Investing in an energy efficient Alberta

2016-11-02_10-27-22Improving energy efficiency reduces energy use and emissions, saves Albertans money, and makes our homes and buildings more comfortable. Investing in energy efficiency programs creates good jobs in many sectors, including skilled trades, construction, retail sales, professional services and manufacturing.

As part of the Climate Leadership Plan, the government established Energy Efficiency Alberta. This public agency will deliver energy efficiency and community energy system programs for homes, businesses and communities in Alberta. Funding for the agency and its programs will be provided by revenues received from the carbon levy.

Energy Efficiency Alberta is developing three initial programs, which will be ready for delivery in spring 2017. Initial programs include the following:

  • Direct Install Residential Program – direct, no-charge installation of low-cost energy efficiency products to residences – items such as lighting, low-flow water fixtures, insulation and weather stripping for doors and windows.
  • Residential Consumer Products Program – point of sale rebates to residential customers at retail outlets with products such as energy efficient lighting, insulation and appliances.
  • Business, Non-Profit and Institutional Rebate Program – incentives for high-efficiency products and installation of electric and gas based products such as energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems and hot water systems.

These programs were chosen as a starting point because of their accessibility to all Albertans, ease and speed of implementation, cost-effectiveness, and potential for emissions reductions. These are the first programs the agency is looking at establishing, and details will be determined as they are developed. More programs will also be considered as the agency ramps up operations.

Basic information about Energy Efficiency Alberta is available at www.energyefficiency.alberta.ca. This website is always being updated, so check back often for the latest information.

Pining for recovery

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Ancient limber pine tree

When most people think about species at risk in Alberta, wildlife like bull trout, caribou, or burrowing owls probably come to mind. What people usually forget is that Alberta has many plant species at risk too – mostly in the prairies. Alberta has two endangered tree species: whitebark pine and limber pine. Both of these species grow in the Rocky Mountains and limber pine also grows in the adjacent foothills, so working with these endangered species always involves spectacular scenery, starring these gnarled spreading trees, and hiking or helicopter access. Continue reading

New Cast Members Needed

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Help tip the scales of knowledge! It’s never too early (or late) to assist young visitors in identifying their catch.

Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity this year? Bow Habitat Station is currently recruiting to their team of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers!

As a volunteer, you play a key role in supporting programs and initiatives at Bow Habitat Station that reach over 100,000 visitors each year. Whether it’s getting your feet wet in search of invertebrates in the Interpretive Wetland, helping a new angler learn to cast at the Trout Pond, or leading fish trivia with visitors in the Discovery Centre – there’s a little something for everyone!

Best of all, no prior knowledge of fish or fishing is required – we’ll do the training to ensure you’re set up for success! Of course, it is an added bonus for us when we can learn from you too.

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Rules for safe, responsible hunting

This blog series is targeted towards first time hunters and focuses on safe and sustainable hunting in Alberta. Check out a list of all the topics in the series here. This is the fourth article in the series.

It’s extremely important to follow safe practices and procedures while hunting. While on a hunt, conditions can change rapidly and good safety practices can mean the difference between life and death. Make sure you’re prepared and have educated yourself before heading out.

Firearm safety

The federal Firearms Act governs the use of firearms in Canada. Individuals wishing to acquire non-restricted firearms must take the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and pass the tests, or challenge and pass the CFSC tests. All hunters should be aware of federal laws surrounding the acquisition, possession, transportation and use of weapons and ammunition. Visit the Canadian Firearms Centre to learn more. Practice shooting and using a firearm will help you become both a more accurate and safe hunter. Continue reading

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Wendy D

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

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Wendy’s husband and their three dogs – Coulee, Lacey and Summit – love nothing more than to spend summer weekends hiking and camping. With their 70’s era trailer that they have affectionately named “Nugget” literally in tow, they have had  several Alberta Parks adventures. Continue reading

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Kimberly O

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

Kimberly O
kkkkkkkKimberly is a life-long Albertan who is happily married and mother to a 3-year-old son and two Pomeranian chihuahuas. Childhood summers were spent fishing, exploring lakes and enjoying campsites in Northern Alberta with family – these experiences are something that Kimberly wants to pass on to her son. Continue reading

Navigating the Paperwork

This blog series is targeted towards first time hunters and focuses on safe and sustainable hunting in Alberta. Check out a list of all the topics in the series here. This is the third article in the series, and focuses on wildlife certificates, licences, tags and the draw system.

huntingNow that you have:

  1. Educated yourself on Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) and determined where you want to hunt;
  2. Determined your eligibility to hunt in Alberta by reading the Regulations;
  3. Acquired a Wildlife Identification Number (WIN) card; and
  4. Completed an Alberta Conservation and Hunter Education Course, or; have previously held a licence authorizing recreational hunting in Alberta or another jurisdiction.

It’s time to discuss three important pieces of paperwork:

  • Wildlife certificates
  • Licences
  • Tags

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Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Emily B

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

Emily B

emily-bEmily has called the community of Lac La Biche home for five years and has grown to love what the community and surrounding area has to offer! Throughout the years of living in Lac La Biche, she has ventured and explored the two local Alberta Parks; Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park and Lakeland Provincial Park. Continue reading

Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Chelsea S

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

Chelsea S

chelsea-profile-photoChelsea is a firefighter, guide, photographer and writer who calls Kananaskis Country, Alberta home. Her love of canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUPing), hiking, fishing, camping and coffee made over a campfire fire are a huge part of what keeps her living life to the fullest and experiencing all it has to offer.

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Meet Our Alberta Parks Ambassadors – Lacey D

Alberta Parks Ambassadors are united by a common passion for all things Alberta Parks and a desire to share their experiences. This spring, 130 people applied to take part in the Ambassador Program and from those applicants 13 were chosen to bring their adventures to life for everyone to enjoy and to inspire people to have their own Alberta Parks experience.

Through this 13 part blog series, we will introduce your Alberta Parks Ambassadors and share what they’ve been up to this summer.

Lacey D

llllllllllllLacey was born in a small town in northern Alberta and grew up in an even smaller town where the crop covered prairies and the deep forest met. Lacey has a deep passion for nature and the outdoors and spend as much time there as possible. Some of her favorite activities include water sports,mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, nature photography and camping. Together with her boyfriend, Lacey loves going on adventures to new places and spending time connecting in the wild. Continue reading