Public Panel Event and Leadership Training
What is the EcoHack-a-city Initiative?
The EcoHack-a-city Initiative, organized with the support of the TD Ready Commitment, is a fresh and inspiring series of 5 events being offered across different regions of Canada. This event series 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.
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!
5 Regions, 5 Themes
Each regional event, designed in collaboration with diverses “host” municipalities, addresses a different environmental theme and explores creative solutions to related challenges. Click on the blue links to discover solutions from past events.
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, North Vancouver (British Columbia)
Getting to Net Zero, Calgary (Alberta)
You are a project lead or program manager working for a municipality, a business or a non-governmental organization and are looking to take part in the training?
You are a citizen interested in environmental issues, especially those concerning municipalities?
“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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