Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy & Climate Challenges

ABCD, in partnership with the City of Edmonton and the Centre for Public Involvement, held the Citizens’ Panel on Edmonton’s Energy and Climate Challenges.

From October to December, 2012, 56 Edmontonians gathered to learn about climate change and energy vulnerability from balanced materials and presentations. The Panel worked together over six day-long sessions. The Session Reports give a day-by-day overview of main deliberation activities.

Panelists heard from City representatives, industry, and university experts, and took part in facilitated exercises to help them find common ground. Sessions referred to Edmonton’s Energy Transition Discussion Paper to help develop recommendations for the City’s consideration.

The Panel’s Final Report was completed in January 2013 and was presented to City Council’s Executive Committee on April 15th, 2013. See a recording of the meeting (Agenda item 6.8) here.

Media Coverage To Date

March 31 – Panel is mentioned in this article, by Sheila Pratt, Edmonton Journal
April 12 – “Citizen panel tackles city’s energy challenges“, UAlbertaNews Staff
April 12 – “Citizens’ Panel on energy to present to city council“, Faculty of Arts News
April 14 – “Citizens’ Panel wants less reliance on fossil fuels“, by Elise Stolte, Edmonton Journal
April 15 – Coverage of the April 15th news conference, CTV News Edmonton
April 16 – “Citizens panel suggests way for Edmonton to fight climate change“, by Ryan Tumilty, Metro Edmonton
April 16 – “Energy and Climate Citizen Panel“, by Don Iveson, Edmonton City Councillor, Ward 10
April 16 – “An Energetic Crowd“, UofA Faculty of Extension News
April 17 – “Citizens’ panel sets the stage for ambitious climate and energy plan“, by Ian Moore, The Wanderer
April 23 – Project Director, David Kahane is interviewed on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti
April 23 – “Folkelig klimakutt i oljeland“, by Magnus Jocobsen, Vårt Land (Oslo, Norway)
April 29 – Office of Environment Program Manager, Jim Andrais is interviewed on Edmonton This Week with Wade Sorken

Ongoing Research

ABCD researchers were on site at each session to collect information from the Panelists using interview, survey, journalling, and observational research methods. We will continue to monitor the impact of the Citizens’ Final Report as it makes its way through City Administration and Council.

Additional information can be found on The City of Edmonton’s Citizens’ Panel webpage.