|Ch. 1 - Local
Ch. 1 Ep. 1 - Community Gardens -
at Heritage Community Garden, people learn to grow food in an urban
Ch. 1 Ep. 2 - City Farm - At Edmonton's
City Farm they teach kids about urban-rural relationships.
Ch. 1 Ep. 3 - Dine Alberta -
restaurants create a menu for one month with 70% regional food.
Ch. 1 Ep. 4 - Sunfresh Farms -
Small farms have trouble selling their food but there are solutions.
Ch. 2 - Local Resources
Ch. 2 Ep. 1 - Recycled
Paper - A Woodland Cree traditional healer explains the damage
done by spraying herbicides
Ch. 2 Ep. 2 - Ecosystem Modeling
- At Boreal Ecosystems Research Limited, they are creating computer
models that allow us to factor wilderness values in with economics when
allocating forestry areas.
Ch. 2 Ep. 3 - Cree Knowledge - A
Woodland Cree traditional healer and a boreal researcher investigate a
new concern: clear cut logging in the habitat where mother moose go to
have their calves
Ch. 2 Ep. 4 - Straw Board - At the
Alberta Research Council, they're developing high-quality panels made
from straw and other agricultural by-products.
Ch. 2 Ep. 5 - Boreal Carbon -
Canada's Boreal Forest is one of the most important carbon storehouses
Ch. 3 - Solar Energy
Ch. 3 Ep. 1 - Solar Pioneering -
An 86-year-old Edmontonian produces home-made electricity from an
attractive array mounted on a trellis in his backyard.
Ch. 3 Ep. 2 - Power of Efficiency
- Western Canada's grid-tied-solar pioneer discovered the amazing
power of "Negawatts" in his quest to get all his electricity from the
Ch. 3 Ep. 3 - Best of Both Worlds
- Some solar energy students install the best of both worlds: a
grid-tied, battery backed-up, rooftop photo-voltaic system.
Ch. 3 Ep. 4 - Net Metering -
Net-metering provides many incentives for residential micro-power.
Ch. 3 Ep. 5 - Distributed Supply
- Widespread micro-power, feeding back through the distribution
system, is the way of the future - but our grid's not ready for it yet.
Ch. 4 - Transportation
Ch. 4 Ep. 1 - Fuel Saving Driving
- Scott Wilson from the Alberta Motor Association discusses the need
to change our attitudes toward the personal automobile, plus fuel-saving
Ch. 4 Ep. 2 - Hybrid Cars - The
hybrid car uses tried and tested automotive technology, re-engineered
for an energy-conscious future.
Ch. 4 Ep. 3 - Smart Manufacturing
- The Smart Car represents a small step toward sustainable
transportation, but a major shift in attitude toward sustainable
Ch. 4 Ep. 4 - Cycle Commuting -
Interested in cycling in Edmonton for more than recreation? There are
people and services to help you.
Ch. 4 Ep. 5 - Winter Bikeways -
In Edmonton, transportation planning is about providing options,
including a network of specialized routes for effective cycling.
Ch. 4 Ep. 6 - Summer Bikeways -
Edmonton City Planners have a mandate to provide us with more options
and an important component is Active Transportation, one component of
which are bike paths that are used extensively in the summer time.
Ch. 4 Ep. 7 - Taking Transit -
Taking transit is a well recognized solution to global warming, and
there are lots of lifestyle benefits too.
Ch. 5 - Using our Resources Wisely
Ch. 5 Ep. 1 - Low Water Gardening
- At the City of Edmonton demonstration gardens, they use compost
and grow native wildflowers to showcase low-water gardening.
Ch. 5 Ep. 2 - Grade Seven Science
- The greenhouse effect is part of the "Ecosystems and Interactions"
unit in grade seven science. Some students discuss their thoughts on the
Ch. 5 Ep. 3 - Glacial Warming -
In part one of our investigation into glaciers, global warming and fresh
water, Dr. Martin Sharp discusses feedback effects in the climate
Ch. 5 Ep. 4 - No Quick Fix - Global
warming ultimately will result in less glacial melt water in late
summer, just when farmers have increased need for it.
Ch. 5 Ep. 5 - Global Solution -
Global warming is a global problem, best studied and solved through
Ch. 5. Ep. 6 - Low Water Household
- Water conservation helps us adapt to a future with less secure
water supplies. Fortunately, there is lots of room for improvement in
the average Alberta household.
Ch. 6 - Water and Climate
Ch. 6 Ep. 1 - Water and Energy
- It takes energy to bring us water and water to make energy. Brian
Johnston explains how to save both at the same time.
Ch. 6 Ep. 2 - Wetlands - Dr. Suzanne
Bayley from the University of Alberta explains the ecological services
of wetlands and how to manage them better in Alberta
Ch. 6 Ep. 3 - Climate Warming -
Dr. David Schindler discusses climate change in Alberta: where we're at
and future prospects for our eco-system and water supplies.
Ch. 7 - Off Grid Solar Power
Ch. 7 Ep. 1 - Reduce Your Use -
Shane Johnson lives off-grid, installs systems, and teaches seminars.
The first lesson is the power of energy efficiency.
Ch. 7 Ep. 2 - Solar in the Country
- In part two, Shane provides an overview of an off-grid, hybrid
electric system and shows us how he powers his high-quality lifestyle.
Ch. 7 Ep. 3 - Off Grid Horse Farm
- Laurel and Jim Van Alstyne are building their dreams. Laurel tells
us about life off-grid, using electricity from the sun and wind.
Ch. 7 Ep. 4 - Solar Guy - Guy
Chalifoux has wanted to make his own electricity since the 1970's. He
talks about his emerging industry.
Ch. 7 Ep. 5 - Your Own Power
Company - There are more choices available for becoming your own
power company. In part 2, "the Solar Guy" gets you started.
Ch. 8 Ep. 1 - Solar Thermal -
Trimline Design Centre's solar thermal system allows us to expand our
use of the technology here in Alberta.
Ch. 8 Ep. 2 - DHS Solar System -
At the Alberta Research Council, they're working on a whole new way to
use solar energy to help Albertans stay warm in the winter - and cool in
Ch. 8 Ep. 3 - Sun-tempered
House - In
part one of our investigation into passive solar house design, we visit
the Atchison home in Edmonton. Our solar building expert, Rob Harlan,
outlines design features that maximize solar heating for no extra
Ch. 8 Ep. 4 - Passive Solar
- The Atchisons
of Edmonton built a house that has used half the energy of a typical
Edmonton house over the last 25 years. It uses passive solar energy to
help heat the house and saves them greatly.
Ch. 9 - Recycling
Ch. 9 Ep. 1 - Tire Recycling -
Alberta's tire recycling program is recognized around the world for
turning a potentially dangerous waste stockpile into an eco-business
Ch. 9 Ep. 2 - Sand Recycling -
Edmonton's new sand recycling program solves cost, safety, environmental
and supply issues, and is getting attention from other winter cities.
Ch. 9 Ep. 3 - Rural Recycling -
Waste management is a complex job these days, even in Slave Lake.
Albertans can help out by reducing waste, then recycling properly.
Ch. 9 Ep. 4 - Paper Recycling -
We revisit Earth's General Store and learn more about the theory and
practice of conserving our forests with re-used and recycled paper.
Ch. 10 - Eco-Buildings
Ch. 10 Ep. 1 - Straw Bale House -
Albertans are building straw-bale houses to achieve R40 from mostly
natural, locally sourced materials.
Ch. 10 Ep. 2 -
Riverdale Netzero Part One -
collects an equivalent amount of energy from the sun as the homes and
occupants use over the course of a year. In part one of our special
feature, more than half of this achievement comes from the building
Ch. 10 Ep. 3 -
Riverdale Netzero Part Two - Riverdale
NetZero utilizes four forms of solar energy and a super-efficient design
to create a house that will have zero net carbon emissions over time.
Edmonton celebrates as we raise the bar for Canadian building standards.
Ch. 11 - Seasonal Specials
Ch. 11 Ep. 1 - Handmade Christmas
- Some Albertans choose to use Christmas discretionary cash to "vote
with their dollars" for trends they'd like to see year round.
Ch. 11 Ep. 2 -
Christmas 2008 with Future Fireplaces -
The holidays are a
time for celebrating past accomplishments and setting priorities for the
future. In that spirit, Made-in-Alberta launches some new segments. “In
the Green” profiles an Edmonton business that sells environmentally
friendlier heating products. “Alberta Speaks” hears from some young
people at the U of A. Meanwhile, Barb does a little soul-searching and
planning of her own.
Ch. 11 Ep. 3 -
June EcoMobility Special -
June is Eco-mobility
month in Edmonton. Parkallen launches the Local Motion challenge on June
1st, and Bike Month gives cyclists a chance to shine, show
off and socialize.
Ch. 12 - Retrofitting
Ch. 12 Ep. 1 - CO2RE - Carbon dioxide
Reduction Edmonton (CO2RE) is a community-wide strategy for helping
Edmontonians save energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
Ch. 12 Ep. 2 - Basement Analysis 1
- In part one of our basement analysis of an 82 year old Edmonton
home, Richard Merry, a home energy advisor looks at the heating
Ch. 12 Ep. 3 - Basement Analysis 2
- In part two, Richard provides options and instructions for
basement wall insulation and explains the benefits of an independent
evaluation to the homeowner.
Ch. 12 Ep. 4 - Basement Analysis 3
- A seventies-era, low-income housing complex in Edmonton gets an
Ch. 12 Ep. 5 -
Millbourne Mews Part 1 -
Millbourne Mews is a seventies-era, non-profit
housing project that was in a state of "building envelope failure".
Fortunately, the caring and professional management were prepared to do
what needed to be done.
Ch. 12 Ep. 6 -
Millbourne Mews Part 2 - Intermet Housing Society have abundant
expertise in property management, engineering and construction. With
CMHC behind the project, and financing in place, they gave Millbourne
Mews a new 50-year life cycle.
Ch. 13 - Solar Showcase
Ch. 13 Ep. 1 - Solar Showcase -
A one kilowatt solar power system gives Jasper
tourists and residents more to admire than spectacular mountain views.
Ch. 14 - Power to Go
Ch. 14 Ep. 1 -
Go - A
video production team spends days off road – and off-grid - getting the
shots that communicate their love of nature and art.
Ch. 15 - Smart Growth
Ch. 15 Ep. 1 - Is Edmonton Growing Smart? -
Until we get this chapter launched, watch a video we produced with the
Sierra Club of Canada, Prairie Chapter called "Is Edmonton Growing
Ch. 15 Ep. 2 - Smart
Growth Part One -
Learn how to help
Edmonton grow smart.
want it all: the opportunities and excitement of city living and a quiet
serene place to escape to at night. Although a house in the new suburbs
may seem like the perfect solution, there are hidden costs. In seven
fast-paced minutes, "Is Edmonton Growing Smart?" illustrates the hidden
costs of suburban sprawl and, showing examples already in place, the key
“smart growth” concepts that will keep Edmonton a clean, healthy,
vibrant place to live - long into the future.
Ch. 15 Ep. 3 - Smart Growth
Part Two -
It looks like Edmonton is
undergoing some major shifts in thinking about two of the ways we grow:
municipal development and transportation. Could 2009 signal our change
of course from a car-dependant, sprawling city to a future network of
self-contained communities, linked to each other and commercial areas
with bikeways and public transit? We go downtown and hear from
Edmontonians and get primed with “Is Edmonton Growing Smart?”
Ch. 15 Ep. 4 - Smart
Growth Part Three -
third problem with suburban sprawl is loss of green space for wildlife
and for growing food. Albertans discuss taking action to support our
local food production.
Ch. 15 Ep. 5 - Smart Growth
Part Four -
The fourth problem with
suburban sprawl – it’s expensive. On the other hand, Edmonton has a
long-term vision for efficient and smart growth. We wrap up our
mini-series with an overview of what that may look like.
Ch. 15 Ep. 6 -
2009 Special -
June 2009, hundreds of international delegates came to Edmonton to
exchange ideas on how to build and manage sustainable cities. We share
some of the stories, plus a preview of Season Four.
Ch. 16 - The Grid
Ch. 16 Ep. 1 -
Greening the Grid Part One -
As the world gets ready for the
Copenhagen climate talks in December, Alberta’s Pembina Institute
presents a groundbreaking plan for reducing coal-fired electricity,
while adding a diverse mix of renewable power to our grid.
Ch. 16 Ep. 1 - Greening
the Grid Part Two -
Tim Weis from the Pembina Institute details the renewable energy suite
available to power Alberta. Hundreds of Albertans visit our legislature
to say “yes” to renewable energy and “no” to nuclear fission.
Ch. 16 Ep. 1 -
Greening the Grid Part Three -
Replacing coal-fired electricity with
renewable energy sources makes perfect environmental sense. Tim
discusses some of the economic factors and new developments affecting
this decision, while Albertans ask for green energy.