Rio Terrace Community League – a great place for family and community!
This is the slogan for the West Edmonton Community League, but what happens to Community Leagues when they have to deal with an aging community hall and infrastructure that needs replacement?
Rio Terrace Community League was able to use this situation to identify sustainable opportunities that will continue to make their community a great place. Lance Burns, President of Rio Terrace Community League happily shares that “we have people willing to work together for the benefit of others."
Rio Terrace knew that they needed to replace equipment in the hall that was near its end of life and they saw this as an opportunity to create long term efficiency for the hall as well as support the league’s financial health.
By attending the Green Leagues Energy 101 workshops, the Community League was able to find out about what energy efficiency, solar, and funding opportunities were available to them. Using four funding sources, the Community League was able to start on their sustainability plan.
Getting an energy audit done, by Generate Energy, allowed for several energy conversation measures to be identified and prioritized. Energy efficiency upgrades like weatherization of doors, new high-efficiency furnaces, programmable thermostats, and a tankless hot water heater increased the building envelope and thermal comfort for community members. Lighting upgrades like interior LED lighting and new LED rink and tennis court lights reduced the electricity consumption and energy bills for the hall.