Energy transition 101

Currently, our city is dependent on non-renewable energy (mainly coal for electricity, natural gas for heating, and gasoline and diesel for transportation fuel). While there is a movement towards energy reduction and a growing awareness of a need to transition into new energy sources, much more can be done  to actually move towards either action on a large scale.

Enter: Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy. The Strategy is a roadmap to help Edmonton become an energy-sustainable city. To accompany the introduction of the Transition Strategy, the City is hosting a one day event: Edmonton’s Community Energy Forum: Inspiring Sustainable Action in Your City.

Are you interested in climate change? What about renewable energy or sustainable transportation? Do you wonder how you can make a difference in your neighbourhood? If you answered yes to any of these questions then join us on November 14, 2015 at the forum.

The Community Energy Forum is an opportunity for all of us to learn about the past, present and future of energy in Edmonton. Everyone has a role in building a more sustainable future for Edmonton and because of this, the forum is accessible to people of all levels of understanding. Whether you’re making strides already or looking to get involved, the Community Energy Forum will have all the information you need to take that next step towards greening your life and your city.

The sessions will focus on local actions to reduce climate impacts and greenhouse gas emissions. You will leave with a clear understanding of the actions you can personally take to prepare for and mitigate climate change.

What do you know about the following renewable energy sources?

  • Solar
  • Geothermal
  • Wind
  • Biomass

One of the sessions will introduce and discuss these concepts and the positive impacts they can have on our environment.

Forum sessions will also feature discussions community leagues and non-profit organizations focusing on what you can do in your neighbourhood and who you can partner with to reduce the impacts of climate change locally. Ever connected energy transition to food consumption? One of the sessions is going to discuss the link between that unlikely pairing!

Not an expert on any of this stuff? It’s okay! The conference is open to all levels of understanding and sessions will be geared towards a broad range of participants from different age groups and understanding of the issues.

If you are interested and want to be inspired about building a more sustainable and green city, join us in November!

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 9am to 5pm
Where: Shaw Conference Centre
Cost: $20

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Alexa Steiner
Alexa Steiner is a Communications Technician in the Sustainable Development Department at the City of Edmonton
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