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Government of Alberta launches climate change leadership consultations

Initiative: 
Climate Leadership Discussions
Deadline: 
18 Sep 2015 (All day)

Updated: Open house times and locations added

On August 14, 2015, the Alberta government introduced their Climate Change Advisory Panel. Watch the announcement:

The panel is tasked with:

"…engaging Albertans, Aboriginal communities, and technical stakeholders on key issues related to climate change. They will facilitate conversations, consider input, and provide advice to Alberta's Minister of Environment and Parks. Input from the Panel will inform a new action plan on climate change for Alberta."

The Government also released the Climate Leadership Discussion Document, and launched the Climate Leadership Discussion survey to gather input from Albertans. The survey will be open until September 18. The Panel will also be hosting public forums in Calgary and Edmonton:

Calgary Tues, Sept 1
5:30-8:30 pm
Courtyard Marriot Calgary Airport
Stampede Ballroom
2500 48 Avenue NE
Edmonton Wed, Sept 2
5:30-8:30 pm
Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre
Grand Ballroom
11727 Kingsway Avenue

Posted August 24, 2015 by AEN

Climate change panel and consultation plan signal a shift in Alberta

Panel's expertise and broad consultation will help inform Alberta's efforts to take meaningful climate action
14 Aug 2015

CALGARY — Ed Whittingham, executive director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to today’s announcement detailing members of the province’s climate change advisory panel and its consultation approach:

“The provincial government and panel chair, Andrew Leach, have put together a well-balanced line up of experts who bring a mix of perspectives and experience to guide its climate change consultation process.

“A broad and transparent consultation process will provide valuable input as the province seeks to develop a credible climate strategy that reflects the priorities and concerns of Albertans.

“Addressing climate change with timely, science-based and effective action is a critical foundation for Alberta’s future health and prosperity. The Pembina Institute welcomes the broad scope of the consultation plan and the clear framing of the challenge outlined by the Minister. There are many solutions available to help Alberta cut carbon pollution and adopt cleaner energy options. We look forward to working with the panel and participating in the consultation sessions.”

Read more »

Posted August 14, 2015 by AEN

Canada lacks comprehensive strategy to support its growing clean energy sector: report

Without coordinated effort federally and provincially, Canada could lose a significant share of the global market for its clean energy technology

29 Jul 2015

VANCOUVER — A new report examining policies and programs that support growth and development of companies in the clean technology (cleantech) sector has uncovered significant shortcomings in Canada’s approach, and a lack of a clear policy framework federally and provincially.

The policy “report card” — authored by the Pembina Institute and commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) — examined three types of policy categories: those that support domestic deployment opportunities, those that encourage business growth and those that help companies access export opportunities. Read more »

Posted July 30, 2015 by AEN

Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

May 13 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Announcing EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants!

We are pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation. Read more »

Location

Knowledge Centre, 2nd Floor HSBC Building
10250 101 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 11, 2015 by AEN

Learning Session—EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

May 12 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Announcing EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants!

We are pleased to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver environmental grants to help support energy literate citizens with energy conserving lifestyles and a strong shift to active and public transportation. Read more »

Location

Stanley A. Milner Public Library
7 Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB

Posted May 11, 2015 by AEN

Solar Drinks

Mar 25 2015 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Solar Drinks is an opportunity to network, meet people in the solar industry and enjoy a meal or a drink before SESA seminars. Solar Drinks will take place in the back room at the classic Mercer Tavern (10363 104 St.) two blocks from MacEwan University's CN Theatre, the site of the seminars. Come enjoy some good conversation and nourishment before the seminar. Read more »

Location

Mercer Tavern
10363 104 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 10, 2015 by AEN

SESA Seminar: Net Zero Energy - Ready For Prime Time?

Mar 25 2015 - 7:00pm

Peter Amerongen, Habitat Studios

Free admission and refreshments - come early for good seating.

After years of pioneering and experimentation Net Zero Energy housing is ready for prime time. National Resources Canada’s R2000 Net Zero Energy Pilot is intended to demonstrate road ready solutions that will work anywhere in Canada, on any site, with readily available products and materials. Detailed tracking of these houses will also be used to support the development of a new Net Zero Energy certification being developed in conjunction with Canada’s new improved Energuide Rating System. Of the 13 projects across Canada, Habitat Studio’s McKernan project in Edmonton will be most northerly and the first completed.

Veteran net zero energy builder, Peter Amerongen, will discuss the solutions that will be part of our carbon neutral future: An optimized blend of integrated design, near Passive House levels of conservation, heat pumps and renewable energy generation. Besides discussing the rational and implications of these measures, he will also present examples of their being applied to larger buildings. Read more »

Location

CN Theatre Rm 5-142
MacEwan University City Centre Campus (105 Street Building)
Edmonton, AB

Posted March 10, 2015 by AEN

Pembina reacts to Alberta government’s extension of climate change regulations

19 Dec 2014

CALGARY — Chris Severson-Baker, managing director of the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to the Government of Alberta’s announcement that its climate change regulations are being extended: Read more »

Posted December 19, 2014 by AEN

Solar Systems in Alberta: A Forum of System Owners

Nov 26 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Alberta farmers, city dwellers and cabin owners are installing solar systems. Come hear four solar system owners discuss their experience of living with solar.  How are these systems performing in Alberta? Read more »

Location

CN Theatre, Room 5-142
MacEwan University City Centre Campus
Edmonton, AB

Posted November 14, 2014 by AEN

Phasing Out Coal — A Healthy Decision

Sep 30 2014 - 8:30am - 11:30am

Coal-fired plants make people sick and die, particularly children and those with chronic illnesses, and they cost society huge amounts of money desperately needed for other purposes.
—Dr Alan Lockwood, MD, The Silent Epidemic, MIT, 2012

The majority of Alberta's electricity is generated by coal fired plants (Alberta Energy, 2012). The research is now clear that burning coal comes with substantial human health costs. In Alberta alone coal contributes to over 100 fatalities and more than 4,000 asthma symptom days every year (Alberta study here). What are the impacts of coal on human health? How can Alberta include health issues related to burning coal in its energy strategy? Read more »

Location

MacHall A (lower level)
MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary (2500 University Drive NW)
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Posted September 24, 2014 by AEN

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