EDMONTON, AB (July 16, 2015): Innisfail–Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre has accepted an invitation to co-chair a Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) initiative to improve energy efficiency in new and existing buildings, create jobs and increase resiliency and competitiveness in the Pacific Northwest, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The Roadmap to Resilient, Net-Zero Construction and Deep Energy Retrofits will seek to find and promote cost-effective energy improvements for residential, commercial, public sector and industrial buildings in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, as well as Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Washington.
“It’s my sincere honour to help lead fellow legislators from Canada and the United States on this exciting new venture in sustainability,” MacIntyre said. “We are motivated to find real, market-driven solutions for building infrastructure in some of North America’s toughest climates.”
As a former instructor at NAIT’s School of Sustainable Building and Environmental Management, where he worked as a curriculum developer in the Alternative Energy Program, MacIntyre said he’s well-equipped to meet the challenges of the new initiative.
“I have always believed government’s role is to create a policy climate that supports sustainable economic diversity,” MacIntyre 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.”