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.

A Healthy Environment and A Healthy Economy

| 2020 | Report

It is Canada’s strengthened climate plan to create jobs and support people, communities and the planet. “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy” is a plan that achieves both environmental goals and economic hopes: clean air, clean water and long-term secure jobs.

Impact Report 2020

| 2021 | Report

We work with Alberta communities to reduce operating costs, improve community health, advance climate resiliency, and adopt and act on plans to respond to climate change.

Since 2009, the Action Centre has helped Alberta municipalities, school authorities, non-profits and community organizations achieve their cost and greenhouse gas reduction goals. 2020 was challenging on so many fronts but, through it all, the Action Centre’s programs and services continued to support Alberta communities with projects that saved money, lowered emissions, and supported local job creation.

See economic and environmental benefits our program participants have achieved in our Impact Report 2020.

Alberta Funding Guide

| 2021 | Guide

This guide provides information about funding programs for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects available to municipalities in Alberta.

Published by: Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and Community Energy Association

Bringing new life to older arenas with energy-efficient retrofits

| 2020 | Presentation, Video, Webinar

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre discussed how to implement energy efficiency projects at arenas on a tight budget.

We talked about:

  • Exemplary energy efficient arenas from across Canada,
  • Exemplary energy efficient arenas in Alberta,
  • Low-cost or no-cost energy-efficient projects that can be implemented in arenas,
  • Projects that have resulted in energy and cost savings,
  • Funding available for municipalities to implement these energy efficiency measures.

Our guest panelists:

  • Michelle Gairdner, Manager, Energy Management & Environmental Services for the City of Grande Prairie
  • Emily Plihal, Climate Change Coordinator for the Village of Donnelly & Town of Falher
  • Brad Anderson, Facility Manager for the City of Airdrie

Talking it through: Guide for local government staff on climate adaptation

| 2020 | Guide

The guide provides information on:

  • Climate change and the local, place-based impacts on built, natural and social systems
  • Why local planning and action is needed to adapt and ensure resiliency
  • Two key approaches to adaptation: planning-based and operations-based
  • Adaptation measures taken by local governments across Canada
  • Contextual differences between urban, rural and remote, and northern communities
  • Indigenous perspectives on adaptation

Talking it Through: Guide for Local Government Staff on Climate Adaptation

| 2020 | Guide

This resource from Federation of Canadian Municipalities was created to help municipal staff talk to decision-makers and elected officials about adapting to the local impacts of climate change. It can help you understand your community’s context, identify your most effective climate action allies, plan the content of your conversations, and navigate those discussions with knowledge and skill.

Community Generation Guidebook and Toolkit

| 2020 | Guide, Tool

Decentralized Energy Canada’s Community Energy Guidebook and Toolkit are your online tools that support communities navigating community generation projects. From ideation to operations, these resources are designed to support your unique needs and provide the necessary tools to mitigate risks. Embark on your journey to integrate efficient and cost-effective energy into your community by downloading the Guidebook and Toolkit today.

Energy Efficiency Alberta Education and Research Archive

| 2020 | Website

University of Alberta’s records page for Energy Efficiency Alberta (EEA). EEA was a government agency in operation from January 2017 to September 2020. Its mandate was: to raise awareness among energy consumers of energy use and the associated economic and environmental consequences; to promote, design, and deliver programs and carry out other activities related to energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the development of micro-generation and small-scale energy systems in Alberta, and to promote the development of an energy efficiency services industry.