ReThinking Red Deer as Sustainable

Green Energy Futures

The November 14 edition of CKUA's Green Energy Futures Interview with ReThink Red Deer Project Lead, Rene Michalak - recorded after hosting Red Deer's first Renewable Energy Fair + Workshops at Red Deer College.

ReThinking Red Deer as sustainable - that's the mission of ReThink Red Deer that is at the heart of a community seizing the leading edge of the renewable energy revolution. For more information on Green Energy Futures including over 200 videos on the clean energy revolution that's already underway! It tells the stories of green energy pioneers who are moving forward in their homes, businesses and communities.

Green Energy Futures was born out of the realization that in spite of litany of negative energy stories in the media the clean energy revolution is already well underway. Sometimes it’s hard to see, but a clear transition has begun to cleaner forms of energy. The inspiration for this series comes from an interest in renewable energy itself and the realization that the desire to use less and more sustainable forms of energy cuts across the political spectrum. While we all wrestle with the economics and the politics of energy worldwide there is an underlying desire in us to get to work on a system that is better for the planet. Even in oil rich states and provinces individuals working for engineering firms, oil companies and utility companies are participating in this transition. Programs that have tapped into this interest have found high levels of support and engagement - people willing to invest their own money in new energy solutions. Green Energy Futures is about the clean energy transition that is already underway. It’s about the housewife who leapt at the chance to pilot a utility company’s solar energy program. It’s about the dentist who invests his own money to get involved in renewable energy or the home builder who is keen to not only live in a home powered by solar energy and heated with geothermal, but to make all of his new homes just a little greener. It’s also about the politican who leads their government down new and innovative paths. It’s about the entrepreneur who has toiled away for many years trying to make a green energy business flourish in spite of countless barriers. It’s also about entrepreneurs who think big, and are building successful companies. Green Energy Futures is not about the politics of energy or climate change. It is about people making a difference in their homes, cities and companies. It’s about a responsible transition that works from our present status as an oil dependent and oil wealthy nation to a future with less pollution and more sustainable forms of energy.