Pembina’s Sustainable Communities Group is a not-for-profit consultancy with a mission to help communities advance sustainable energy solutions that work.
We work to help identify sustainability goals and then to create plans and practical steps to achieve them. Services include climate action plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy policy design, renewable energy assessments, and energy and sustainability planning.
Mayor Mike Bernier of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, talks with Pembina's Josha MacNab about Dawson Creek's work with Pembina on energy efficiency and climate change.
Our Work With Communities
We've had the privilege of working with communities on amazing projects, including the very first carbon wedge report for a city, and community energy plans for more than 60 communities across Canada. We've also helped create greenhouse gas reduction plans and award-winning sustainability actions.
Our team has worked with municipalities, Aboriginal communities and policy makers across Canada including: Abbotsford, Bowen Island, Calgary, Dawson Creek, Delta, Hartley Bay, Kyuquot, Medicine Hat, Quinault, Smithers, and West Moberley.
Green Building Leaders – 12 B.C. Communities working together
A little more than 12 per cent of B.C.'s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings. This initiative brings progressive communities together to create innovative policies and ideas to work collaboratively with developers, home owners, real estate agents, contrators, utilities, non-government organizations and governments.
- 12 B.C. communities working together to push the envelope on green building practices
- six discussion papers published so far
- Phase 2 involves policy and program design
- See for yourself: GreenBuildingLeaders.ca
Calgary – Community Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
In a very exciting project, we are working with the City of Calgary on a greenhouse gas reduction plan designed to help them reduce climate emissions 20 per cent by 2020 and 80 per cent by 2050. The project is looking at the provincial electricity grid, energy efficiency and landuse and transportation planning. The carbon wedge highlights the the biggest opportunities to strategically reduce emissions in Calgary.
- First carbon wedge report for a Canadian city
- Over 100 pages of detailed references
- New community GHG plan coming in 2011
West Moberly First Nations – Energy Plan
The West Moberly First Nations — a community whose backyard is criss-crossed by conventional energy development — is leading the way on green energy solutions. Last year, West Moberly completed a Community Energy Plan outlining how the community could reduce its energy use through conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy opportunities.
West Moberly was one of the first First Nations communities in British Columbia to participate in the Community Action on Energy and Emissions program, and the first to be awarded the honour of "Solar Community" by SolarBC. To learn more read the fact sheet West Moberly First Nations: Walking the Talk.
Dawson Creek – Award Winning Sustainability
- Vehicle purchasing policy
- Efficiency audits and retrofits
- Solar hot water installations
- City-wide solar potential
- Community energy plan
We are currently assisting the community with the design of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. When the plan is complete, Dawson Creek residents and municipal leaders will have a shared vision for a sustainable future that includes sustainability targets, strategies, an implementation process and a system for monitoring progress towards their vision. Visit planningforpeople.ca to learn more.
Medicine Hat – Hat Smart conservation program
We are now working with Medicine Hat on their award winning Smart Hat Energy Conservation program that uses incentives to involving both residential and commercial sector buildings in energy conservation.
- Strategies for energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy in the residential and commercial sectors
- Evaluation of the Hat Smart incentive and outreach program
Visit Hat Smart here
Gitga'at First Nation – Energy Plan
The Pembina Institute also completed a Community Energy Plan for the Gitga'at First Nation in Hartley Bay. The project included:
- a baseline energy assessment,
- an energy demand forecast,
- a survey of household energy use,
- stream flow monitoring, and
- a pre-feasibility study for small-scale hydro options.
The Gitga'at First Nation is implementing the plan's recommendations and has begun construction of a mini-hydro system which will replace diesel generators as the community's primary source of electricity. Shifting to clean, renewable hydro power will save the community money over time while also significantly reducing air pollution and the environmental risks associated with diesel fuel spills
Cool Tool Workshops – B.C. Communities Go Carbon Neutral
You've signed the Climate Action Charter, now get your rebate!
To date, 176 local governments in British Columbia have signed the province's Climate Action Charter, pledging to become carbon neutral by 2012. The governments that have signed the charter are eligible to receive an annual 100% carbon tax rebate.
The Cool Tool was designed by the Pembina Institute to help British Columbia municipalities become carbon neutral by 2012 and claim their annual carbon tax rebates. The Cool Tool can help municipalities save money by completing the greenhouse gas inventory and action plan needed to claim the carbon tax rebate, by eliminating the need for costly consultants, and by reducing energy bills.
Pembina Green Communities Webinar Series
Our sustainable communities consultants occasionally host webinars to share the latest ideas and thinking on sustainable communities. Check out our archive of webinars on our Green Communities Webinar page.