponents demand province give power to municipalities
    to municipalities Ottawa Citizen August 20 2013 A coalition of 62 communities in Ontario have declared themselves unwilling hosts to provincially approved windmills and they re demanding that Premier Kathleen Wynne s government allow municipal governments to choose whether and where to put industrial wind projects The Liberal government s 2009 Green Energy Act gave the province control over the location of wind energy projects but in May the province

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  • OSEA: Green Energy Doors Open Wants You
    officially launched our website greenenergydoorsopen ca seeking participants for the second annual Green Energy Doors Open Building on the success of the first Green Energy Day that was held in 2011 the event will be held across the province on Saturday October 5 th The goal is to have it in 50 communities across the province with the participation of over 60 showcasing organizations and individuals We want to encourage more Ontarians to participate in Ontario s Green future This is an opportunity for homeowners business owners and farmers to sign up and showcase the successes they have had with their Feed in tariff projects We want to encourage local renewable energy and conservation projects big and small to open their doors Participating is easy It is up to you how you like to showcase your energy project In the past people have done live demonstrations shown movies and done tours The goal is to inspire Ontarians to move toward a greener future for the next generation Host benefits include a comprehensive guide for organizing the event literature and informative brochures for the event give away items and marketing and promotional templates for local newspapers and radio Ontario has established

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  • OSEA: OSEA and sector partner submissions for the Long Term Energy Plan
    Energy Policy Economics Guidebooks and Tools Renewable Energy articles publications Sustainable Energy OSEA Archives Green Energy Act Campaign Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates News Updates OSEA and sector partner submissions for the Long Term Energy Plan OSEA recently submitted its input for Ontario s Long Term Energy Plan via the Environmental Bill of Rights Thank you to our partners in the sector and the OSEA Policy Advisory Committee for their input Below we have posted our own submission as well as those of our partners in the sector who have generously shared them to provide a collective resource for our members and supporters Thank you for your ongoing support of OSEA and your efforts to drive Ontario s prosperity through your contributions to the sustainable energy sector Together we can increase the role of sustainable energy building a thriving sector while creating good jobs resilient communities and a healthier environment Download LTEP Submissions PDF format Making Choices Reviewing Ontario s Long Term Energy Plan EBR Registry Number 011 9490 Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA Canadian Solar Industries Association CanSIA Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance CEEA Biomass Innovation Centre BIC Canadian GeoExchange Coalition Ontario Federation of Agriculture

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  • OSEA: Green Energy Doors Open a province-wide success
    of dirty coal So far Feed inTariff projects have created more than 35 000 new green jobs and we want to see that trend continue We re really excited about the high turnout we had across the province with over 1 000 people participating Family friends neighbours community leaders and politicians took the time to visit and learn about the amazing sustainable energy projects in their backyards The fact that so many came out reinforces how invaluable green energy is and that there is real support for sustainable energy After all who doesn t want to create good jobs more resilient communities and a healthier environment explained Kristopher Stevens Executive Director of OSEA The goal of Green Energy Doors Open is to showcase the great work being done across the province We want to provide Ontarians with the opportunity to touch and see real projects and speak with those with direct experience with conservation renewable energy and other beneficial sustainable energy solutions Pictures from Green Energy Doors Open 2013 events around the province are being posted at http go ontario sea org GEDO13pics The OSEA team its partners sponsors and hosts look forward to having even more people participate next year For more information please contact Nik Spohr at 416 977 4441 ext 3 or nik ontario sea org The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is Ontario s lead advocate facilitator and catalyst for sector transformation and the transition to a more sustainable energy economy It champions policy and regulatory change for a more sustainable society powered heated cooled and transported by a portfolio of sustainable energy Green Energy Doors Open is made possible by our incredible sponsors partners and hosts Thank you to everyone who made Green Energy Doors Open 2013 a success Our sponsors include Canadian Union of

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  • OSEA: Container House seeks a new home before October 31st, 2013
    Energy Standard Offer Program RESOP Search Home News Updates News Updates Container House seeks a new home before October 31st 2013 Built with a team of volunteers architects designers and contractors at a community workshop abreast of downtown Guelph a prototype shipping container house with the smallest carbon footprint has been constructed The City of Guelph s zoning bi laws now require it to be moved The Foxden Project as it is also known seeks your immediate support in finding it its new home Natural Ergonomics The Foxden is an imaginative abode which nimbly eases into remote landscapes without supplanting local vegetation It is has the ability to be half buried to be completely off the grid It offers a number of choices to the end user to tailor specifically for their landscape and lifestyle Crowned with a green curved roof and a rooftop patio this ContainerHouse combines ecology and economy with a choice driven lifestyle Available Adaptable Designed with portability in mind this container creation can be picked up by standard tilt and load trailers Delivery time ranges from three to six days Ideal completion would include an earthen hug into a south facing hill wildflowers on its roof

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  • OSEA: OSEA’s Executive Director recognized with Nipissing Distinguished Alumni Award
    public and commercial collaboration in the sector Kristopher Stevens is a frequent speaker on sustainable energy and Community Power around the world He is a transformative entrepreneur with experience on four continents in the corporate public and non profit sectors He specializes in grassroots mobilization stakeholder engagement sustainability energy policy corporate communications and strategic planning Throughout his colourful career Kristopher has recruited executives for Fortune 500 multinationals hosted a popular South Korean radio program and researched economic reform in Africa as well as the sensitive topic of social friction in Ontario s electricity sector Kristopher his team and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association s expanding community are actively championing policy and regulatory change for a more sustainable society powered heated cooled and transported by a portfolio of sustainable energy Kristopher served as the founding Chair of the Green Energy Act Alliance which led the successful campaign for Ontario s Green Energy and Green Economy Act Most recently Kristopher and his team secured the All Energy Canada Exhibition and Conference which will be held in Toronto April 9 10 2014 For further details on the Nipissing University Distinguished Alumni Award and to attend please visit http go ontario sea org alumni For more information please contact Ontario Sustainable Energy Association Nicole Risse at 416 977 4441 x3 or nicole ontario sea org Nipissing University Bob Pipe Communications Officer x4528 or bobp nipissingu ca The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA is Ontario s lead advocate facilitator and catalyst for sector transformation and the transition to a more sustainable energy economy It champions policy and regulatory change for a more sustainable society powered heated cooled and transported by a portfolio of sustainable energy For more information please visit www ontario sea org Nipissing University s main campus is located in North Bay Ontario

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  • OSEA: An interview with Nipissing University Distinguished Alumnus Kristopher Stevens
    roles in Fortune 500 companies falling in love and surviving falling out of love rebuilding an organization when it was supposed to fail building coalitions amongst opponents securing the Green Energy and Green Economy Act buying a house having incredible people surround me that love me for me all of these things are just markers of a life well lived I plan to squeeze everything out of this life and to share the experience with those willing to join me and contribute their own magic to the mix making the world a more prosperous sustainable and fun place to be What does it mean to you to be a Nipissing University Alumni Being an Alumni of Nipissing means being an educator a leader and a champion It means being willing to stand up and blaze new trails with diverse allies who have different perspectives It means having the boldness to envision a different more sustainable world shaped by each of our collective contributions Who is your biggest role model My parents provided me the foundation to become who and what I am Along the way I have been blessed to meet a number of amazing mentors friends and role models all of whom have helped shaped me The person that strikes me now as being most relevant as I receive this award was a professor here at Nipissing University Dr John Morris offered me a job as a research and teaching assistant in my second year after I wrote a paper about United Nations reform For the next several years we worked closely researching grassroots development and sustainability We were trying to explore the questions How do you get people to continue to re invest in themselves their company or their community once they get what they initially want How do you keep them engaged in growing the pie I m still working on these very questions Besides helping lay the foundation for my life s work John imparted several pieces of wisdom on me that have also stuck with me 1 Don t be fooled into thinking choosing your classes or job is what is important Choose your friends teachers mentors bosses and colleagues wisely The people are what is important and it is the culture you build together that is the most powerful technological solution to the challenges we face You can tackle any issue and achieve great things personally and collectively with the right people It isn t about you or me it s about us 2 Your project or homework is not your magnum opus it is a tool and opportunity to learn and gain what you need to advance your larger mission and vision Complete it to meet your requirements while ensuring you pick up other useful tools knowledge and connections 3 Your vision and path may change but your general direction if you understand your guiding principles will always be forward Don t be afraid to delay your journey to assist someone else and

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  • OSEA: OSEA welcomes Jason Hails and Graham Seaman to its Board of Directors
    include the IESO Manitoba Hydro SaskEnergy and a number of Local Distribution Companies in Ontario Jason s utilities experience spans a number of functional areas including Renewable and Traditional Generation Transmission and Distribution Regulatory and Witness Support Revenue Management Supply Chain Financial Operations IT and other shared services Graham Seaman Senior Manager City of Markham Graham is Senior Manager of Sustainability for the City of Markham He is responsible for developing the strategic plan to implement the Greenprint Markham s Community Sustainability Plan He is also a member of Markham s Director s Forum and the CAO Sustainability Advisory Committee The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association would also like to thank Elizabeth McDonald and Marion Fraser our two outgoing board members for their valuable contributions to the organization and for their continued support in advancing the sector Elizabeth McDonald President and CEO Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance In August 2012 Elizabeth was named President and CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance CEEA Prior to that from May 2007 to September 2011 she was President of CanSIA During that time she worked with the Board of Directors to help move the Association forward and during her tensure membership levels and revenues grew considerably She was responsible for the growth of the Association s annual conference which has become a must attend event she guided CanSIA s government relations activities she worked very closely with the Ontario government on the development of the solar programs within its Feed in tarrif regime In 2008 she chaired the Ontario Government s Solar Task Force that focussed on solar thermal development She served on the Board of the Electricity Sector council from 2009 to 2011 Prior to joining CanSIA Ms McDonald worked with three trade Associations in various senior positions During her time as President of

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