Meet the 2019 EcoCity Edmonton Grant Recipients
The EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program exists 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.
Meet the 2019 EcoCity Edmonton grant recipients, and be sure to click through their profiles to learn more about the people and organizations accelerating climate action in Edmonton.
Infrastructure Acceleration Grants
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation: Waheeba (Sun) Energy Project
This project will combine three solar PV installation projects at the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation west of Edmonton with community engagement and on-the-job training and work experience. The project will build on ongoing efforts to develop local expertise and capacity in the solar PV energy sector.
Jasper Place Wellness Centre: Food4Good Community Food Centre
Food4Good is working to build a Community Food Centre to alleviate some of the food insecurity experienced in one of the cities most vulnerable areas – the west end of Edmonton. In this area, household incomes are 2.5 times less than city averages, residents depend on food charity resources 3.5 times more than city averages, and compared to other Edmonton neighbourhoods, this area has higher rates of chronic disease & mental health issues.
La Cité Franco et la Résilience Climatique / La Cité: A Hub For Climate Resilience
Building on the community spirit and diversity of the Francophone community in Edmonton, La Cité francophone résiliente will empower Francophone participants and Anglophone Bonnie Doon neighbourhood residents of different ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to make localized energy infrastructure modifications to the world-renowned La Cité building.
Métis Urban Housing Corporation of Alberta Inc.: Furthering Climate Change Resilience Through Métis Housing Organizations
The Métis Urban Housing Corporation launched a Climate Change Action Plan to support citizens of the Métis Nation of Alberta to take climate action. Staff will participate in training courses to increase knowledge and awareness of energy efficiency, and share this knowledge with tenants and facility operators.
Community Action Grant
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies: South Asian Energy Mentor
This project will deliver important energy conservation and climate change messaging to South Asian newcomers to Edmonton, who to date have not been receiving this information. With the support of the EcoCity Edmonton grant, this project will overcome trust and language barriers by connecting to the community through community presentations, workshops, and individual home visits.
ALUS Canada: Upstream Resiliency Through Action On The Agricultural Landscape
The City of Edmonton sits on the North Saskatchewan River, within the North Saskatchewan River watershed, one of Alberta’s most populated watersheds. Through this project, farmers and ranchers in Leduc County and Parkland County will be engaged to establish 43 acres of natural infrastructure projects on marginal or environmentally-sensitive agricultural land. As the largest group of private landowners, farmers and ranchers are uniquely positioned to take wide-scale actions towards climate resiliency
Bike Edmonton Society: Explore Bike Edmonton Challenge
Bike Edmonton is engaged in helping more Edmontonians choose energy sustainable transportation. Bike Edmonton is about to launch the Explore Bike Edmonton Challenge which encourages Edmontonians to cycle more by providing incentives and resources that are needed for safer, more fun cycling experiences.
Iron & Earth: Edmonton Chapter Director and Development
The city of Edmonton is home to one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of skilled industrial tradespeople in Canada. Through the EcoCity Edmonton grant, Iron & Earth Edmonton will help create opportunities for, and support this constituency in their journey of establishing sustainable energy careers.
Learn more about the EcoCity Edmonton Grant Program, and keep an eye out for the next intake in early Spring 2020.