December Newsletter 2021 | Dec. 2, 2021
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In this issue of The Current Climate, we are finishing the year with the launch of a new cohort in the Municipal Energy Champions program. Plus, we announce the Climate Adaptation Challenge Winners, and more.

Out & About: Alberta Municipalities Fall Convention & Trade Show

We were thrilled to join Alberta Municipalities' members, staff and exhibitors at the Alberta Municipalities annual convention and trade show in Nov. 2021. Not only was it wonderful to be there in person to greet our old friends and municipal partners, but we reached many new faces too. 

Following closely on October’s municipal elections, the convention welcomed newly minted councillors and mayors. They attended workshops to learn how they can address pressing issues facing Alberta. The Action Centre team presented on how cities and towns of all sizes can take action on climate change.
Hope to see you at our next in-person or online event!

Municipal Energy Champions Program

Apply to become a Municipal Energy Champion by Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021

We know municipalities are stretched thin, making capacity and staff time one of the biggest barriers to reducing energy consumption. The Municipal Energy Champions Program enables you to overcome those barriers with free expert advice and networking over a nine month period. 

By placing a staff member in the program, municipalities can gain the necessary knowledge to understand their energy use, take charge of energy planning and make informed decisions on climate action. They also access networking opportunities with other municipalities acting on climate change. 

We had six municipalities in the first cohort, and another nine municipalities this year—communities ranging from Westlock and Wood Buffalo to Slave Lake and Falher. Don’t miss the chance to find significant cost-savings, be a leader on energy planning, and make informed climate decisions. 

Your next step? Sign-up of our information webinar taking place Thursday, December 9 at 9:30am. 

Then, nominate a staff member to become your municipality’s energy champion. Expressions of Interest due by Dec. 23, 2021.
Become a Champion

Climate Adaptation Challenge Winners

Alberta municipalities are at the forefront of climate change impacts. As such, we partnered with All One Sky Foundation to launch the Climate Adaptation Challenge supporting small municipalities in starting their climate adaptation work. 

We are pleased to announce the two municipalities who will take the challenge: the City of St. Albert and Sturgeon County. With one urban and one rural participant, we will be able to explore and develop solutions for potentially very different adaptation needs.

Working with All One Sky’s Climate Resilience Express Action Kit, we will access and use climate science and local knowledge to identify vulnerabilities and assess climate risks. The risk assessment will then be used to develop an adaptation plan with actions and implementation strategies.

Learn more
Project Showcase

The City of Medicine Hat purchased two electric Zomboni 450s. 

They expect to save up to 80 per cent compared to gasoline units, while seeing 9.35 tonnes of GHG reductions per year.

Learn more

Learning Centre
Electric Vehicles Savings Calculator

Use this spreadsheet to see the cost savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions of replacing gasoline-powered passenger vehicles with electric vehicles.

Access the calculator
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.
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
ECO Impact 2022

Join ECO Canada Feb. 2–3, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Calgary for two days of learning, networking with peers, talks with influential leaders and celebration. If you work in the Canadian environmental sector and want to meet your peers, recognize innovation and excellence, and attend sessions to grow professionally, this event is for you. You do not have to be an ECO Canada member to attend - everyone is welcome!

Learn more

Renewables in Remote Communities: 2022 Conference

This is a four-day event at the Kwanlin Dun Culture Centre, Whitehorse YT from April 25–28, 2022. The two-day main conference, supplemented by activities on the pre-conference and post-conference days, focuses on the collaboration, climate and energy policies and the financial pathways for renewable project proponents necessary to advance the business case and further accelerate an Indigenous-led clean energy transition in remote communities across Canada.

Learn more

AM and RMA Members in the News

The Scott Seaman Sports Rink no longer needs to pre-heat water for icemaking, thanks to the installation of a REALice device last summer. “The installation of REALice at SSSR has eliminated the need for using hot water for ice rink flooding,” said Adeniyi Adeaga, Municipal Energy Manager for Foothills County. This measure should save 245 GJ of natural gas this year alone!

Mountain View County is considering a SunAlta Power solar project to be built at a gravel pit near Sundre. Council authorized administration to enter into a design agreement with SunAlta Power to continue work developing a solar power project.
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