EcoCity Edmonton Grant Recipients Make Their Debut During Canadian Environment Week
The first week in June marks Canadian Environment Week, a time to encourage awareness and action for the protection and preservation of our environment.
In that spirit, we’d like to introduce you to the recipients of the City of Edmonton’s 2018 EcoCity Edmonton grants with support from Alberta Ecotrust and the Edmonton Community Foundation!
EcoCity Edmonton grants exist to help support the City of Edmonton’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 35 per cent by 2035. Edmontonians have an important role in reducing our contribution to climate change and preparing locally for future climactic changes and events. These grants invest in citizen-led urban solutions to climate change and are available to nonprofits, community leagues, schools and charities.
Check out the 2018 grant recipients, and be sure to click through their profiles to learn more about the people and organizations accelerating climate action in Alberta:
Energy Transition Acceleration Grants
Bissell Centre: Bissell Centre Solar
The Bissell Centre will install solar panels on the roof of their facility, which will provide green electricity to the rest of the building. This is part of a larger renovation project and build upon a recently completed LED conversion.
St. Paul’s Anglican Church: St. Paul’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Project
As part of an overall program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the church will install a 20 KW solar array on the roof of the parish facility. In addition to the solar array, the church will foster connections in their parish through outreach and education in the local community to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency, and air quality.
The proposed installation builds on a partnership with the Yellowhead Tribal Development Council Foundation that had their community building serve as a training site for a solar design course run for indigenous youth. Using a design developed by students in the course, this project will allow for further development of student skills in solar installation.
They will install a 72 kW solar system at Yellowhead Tribal College in Edmonton. This installation helps combine their current training programs with significant on-the-job experience that helps students develop industry-ready skills.
Community Climate Action Grants
The Sun-in-a-box is a portable, off-grid, solar power device integrated with a Raspberry Pi computer developed by University of Alberta Engineering students for the specific purpose of increasing awareness, participation and knowledge in solar technology as a sustainable energy source.
Through the “Thingery” model, the ETL will reduce emissions by distributing access to tools and information throughout the city. Increasing citizen awareness of the ETL will reduce emissions by minimizing the need for tool purchases and therefore manufacturing.
Women Building Futures: Preparing Edmonton’s Diverse, High Quality Solar Energy Workforce
This project involves the delivery of the WBF Electrical and Solar Panel Basics Training, a five-week classroom and skills development program designed to help women prepare for and succeed as an entry-level electrician in the construction industry with a special interest in solar panel installation.
The Kid’s World of Energy (KWE) Classroom program’s dynamic sessions use our unique demonstration wind turbines and solar panels to help teachers meet Alberta Science curriculum while providing real experiences with renewable energy. The program consists of half or full day sessions, linked to curriculum in grades 4-6.
S.H.A.P.E. (Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere) Society: Stepping Toward a Greener Tomorrow
Stepping Toward a Greener Tomorrow proposes to work with four schools in the greater Edmonton area as sites for school active transport planning, with long-term strategies to scale to additional schools. The project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve safety in schools zones, increase physical activity, and foster climate literacy through curriculum delivery.
Wondering how you can get involved in accelerating climate action in the province? Connect with us. We would love to share what we do with you, and the amazing environmental work we support across Alberta.
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And, if you’re just looking for a way to support environmental work, June is a great time for charitable giving. Through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, a national public contest running from June 1 to June 30, every $1 donation enters Alberta Ecotrust to win $10,000 to engage new and diverse audiences through our new Alberta Climate Connect program – a province-wide network of organizations and citizens dedicated to increasing climate literacy and action in the province.