Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact Fund names Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer

Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact Fund names Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer

Press Release

June 9, 2021 – Halifax/Kjipuktuk,NS— The Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact (HCi3) Fund has named Sarah Buckle as its first Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer.

“With over 20 years of industry experience in progressive leadership roles, Sarah brings a unique skill set in business strategy, risk management and sustainability,” says Stephen MacDonald, President and CEO of EfficiencyOne, the parent company of HCi3, and a HCi3 Board member.
Sarah’s most recent role was Director of Enterprise Sustainability at TransLink, the operator of Metro Vancouver’s transportation system, where she was responsible for pursuing and leading finance efforts related to various climate change initiatives.
“Sarah is deeply committed and passionate about sustainable business practices and climate action,” says Carol MacCulloch, Chair of the Board of HCi3. “We are excited to see her apply this passion to help Halifax reach its full greenhouse gas emissions reduction potential.”
HCi3 is a new subsidiary of EfficiencyOne that will use a mix of investments and grants to advance climate change initiatives in the Halifax region. HCi3 is one of seven non-profit organizations that, along with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, make up the Low Carbon Cities Canada network. The Government of Canada has invested $183 million in LC3 to help support cities in reducing carbon emissions, while improving public health and local economies, and will enable the scaling of local solutions through the sharing of experience and expertise.

“Sarah Buckle’s experience and passion for projects in the climate sector will be a great addition to the LC3 network,” says Joanne Vanderheyden, FCM President. “We look forward to working with her and her team as they move forward with their plans for a low-carbon future in the Halifax region, and for collaboration with the seven LC3 Centres to build green and innovative solutions that build better lives for Canadians.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to Halifax to be leading the newly established Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact (HCi3) Fund,” says Sarah Buckle, Executive Director and Chief Climate Investment Officer. “I look forward to working with the City of Halifax, FCM and other LC3 Centres across Canada to accelerate solutions for an equitable low-carbon future.”
“Halifax is pleased to be working with HCi3 to support projects and ideas that aim to rapidly drive down greenhouse gas emissions in our region,” says Shannon Meidema, Energy & Environment Program Manager, Halifax Regional Municipality. “HCi3 will enable us to progress HalifACT, our climate action plan, in partnership with members of our community and alongside other major Canadian urban centres. It provides a mechanism for leveraging private capital with public funds, an important step in accelerating climate action.”
HCi3 named its Board of Directors earlier this year. The Board includes: Carol MacCulloch, Chair of the Board and Board members: Corinne Boone, Stephen MacDonald, and Vicky Sharpe.

Building upon Nova Scotia’s impressive track record in emissions reductions, the Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact (HCi3) Fund supports broader carbon reduction initiatives in the Halifax region. HCi3 is a subsidiary of EfficiencyOne. HCi3 will use a mix of investments and grants to advance climate change initiatives in the Halifax region and to contribute to a prosperous green economy. You can learn more about HCi3 at www.hci3.ca.
EfficiencyOne is a leading energy efficiency enterprise working with a number of outstanding partners to supply cost-effective energy efficiency and carbon mitigation services in Nova Scotia and beyond. To date, EfficiencyOne has achieved more than $1.4 billion in energy savings and contributed over 20 percent of Nova Scotia’s GHG emission reductions in the last 10 years. Learn more at efficiencyone.ca

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For more information, contact:
Janet Tobin
Communication Lead
902-470-3652
jtobin@efficiencyone.com

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