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Sustainable Service Delivery through an Asset Management Framework

Infrastructure represents a significant investment for every local government. Climate change must be considered when managing both physical and natural assets and when maintaining (or improving) levels of service. The Asset Management Framework establishes a high-level, systematic approach that supports local governments in moving toward service, asset and financial sustainability. 

Read more about asset management processes here...

Infrastructure Decision Making: Thinking Ahead

The Province's Community Infrastructure Planning Decision Support Tool is designed to assist local governments in making informed development decisions. It encourages the integration of planning, engineering and finance and enables a comparison of infrastructure costs of different development scenarios over 100 years. Access the tool here. 

Tools for Adapting to Climate Change

The Tools for Local Governments Adapting to Climate Change Webinar series features the following two videos:

The webinars were presented by the Fraser Basin Council and the Province of BC, with funding from Natural Resources Canada. Find them here:

Guide + Q & A: Home Energy Retrofit Incentive Campaigns Analysis Report

This report by the Community Energy Association provides an overview and analysis of the residential energy efficiency campaigns of 11 local governments.

The report is based on interviews with people involved in the campaigns and an analysis of available material. It was funded and prepared for BC Hydro. Download it here.

Read a Q & A with community energy manager participant Norm Connelly in the Discussion Group.

Featured Program: Bike BC

BikeBC will invest $18 million over the next three years to partner with communities to build new bike lanes and trails throughout BC. On March 27, 2015 the Minister announced that $6 million would be invested this year. Due date for applications is May 15, 2015. Read more...

Community-scale Energy and GHG Modelling Tools Comparison

Community Energy & Emissions Modelling (CEEM) enables local governments to understand the GHG and energy implications of future development scenarios in their communities.

There are several approaches to CEEM that uses a variety of technologies and can cover different sectors and area size. A snapshot of active models and approaches is available. Download here. More:

Reintroduction of the Clean Energy Vehicle Program

To make clean energy vehicles more affordable and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Province will offer incentives of up to $5,000 for the purchase or lease of a new battery electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and up to $6,000 for a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Read more.

LinkedIn Group Discussion Topics

Join the Toolkit LinkedIn group* for  knowledge-sharing with peers. Examples of recent discussion themes are:

  • Asset Management and Climate Change
    Q & A with CAO Emanuel Machado on The Town of Gibsons' Eco-Asset Strategy
  • Telkwa’s Mini Biomass District Heating System– Insider Insights with Telkwa’s Engineer Technologist Scott Beck
  • Community Energy Explorer Tool – webinar recording now available 

*Please note: this is a closed moderated group for local governments and their stakeholders - more information can be found in the group rules section once membership is approved.

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The BC Climate Action Toolkit is provided by a three-way partnership between the Green Communities Committee (with representatives from the Province of BC and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities) and Smart Planning for Communities, a program of the Fraser Basin Council.

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