In her current role, Betsy oversees the program’s research, collaborates with global colleagues working to accelerate the growing 100% renewable energy movement, and designs engaging dialogues aimed at exposing barriers to implementation.
Betsy joined Carbon Talks in 2013 and is a founding team member of Renewable Cities. She holds a Professional Engineers of Ontario license and a Masters in Applied Science (McMaster), both of which trained her in skills she now applies in her work at the SFU Centre for Dialogue by helping practitioners, policy decision-makers, and communities capitalize on energy efficiency returns.
Notable projects include:
May 2016 (in press) “Is 100% Renewable Energy in Cities Possible?” Co-author, State of the World 2016, Worldwatch Institute
November 2015, Kassel International Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy; Facilitator
May 2015, Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum; Tech lead and Co-facilitator
June 2014 Increasing energy efficiency in BC’s built environment; Dialogue Convenor
Bringing her building science expertise together with her love of old cities, Betsy views rehabilitation as an opportunity to make urban ‘ecosystem’ sustainable and anchor a community’s sense of place.
Blog Posts by Betsy Agar
June 2014 Carbon Talk: Waste to Energy, Low-Carbon Future?
By Betsy Agar - July 11, 2014
Metro Vancouver is siting a proposed $470 million waste to energy project to deal with future regional growth, but is this a climate-wise answer to our waste issues?.. read more
Nancy Olewiler: 10 Questions need answered before the LNG rush
By Betsy Agar - April 22, 2014
Nancy Olewiler, Director of the SFU School of Public Policy, outlines the economic and policy implications of BC's LNG... read more
Myths and insights about trees, old and new
By Betsy Agar - January 21, 2014
What you think you know about old growth forests is about to be uprooted... read more
Motivating policy: tell the public how much energy your building uses
By Betsy Agar - October 24, 2013
For cities trying to get a grip on energy efficiency, building codes are a first step... read more
The Big Move: the cost-benefits of regionalizing transit
By Betsy Agar - February 27, 2013
Just as Metro Vancouver wrestles with rural-urban tensions, the GTHA faces the same challenges, over greater distances, and with higher populations... read more