Oil giant BP just announced that the world has likely hit peak oil and demand will decline rapidly into the future1. Meanwhile, workers across the country are struggling with the economic effects of the COVD-19 pandemic.
As fossil fuel industry workers, and friends and family of those in the energy industry, we know fossil fuels have contributed significantly to our lives and economy. We also know it’s time to forge a sustainable energy future that creates over a million new careers.
The Renewable Skills Initiative is designed to build up the workforce required to fill the growing need for skilled solar and wind energy industry workers while empowering our core constituency of fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to enter these industries. The primary trainee target is tradespeople across the spectrum, with a goal of gender parity in our programs.
Through the leadership of our east coast chapter, Iron & Earth developed and designed a one of a kind renewable energy assisted greenhouse in partnership with the Autism Society of Newfoundland & Labrador (ASNL) in St. John’s. It uses solar photovoltaic modules and an electric heat pump to generate the heat and light required to grow food year round. Under net metering, this greenhouse will provide revenue generation, flowers and produce for the Autism Society's social enterprise initiatives, Good Roots gardening and the Pantry Cafe. Daily operation of the greenhouse will be managed by ASNL, giving them the opportunity to employ 2-3 additional people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as is their mandate
Declining production from conventional oil and gas fields has left 199,000+ inactive wells and more than 160,000 hectares of disturbed land in Alberta. RenuWell aims to accelerate both the clean up of these sites, while also utilizing the existing roads, powerlines, and disturbed lands to reduce the costs for renewable energy projects. Iron & Earth is core partner on this initiative which is currently in Phase 1. This phase includes community and stakeholder engagement, as well as working with the Municipal District of Taber to develop policies and a best practice guidebook for municipalities who wish to develop similar projects. In Phase 2, pending funding, we aim to break ground on our pilot project.
The Green Resilience Project (GRP) is hosting a series of community conversations on how climate change and income security relate to each other, and how they affect people’s day-to-day lives in communities across Canada. The project was launched by a group of individuals and organizations working in climate change and income security and received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund.
The goal is to gather a wide range of perspectives on how big-picture problems like climate change and unsteady incomes affect people’s lives and choices and how those intersect.
Iron & Earth (I&E) is hosting a conversation with a wide range of people from a specific community in Alberta and will produce a community summary report that captures the experiences, ideas and insights shared.