We’re in this together.

There are moments in our lives where our core beliefs and values shift and we are no longer the person we once were. Then comes the adventure of discovering your new life.

Eco Evolver provides consulting and installation services for residential, educational, and commercial indoor food systems for the greater Edmonton area.

Eco Evolver was created to help Edmontonians take their first steps towards a more sustainable and resilient lifestyle.

Our passion for research and education allows us to identify best-practices and real-world strategies that you can use everyday to transform your life. We make it our job to stay on top of the latest science, strategies and innovations in transitioning to a carbon-neutral, locally grown lifestyle.

We believe this is a turning point in the story of humanity where more and more people are waking up to the importance of living in harmony with the world around us. No where is there more potential than Edmonton.

In order to create a truly sustainable Edmonton we need inspired people, like you, to take a leadership role in transforming your home and community. And there is no better place to start than growing food.

Over the last 3 years, research from many areas has accumulated and painted a picture where critical aspects of our global ecosystems are in distress and reaching their limits – our survival now depends on our ability to meet the challenges ahead.

Addressing our fragile food system in Edmonton has become our top priority in 2016 and we encourage you to consider making it your priority in the months and years ahead. Our focus has shifted towards supporting the growing farm to cafeteria movement in Edmonton because of how vital our schools are in shaping communities.

Our Foundation.
Eco Evolver endorses and promotes the work of the following organizations.
logo The Natural Step

The Natural Step

The Natural Step has developed a Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD). We have iterated and refined this framework in collaboration with the private and public sectors, and the scientific community, over the past 25 years.

Human society is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Earth environment. If our “parent company” destabilizes, our society and our economies go down with it. This is another way of expressing the funnel metaphor.

Science has proven we are currently destabilizing our Earth environment, and this in turn is producing escalating negative social and economic impacts.

 

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Climate Masters at Home

The Climate Masters at Home™ program effectively educates and supports individuals in reducing their personal and household carbon footprints, leading to real emission reductions and increasing climate literacy.

This actions-based education program trains volunteers as Climate Masters who then share easy, low-cost ways to reduce emissions with others in their community.s.

logo Way We Green Edmonton Environmental Strategic Plan

The Way We Green

The Way We Green is the City of Edmonton’s environmental strategic plan. It sets out principles, goals, objectives and strategic actions and approaches for Edmonton to live in balance with nature. While this approach is crucial for the wellbeing of the environment, it is equally crucial for the wellbeing of our society, economy, and quality of life.

The Way We Green is very action-oriented, and they have published excellent resources such as the Green Home Guide and the Green Living Guide.

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LEAP Manifesto

We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the jobs and opportunities of this transition are designed to systematically eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors.

Many more people could have higher wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.

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Declaration of Indigenous Rights

The Declaration establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of the world’s indigenous peoples. The Declaration addresses both individual and collective rights; cultural rights and identity; rights to education, health, employment, language, and others.

It outlaws discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them. It also ensures their right to remain distinct and to pursue their own priorities in economic, social and cultural development.

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Earth Charter Initiative

The Earth Charter is an ethical framework for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society in the 21st century. It seeks to inspire in all people a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility for the well-being of the whole human family, the greater community of life, and future generations. It is a vision of hope and a call to action.

The Earth Charter is centrally concerned with the transition to sustainable ways of living and sustainable human development.

The Team.
The people behind Eco Evolver.

Emilio Gagliardi, MSc.

Upstart Farmer, Social Scientist, Software Developer

After I completed my graduate studies in Psychology at the University of Alberta, I founded Eco Evolver to help people live more sustainably. I wanted to use my passion for research and teaching to make a difference in Edmonton. I was born and raised in Edmonton, and I’ve watched this gem of a city grow and evolve.

I strongly believe that Edmonton is poised to become a world leader in sustainable development, so we need to support our communities and the people that live within them to get there. I want to be a part of this great transformation by helping others become of force of Nature.

I use that language purposefully. Crafting a life that is sustainable requires considerable learning, skill building, motivation, self-awareness and social support. Cultivating a mindset that you are a force of Nature will amplify your determination so that you can push through the challenges and obstacles in your path.

When we see ourselves as a force of Nature, we are reminded that we are a part of Nature, radically embedded within a community of life who together share in the abundance of this Earth. My path is to help others become stewards of this planet.

Since I started this journey in 2012, my research and experiences have caused me to shift my focus towards addressing food security. I have been growing food hydroponically for three years now, and my latest project aims to launch a Farm on Wheels container farm to bring modern agricultural techniques to schools in Edmonton.

what others are saying.
We value the relationships that we’ve formed over the years.
Our school atrium was completely transformed by the Eco Evolver team into a fresh and invigorating hub of activity at the school. Everyone just loves having the living wall. They’ve continued to work with our teachers to start new gardening projects and help us maintain the living wall. Lesia Huk

Principal, St.Teresa Elementary School

I think growing herbs and vegetables is the way to go. I did some research and figured out what I wanted to do, but I didn’t really know how to start so I asked Emilio at Eco Evolver what my options were. He helped me plan out my indoor garden and even started my seedlings for me! They look amazing and I’ll soon have fresh herbs growing in my house. Emilio is super knowledgable and really made it easy for me. Scott Zigart

Carpenter, Zigart Multimedia

We do this work for future generations so they can have access to clean air and drinking water, abundant food and resources, healthy ecosystems and economy, and a meaningful relationship with Nature.