“My feeling is the City and Province are making it so easy to take action. Right now the Edmonton Federation of Community 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; the change everyone wants to make but they don’t know how,” says Rocky.
We found it interesting that chatting with Rocky expanded and pushed our scope and understanding of what we thought of as a community. Yes, a community can be akin to a neighbourhood, but when the focus is a little broader, for example when a community is about like-minded people coming together, you realize that a network of people who are passionate about bringing people together is just as palpable as one based on geography. A community of communities, all building cool things for their neighbourhoods, all sharing ideas with each other.
“This solar gazebo is something any community can replicate. I’ve seen a lot of community grounds look for shade, so they build shade structures. Why not just orient it the right way and take advantage of the solar power?” says Rocky, sitting in the shade of the gazebo as construction rumbles nearby. “Get some free energy from the sun and let it pay itself off over time.”
Check out this episode of Renewable. To learn more about EcoCity Edmonton Grants, visit albertaecotrust.com/ecocityedmonton.