ACCELERATING URBAN CLIMATE SOLUTIONS IN CALGARY & EDMONTON

Alberta Ecotrust is a founding member of the Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) network, implemented in partnership among seven local centres across Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Funded by the Government of Canada, LC3 is part of a national investment in municipal climate action to accelerate urban climate solutions, and to meet Canada’s 2030 and 2050 carbon reduction targets.

As an LC3 centre, Alberta Ecotrust received a $43.4 million endowment to create the Climate Innovation Fund (CIF). CIF provides programming in Calgary and Edmonton, taking on a nimble, accelerator role, complementing and advancing the leadership work undertaken by the municipalities.

For additional information, please contact our team at [email protected].

 

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SUPPORTING URBAN CLIMATE ACTION

The Climate Innovation Fund targets the major urban greenhouse gas emissions sources in Calgary and Edmonton. We identify, invest in, and scale up solutions, covering a broad range of climate positive interventions. We know that achieving urban emissions reductions is not separate from ensuring an equitable and just future for all Albertans. We strive to solve multiple issues simultaneously and maximize co-benefits for our communities.

We support projects and organizations in alignment with the climate action plans in Calgary and Edmonton by focusing on three key areas:

  • – Building Better & Retrofitting Wiser
  • – Moving on Mobility
  • – Decarbonization & Renewable Energy

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

 

STRATEGIC PROJECTS & PROGRAMMING

We strive to educate, train, build capacity, and develop policy, while convening partnerships and amplifying the work of other climate programming in our communities.

GRANT PROGRAM

We fund local climate mitigation projects in Calgary and Edmonton, covering a diverse range of activities, from technology demonstration to collective impact and policy advancement.

DIRECT INVESTMENT

Our Direct Investment arm focuses on financing, credit enhancement, and impact investing.

 

RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

  • Lorraine Becker, Advisor, Enernext
  • Thomas Holloway, Business Strategist, Genus Capital and Professor, Faculty of Finance, University of Calgary
  • Paul Godman, Director of Investments, Alberta Enterprise Corporation
  • Jana Hanova, Director, Evok Innovations
  • Naheed Gilani, Founder, Conscious Wealth and Senior Analyst, Client Relations, Alberta Investment Management Corporation
  • Sandy McPherson, Chief Investment Officer, City of Edmonton
  • Thor Jensen, Head of Research, Energy Transition Fund Mandate, Ayrshire Group and Chief Financial Officer, Green Metrics
  • Irene Herremans, Professor, University of Calgary
  • Jeremy Klein, Senior Finance Manager, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

 

 

EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEES

 

EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE CALGARY

  • Peter Demong, Councillor, City of Calgary
  • Kyle Fawcett, CEO, SunAlta
  • Chris Severson-Baker, Regional Director, Pembina Institute
  • Matt Grace, Managing Principal, Integral
  • Jason Switzer, Executive Director, ACTia
  • Afure Onekpe, Director, Business Development, MICONE Consulting Inc.
  • Aida Nciri, Manager Policy and Research, Quest
  • Monica Curtis, CEO, former Energy Efficiency Alberta
  • Megan Zimmerman, Director, Business Development, Calgary Economic Development
  • Rebecca Fiissel Schaefer, Principal, RFS Energy Consulting

EXECUTIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE EDMONTON

  • Michael Walters, Councillor, City of Edmonton
  • Ron Minks, COO, Enoch Nation
  • Yasmin Abraham, Co-Founder, Kambo Energy Group and Vice President, Empower Me
  • Bob Savage, VP and former ADM Env., Emissions Reduction Alberta
  • Aatif Baskanderi, Executive Director, Start-up Edmonton/Innovate Edmonton
  • Trina Innes, Executive Director, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre
  • Derek Hollman, Senior Engineering, EPCOR
  • Tanya Doran, VP Sustainable Buildings, Stantec
  • Shafraaz Kaba, CEO, Ask For A Better World

 

LOW CARBON CITIES CANADA

The Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) initiative supports cities and communities in reaching their carbon emissions reduction potential while improving public health and local economy. The initiative takes proven low-carbon solutions to full-scale adoption in partnership with cities and communities with funding to demonstrate, de-risk and scale up local solutions to climate change.

LC3 is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and a network of seven city centres, including Vancouver and Lower Mainland, Edmonton, Calgary, the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Ottawa, the Montreal Metropolitan Community and the Halifax region, and is funded by the Government of Canada.