Public Panel Event and Leadership Training
What is the EcoHack-a-city Initiative?
Municipalities are in a unique position to make real strides in the fight for a more sustainable future.
The EcoHack-a-City initiative is designed to strengthen the ties among stakeholders who can support this ecological transition! This fresh and inspiring series of events combines both:
• A virtual public panel event that invites the members of the public to learn about local environmental issues concerning municipalities; and
• An online learning-by-doing training program that brings together municipal actors and representatives from business and civic society to find original solutions to an environmental challenge experienced by our cities.
Six cities across Canada already agreed to host EcoHack-a-City events in 2021.
The City of Halifax hosted an event on May 17, 2022 to discuss the challenges and solutions related to the theme: Climate Resiliency Retrofits for Residential Buildings.
Are you a project lead or program manager working for a municipality, a business or a NGO and are looking to take part in the training?
Are you a citizen interested in environmental issues, especially those concerning municipalities?
Discover solutions from past events
Each regional event explores creative solutions to challenges related to a different environmental theme.
Click on the blue links to discover them!
Exploring Small Scale Green Energy Solutions, Moncton (New Brunswick)
Accelerating the Transition to Electric Vehicles, Ottawa (Ontario)
Rethinking the role of the local street of the future, Laval (Quebec)
Towards a Zero Waste Industrial Sector, District and City of North Vancouver (British Columbia)
Getting to Net Zero, Calgary (Alberta)
“The EcoHack-a-City initiative organized by Earth Day Canada in partnership with the City of Moncton was a success. Participants were able to generate ideas and potential solutions to help advance small scale green energy solutions locally and regionally. It is essential that we continue working together to identify and implement innovative solutions to address greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.”
Elaine Aucoin – Director of Environmental Planning and Management, City of Moncton
“The EcoHack Moncton design thinking training was a wonderful opportunity to connect with folks from different fields and backgrounds. We were able to collaborate and identify opportunities for action, sharing our knowledge and resources to tackle pressing issues. While I’m from Nova Scotia, I was able to share my perspectives working for a small rural municipality and gain new ideas to address similar problems we’re facing here in New Glasgow!”
Rachel Mitchell – Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Town of New Glasgow
“The EcoHack-a-City program was a fantastic way to learn more about electric vehicles, and to generate ideas and solutions for how we can grow EVs and charging infrastructure in Canadian cities. The design thinking training provided an opportunity to learn new skills for how to view and approach problems. I thought the program was excellently led by Earth Canada and facilitators.”
Stewart Slaymaker – Senior Program Manager, Point A
“Having the opportunity to work with like-minded stakeholders for the EcoHack-a-City program to solve a collective problem helped get good ideas on the table. Having stakeholders from various backgrounds and with differing levels of experience helped ensure that there was a diversity of viewpoints to address the challenge. The discussion around what should be prioritized as items that we could collectively take action upon helped set us up for working together once we had completed the training. The Design Thinking Training helped to keep things moving forward instead of discussing various ideas at length without coming up with a solution. The overall experience of the EcoHack-a-City program was an important part in kick-starting our municipal action on climate mitigation.”
Mitchell House – Vehicle Electrification Project Manager, City of Ottawa
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