Edmonton is honoured and uniquely suited to host the CitiesIPCC Conference. It is a ‘city of learners’ that fundamentally believes in the need for risk-taking, innovation and collaboration.
Edmonton is the capital city of the province of Alberta and the fifth largest city in Canada with a population of almost one million people.
Edmonton is located in Treaty No. 6 territory, the traditional territory of Canada’s Indigenous and Métis people and is known to the Cree, one of Canada’s largest Indigenous groups, as amiskwacîwâskâhikanwe. We honor the history, language and culture that has shaped this land for thousands of years.
Located in the Canadian Prairie Ecozone, Edmonton has four distinct seasons with March having average daytime temperatures of 2 degrees celsius (36F) and nighttime lows of -7 degrees celsius (19F).
The award winning Shaw Conference Centre is a 150,000 square foot event facility overlooking our stunning river valley and has been awarded the “5 Green Keys” rating for sustainable operations. Situated in the city’s vibrant downtown core atop the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, the central location offers easy access to Edmonton’s major hotels, restaurants, theatre venues, river valley and shops.
Edmonton’s strategic plan, The Way We Green, contains a vision of the sustainable and resilient city we want to become. In 2015, City Council passed the Community Energy Transition Strategy which will lower Edmonton’s GHG emissions, diversify our energy mix and make our energy systems more resilient. A few recent projects that highlight Edmonton’s commitment to environmental sustainability include:
- Green Development: The Blatchford Lands, a former municipal airport, will be home to up to 30,000 people living and working in a sustainable community that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral, significantly reduces its ecological footprint, and empowers residents to pursue a range of sustainable lifestyle choices.
- Diversification of Energy Mix: Edmonton has adopted a policy requiring all new City buildings to be built to rigorous environmental sustainability standards (LEED© silver). As an example, a new solar power generating station for Queen Elizabeth Pool is expected to avoid 34 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission per year.
- Innovation in infrastructure: Ivor Dent Sports Park now incorporates a sustainable system that irrigates 24 sports fields through the reuse of stormwater. Recognizing the need for stronger water conservation efforts, the City is evaluating opportunities to incorporate low impact development in new and existing neighbourhoods.