Webinar Series: Best Practices in Municipal Sustainability

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Federation of Canadian Municipalities 

Tue, 02/04/2020
How are cities and communities of all sizes tackling their environmental challenges? Find out from our new five-part webinar series on innovations and opportunities in municipal energy, waste, water, transportation and land use initiatives. You’ll hear from municipal champions who have successfully launched sustainability projects, and from Green Municipal Fund (GMF) advisors on how we can bring your projects to life.
 
In these five sessions you’ll learn about:
 
  • Best practices in managing innovative environmental projects
  • Leading solutions that provide social, economic and environmental benefits
  • Emerging trends in land use, waste and water
  • GMF funding opportunities for your sustainability initiative
The series will begin February 20, featuring a webinar every Thursday from 1:30­–2:30 p.m. ET. We encourage you to attend any sessions that are of interest.
 
More details on each individual webinar can be found below. Please note that they will be available in English only.
 
About the Green Municipal Fund
The Green Municipal Fund is a $1 billion program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and funded by the Government of Canada. Through its unique mix of training, resources and funding, GMF fuels local initiatives that build better lives for millions of Canadians while tackling pressing environmental and climate challenges.
 
1. From funding to feasibility: new possibilities in energy efficiency      
Thursday, February 20, 2020
1:30­–2:30 p.m. ET
 
Discover how GMF can support your energy efficiency initiative and take inspiration from Hamilton’s Ken Soble Tower Transformation—an innovative social housing transformation project that reduces GHG emissions through Passive House retrofit.
 
Speakers
 
Rachel Deslauriers, Manager, Programs Outreach, GMF, FCM
Sean Botham, Senior Development Project Manager, CityHousing Hamilton
Tom Hunter, CEO, CityHousing Hamilton
 
2. Financing sustainable transportation: how GMF can help
Thursday, February 27, 2020
1:30­–2:30 p.m. ET
 
Canadian communities are building clean transportation networks. Learn more about the Accelerate Kootenays electric vehicle charging network that facilitates connection in the region. Find out how you can use GMF funding to develop green transportation in your municipality.
 
Speakers
 
Patrick Kehoe, Advisor, Programs Outreach, GMF, FCM       
Megan Lohmann, Head of Community Energy Management, Community Energy Association
 
3. An integrated approach to sustainable land use management
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:30­–2:30 p.m. ET
 
Discover which high-impact practices can help your municipality use and manage land more sustainably and learn how Edmonton’s effort to integrate planning across divisions is moving them towards smarter, greener growth.           
 
Speakers
 
John Purkis, Director, Purkis Strategies
Ray Tomalty, Principal, Smart Cities Research Services
Kalen Anderson, Director, City Plan Office of the Chief Planner, City Planning, City of Edmonton
 
4. Transforming the waste sector
Thursday, March 12, 2020
1:30­–2:30 p.m. ET    
 
The Guelph-Wellington municipal partnership is set to become Canada’s first technology-enabled Circular Food Economy. Learn how that project and emerging sector trends are driving change in waste management.
 
Speakers
 
Laurie Giroux, Director and Business Owner, Giroux Environmental Consulting             
Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario
 
5. Advancing municipal water management             
Thursday, March 19, 2020
1:30­–2:30 p.m. ET           
 
Learn about the emerging trends in Canada’s water sector and explore ways you can shape your next project. Discover how Toronto is integrating technological and geo-digital solutions to support operations, improve efficiency, and leverage predictive data.
 
Speakers
 
Bernadette Conant, CEO, Canadian Water Network
William Shea, Director, Distribution & Collection, Toronto Water