April 27, 2015 - Edmonton – Just two days before Edmonton City Council is set to vote on its Energy Transition Plan, over 40 businesses and associations have penned an open letter to Council to signal their support.
“As a business owner, I am very concerned about issues such as climate change, public health and energy costs,” said Antonie Palmer with Sustainival Alberta.” I am pleased that after years of discussion Council has a plan in front of it that can address all three. We encourage City Council to pass the plan and begin working on its implementation plan.”
The Energy Transition plan is a broad framework for the City of Edmonton to develop policies that would transition Edmonton to a low carbon city by 2050. The plan follows years of discussion by city council ranging from The Way We Green to the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges.
“Edmonton has a great opportunity to become a world leader and reap the economic, environmental and health benefits that come with a transition to a low-carbon economy,” echoed Konrad Joseph with ReLumen Engineering Inc. “Edmonton shouldn’t be left behind while others move forward.”
“Edmonton City Council has been discussing this type of plan for years,” said Randall Benson from Gridworks Energy Group Inc. “Citizens and stakeholders have been extensively engaged and this will continue to take place as the plan moves forward but it’s time that Council stopped talking about acting and started doing it. Edmontonians are ready to move on renewables and we’d love some municipal guidance to do it.”
The plan outlines eleven strategic actions for the city to take. Wednesday’s vote will determine whether the plan can proceed and administrators can continue to work on its development. Action items would then be voted on by Council at a later date.
For more information please contact:
Konrad Joseph, ReLumen Engineering Inc at 780-966-8654
Randall Benson, Gridworks Energy Group Inc. at 780-868-6952
Antoine Palmer, Sustainival Alberta at 780-970-0763
April 27, 2015
Mayor Don Iveson and Members of Edmonton City Council,
RE: Community Energy Transition Strategy
Dear Mayor Iveson and Edmonton City Council,
The issues of protecting public health, acting on climate change, and working to lower energy costs could not be more pressing and we support and commend City Council in working to address them with the urgency they deserve.
To that end, we the undersigned wish to signal our support for the City of Edmonton’s proposed Energy Transition Strategy.
We urge councillors to support and pass the Strategy, and to instruct administrators to move quickly and ambitiously toward implementation.
- The Alder Room
- Boring Investments
- Canadian Engaged Buddhism Association
- Carbon Busters
- Carbon Conversations
- Earth Day Edmonton
- Earth’s General Store
- Edmonton Green Light Store
- Edmonton Small Press Association
10. Electric Vehicle Association of Alberta
11. Esengo Consulting
12. Genesis Permaculture
13. Get Cooking Edmonton
14. Glasswaters Foundation
15. Global Resource Efficiency Services (GRES)
16. Gold Forest Grains
17. Greenpeace Canada
20. Gridworks Energy Group Inc.
21. Keepers of the Athabasca
22. Keepers of the Water
23. Kim Tanasichuk Web & Graphic Design
24. Konscious Corp.
25. Louis Bull Tribe 439
26. Lucid Lifestyle
27. Mother Earth Action Cooperative
28. Music is a Weapon
29. NuEnergy Group of Companies
30. Public Interest Alberta
31. Raw Strategies
32. Remedy Café
33. Regional Environmental Action Committee
34. ReLumen Engineering Inc.
35. Salgado Fenwick
36. Solar Energy Society of Alberta
37. Sustainitech Inc.
38. Sustainival Alberta
39. The Office of Sarah
40. Theatre of the New Heart
41. Theatre YES
42. Unitarian Church of Edmonton Social Justice Committee
43. Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta
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