2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo

Thank you to everyone who joined us last November in Edmonton for the first-ever Greener Facilities Conference & Expo! The event worked to help Albertans better understand and address climate change and the associated cost-savings. 

ARPA is excited to follow-up on the successes from the inaugural Greener Facilities Conference & Expo last November, which was supported by the Community Environment Action Grant program. The 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will be held on November 14th & 15th at the Edmonton Inn. Overall, the two-day event attracted over 120 delegates, speakers and exhibitors.

You can now view and download the 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Program! 

2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Onsite Guide

Getting to Zero Carbon - Free for Registrants of the Greener Facilities Conference & Expo

Please join the CaGBC Alberta Chapter for a dinner on November 15th in Edmonton and a presentation and introduction to the CaGBC Investor Confidence Project (ICP) as well as an overview of the Zero Carbon Building Program. This presentation will also discuss how to accelerate retrofits in the Alberta marketplace.

This is an industry engagement event hosted by the CaGBC Alberta Chapter in partnership with the Greener Facilities Conference 

When: November 15th, 3:30 - 6:30pm 
Where: Edmonton Inn and Conference Center
Register Here *Includes Dinner
Discount Code: ABPartnerGFC 

This event is free if you are attending the Greener Facilities Conference 

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Program  
The buildings of the future will be zero carbon. Learn about the CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Standard and how it aims to shift the discussion from 'energy efficiency' to 'carbon' as the new metric of performance. Zero Carbon represents the next cycle of innovation in green building, continuing Canada's global leadership in taking tangible steps towards reducing carbon emissions from buildings. This presentation will feature Adam Stoker, Sustainability Consultant, University of Calgary.

The Investor Confidence Project and Investor read Energy Efficiency (IREE) Certification 
The  Pan-Canadian Framework n Clean Growth and Climate Change highlighted how retrofitting existing buildings will play a key role in reaching Canada's emission reduction targets. To accelerate these retrofits, MaRS, with support from the Province of Ontario, is partnering with the CaGBC and GBCI to help bring an innovation quality assurance mechanism to the Canadian Market.

By standardizing the ways in which energy efficiency projects are conceived, developed, measured and verified, the IREE certification is transforming how the market underwrites and invests in energy-saving building projects. To help introduce this tool to Canada, the ICP Early Adopters Program is enabling a limited number of projects to pursue energy efficiency retrofits using Canadian tailored ICP Protocols. The Early Adopters Program aims to:

1. Support participants in achieving the IREE certification,
2. Collect and analyze data on retrofit projects and the impact of the IREE certification on performance and financing,
3. Facilitate peer-to-peer learning opportunities for project teams, and
4. Showcase industry leadership via multiple platforms

This chapter event will be attended by design professionals within the Alberta green building industry including architects, engineers, project managers, property managers, and building owners.

The 2017 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo featured:

  • Educational sessions that addressed specific challenges associated with energy efficiency and reducing our ecological footprint.
  • A trade show targeting cutting-edge technologies that would allow facilities to enhance and deliver on their environmental goals.
  • Networking workshops and opportunities for sector professionals to share their best practices. 
  • Sessions presented by municipalities and organizations who have moved to energy efficient methods and their progressive solutions to tackle their challenges
  • Informational sessions on grants, funding cost-saving for organizations and municipalities.

Catch up on the event! View 2017 conference presentations.

The 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo will have a greater focus on municipal and NGO owned facilities such as recreational multiplexes, ice/curling rinks, swimming pools, outdoor park facilities, community halls and agricultural centers, etc. The Conference and Expo will educate Alberta-based facility managers and municipal staff on new technologies and innovations, share best practices in the sector, as well as link programs to assist with retrofits and energy efficiencies. Finally, the sessions will offer learning opportunities on funding options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in facilities and outdoor spaces.

Who will attend this Conference?

While this Conference targets the following listed below, we encourage sector professionals, volunteers and students from rural and urban regions to attend the 2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo.

  • Facility operators, managers and owners of municipal and NGO facilities
  • Municipal elected officials
  • Agricultural society members
  • Community league members

2018 Greener Facilities Conference & Expo Theme: Celebrating Our Successes!

This year’s Conference & Expo theme is "Celebrating Our Successes." with a special focus on case studies, renewable energies as well as facilities that are achieving green initiatives. Ultimately we aim to showcase successful collaborations and projects that will highlight practical tools for sector professionals.

Sample topics for 2018:

  • Case studies on renewable energy projects showcasing unique collaborations
  • Examples of regional planning and partnerships on green initiatives
  • Zero waste facilities
  • Green operations and events
  • Zero carbon projects
  • Health and wellness outcomes from a green perspective
  • Water and wastewater management – innovations, practices and concepts
  • Park and outdoor facilities – showcasing projects using innovative/green technologies
  • Vehicle fleet initiatives
  • How to market/sell your green facility or initiative to a board or council
  • Best practices in the sustainable management of buildings
  • Success and challenges from different kinds of renewable energy solutions
  • How to measure your greenhouse gas reductions and cost savings