February 19, 2020
ADVOCACY UPDATES
Farmers in Alberta are now able to recycle grain bags and twine under a three-year pilot program. AUMA is one of 20 organizations that secured funding from the Government of Alberta to operate the program and its collection sites.
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The first webinar, Smoking and vaping: policy options for municipalities, took place on Thursday, February 13. Access the webinar recording and slides, as well as the links and studies discussed.
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SMALL COMMUNITIES SPOTLIGHT
Highlights of topics discussed during the recent Small Communities Committee meeting include ambulance services, nurse practitioners, policing, and broadband.
BUSINESS SERVICES
AUMA Employee Benefits is co-hosting a webinar with Sun Life to help explain our disability management programs on Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. We will look at best practices to help you navigate the disability system more confidently, and you will also get the opportunity to ask questions. Register here .
EVENTS
Municipal leaders are invited to register for AUMA’s spring Municipal Leaders’ Caucus, which will be held at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton on March 25 and 26.
GOOD TO KNOW
The Zero Plastic Waste Initiative is a grant available to organizations, including municipalities, for projects that aim to reduce plastic waste and pollution in Canada. Funding from $25,000 to $250,000 is available from the Government of Canada. The deadline for submitting a project proposal is March 2, 2020. More details on the program and how to apply can be found here.

The Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA) has members from rural and urban communities, police agencies, as well as Metis and Indigenous groups. The theme for their 2020 conference in Edmonton is "Local and International Perspectives in Community Safety and Wellbeing." For more information, visit their website.

The Elected Officials Education Program is offering Council’s Role in Land Use and Development Approvals on Tuesday, March 24 at the AUMA office in Edmonton, to make it easy for those who are coming to town for Spring Municipal Leaders Caucus to attend.

The course provides participants an understanding of:
  • the provincial-municipal relationship in planning;
  • the roles of council, administration and the public in planning;
  • statutory and non-statutory plans; and
  • the land application process, including re-designation and subdivision of land, development approvals, appeals and disputes.

Register now! 
Upcoming events for renewable energy and energy efficiency

Are you in the ideation or pre-feasibility phase of a renewable energy project? Would you like to meet with experts to discuss your project and offer strategies and solutions? Join the Com-Gen Power Up workshop, taking place in Cochrane on March 5. Learn more here.

Register for the Municipal Energy Manager Program webinar to learn how your municipality could hire a new staff member to find energy saving opportunities.

Save the date! The 2020 Energy Efficiency Summit organized by the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance is happening on April 30. Learn more here.

Want to install electric vehicle charging stations in your community? Get funding to cover 50% of costs for public use stations with this new funding opportunity. Apply before May 12.
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