January 29, 2021

If you have technical and financial expertise in the operation and maintenance of community buildings (arenas, pools, community centres, libraries etc.) energy efficiency and GHG reduction retrofits and want to help Canadian communities innovate, this opportunity if for you! The Green Municipal Fund (GMF) Peer Review Committee is actively looking to add experts to its roster of peer reviewers. As a peer reviewer, you will receive professional fees to evaluate exceptional and transformative applications submitted by Canadian municipalities, their corporations and community non-profits. This is a unique opportunity allowing one to see what innovative communities are working on from coast to coast to coast.  

While the minimum term is four years, the arrangement is very flexible. GMF invites peer reviewers with relevant expertise to review projects on an as-needed basis. It is at the peer reviewer’s discretion to decide whether they can participate in any given project evaluation process.     

About the role 

Community Buildings Retrofit (CBR) initiative

GMF’s CBR initiative aims to support municipalities and not-for-profits offset the costs of retrofitting community buildings to achieve deep GHG reductions. CBR will provide grants, loans and capacity building support to municipal and not-for-profit community building owners to measurably improve the GHG emissions performance of existing community buildings. 

The ideal candidate(s) will possess three or more of the following attributes: 

  • strong understanding of community buildings, including existing trends, innovative models, best practices, challenges, and opportunities; 
  • strong understanding of the challenges, capacities and needs of municipal and non-municipal community building owners; 
  • familiarity with legislation, programs and policies (federal, provincial/territorial, municipal) linked to community building energy efficiency, GHG emissions and on-site energy generation; 
  • familiarity with financing and lending frameworks available to municipal and not-for-profit community building owners; 
  • expertise in GHG quantification for community buildings; 
  • expertise in building, retrofitting and/or operating energy-efficient and/or low-GHG emitting community buildings;  
  • expertise in leading edge deep efficiency and GHG reduction measures and on-site clean energy generation for community buildings. 
  • experience with building recommissioning and/or retro-commissioning 

How to apply  

Submit a letter of intent, curriculum vitae (CV) and two letters of recommendations acknowledging your expertise in this sector to peer.review@fcm.ca by Friday, February 26, 2021, midnight ET.

Candidates will be selected based on their expertise, achievements, interest and commitment to sustainable community development. Bilingualism in English and French is a strong asset, as is experience evaluating applications and projects. If necessary, candidates will be invited to an interview. Successful applicants will join the committee for a specified period of time. They must enter into an agreement with FCM and abide by the Conflict of Interest Policy. New committee members will be required to complete the online orientation session.  

About GMF 

Now in its 20th year, FCM’s Green Municipal Fund is a scalable, flexible and responsive solution to environmental issues in Canadian municipalities. This unique program supports municipal initiatives through grants for plans, feasibility studies and field tests, and supports capital projects with a combination of grants and loans. The Government of Canada announced an additional $950 million investment in GMF’s endowment in Budget 2019. As a result, the GMF endowment now stands at $1.6 billion. 

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