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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 MDTFree
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
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.
Research Associate at the University of Guelph