Rod Ruff is the Program Director at Alberta Ecotrust Foundation. In his role he is responsible for managing the Foundation’s suite of charitable programs which fund nonprofit environmental projects, strengthen the ability of the voluntary sector to affect positive environmental change, and promote the environment as the foundation of a healthy community.

A champion of the nonprofit sector, Rod has led the teams that delivered Mapping What Matters, a social network analysis and organizational capacity assessment of more than 160 environmental NGOs in Alberta, and Project Blue Thumb, Canada’s first social innovation lab aimed at addressing water quality issues.

When he isn’t at work, or spending time with his wife and daughter, you can find him nestled in a book, fly fishing in the Bow River, or hunting in the prairies near his hometown of Medicine Hat.



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 Dick Ebersohn, Manager of the City of Calgary’s Climate Program and Robyn Webb, Senior Environmental Project Manager at the City of Edmonton.


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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