It seems like a lifetime ago, but in March 2018, the City of Edmonton hosted the inaugural Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, attracting over 800 scientists, researchers and policy-makers to our city.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a body of the United Nations that regularly assesses the science of climate change. The IPCC had recognized that climate science was primarily global in nature, yet the majority of the world’s population is urban. Cities need local data in order to support their climate action and decision-making.
After the close of the conference, Edmonton created the CitiesIPCC Legacy Research Grant program to support research that would aid Edmonton in its science-based climate-related decisions for both mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as to help the City to adapt to a changing climate. Edmonton has been working with Alberta Ecotrust to oversee the grant program.
The 2020 grant recipients are researching tele-work policies, the urban heat island effect and the creation of neighbourhood level climate action strategies. Their research results will be available in a year or so.
Research conducted by the 2019 grant recipients was interrupted by the onset of Covid-19, but research teams did share their findings to date at two Ideas Talks hosted by Alberta Ecotrust in the fall of 2020. Video recordings of these presentations are now available for viewing. The final research reports will be available soon.