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ENMAX renews Energizing Spaces Fund for another three years

/ Calgary
  • Under renewed partnership, ENMAX to contribute a total of $225,000 over three years to fund appliance replacements and outdoor or rink lighting projects for community groups.
  • Since 2015, the Energizing Spaces Fund has distributed $375,000 to 58 community groups across Calgary.
  • Energy efficient upgrades reimbursed through the Fund have saved community groups approximately $27,000 in cumulative annual energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by around 112 tonnes.

Calgary, Alta. – ENMAX and the Federation of Calgary Communities are pleased to announce the renewal of the Energizing Spaces Fund. Under the renewed contract, ENMAX will contribute $225,000 over three years to fund appliance replacements and outdoor or rink lighting projects for Calgary community groups.

"The Energizing Spaces Fund and our partnership with ENMAX has afforded community groups across Calgary with much needed appliance and lighting upgrades," says Leslie Evans, Executive Director, Federation of Calgary Communities. "Not only have these investments reduced greenhouse gas emissions by about 112 tonnes, they've also returned about $27,000 in energy cost savings to community associations - money that can be used to reinvest in programs for residents.  This program is a win for the environment and for our communities." 

Established in 2015, the Energizing Spaces Fund has distributed grants to 58 community groups across Calgary. The Fund is administered by the Federation of Calgary Communities and open to all member organizations. Applications are accepted twice a year, in March and September.

"ENMAX is proud to renew our partnership with the Federation of Calgary Communities as we recognize the important role the Energizing Spaces Fund plays in supporting sustainable communities across Calgary," says Diana Stephenson, Vice President, Public Affairs, ENMAX. "Enhancing local community centres with energy efficient appliances and rink lighting benefits the neighbourhood, reduces operating costs and supports the environment."

Whitehorn Community Association received a $3,000 Energizing Spaces grant in 2016 to cover the cost of an energy efficient commercial refrigerator and an $8,000 grant in 2019 to upgrade their rink lighting.

"Thanks to the Energizing Spaces grant we've been able to establish a greater sense of community," says Darshan Khunkhun, Board Member, Whitehorn Community Association. "The bright lights are drawing people in, letting them know the rink is there and enabling them to skate later in the evening. The area feels safer, and our volunteers say maintenance can be performed at night when its colder, resulting in better quality ice surface."

To learn more about the Energizing Spaces Fund and see a list of past recipients, visit https://calgarycommunities.com/energizingspaces/.


About ENMAX

ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse generation facilities throughout the province. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to over 674,800 customers across Alberta including electricity, gas, renewable energy and other services.   

 

About the Federation of Calgary Communities

The Federation of Calgary Communities (The Federation) is a support organization for over 230 non-profit member organizations in Calgary, including over 150 community associations. It supports, trains, and encourages community non-profit leaders and volunteers and provide the education and tools they need to continue making Calgary a great place to live, work, and play. 

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ENMAX
mediaroom@enmax.com
403-689-6150

Federation of Calgary Communities
Leslie Evans, Executive Director
leslie.evans@calgarycommunities.com
403-244-4111 ext. 201

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