Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre has agreed to lend his expertise to an initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency throughout the entire Pacific Northwest.
MacIntyre, a former curriculum developer in NAIT’s Alternative Energy Program, was invited to co-chair the Alberta segment of ‘The Roadmap to Resilient, Net-Zero Construction and Deep Energy Retrofits’ — a Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) initiative.
He subsequently accepted, and will now participate in the initiative’s efforts to discover potential energy efficiency improvements in various types of buildings throughout an area spanning Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in Canada, and Montana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska in the United States.
Job creation and increased competitiveness and resiliency across the region are also goals of the initiative.
“It’s my sincere honour to work with fellow legislators from Canada and the United States on this exciting new venture in sustainability,” MacIntyre said in a Wildrose Party statement issued last Thursday. “We are motivated to find real, market-driven solutions for building infrastructure in some of North America’s toughest climates.”
In addition to his role as curriculum developer at NAIT, MacIntyre also previously worked as an instructor at the institution’s School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management. His experience from that, he feels, positioned him well for his role within the initiative.
“I have always believed government’s role is to create a policy climate that supports sustainable economic diversity,” he said. “I will draw on my background in sustainable development to ensure this project is a success and leads to jobs for people and concrete solutions for industry and government.”