Has Medicine Hat's Energy Sustainability Policy Left Lethbridge Behind?

September 16, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Medicine Hat's Energy Sustainability Department is focused on providing its citizens with energy conservation and renewable energy education, incentives and leadership through a variety of "Hat Smart" initiatives. The mission of the department is to help Medicine Hat reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and position itself to thrive in the post carbon economy. 

The speaker strongly believes municipal energy strategies should include energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy, as they will play a critical role in the sustainability of all communities in the 21st century. Leadership from provincial and federal governments is also needed and will ultimately be paramount to the success of such strategies.

Lethbridge and Medicine Hat have been friendly rivals for over a century, often trying to outdo each other, but could it be that Lethbridge is being left in the dust regarding sustainable energy? The speaker will explain the issues and offer his perspective.


Russ Smith is the City of Medicine Hat's Energy Sustainability Manager. He has worked for the City of Medicine Hat for the past fifteen years in a variety of roles with the City including extensive financial and strategic planning within the City's Energy division.  Russ earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1991.

Moderator: Tom Cain
Cost: $10.00 (includes lunch)


Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) -
1715 Mayor Magrath Drive S
Lethbridge , AB