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Collaboration is the Fuel to Power Alberta’s Energy Transition

Over a dozen EFL fellows took to the stage and shared their vision to repurpose Alberta’s existing assets and retain its reputation as a global energy leader. From our numerous retired well sites, to our unemployed workforce, our diverse communities, even our carbon waste; the possibilities to reclaim, retrain, reunite, and reengineer left the audience undeniably energized and eager to engage.

Press Release: Oil and gas executives working with cleantech and renewable energy entrepreneurs, environmentalists and other unlikely allies

Innovating Alberta's Energy Future Showcase explores ways Alberta will lead the transition to a low carbon future

CALGARY, April 11, 2017 /CNW/ - A diverse group of innovators and influencers will take the stage April 19 to share their ideas and work to help shape Alberta's energy future. Presenters will include oil and gas executives working on innovations to dramatically reduce emissions in energy production, a First Nations leader helping bring renewable energy to his community, and an Albertan entrepreneur who is a semi-finalist in the global Carbon XPrize competition to find technologies to turn CO2 emissions into valuable products.

Fast-Tracking Clean Growth - An update from The Low Carbon Partnership

By Elizabeth, Mike, David, and Brent

It’s been a busy six months for The Low Carbon Partnership, and we wanted to update you on our progress.

As you may recall, we came together last spring to help Canadian businesses drive clean growth, reduce carbon emissions, and foster a prosperous, green, and healthy future.

We knew that companies and communities across the country need help cutting emissions, and we wanted to equip them with resources, expertise, and tools to innovate and compete.

Bridging the divide

By President & CEO, David Hughes and Chief Innovation Officer, Chad Park

Divided in the face of incredible challenges

You’ve been hearing about it for weeks, if not months. At the end of 2016, we find ourselves in a highly polarized, “post-truth” world. Forget about working together; based on what the media is telling us, people aren't even interested in hearing what the ‘other side’ has to say.

We are also closing the hottest year on record. NASA was able to lock this in as early as October. 2016 beat the previous record set by 2015 and that means that 16 of the 17 hottest years on record have been this century.

Sustainability Leaders. Bold Thinkers.

Introducing the IMPACT! Alumni named to the 30 Under 30 in Sustainability list

From aspiring astronauts to entrepreneurs, young leaders across Canada are making an impact in their communities. The most prodigious of these leaders have been selected by Corporate Knights magazine as the top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability. Astoundingly, eight of these individuals are alumni of the IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Leadership Program.

Chad Park on Finding our Future, Together at TEDxYYC

Think Outside the Silo: How New Collaborations Will Smooth Canada’s Path to a Low Carbon Economy

By Brent Gilmour, David Hughes, Mike Morrice, Elizabeth Sheehan

It won’t exactly be a sleepy summer for many of Canada’s bureaucrats and policy makers, as federal and provincial officials roll up their sleeves to hammer out the nation’s first national climate change strategy.

Working groups are cranking away on conference calls, parliamentarians are hosting town hall meetings, and Environment and Climate Change minister Catherine McKenna has invited citizens to pitch ideas via her team’s Let’s Talk Climate Action web portal—and thousands have already done so.

A Message from Chad Park, Executive Director:

Well, this is it. My last newsletter address to you as Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada.

When I stepped into the role almost five years ago, I don’t think I could have imagined we’d be where we are today, both as an organization and as a broader sustainability movement. When we launched “The Next Natural Step” almost four years ago, we knew that the movement needed more system-level interventions. We knew that the organization had a great opportunity to build from its core strength of translating sustainability knowledge and science into meaning and purpose for people and organizations and to put this strength in service of the important work of fostering transformative collaboration.

But I don’t think we expected this.

Quarterly Update from the Natural Capital Lab

It’s been a busy few months since we last updated you on the Natural Capital Lab. Over the past three months, we’ve ramped up our stakeholder outreach and confirmed the NCL Leadership Team. Throughout this process, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many interested parties, with one group after the other emphasizing their unequivocal support for a collaborative approach towards making Canada’s natural assets visible in our economic system.

As we gear up to launch the second phase of this exciting initiative, we are pleased to announce two new additions to the Natural Capital Lab Leadership Team. The Team will be leading the Lab into Phase Two as we engage with, and invite experts working on natural capital to join two workstreams targeting the private sector, municipalities and provincial/federal governments.

Planting seeds and growing ideas


The following blog post was written by Abigail Hann, an IMPACT! Youth Sustainability Training alumna.

I didn’t know how much one weekend could change my life until I attended the 2014 IMPACT! Training in Guelph. Being surrounded by so many passionate young people left me feeling inspired, but also a little inadequate. They were already accomplishing so much in and beyond their own communities, and what was I doing?

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