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Kingston set to meet sustainability targets

The Kingston Climate Action Plan’s goal of cutting emissions from city-owned buildings and vehicles is set to reach its targets. The plan seeks to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15 per cent by 2020 and 30 per cent by 2030. 

A major contribution to the reductions is tied to the elimination of coal as an electricity source for the Province of Ontario. The city’s GHG emissions have plummeted by 12 per cent since 2011.

The source of most of Kingston’s GHG emissions comes from the use of natural gas, with gasoline consumption as the next highest emissions source. 

According to The Whig Standard, Paul McLatchy, the city’s environment director, indicated the municipality is “taking steps to reduce” the remaining sources.

As well, the construction of a “network of electric vehicle charging stations,” coupled with the “development of a biogas system by Utilities Kingston,” are initiatives which McLatchy said could “reduce emissions.”

In addition, Kingston City Council committed spending $100,000 from the environment reserve fund in order to conduct studies into the city’s climate change response.

— Iain Sherriff-Scott 

“Suspicious person” reported by Campus Security

According to Campus Security and Emergency Services, a “suspicious person” was reported near main campus yesterday evening.

“A student contacted the Emergency Report Centre to report observing a male individual walking through City Park, east of Campus, wearing a balaclava and either shorts or underwear,” the report read.

The individual was reported to have been observed on campus shortly after the initial report. The individual was described as having a slim build, over six feet and in his fifties. The individual was reported as wearing a “khaki coloured jacket,” and a “black balaclava.”  

Anyone who may have experienced a similar incident is asked to contact Campus Security and Emergency Services at 613-533-6080 to make a report. 

— Iain Sherriff-Scott

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