March 20, 2018

International Renewable Energy Academy in Oxford County

Free presentation for those interested in learning about renewable energy and Passivehouse Standard building technologies

The second annual International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) is coming back to Oxford County and is offering a free presentation on how communities can work together to achieve their sustainable energy goals.



Thursday, April 5 - 7:30 p.m.


Oxford County Administration Building
Council Chamber
21 Reeve Street, Woodstock



In this Future Oxford Speaker Series event, you will learn about the acceleration of renewable energy development around the world, and how the German-led Passivehouse Standard is reducing energy requirements for building heating and cooling by up to 90%.


Attend the Academy

The Oxford County free speaker event is part of the four-day Renewable Energy Training Intensive (April 3-7, 2018) hosted by York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies in Toronto and Oxford County. To register for the full four-day academy in Toronto and Woodstock, visit

Residents may attend any of the IREA education events taking place in Oxford County. 


Thursday, April 5, 8:30 a.m.
Keynote solar address: Steven Strong, President, Solar Design Associates and presentation by Woodstock Hospital staff
Woodstock General Hospital Riddell Room, 310 Juliana Drive, Woodstock

Thursday, April 5, 11:45 a.m.
Field trip tour - wind farm, net zero energy administration building, offgrid farm
Leaving from Woodstock Hospital south entrance (Athlone Avenue)
Bus transportation available, seating is limited.

Friday, April 6, 9:00 a.m.
Developing community-scale wind - Glen Estill
Oxford County Administration Building, 21 Reeve St., Woodstock

About the International Renewable Energy Academy

The International Renewable Energy Academy (IREA) was formed at York University to meet the rapidly growing need to develop a group of leaders focused in the principles of achieving 100% renewable energy through a strong community focus that emphasizes experiential learning and constant innovation. Oxford County residents who are interested in participating in the academy should visit the IREA website at for full itinerary and registration details. Watch the 2017 IREA highlights video

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3529 |