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Participatory mapping as a tool for virtual and live public engagement – AIRE series Part 1

September 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Part 1. Participatory mapping as a tool for virtual and live public engagement
Part 1. Participatory mapping as a tool for virtual and live public engagement

Accelerating the Implementation of Renewable Energy Webinar Series

This presentation will share key concepts and techniques through which to employ participatory mapping as part of community energy planning and implementation. The successful implementation of community energy plans requires a spatial perspective for two primary reasons:

  • Our carbon-intensive landscapes must evolve in profound ways to accommodate low-carbon energy technologies and practices: e.g., wind turbines dotting a rural landscape; solar panels covering fertile land that previously supplied food; re-designed urban streetscapes to support active transportation.
  • Public opposition to these landscape changes are often place-based – i.e., rooted in differing ideas about what a particular landscape should look like, and the functions it should serve.

In this presentation, it will be shown how participatory mapping can help decision-makers better understand the place-based opportunities for, and implications of, their community energy plans, as well as better understand public sentiment and stakeholder concerns related to those changes. Experiences gained using participatory mapping across five Canadian municipalities will be presented as case studies and while the focus will be on renewable energy development, dialogue beyond this use-case will be encouraged.

Presented in partnership with the Community Energy Knowledge Action Partnership (CEKAP) and the University of Guelph.

Accelerating Implementation of Renewable Energy is a two year project designed to help municipalities reach emission reduction targets by enabling investment of local renewable energy projects and infrastructure.

About the presenters

Kirby Calvert

Associate Professor at the University of Guelph


Kirby is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph where he leads the Community Energy Knowledge-Action Partnership (CEKAP) – a loosely organized network of academic researchers and practitioners working to better understand the opportunities and barriers of community energy plans. He is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Our Energy Guelph, a community not-for-profit that is working under a service agreement with the City of Guelph to catalyze the implementation of its community energy initiatives.

Rebecca Jahns

Research Associate at the University of Guelph


Rebecca Jahns is a Master’s graduate and current Research Associate from the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph. She has travelled extensively through Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley region for her pilot-study thesis, entitled Participatory Mapping and Community-Informed Spatial Planning of Renewable Energy Projects. She has been delighted to continue similar research in new locations across Canada through the AIRE Project, in partnership with QUEST. She is passionate about environmental protection and the advancement of renewable energy technologies, and hopes that her work will add meaningful insight to both of these research areas.

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September 29
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
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