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Energy & Emissions Reduction Initiatives
The Town of Drayton Valley has implemented several energy and emissions reduction initiatives to help achieve our climate action targets. Learn more about our targets and plan here.
Waste Reduction Week Breakout Room
Did you know that 80% of Town of Drayton Valley’s corporate emissions come from our landfill? In October 2020, Drayton Valley hosted an online game to raise awareness on how to divert more waste from the landfill.
LED Retrofits at the Total Works Fitness Centre
This project replaced 180 T8 lamps at the fitness centre and squash courts to low-wattage LED lamps. The fitness centre has longer operating hours than the rest of the facility and lights are fully switched on during this time. This makes lighting retrofits a priority action for the Omniplex.
This project was made possible by a $5,000 contribution from Fortis Alberta through their “Save Energy” program.
Energy Conservation Tools Kit (E-CENT Kit)
The E-CENT Kit consists of seven tools and a localized guideline to help users better understand how energy is used in their homes. By reducing energy use, users could potentially lower their energy bills, add comfort to their home, and shrink their ecological footprint. This project was made possible by a $2,000 grant from FortisAlberta through their “Save Energy” program.
The E-CENT Kit is available to Drayton Valley residents through the library’s regular circulation system. Technical expertise or knowledge on energy is not required to use the Kit! You can check out the kit from the Library, similar to borrowing books, by filling out a form, and paying a refundable deposit of $50. The E-CENT kit will then be lent to you for seven days. For more information, contact the Library at 780-514-2722.
The guideline is at the following link:
Wondering what’s inside the E-CENT Kit?
Electric Utility Vehicle
Two fully electric utility vehicles were purchased for the Public Works and Parks department. These vehicles are for the use of summer staff as they carry out their duties around Drayton Valley. With these electric vehicles, the Town will no longer have to lease utility vehicles each summer and it is a good introduction to electric vehicles for municipal staff. Both vehicles are partly funded by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) as part of their Electric Vehicles for Municipalities (EVM) rebate program. View the press release here!
Energy-Themed Escape Room
The Town of Drayton Valley collaborated with the Drayton Valley Municipal Library to design, develop, and implement the Serenity vs Schism Escape Room project.
The aim is to provide the community with a learning experience that has the potential to improve their ability to use energy responsibly, which could in turn lead to energy costs savings and a healthier community. The puzzles were designed to address themes like recycling, plastics in the ocean, making good energy choices, and buying local.
The program served 154 people in the community which includes students in three schools within Town. Feedback from participants was very positive. This project was funded by the Drayton Valley Community Foundation. Watch a video of the event here!
Solar Bench at the Omniplex
The Town of Drayton Valley has partnered with a local solar company, Bluebird Renewables Inc, to design, construct, install, and test a solar bench prototype!
Located at the Omniplex, right between the MacKenzie Conference Centre and Holy Trinity Academy, the bench features a two mobile charging station with two USB ports, two wireless charging pads and WiFi internet connection. On the back there is space to write what you most love about Drayton Valley.
View the press release here!
Contact us with your ideas!
The Town continues to find ways to help residents and businesses save costs and promote energy efficiencies! If there are programs or initiatives that you would like to see in Drayton Valley, share your ideas with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.