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Dec 22, 2016

Is Medicine Hat a Leader in Renewable Energy?

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In the Business Section of today's Medicine Hat News Tracy Stroud wrote: "Is Medicine Hat the next Fort McMurray for renewable energy? A discussion on energy diversification in our region will be the focus of the SE Alberta Energy Diversification Symposium (SEEDS) on March 2 and 3 at the Medicine Hat College. Click here for more information.

Leadership in Sustainable Development was the topic of my graduate research in 2011. Click here to download the report. The team’s vision, to be a learning team that co-creates innovative, healthy and complete communities resulted in many innovations including developing a Business Model, Business Plans and Policies that united Council’s vision of Land & Properties with that of the community and industry (local chapters of Urban Development Institute, Canadian Builders Association and Chamber of Commerce).

Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects that ensued included: project management of the Carbon Credit Project for all City Departments; developing project management capacity for implementing ISO 14001; project management for the first design build affordable housing project in Medicine Hat; project sponsorship and management for first LEED certified affordable housing project in Medicine Hat; development of a “made in Medicine Hat” Community Health Index; Southlands 6C Photo Voltaic Study and Green Lot Sale; conducting a LEED ND analysis for all future subdivisions; and building a compressed natural gas (CNG) station.

The Land & Properties Department has been featured as a best practices land developer and team at the Urban Development Institute Alberta Conference 2012, Canada Green Building Council Alberta Conference 2012, Alberta Professional Planners Institute Conference 2012, Abbotsford Agri-Energy Forum 2013, Ecocity World Summit 2013, Royal Roads University Society of Leadership Conference 2013, Medicine Hat Building Communities That Create Health 2014, and Bard MBA in Sustainability 2014.

Imagine if these types of strategies were adopted across our region. As discussed in my research, a starting point is beginning with the end in mind and co-creating a shared vision for sustainable development that includes renewable energy in Medicine Hat and its surrounding area. The upcoming SE Alberta Energy Diversification Symposium will be a great venue for starting this dialogue.