KINGSTON – Open doors and windows may be the next front in city council’s efforts to fight climate change.
A new motion from Williamsville District Coun. Jim Neill and Trillium District Coun. Robert Kiley to be put before council on Tuesday calls for staff to prepare a bylaw that would prohibit doors and windows to be propped open while a building’s air conditioning is operating.
“There are many properties, particularly commercial, that leave their doors or windows open while their air conditioning is operating, which some Kingston residents have complained about,” the motion stated.
“Buildings and their energy systems (heating and cooling) account for a substantial portion of community greenhouse gas emissions, and energy conservation and efficiencies contribute directly and significantly to reducing carbon pollution.”
The motion also calls for more aggressive enforcement of the city’s vehicle anti-idling bylaw, which is “not strictly enforced and largely ignored by tour buses.”