"Building a sustainable future today!" is the Municipality of Shelburne's motto, a statement that is at once forward-looking and rooted in the community's tradition of self-sufficiency.
"We've always relied on our own assets and our own people, partly because of the geographical area that we're in," says Kirk Cox, chief administrative officer for the municipality which has a population of over 4,800, with communities from Sable River to Clyde River in Southwest Nova Scotia.
Take, for example, Shelburne Harbour, which Cox says is the third deepest natural harbour in the world. The harbour is intrinsic to the area's traditional fishing industry, but it's also being used in a new way - with a district energy system which uses the harbour as a heat source and also a cooling source in the summer. At the same time, also looking at the feasibility of incorporating some wind energy for the municipality.
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