EcoCity Edmonton Community Grants – Renewable

EcoCity Edmonton Community Grants - Renewable

this is rocky and her community is building something pretty cool Rocky is a retired doctor who lives in a neighborhood tucked in the river valley of Edmonton with such close ties to the natural environment her neighborhood wanted to turn a beloved community center into kind of symbol for sustainability only trouble is those kinds of projects are freaky we are going to talk to rocky about how people can embrace sustainability on a community level and the resources that are available to help those people fund that transformation here unruhe newell is actually out here one day watching a kid throwing rocks on to the system I think the kid was a little bit frustrated that nothing broke so yeah I'm not afraid of hail in fact if I do get afraid of the hail I'll just come under the fasoulas II bow and consider myself sheltered so yeah so my name is rocky furrow and I'm here under the Riverdale solar gazebo I am a pretty much 100% retired physician I think I was pretty frustrated as position treating chronic illness and and seeing people 101 so I think one of the fun things for me is using sort of my medical perspective to try to connect environmental health to human health rocky spoke to us about this idea that change real change tends to start at a community level that's why she became part of her neighborhoods Community League and started taking part in increasingly lofty goals surrounding sustainability when the Riverdale League that certain neighborhood reached out to an environment a lot of company to learn what kind of projects they could take on any ideas felt interesting if not a little bit basic until the idea of the solar gazebo Keeneland so this sword gazebo is part of finishing up the work of making Riverdale halt operations carbon-neutral so the gazebo will achieve that and and right now it's kind of in its ugly duckling phase like it's it's operational it's functional and there's a lot of beauty in that functionality so we can power up community hall events we had Canada Day here we had chief Calvin Bruno here powered up out of the gazebo there's also a rain collection system so that eventually we can put a gutter along the back of this gazebo and then collect water for the community garden the gazebo is a community hub that provides shade powers the buildings nearby and collects water for the community garden it's one of many projects taking place all over the city as community members are taking action in using available resources one of those resources is the Eco City Edmonton brand it offers up to $50,000 for projects that take on issues of clean energy generation or active transportation energy efficiency and climate change education nonprofit organizations schools and faith groups can apply for an eco City grants to fund projects that help us transition to a low-carbon economy to get their community mobilized or even just education around environmental impact this sort of gazebo is something that any community could replicate like I've seen a lot of Community League grounds look for some shade and so they build shade structures why not just orient it in the right way and take advantage of the solar power you know get some free energy from the Sun and let it pay itself off over time my feeling is the city and the province are making it so easy right now to take action like Alberta Energy Efficiency program and all the tools that the city offers and right now the the Edmonton Federation of trini leagues has one person whose only job is to help leagues transition their energy to renewables and to help community members overcome any barriers to change like the change that everybody wants to make but maybe they just don't quite know how to do it so yeah her her job is to help anybody that wants to do anything sort of figure out how and the best way and what kind of supports are out there talking with rocky about sustainability is interesting as her career as a physician has this habit of bringing a real-world weight to these discussions of sustainability that otherwise can be a little abstract severe weather and air quality impact human health today not tomorrow that impact is felt hardest in vulnerable communities taking on projects like this like the solar gazebo brings those conversations into focus right here on the ground we wrapped up by asking rocky about how just talking to people on a community level and projects that spark that conversation can be the first step towards connecting the dots people don't connect environmental health and human health and yet there's many environmental determinants of health and sadly I think it's you know the medical community is on the learning curve as well but recognizing more and more the importance so you know they offer courses now on climate change and how heat affects the elderly and the vulnerable and in terms of environmental issues I mean it tends to be the elderly and the most vulnerable that suffer the most so if for me it's been a fun way to sort of start connecting the dots and realize that you know social justice environmental to health human health climate change finding the assets in our own community are all interrelated and that yeah getting away from the individualism of the past is an important thing to do in order to be healthy as a society and this season of renewable we are going to be looking at people engineers entrepreneurs thinkers and activists each with their own unique vision of a sustainable future in the heart of Canada's fossil fuel industry follow us at yank climate to find out what new episodes are coming out and don't forget to subscribe thanks for watching and we hope to have you back for the next episode of renewable you

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