Saving energy and preventing floods

India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Transformation and Sustainability – IC-IMPACTS (CIRCE)

Pangnirtung, Nunavut

Pangnirtung, Nunavut is cutting energy costs and reducing its risk of flooding thanks to the engineering know-how of three University of Alberta students sent to the community in summer 2013 by Engage North, a program that links local challenges with academic experts. It was launched by the university and IC-IMPACTS, a centre that develops sustainable solutions to challenges facing partner communities in Canada and India related to drinking water, infrastructure, and health. That engineering advice led Pangnirtung to partner with a Vancouver company to install LED lights in many public buildings, and develop a plan for preventing spring flooding – technologies and approaches that can be shared with other isolated communities in Canada, India and beyond.

[The students'] impact on our community was so much more than I imagined… Now, we’re hearing from other municipalities around Nunavut saying ‘We want to look at what happens with you and consider it for our own towns.' Ron Mongeau, (former) chief administrator of Pangnirtung