SUNNY SIDE UP IN CRESTWOODCategory: 2015, Climate, Completed, EcoCity Edmonton, Grant
Crestwood Community League – established in 1917 – is the oldest continuously operating Community League in Edmonton, in Alberta, and, possibly North America. This is a reflection of the character and strength of it’s residents for almost 100 years to be leaders and volunteers in efforts to create a healthy, attractive, inclusive living milieu of which it’s residents can be proud.
The need for action on Climate Change is urgent, and Crestwood Community Leagues wishes to model proactive leadership and make the volunteer Community League more long-term financially stable and environmentally friendly.
The project will be the first phase of a two part process. This first stage will install solar panels on the Hall roof and provide half of the Community Leagues electrical needs. The Community League will generate half of its electrical energy from the sun, lessen annual utility costs, reduce dependence on high emission coal/gas fuels and model a working solar system for Crestwood and the broader community. The other major project objective is for the League to take a proactive leadership role in demonstrating to 1000 homes within Crestwood, where much infill housing is taking place, that solar power is an affordable, effective source of energy which must be broadly adopted for the sake of future collective health and well-being.