ACSRC Monthly News
June 2018

Events and Programs
Battle River Watershed Alliance Annual General Meeting
June 14, 2018
10 am to 3 pm 
Camrose Mirror Lake Centre (5415, 49 Ave, Lake Side)
Visit the Battle River Watershed Alliance's (BRWA) new offices and check out the work they've done in the watershed this year at their AGM.
For event details, click the link below.  

Apply for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program   
The Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) provides financial incentives to Alberta municipalities who install grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) on municipal facilities or land and complete public engagement for the project. For detailed information on eligibility requirements, available funding, and how to apply, please refer to the AMSP Guidebook.
Who can participate?
  1. Municipalities: all designated municipalities within the Province of Alberta that meet the definition of "municipality" as per Section 1(s) of the Municipal Government Act
  2. Community-related organizations: non-profit community-related organizations (CROs) are eligible to participate if the project is located on municipally owned facilities or municipally owned land. While CROs are eligible to participate, the municipality must be the signatory to the funding agreement and all reimbursements made under the program will be directed to the municipality.

For detailed information on eligibility requirements, available funding, and how to apply, please click the link below. 
Sustainability Resources Ltd. Summer Workshops  

An exciting array of summer workshops are on offer across the province this month!   
June 20 - Climate Solutions - Leduc
June 22 - Watershed & Climate Solutions - Wetaskiwin
June 29 - Permaculture Design - Stony Plain
    For more info and to register see the link below. 


Drinking Water Plants Survey
Complete by June 30    

Municipalities with drinking water plants serving 300 or more people are encouraged complete Statistic's Canada's Biennial Drinking Water Plants Survey. The results of this survey will help demonstrate needs for increased federal and provincial funding for infrastructure, and share best practices that municipalities are presently using. 

For more information, click the link below.
Books and Other Resources
Pathways to Rural Alberta    
The Learning~Advising~Beyond office and the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) are proud to support the inaugural year of the Pathways to Rural Alberta fellowship.  The Pathways program is generously funded by Gordon Warnke, himself an Alumnus of Augustana (before it merged with the University of Alberta). Read more about Mr. Warnke's story and motivation here.

The aim of the program is to connect graduating students, or students with one year remaining in their university degree, with Rural communities. Over the course of a summer, students complete projects and tasks identified by the community partner as a need. This year, 2018, is the seminal year of the program and we are fortunate to have three very strong graduating students working in rural communities.
We hope you'll join us during the summer to follow the three unique stories and projects a they unfold during the summer.  Participants are sharing their adventures in supporting sustainable rural communities on the Pathways blog! 

To follow along with our participants, please click the link below.  
Do outdoor fitness parks make a difference?   
Outdoor fitness parks, outdoor gyms, or active parks are spaces designed to allow the general public free access to fitness equipment in an outdoor setting, enhancing physical activity and the health of local residents. Take a closer look at outdoor fitness parks to celebrate June as Recreation and Parks month.

There are many benefits to outdoor fitness parks. A study undertaken by the University of Lethbridge in 2017 reported Lethbridge residents felt the fitness parks "improve health, increase physical activity, and enhance a sense of community in their neighbourhood.  If your community is thinking about an outdoor fitness park, check out this guide on How to Build an Outdoor Fitness Park!

To read the University of Lethbridge study, please click the link below. 
Conferences and Request for Proposals

AMSC Energy Symposium  
June 21, 2018 Edmonton, AB  

The AMSC Energy Symposium is an opportunity for AMSC Energy Retail Program clients to learn more about Alberta's electricity and natural gas market fundamentals, future pricing forecasts, upcoming regulatory changes, as well as opportunities to manage distribution and transmission charges If you are involved in managing your municipality's utility costs and/or various energy management initiatives, this is a must attend.  Register today!
AMSC Energy. Empowering our members since 2001.
Who should attend?
  • CAOs
  • Staff working in Corporate Services, Finance, Infrastructure, etc. who are involved with utility bills and/or energy management
  • Community Related Organizations
This event is FREE to attend! Limit of two registrations per municipality.

RhPAP Rhapsody Awards Design Request for Proposal  
Deadline: July 6, 2018 

Alberta's Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) is looking for a design for the physical award that will be distributed for their Rhapsody Award recipients over the next five years. The request for proposal invites all interested Alberta-based artisans to apply, with applicants from rural Alberta given preference.

Please click the link below for full details on the request for proposal.
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities.
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities