Climate change affects everyone. Luckily, there are 1 million of us in Edmonton who can make a change. Meet the everyday Edmontonians, businesses and organizations actively Changing for Climate. Every action counts and gets us closer to our goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Going All Electric: A Family’s Journey
"For me, driving an EV (electric vehicle) is a choice. We know that when we use it, we're having less of an impact on the environment. And that's important to me, it's important to our family."
Howaida and her husband Tim made a choice to commute more sustainably. Learn more about their family’s experience on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Going all electric: a family’s journey.
Transforming Alberta’s Electricity Grid to Net-Zero
"What we're going through is an actual [energy] transition, not just Capital Power, but the energy industry in total."
Brian Vaasjo is leading Capital Power to a greener future - where coal-fired electricity is a way of the past. Learn more about where your electricity comes from on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Transforming Alberta’s energy grid to net-zero.
Do It Yourself: Home Energy Efficiency
"As you go through the whole process of making your house more efficient, more sustainable and more comfortable, the interesting side effect is that you want to make it more sustainable and more comfortable, and you want to get closer to net zero. It's a little challenge that you give to yourself!"
Darcy and Darren started their home retrofit journey over 20 years ago, and they have remained committed to doing it themselves. Learn more about their pathway to near net zero on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Do-it-yourself: home energy efficiency.
Solar City: A Renewable Energy Boom
“Individual homeowners are a part of it and they are really [shaping] the culture that feeds into this solar boom we're having. So, even as one neighbour gets solar, the next one — it's a ripple effect!”
Did you know that you can produce your own renewable energy, right at home? Heather McKenzie did just that and made an effort to run appliances only when the sun was shining. Learn more about the power of the sun on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Solar city: a renewable energy boom.
Rigs to Renewables
“I switched to this career in renewables because it’s something that’s really moving forward quickly. And it’s something that I can be proud of, something that my kids can be proud of me for doing, and this renewables - it’s a freight train. It’s not going to be stopped and I wanted to get on board.”
Lewis Lix spent years working on the rig and dealt with shutdown after shutdown. To support his growing family, he made a choice to change careers. Learn more about his career journey on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Rigs to renewables.
Métis Nation of Alberta Climate Action
“Climate change is one of the biggest issues of our time. They recognize that it affects their Métis way of life, but they also understand that there is a huge space for us to take action on it. We want to act on climate change by producing clean energy.”
The Métis Nation of Alberta is taking action on climate change to help preserve Métis culture and traditions. Learn more about some of their climate initiatives on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Métis Nation of Alberta Climate Action Plan.
Climate Ready Home: Save Money, Reduce Emissions
“The emissions from buildings make up about one-third of the City’s total emissions. The idea behind this trailer is to provide a real tangible example of what people can do in their own homes to reduce their energy consumption and ultimately their emissions.”
Did you know that you can reduce emissions and save money by following 4 simple steps to get your home to net zero emissions? Learn more about where to start your home retrofit project on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Climate-ready home: reduce emissions, save money.
Climate Ready Home: Adapt to the Impacts
“A really exciting way that we can impact the climate in a positive way, increase our comfort and reduce emissions is [through] landscaping.”
“When you look at how we use energy in our society, about eighty percent of the energy is liquid or gaseous fuels. We need hydrogen to decarbonize that whole section of the energy pie.”
Greg Caldwell and Laura Pysyk are engineers working on ATCO’s hydrogen blending project to decarbonize home heating. Learn more about hydrogen’s place in fuelling a zero-emission future on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Hydrogen’s role in a zero-emissions future.
Retrofitting a 1953 Bungalow to Net-Zero
“I realized we needed about four hair dryers to heat the house at minus 30.”
Jesse and Jena Tufts bought an older home in a mature central Edmonton neighbourhood. The location was perfect, but the house needed work. Learn how they retrofitted their existing home to net zero - for half the cost of an infill! For more, read the blog post: Retrofitting a 1953 bungalow to net-zero.
Community Leagues: the Roots of Climate Action
“One of the biggest benefits of having solar at our community league is that it reduces our operating costs. We essentially pay zero for electricity, and so we are able to put some of the money back into our programming.”
To Sarah Delano, fighting climate change is not just about big actions, but about all of the many things we can do to use local food, reduce emissions, and build community for a climate-resilient future. Learn more about how Parkdale Cromdale Community League is taking action on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Community league climate action.
Grace Village: Net-Zero on a Budget
“What would it look like if we went to net-zero ready? So we did a redesign: ground source heating, solar panels, all of our building envelope upgrades. So we decided to go ahead with the extra sustainable initiatives that would get us to net zero ready.”
Michaela Jones is an architect with the Salvation Army who played a role in designing the net-zero ready housing complex in north Edmonton. Learn more about how this project has been transformational for the Salvation Army on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Grace Village: net-zero on a budget.
Build Efficient, Retrofit Smart and Measure Energy Use
“So the next steps are really the incremental changes that we can make to just get better. The small changes over time compound to be quite large, and part of that is really looking at energy and data management.”
Jason Schuller is the Operations and Facilities Manager at Norquest College and has been tracking the campus’ energy use for the last several years. Learn more about how this helped Norquest find efficiencies and save on utility costs on this episode of Changing for Climate and read the blog post: Build efficient, retrofit smart and measure energy use.
Natural Solutions to Climate Change
“Trees have this amazing ability to pull carbon out of the air and store it in their trunk, as well as the soil, and the city has a climate action plan to reduce emissions by storing carbon in our forest.”
Did you know that you can contribute to Edmonton’s growing urban forest? In this episode of Changing for Climate, Joy Lakhan and Qiting Chen explain the City’s naturalization process, the benefits of tree planting, and how to get involved. For more, read the blog post: Natural solutions to climate change.
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