Centre for Sustainable Innovation to host 2016 GEDO event

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September 1, 2016
Lakeland College’s Centre for Sustainable Innovation (CSI) is once again opening its doors to the public on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 11 am to 4 pm as part of the Green Energy Doors Open Initiative
The CSI is one of more than 160 sites in Alberta and Ontario hosting an event from Sept. 9 to 11 in partnership with Decentralized Energy Canada (DEC) to raise awareness, understanding and support for sustainable energy.CSI Solar Panels

Reaching out to community groups in the area, including farmers, trades people and residents looking to take advantage of government incentives and programs, guests will learn more about research initiatives at the CSI. Tours of the Renewable Energy Learning Centre (RELC), a net-zero building that incorporates solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, micro wind and ground sourced heat pump systems, will also be available.

An exhibition is also planned that will include workshops with industry experts. Mike Hittinger, a specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, will discuss the Alberta Government’s on-farm energy management and the on-farm solar photovoltaics program. Klaas Rodenburg will discuss green buildings and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

“I am excited to have both Mike and Klaas as speakers at the event. Being well established in their respective fields, they will be able to provide accredited insight as to how we can continue to lead the way to making Alberta a sustainable energy province,” says Ben Sey, dean of energy and environmental sciences at Lakeland.

Afterwards, Rob Baron, program head of Lakeland’s renewable energy and conservation (REC) program, will discuss if solar photovoltaics are cost effective based on research at the RELC. An information session on Lakeland’s certificate and diploma programs in renewable energy will follow.

“Because the RELC incorporates many of the popular renewable energy technologies on one site, it is an efficient opportunity to see and learn about the variety of renewable technologies. If anyone has ever been curious about them, this is the place to come,” says Baron.

A few vendors will also be on site showcasing services and energy efficient products. The Centre for Sustainable Innovation is located north of Highway 16 on Range Road 70 just west of our Vermilion campus.

Lakeland's Green Energy Doors Open timeline:

  • 11 am to 3:30 pm – CSI/RELC site tours
  • 11:30 am to 1 pm – barbecue for guests
  • 1 pm – session with Klaas Rodenburg followed by Q&A
  • 1:30 pm – session with Mike Hittinger followed by Q&A
  • 2 to 3 pm – sessions with Rob Baron

Related information:

Mike Hittinger will be discussing the Alberta Government’s on-farm energy management and the on-farm solar photovoltaics program.

On-Farm Energy Management is geared toward reducing energy use on farms and provides funding for increasing efficiency of farm buildings as well as increasing efficiency of processes on intensive livestock operations, greenhouses, etc.

On-Farm Solar PV is geared to helping producers install grid-tied solar systems on farms.

A few important points Hittinger will cover are:
  • What the programs are about.
  • What kinds of projects are eligible and how much funding is available for each. 
  • Who is eligible for the funding?
  • Important information on the program and submitting an application as well as what to expect when making an application.
Klaas Rodenburg, MA, C.Tech, LEED AP, ENV SP

Klaas was the Sustainable Design Coordinator at Stantec before moving to Mammoet in 2014 as a quality advisor where he is a member of the Sustainovation Steering Committee, a Global initiative responsible for identifying and implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges faced by Mammoet and its sister companies. He also serves as the volunteer President of the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCTech) and is a member of the City of Edmonton Energy Transition Advisory Committee. He has taught sustainability courses at NAIT, Lakeland College and U of A and has presented at a variety of sustainability focused events.
Photo: The solar panels at Lakeland College's Centre for Sustainable Innovation are one of the highlights of the site tours.