In July 2001, the Associated Cycle
Messengers of Edmonton (ACME) hosted the North American Cycle Courier
Championships on the beautiful, car-free University of Alberta grounds.
Biker Bill of ACME invited the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society to
participate. He also invited Barb Allard of RBCC to create an
environmental presence at the championships. Barb was becoming very
concerned about climate change and energy issues, given the recent
publication of the IPCC’s Third Assessment Report on the world’s
climate. She invited the Solar Energy Society of Canada, Northern
Alberta Chapter (SolarAlberta) and some other local environmental groups
– and the Sustainable Future Fair was born.