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  • Edmonton - winner! - Third-Annual Most Sustainable Cities in Canada Ranking

    Individual City Information: all scores out of 10

    "With the lowest unemployment rate of all cities and the second-lowest unemployment rate of immigrants, Edmonton (7.31) had our highest Economic Security score. The city wants to be an “innovation centre for value-added and green technologies and products”, and is measuring progress by the percentage of green collar jobs created. Edmonton is also the only city in our consideration set to have inclining block pricing on water (cost/L increases as more water is consumed) to encourage conservation.
    Opportunity to improve: Edmonton annually inventories its GHG emissions for the community and the city corporation, and it is finding that its annual emissions continue to increase."

    News Release:


  • #2
    That's excellent news. The article from the site (corporate knights)is revealing. No mention of our sister city to the south...
    Almost always open to debate...


    • #3
      Edmonton Tops Sustainable Cities Ranking

      January 29, 2009

      The City of Edmonton is the number one sustainable large city in Canada, according to the third-annual Corporate Knights Magazine Most Sustainable Cities in Canada list.

      “The City of Edmonton is proud of its environmental record, and pleased with this acknowledgement of our efforts. This is a significant accomplishment, of which all Edmontonians can be proud,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “Edmontonians are some of the most environmentally-conscious people in the world and the City continues to gain national and international recognition for our leading environmental practices.”

      The comprehensive ranking identifies Canadian cities whose practices leave the smallest environmental footprint possible and create a healthy, thriving population. A city’s sustainability is decided on five factors: ecological integrity, economic security, governance and empowerment, infrastructure and the built environment and social well-being.

      The Corporate Knights ranking noted in particular the City’s low unemployment rate, high economic security and inclining block pricing on water to encourage conservation.

      “We are leaders in environmental management, and our community embraces environmental consciousness,” says Mark Brostrom, Director with the City’s Office of the Environment and Energy. “We walk the talk, and demonstrate our leadership, and this is confirmation of our efforts.”

      This year Edmonton will also host ICLEI – the world congress on local environmental sustainability. “We are committed to continual improvement in making Edmonton an environmentally sustainable city,” added Brostrom. “People are coming from around the world to learn from us, and each other.”

      The Corporate Knights survey noted that the City of Edmonton could improve on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The City has a number of initiatives in place to achieve this.

      Edmonton annually inventories its GHG emissions for the community and the city corporation. Targets are in place to reduce GHG emissions by 20 percent by 2020 through the CO2RE program. Other efforts include residential and commercial outreach and education programs, the implementation of a new school program, energy efficiency home retrofit rebates and rebates for low income households.

      In 2007, Edmonton ranked 6th out of 23 Canadian cities. In 2008, The City ranked 6th out of 18 overall and 4th out of 5 among large cities.



      • #4
        “Sustainability” seems to be a past quite sensible and popular word and environmental concept that has itself lacked sustainability. I may be wrong but I don’t see it mentioned much anymore.

        Even here I wonder if this City ranking wasn’t sustainable, as I can’t find much in the way of recent rankings.

        2011, 2012, 2013:

        Sustainable Cities

        Maybe it’s now every 5-10 years?????

        And here too, as an aside: “Sustainaval”
        Cool idea!!!! However it had its funding cut - which of course adds challenges to its sustainability.

        “the world’s first green carnival” - in Ft McMurray !

        “The annual Sustainival carnival was in Fort McMurray between June 14 and 17 at MacDonald Island Park. Earlier this year, the future of “the world’s first green carnival” in Fort McMurray was uncertain after council withheld funding.

        But the carnival was still able to offer a variety of rides, food and games all fuelled by renewable energy.”...
        Last edited by KC; 29-06-2018, 08:20 AM.


        • #5
          Via the Corporate Knights link above, there’s quite a few interesting looking articles in the linked annual magazines.

          The PACE makers
          POSTED JUNE 13, 2013
          SPRING 2013 ISSUE
          Paying for energy-efficient retrofits is a major barrier, but some cities have figured out how to break through.
          Municipal lending

          It may come as a surprise to some, but a big part of the answer may lie with a creative financing approach pioneered in the 1990s in – of all places – the Yukon, a sparsely populated territory in northern Canada known for its mountains, caribou and salmon fishing.

          In the Yukon, as in other states and provinces, municipalities already used a financial tool called a local improvement charge, or LIC, to recover the cost of services that only benefit a certain neighbourhood – for example, new playground equipment in a park or a new sidewalk. The upfront cost, initially covered by the government, is typically divided across all property owners who are expected to directly benefit from the project. Those property owners then pay back the funds over 10, 15, even 20 years through an additional line item on their municipal property tax bills.

          The Yukon government decided in 1998 to use that same approach to fund on-site, off-grid renewable energy systems and eventually energy-efficiency retrofits for specific buildings. The twist is that the property owner alone would be responsible for repayment via a surcharge added to their annual property tax bill. The program proved quite effective.

          The idea, however, really didn’t catch on until several years later, when some Canadian environmental groups and, soon after, Berkeley and other progressive municipalities in California began to seriously consider LICs as a way to break through the funding barrier that was holding back the potential of energy efficiency. The first U.S. pilot programs emerged around 2007 under the name Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE.

          David Gabrielson, executive director of PACENow, a not-for-profit advocacy group for PACE programs, said this novel use of LICs in the U.S. began with a focus on the residential market. “In a way, the concept spread virally throughout the U.S.,” said Gabrielson, explaining that municipalities with climate action programs saw PACE as a way to drive a significant reduction in emissions. “It spread through 24 states in 24 months.”

          Officials found it attractive for a number of reasons. First, it wasn’t based on subsidies. Instead, municipalities would simply leverage their ability to borrow money (through a bond issue) at a low interest rate, then turn around and offer low-rate loans to property owners. Second, repayment of those loans (plus interest and perhaps a modest charge for administering the program) could be collected over 10 years or more through an existing billing mechanism already in place for property taxes. Third, if the property sold, the lien related to that loan would simply transfer to the new owner.

          If designed properly, the idea is that ...”

          The above us nothing new. Getting mom and dad to guarantee a loan or borrow and relend the money is an age old practice. It is a subsidy though. And often a transfer of risk. Who doesn’t like that (when they are the beneficiary)!

          Alberta has long done so too. Borrowing on behalf of lower ranked entities, who can’t borrow or can’t borrow as cheaply, and passing on the lower spread / basis point (bps) / interest savings to the crown corps, municipalities or whatever.
          Last edited by KC; 29-06-2018, 08:40 AM.