Environment

Greening Edmonton – one neighbourhood at a time

C Returns aims to help homeowners reduce their impact and increase their savings
From Sustainable Works came C-Returns who we welcome as an Observing Institution in 2012. We wish to thank our member institution Inn Roads Housing Cooperative for being the first to take the step towards greener living!  Don’t wait…sign up today for an Audit/Energy Saving Retrofit Registration at www.creturns.com
Whether because of soaring utility bills or environmental concerns, energy efficiency is something Edmontonians are taking seriously. Unfortunately, coordinating energy audits and undertaking retrofits can seem daunting. That’s where C Returns, an innovative Edmonton non-profit dedicated to greening homes, can help.“C Returns manages everything that’s involved in retrofitting homes for better energy efficiency,” explains Godo Stoyke, one of C Returns founding partners. “We make it easy for people to green their homes, from audits right through to energy saving retrofits and applying for rebates.” Stoyke and partners Shanthu Mano and Anna Bubel are aiming to complete 3,469 home audits and 1,703 green retrofits in the next three years.The decision to focus on greening existing homes and community owned buildings was driven by the fact that today’s buildings account for 39 per cent of North American carbon dioxide emissions. By the year 2050, it’s estimated 80 per cent of the buildings that exist today will still be in use – resulting in the bulk of building related greenhouse gas emissions.“That’s why it’s so important to do this now,” notes Stoyke. “Greening homes improves people’s comfort and reduces their energy costs here and now. But it also contributes to the long-term health of our planet.”

C Returns, which has received start up funding from both the City of Edmonton and the Social Enterprise Fund, is hosting its official launch on Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm at the Strathcona Community Centre League, 10139 87th Avenue. GEA members are invited to come out and learn more about how C Returns is working to green Edmonton.

C Returns Contact:
Shanthu Mano, Director of Community
shanthu@creturns.com
780.340.8089