October Newsletter 2021 | October 6, 2021
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In this issue of The Current Climate, we explore resources, blog posts, and funding opportunities for municipalities to achieve real savings and real change. This month we are sharing more information about how municipalities are upgrading facilities to create comfortable more energy-efficient gathering places. 

Energy Efficiency Day 2021

Energy efficiency is, simply put, eliminating energy waste. Through newer technologies such as programable thermostats, space heaters and pumps; and old standbys like weather stripping and insulation, we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

Today we celebrate the hard work and investments municipalities make to reduce energy consumption and improve their building stock.

Congratulations to all participating municipalities! Learn more about successful energy efficiency projects in our Project Showcase.
To celebrate Energy Efficiency Day 2021 (#EEDay2021), the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is giving away prize packages to three winners! Packages include items that will help you live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Enter to win one of three energy efficiency packages featuring an 
Ecobee Smart Thermostat and other prizes between October 4 to October 8 (11:59pm, MT), 2021. 
Enter to win here!

As part of the Action Centre’s Recreation Energy Conservation Program, the Town of Legal completed an LED lighting retrofit throughout the Legal Arena & Curling Rink.

The 3,370 ft² arena can accommodate up to 250 people and offers heated bleacher areas to ensure spectators get the most out of their experience. The arena’s lobby hosts a kitchen, wheelchair accessible seating area and two large restrooms. The project was commissioned in February 2021.

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Project Showcase

The City of Camrose replaced three mid-efficiency boilers with high efficiency condensing boilers.

The boiler replacement resulted in a reduction of 34 tCO2/year and an energy cost savings of $4,175/year. The project resulted in a 9% GHG reduction from the existing system and 1% reduction facility-wide from the baseline.

Learn more

The Town of Okotoks installed a REALice system at the Okotoks Recreation Centre.

This newly installed REALice system will help to reduce the costs of heating the water used to resurface the ice as well as the electricity costs associated with cooling the ice following resurfacing.

Learn more

Learning Centre
Tool Lending Library 

Borrow energy auditing tools to help perform technical energy audits and inform your energy efficiency projects for free through the Tool Lending Library.

The Tool Lending Library offers over 20 different types of tools.
The Alberta Funding Guide 

This guide provides information about climate adaptation and mitigation funding opportunities available to municipalities in Alberta. 

The Alberta Funding Guide features over 40 different funding opportunities. 
Have you heard about our other funding programs?
Make a real change in your community by upgrading buildings, installing renewable energy, managing energy use, and more. We support you from start to finish with one-on-one calls and a streamlined application process. 
Apply for funding
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Sustainable Communities Conference: Oct 19-21, 2021
Don't  miss this year’s Sustainable Communities Conference (SSC), Canada’s leading environmental conference for municipal leaders and practitioners. Get your first look at the conference schedule and discover numerous workshops, training sessions, and networking events that are relevant to you. Learn more and register here.

2021 ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop: October 28-30, 2021
Virtual - November 2-4, 2021

This year’s ARAP Conference theme is CommUNITY.  This theme speaks not only to the essential role that recreation and parks play in each of our municipalities but also to the desire and need to develop a strong community for the recreation and parks sector. Register here.

Alberta Capital Region Opportunity: Ongoing
The Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) offers outreach support to municipalities in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region through Capital Region EcoSchools for this school year. EcoSchools Canada’s award-winning environmental school certification program tracks the collective impact of over a million Canadian students involved in curriculum-tied climate action. Thanks to funding from the Edmonton Community Foundation, ACEE is working to connect environmental education providers, school boards, and municipalities through this powerful opportunity to increase community-engaged climate action.
Contact to express interest, and shape the program to help you reach your environmental and climate goals by participating in bimonthly advisory committee meetings.  


Join the Net-Zero Communities Accelerator

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre in collaboration with QUEST Canada, Eco-West Canada, the Community Energy Association, and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources are seeking small to mid-sized communities from across Canada to participate in a 3-year Net-Zero Communities Accelerator Program.

Eligible applicants include local governments (Indigenous, municipal, regional or a group of small communities and/or Indigenous communities), or organizations applying on behalf of a local government or a group of local governments (e.g. a local energy distributor, Indigenous group, or not-for-profit organization). Applications are being accepted from across Canada. For more information, download the project backgrounder.

Submit your Expression of Interest by October 17, 2021.

Note, this is a call for expressions of interest to gauge interest in such a program and to support a funding application that will be submitted in October 2021. Funding is not yet confirmed. QUEST will provide updates to applicants as we receive news.
Submit an Expression of Interest

AUMA and RMA Members in the News

New energy solutions explored through Town project. On September 21, the town [of Strathmore] announced the roof-top project was finished.  According to the town, the project is intended to reduce the building's energy costs, reduce the town’s carbon footprint, and showcase the possible alternative energy solutions that can be used.

Arena engineering study given go-ahead, despite potential funding problems. An energy audit completed by town council last year identified the arena as one of Pincher Creek’s top greenhouse gas producers and a new building study will examine exactly how its energy footprint can be reduced.

Lacombe's Sportsplex gets a little 'greener'. "The Echo Energy and Echo Internet Arenas are a premier destination in our community," Mayor Grant Creasey said. "Council is pleased to see the City will be able to sustain that reputation, while at the same time providing an enhanced viewing experience and reducing costs."
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