The Charlottetown Initiative on the Maritimes’ Sustainable Energy Transition took place on February 18 & 19, 2016. The Initiative provided an avenue for sustainable energy and climate thought-leaders from each of the Maritime provinces to contemplate the regional implications of, and opportunities offered by, recent UN climate negotiations in Paris, and the election of a federal government committed to a new model of climate action in Canada.
The Initiative brought together 33 individuals representing the business, academic, and civil society communities of Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
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Garth Hood, Certified Passive House Consultant, Thoughtful Dwellings
Jimmy Therrien, Executive Director, The Gaia Project
Dale Prest, Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Specialist
Paul Cunningham, CEO, Energy Systems and Design
Wayne Groszko, President, Community Energy Cooperative of New Brunswick
Catherine Abreu, Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
Gina Patterson, Director, Clean Foundation
Stephen Thomas, Community Wind Developer & Climate Change Organizer
Meinhard Doelle, Director, Marine & Environmental Law Institute; Professor of Law & Associate Dean, Research. Dalhousie University
Anders Hayden, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University
Scott Skinner, VP Atlantic Operations & Business Development, Summerhill
Dr. Monika Dutt
James Thomson, P. Eng., Resilient Design
Brian Gifford, Representative, Affordable Energy Coalition
Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer,The Council of Canadians
Gretchen Fitzgerald, Sierra Club Canada, Atlantic Canada Chapter
Prince Edward Island:
Eliza Knockwood, Inherent Mi’kmaq Treaty Holder
Matthew McCarville, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Jordan McPhee, Owner, Maple Bloom Farm
Darren Blanchard, C.E.O., Creative Solar Solutions Inc.
Ramona Doyle, Sustainability Officer, City of Charlottetown
Greg Gaudet, P.Eng., Director of Municipal Services, City of Summerside
Darcie Lanthier, Green Economy Network
Tracey Allen, Renewable Energy PEI
Phil Ferraro, Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd.
Tony Reddin, Clean Energy Policy Campaigner
Anna Keenan, Climate & Energy Campaigner
Environmental Coalition of PEI (ECO PEI)
Steve Howard, Renewable Lifestyles Ltd
Together, we aimed to:
- seek opportunities to build on successful climate change prevention and mitigation efforts implemented in the region in the last decade
- find the incentives required to take action that has yet to be initiated
- identify barriers to continued progress in the region
- contribute to positive national momentum on climate action and sustainable energy development
- lay the foundation for long-term communications between meeting attendees and ongoing regional collaboration - and engagement with regional governments - on climate/sustainable energy objectives.
Participants agreed to continue to work together through an informal network that will share resources and seek opportunities to support the ongoing transition to a sustainable energy economy in the Maritimes.
As a network, we hold that the Maritimes’ energy transition must satisfy the social, environmental and financial dimensions of sustainability. As such, we consider it important that as we build a 100% renewable energy system in the coming decades, we do so in a way that strengthens our local communities and First Nations by providing opportunities for local jobs and community ownership, and by addressing energy poverty and impacts of industrial transitions on workers.