Climate Leadership Lab

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What is the Climate Leadership Lab?

The Climate Leadership Lab (CLL) is a collaborative innovation platform for Red Deer leaders and innovators to develop and advance initiatives that enable Red Deer to minimize its collective GHG emissions and increase its climate literacy to thrive in a low-carbon future.

The CLL is convened by ReThink Red Deer and facilitated by The Natural Step (, a world-class social innovation organization. 

The CLL will also be integrating the lessons from the Alberta Narratives Project and All One Sky Foundation's Climate Resilience Express Project.


Participating Organizations
To date we have confirmed the participation of individuals from the following organizations:

ReThink Red Deer
Red Deer River Naturalists
2019 Canada Winter Games
Red Deer PolyTechnic
City of Red Deer
Recycling Council of Alberta
Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Red Deer Public Library
Stantec Consulting
NOVA Chemicals
Red Deer Chamber of Commerce
Canada Green Building Council - AB Chapter
Iron and Earth
Living Lands Landscape and Design
Red Deer Association for Bicycle Commuting


Workshop Dates
Accelerator Workshop #1, March 23, 2018
This kick-off workshop, hosted at Red Deer College, focused on convening leaders in Central Alberta to assess how we can best plan to improve climate literacy and reduce GHG emissions in our communities.

Accelerator Workshop #2, October 10 & 11, 2018
This workshop, hosted at Ellis Bird Farm, focused on sharing output from the Alberta Narratives Project and Climate Resilience Express project as well as presentations and working together to accelerate a number of important initiatives in Red Deer related to climate action.

Accelerator Workshop #3, December 13 & 14, 2018
This workshop, hosted at Red Deer PolyTechnic's Energy Innovation Lab, focused on updates on progress of collaborative initiatives, debriefing lessons, and continued work together to advance important initiatives.

Energy Futures Roadshow, September 19 & 20, 2019
The Energy Futures Roadshow harnesses the combined knowledge, skills and networks of the Energy Futures Lab Fellows to focus them on supporting Albertan communities to explore their unique opportunities and challenges arising from energy transition.

Accelerator Workshop #4, November 13, 2019
With renewed funding from the Government of Alberta's Community Environment Action program, we hosted a fourth workshop to help further develop the collaborative initiatives from the prior Accelerator Workshops, EcoLiving and Renewable Energy Fairs, and the Energy Futures Road Show!

Stay tuned for new workshops and opportunities in 2020!


Interested in becoming a part of the CLL?
For any questions related to the program or content of the CLL, please contact:
Matt Mayer, Associate, The Natural Step Canada
mmayer (at)

For general information or logistical questions, please contact:
Rene Michalak, Project Manager, ReThink Red Deer
info (at)