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Alberta Municipalities - Transitioning to a Low Carbon Future


Description: Alberta municipalities are leaders among the nation in transitioning to a low carbon future and greater energy efficiency. Moderated by Simon Knight, this panel of senior administrative officials from municipalities across Alberta will address questions about what this future will look like, how they're approaching the climate change challenge, and the innovative actions they're already implementing to create low carbon communities.



Simon Knight

President and CEO

Simon has worked in the environmental field in a variety of capacities in Alberta over 30 years.  His breadth of experience extends to strategic and operational planning, policy and program development to deliver proven, measurable success. As one of the original architects of C3, he helped establish a unique model for program delivery in an effective, less costly manner.  His work in creating C3’s green office resulted in the first Western Canadian office to receive EcoLogo certification. Simon has led in the creation of several new organizations, including Net Zero Energy Home Coalition, Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, among others.  His passion for making Alberta a model of energy efficiency and sustainability is evident in both his career and volunteer pursuits.  Simon divides his time between the Edmonton and Calgary offices of C3.







Peter Vana

General Manager of Development Services
Parkland County

Peter Vana is General Manager of Development Services for Parkland County. The Development Services Division is comprised of the Environmental Services and Community Sustainability portfolio, Intelligent Communities initiative, Planning and Development Services Department, and Economic Development and Tourism Services Department. Mr. Vana currently oversees a number of program initiatives related to climate change and community sustainability.

For the past decade, Mr. Vana has worked with members of the development industry, other levels of government, and non-governmental agencies to pioneer the concept and developments using the SuN (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods) Living: developing neighbourhoods with a one planet footprint model; and development and use of community district energy for the Centre In The Park urban village development utilizing alternative energy sources.








Chief Commissioner, Strathcona County



City Manager, City of Edmonton



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Lowering the world’s greenhouse gas emissions is not an easy task, but with the right minds in the right place, it can be done.

Held in Edmonton, Alta., the Zero 2014 Conference will address the goal of lowering our carbon impact by bringing together policy and clean-technology leaders from around the world. This three day conference will also feature presentations from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Grand Challenge Round 1 Finalists.

CCEMC: A Global Responsibility


Join us today by viewing our livestream at 1:30pm.


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