Learning Centre

Welcome to the Learning Centre! A one-stop-hub of information, resources and data to help Alberta municipalities plan and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. Access information on energy efficiency, renewable energy, community generation and more.

Database of Municipal Climate Adaptation Plans

| 2023 | Tool

The Database of Municipal Climate Adaptation Plans brings together all publicly available municipal climate adaptation and resilience plans and climate risk and vulnerability assessments that have been developed by municipalities in Alberta.

Use this resource to learn about the variety of approaches to climate adaptation planning underway in Alberta. Use these as opportunities to connect with peer and neighbouring municipalities who are advancing climate adaptation in their communities.

No-Cost and Low-Cost Energy Management Opportunities

| 2023

Energy-efficient practices and technologies can reduce energy consumption, lower costs, and lighten your municipality’s environmental impact. And while some new technologies are major investments, many low-cost measures have big impacts. Some measures cost nothing more than the effort it takes to re-configure systems or change the way things are done.

Help your municipality reduce its energy consumption at minimal cost. Browse this list of low-cost and no-cost measures for ideas that can be adapted to meet your specific needs and goals.

Enabling Community Renewable Energy Development Through Aggregation

| 2023

The Action Centre and Pembina Institute present original research, based on expert analysis, surveys and interviews with respondents from three dozen Alberta municipalities, providing:

  • A summary of Alberta communities’ views on renewable energy procurement
  • An overview of Alberta’s renewable energy boom
  • Example mechanisms for enabling community renewables 
  • Recommendations for advancing community renewables in Alberta’s market

We encourage anyone with an interest in energy affordability, local climate action, renewable energy and rural sustainability to download and read the report.

Zero Emission Vehicles Awareness Initiative Webinars

| 2023

Over three short presentations, gain a solid understanding of the benefits to Canada moving toward Zero Emission Vehicles including electric cars and trucks. Understand the environmental benefits, dispel misinformation, and grasp the opportunities of fostering homegrown manufacturing of EV parts, including batteries.

This series is delivered by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and presented by ECO Canada. It is part of the Government of Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicles Awareness Initiative.

Indigenous Climate Resilience Resource Hub

| 2022

Browse this resource to discover climate action initiatives, resources and funding sources. Learn about climate adaptation and resilience while starting conversations and building relationships within and among communities, including municipalities and Indigenous communities.

All listed resources and initiatives are either available nationally or within Alberta, homelands to:

  • First Nations outlined in Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8
  • Aseniwuche Winewak Nation
  • Non-Status Indigenous Nations/Communities
  • Métis Settlements established by the Métis Settlements Act
  • Métis Nation of Alberta
  • Self-governing Métis Nations/Communities

Foothills County: Clear Priority, Solid Savings

| 2022 | Case Study

Foothills County surpassed its goal, achieving a 15% annual GHG reduction by clearly prioritizing energy conservation measures. With a Municipal Energy Manager implementing the prioritized plan, the county is now saving $84,000 per year.

Brazeau County: B.M.S S.O.S.

| 2022

In Brazeau County’s most energy-intensive municipal building, the Municipal Energy Manager found a way to lower heating & cooling during unoccupied hours, weekends, and holidays. In the end, this reduced air handler energy consumption by 68%.

EV Fleets Knowledge Hub

A roadmap to get you from A to EV.

Whether you’re worried about the volatile cost of gas and diesel, are looking to get your business on the road to zero emissions, or just want to upgrade your skills around electric vehicle fleets, now is the time. And it’s 100% free to sign up.

Edson Wastewater Treatment Plant

| 2022 | Case Study

Working within regulatory constraints and process requirements, the Town of Edson implemented a range of cost-free measures in its Wastewater Treatment Plant that will save over $14,500 per year.

Climate Change Adaptation Resource Pathways (ARPs) via NRCan

Climate change adaptation is an expansive and booming area of work. Natural Resources Canada has produced Adaptation Resource Pathways (ARPs) specific to nature-based solutions, infrastructure, land use, and more, to help guide practitioners as they navigate these complex regions of work.