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Opportunities as Cities Transition to Renewable Energy
November 8, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am$50
Join the BCWEN on November 8th for a special breakfast featuring City of Vancouver Councillor Andrea Reimer and Betsy Agar, Research Manager and Dialogue Convenor at Renewable Cities, as they discuss Opportunities as Cities Transition to Renewable Energy.
7:30 am – Breakfast and Networking
8:00 am – Presentation / Discussion
8:50 am – Wrap-Up
This event is presented by BCWEN and is done in collaboration with Clean Energy BC’s Generate Conference.
Andrea Reimer is a passionate, three-term City Councillor renowned as a climate change champion and is familiar with the challenges that municipalities face when tackling issues of environmental sustainability.
As the lead councillor on the City’s award-winning Greenest City Action Plan, Councillor Reimer led efforts to make Vancouver a global leader in environmental action, validated by Vancouver being named the fourth greenest city on Earth in 2014. In 2013, she was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal in recognition of her leadership role on this initiative.
Councillor Reimer was also the executive director of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee where she supported the creation of a carbon tax by the BC Provincial Government. She was chosen by Al Gore to deliver the Inconvenient Truth presentation to local audiences, which she delivered to over 10,000 people.
Betsy Agar is the Research Manager and Dialogue Convenor at Renewable Cities, SFU Centre for Dialogue.
In her current role, Betsy oversees Renewable Cities’ research, collaborates with global colleagues working to accelerate the growing 100% renewable energy movement, and designs engaging dialogues aimed at exposing barriers to implementation.
Betsy joined Carbon Talks in 2013 and is a founding team member of Renewable Cities. She holds a Professional Engineers of Ontario license and a Masters in Applied Science (McMaster), both of which trained her in skills she now applies in her work at the SFU Centre for Dialogue by helping practitioners, policy decision-makers, and communities capitalize on energy efficiency returns.
Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to make urban ‘ecosystem’ sustainable and anchor a community’s sense of place.