The City of Cornwall is committed to building a greener community. Cornwall City Council has identified Environmental Stewardship as one of three key strategic priorities to guide the City's efforts in the months and years ahead, and a variety of projects and initiatives are being implemented to help achieve this commitment.
Below you will find information on the various environmental initiatives that are currently underway.
Energy Efficiency Working Group
In 2010, City Council approved the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Working Group to review and analyze current energy and fuel consumption levels and costs in City facilities and vehicles. The Energy Efficiency Working Group is also tasked with reviewing various energy efficiency initiatives throughout the City of Cornwall and guiding the development of the City's Energy Efficiency Policy.
As part of its work, the Energy Efficiency Working Group prepares an annual energy efficiency report which contains the City's Energy Efficiency Policy as well as information on energy consumption levels within City facilities and energy efficiency initiatives in development.
The most recent annual report was presented to City Council in January 2012.
For more information on the Energy Efficiency Working Group, please contact Morris McCormick, Environmental Services Division Manager and Chair of the Working Group, at (613) 930-2787 ext. 2582.
Municipal Environmental Advisory Committee
The Municipal Environmental Advisory Committee advises City Council on environmental matters of concern. The Committee also provides a forum for public input on various environmental matters and it promotes and supports activities that aim to improve the quality of the environment.
Solid Waste Management Master Plan
In 2009, the City of Cornwall began a review of their existing waste management system in order to identify program areas that could be optimized. The review included an assessment of existing infrastructure and programs against industry regulatory requirements, proposed regulatory change, and recognized industry best practices.
1 Green Cornwall
Launched in March 2012 with the introduction of weekly, single-stream recycling collection, 1 Green Cornwall is an initiative to highlight the City of Cornwall's environmental programs and to encourage civic participation in the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The ultimate goal is to build a greener Cornwall. The name and logo is built around a common theme of "one," and it holds a number of different meanings.
Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
The upgrade to the City of Cornwall Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the City. The project consists of a series of upgrades to the existing plant, and the main objectives of these upgrades are:
- To upgrade the treatment process to include secondary treatment. This will allow the plant to meet higher effluent targets in accordance with Provincial and Federal policies and regulations.
- To increase the plant's overall capacity. This will support future growth and development of the City and it will also assist the City in managing potential combined sewer overflows.
The City of Cornwall has initiated a project to install water meters in a small number of voluntary single family households in the City. The project will help the City gather accurate water use information from participating homes as well as help the City test new electronic meter reading devices.
LED Streetlight Pilot Project
The City of Cornwall has installed Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlight fixtures on Water Street between Augustus Street and Seymour Avenue as part of a pilot project to explore alternative lighting technologies. LED fixtures are seen as a more dependable and energy-efficient form of lighting compared to traditional streetlights. LED fixtures are estimated to reduce energy consumption by as much as 70 % in addition to providing significant savings in maintenance costs.
LED technology is not entirely new to the City. From 2003 to 2005, all of the traffic signal heads in the City were converted from incandescent to LED, resulting in reduced maintenance costs, increased reliability and significant energy and maintenance savings.
Other Environmental Organizations and Initiatives
Transition Cornwall+ is a community group created to build resilience and sustainability in Cornwall and the surrounding rural area in preparation for the combined challenges of peak oil, climate change, and global economic instability.
Raisin Region Conservation Authority
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority focuses on conserving, protecting and enhancing natural resources in Cornwall and surrounding area through a variety of environmental programs.
The Conservation Authority also oversees the Remedial Action Plan for the St. Lawrence River (Cornwall) Area of Concern.