Dick Ebersohn is The City of Calgary’s Climate Change and Environment Manager. His work on climate change includes the development and implementation of a climate program for Calgary. The program provides strategic oversight and direction for climate change policy, planning and programming. Dick also played leadership roles in imagineCalgary, Planning and Transportation plans and waste diversion policies and programs in Calgary.

In the past 23 years Dick studied and worked in the fields of Sustainability, Urban Planning and Local Environmental Management in South Africa, Sweden and Canada. He worked on housing projects, land development, transportation, energy, public engagement, sustainable development, waste and recycling, environmental management and gender equality.

Dick studied Sustainable Development and has a Bachelors in Anthropology as well as a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning.



Low Carbon Cities Canada: Accelerating Action to Reduce Emissions in Calgary and Edmonton

Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) is a new network of seven local centres supported by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Alberta Ecotrust, in partnership with The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton, will operate local LC3 Centres in both Calgary and Edmonton to identify, invest in, and scale up carbon reduction solutions.

Modeled on The Atmospheric Fund in Toronto, the LC3 approach provides the capacity, capital, and risk tolerance necessary to remove barriers to the adoption of new technologies, policies, and financial tools that can significantly reduce urban carbon emissions. The funds will be invested and support local programs on a revolving basis – generating ongoing revenues for grants, projects and operations. Initial projects in Alberta will focus on deep energy retrofits in the commercial and residential sector, and local deployment of renewable energy. Positioned in alignment with, but outside of, local government will allow LC3 centres to take on a nimble, accelerator role that complements and advances leadership work undertaken by municipalities.

In this session, learn about how The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton are taking action to address climate change, and how these new LC3 Centres will work with many stakeholders to work collaboratively to design climate solutions that create many valuable local benefits.

This presentation is co-hosted with Robyn Webb, Senior Environmental Project Manager at the City of Edmonton and Rod Ruff, Program Director at Alberta Ecotrust Foundation.


Look for this presentation in the Thursday Afternoon program at 1:30 pm. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of this United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:

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