2021 is here! TAKE JANUARY BACK with the Calgary Climate Hub!

Nobody'll blame you for binge-watching American politics the next few days but remember: when January 20th comes & goes the Hub's got YOUR PERFECT PALATE CLEANSE. Take January back with POSITIVE, IMPACTFUL climate action. We're gonna have fun doing it & YOU can too!

 

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TAKE ACTION: Sign our letter to get ENMAX to net-zero!

The shift to electrifying our homes and vehicles has already started, but what about the sources of our electricity? 

We need to act now to make sure our city-owned utility moves away from adding more GHG emissions to the atmosphere. 

It's time to ask ENMAX to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050. 

The Hub is asking for your help. Will you add your name to our open letter to ENMAX? 

Let's work together to ensure a brighter future.

Here's our full letter:

Dear Mr. O’Connor and ENMAX Board of Directors,

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CCH Budget Recommendations Have Been Presented. What Now?

Today, the Hub and Sustainable Calgary bombarded council with five separate, but interconnected presentations, filled to the brim with budget recommendations. Let's apply the climate lens to our future investments, grow sustainably, and reduce inequity in revenue generation.

While the presentations really couldn't have gone better, the decisions are now in council's hands. However, that doesn't mean that our involvement needs to end. Keep reading to find out how you can help sway council's decisions.

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The Hubs Thoughts on the Recommended City Budget

The time has finally come! Next week, City Council will begin deliberations on the budget adjustments proposed by City Administration earlier this month. What did we find when our team dug through these recommendations? Keep reading to find out.

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Calgary City Council Rejects Urban Sprawl

A heartfelt thank you to all of our Hub members and fellow Calgarians who fought to make their voices heard over the past few weeks. Late in the evening of November 3rd, Calgary City Council voted unanimously to accept City Administration's recommendation to reject the development of 11 new communities.

 

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Stop the Sprawl - Part 3: Update

Southeast Stoney Trail Overpass Government of Alberta

On Monday, October 19, the Priorities and Finance Committee heard 11 business cases for new development around the edges of Calgary that would add nearly 13,000 single or semi-detached homes and almost 7,000 multi-family dwellings. They heard that approving these developments would add $23 million in annual costs for the city, equivalent to a 1.5 per cent tax increase for every Calgarian.

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Stop the Sprawl, Part 2: How to Speak to Council

On October 19th, we are asking our members to speak to City Council to request that the City Council not approve the business cases for 11 new communities. Taking action on the climate crisis means investing in existing communities to create a more compact, resilient city, not wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on suburbs that aren't needed. To find out more about this issue, read our previous blog post and The City's explainer.

 

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Stop the Sprawl! Say 'No' to new communities on Oct 19

Michael Soron, Flikr Creative Commons

On Monday, October 19, City Council faces a decision about the kind of city we want, when some developers will ask Council to approve more subdivisions on the periphery of our city. Developers are submitting 11 business cases, which will result in work beginning in nine subdivisions, and add two new subdivisions to land available for development.

Image credit: Michael Soron, Flikr Creative Commons

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City Budget 2020: What You Should Know

Graphic with headline "City Budget 2020: Funding the city we want to live in." Illustration shows two heads circling a dollar sign, and a photograph of a hand writing numbers on a pad of paper next to a calculator.

If you think budgets are boring, think again. Budgets are where we discover what we truly value as a community. What services are cut, and which programs are kept? Do we spend money on building roads and pipes to new suburbs, or do we invest in transit-oriented development? It's exciting times at City Hall as Council prepares to adjust the budget in November. Here's what you should know. Next week, we'll look at what the Hub is suggesting.

If you would like to help out, contact volunteer@calgaryclimatehub.ca

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Climate Week 2020

Calgary skyline obscured by smoke with headline Clearly, we need to act and climate week 2020 logo depicting flames coming out of the globe

Bob Hawkesworth photo

This week, September 21-25, is Climate Week. With smoke choking Calgary last week, what better time to demand action?

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