Editor’s Note: Today we continue a series of video stories about City of Edmonton employees. In their own words. But, first, just a few more of ours. Together, the 14,000 people who work for the City help to imagine, construct, maintain, operate, and animate this place called Edmonton—where we have all decided to build, together, the value of our lives.
This is our story. This is the story of the Greenhouse Gas Management Team
Climate change has emerged as the next unprecedented social, economic and environmental challenge facing society today. Scientific evidence shows that Earth’s climate is changing, with the primary cause being the surge in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from human activity.
In response to this challenge, countries and cities around the world are setting targets and developing plans to reduce their GHG emissions. This is where the City of Edmonton’s GHG Management Team fits in.
The team is a group of employees dedicated to ensuring sustainability and climate change mitigation is being integrated in every department.
“Whether it’s fire rescue, libraries, rec centres, or our urban planning and transit policies; they all need to work together to respond to this huge challenge of climate change mitigation,” says Jenny Hong, Senior Project Manager for Economic and Environmental Sustainability.
The team has already shown their strengths. The City of Edmonton has demonstrated their commitment to seek deep carbon retrofits during project planning and completion; a new fire station was directed to be constructed as net zero, and a typical glass replacement in the Edmonton Convention Centre will be amplified by replacing the glass with integrated solar PV panels.
Daryle Tilroe, General Supervisor of Integrated Infrastructure Services, says “Because we’re a group that has several different disciplines, it fosters an internal attitude of integration and consultation. All of the key stakeholders bring their past initiatives to the table to help inform where we can go and where we can improve at the next iteration of the GHG Management Implementation Plan.”
“There’s nothing like walking into a room with people who want to do the work you want to do. Everyone’s on board and ready to go. We’ve gotten through that piece of realizing how important GHG management is and now it’s all about making it happen,” says Andrea Linsky, Senior Environmental Project Manager for Energy Transition.
The Plan includes the rollout of City-owned building energy efficiency retrofits, solar installations, LED streetlights, and electric busses replacing diesel-powered busses.
“Actions in our communities have local and global impacts. If we take action now, we can reduce the impacts of climate change,” says Linsky