Quick links


Go back to news

Building Blatchford: A leading sustainable community in the heart of Edmonton

Posted on: Oct 14, 2020

Part of the Renewable Energy Speaker Series, with experts ranging from industry, academia, and government.

Building Blatchford: A Leading Sustainable Community in the Heart of Edmonton

The City of Edmonton is transforming 536 acres of centrally located land into one of North America’s most sustainable communities. Blatchford will be home to up to 30,000 Edmontonians living, working and learning in a neighbourhood that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral, significantly reduces its ecological footprint, and empowers residents to pursue a range of sustainable lifestyle choices.

Learn more about this leading-edge community and the development of a new utility that uses an innovative district energy sharing system and renewable energy sources including geo-exchange, sewer heat exchange and solar. For more information, please visit us at: Blatchford.ca and BlatchfordUtility.ca or email.

Register to attend

Eventbrite – Use CUE to register for free

Thursday, October 15, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker Information

Christian Felske, PhD, PEng
Director, Renewable Energy Systems
Integrated Infrastructure Services, City of Edmonton

Christian received his Civil Engineering Diploma and his Ph.D. in Solid Waste Management from the University of Essen in Germany. Prior to moving to Canada, he was a project engineer with a regional waste management company in Germany. After moving to Canada in 2003, Christian worked as a research scientist at the Alberta Research Council before joining the City of Edmonton in 2009. He’s acted in various leadership roles and in 2016, Christian began working on the renewable energy portfolio within the Integrated Infrastructure Services department in the City of Edmonton.

In his current role, he is responsible for leading the development of the Blatchford Renewable Energy utility and the Downtown District Energy Initiative.

About the Speaker Series

McNeil Centre for Applied Renewable Energy (McNeil C.A.R.E) and the Concordia Alumni Association are proud to present the Renewable Energy Speaker Series. This speaker series aims to provide CUE members (students, alumni, staff and faculty) and the community in general with the opportunity to explore renewable energy solutions, learn about the challenges faced by the sustainable energy sector (industry, government and society), careers in the renewable energy sector and interact with experts from across Canada and beyond.


Please email Dr. Isha Katyal, Director, Innovation and Industry with any questions.