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Sooke has looked long term to develop a new Town Centre and created an innovative policy framework to realize this goal. More here...


BC Community-Scale Energy & Emissions Modelling Webinar, June 9, 1:30 - 3:00pm: an introduction to emissions modelling and its relevance to local government decision-making and planning. Register today!

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ReTooling for Climate Change ( is your first stop for finding tools and resources that can help communities adapt to climate change impacts. For an overview of adaptation and initiatives for BC local governments visit

Carbon Neutral Local Government

The Green Communities Committee is recommending SMARTTool to local governments working to meet their carbon neutral commitments.

SMARTTool is a web-based, carbon emissions inventory and reporting tool that provides a standardized approach to calculating and reporting an organization’s corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

Local governments who sign on to use SMARTTool before October 14, 2011 will receive a 50% reduction in their first year costs!

SMARTTool offers local governments a number of benefits including:

  • a consistent approach for calculating and reporting corporate GHG emissions inventories
  • one-on-one training and ongoing support to set up and manage a customized emissions profile
  • on-going application of current emissions factors to ensure valid data outputs

For further information on the benefits of SMARTTool, the incentive and how to sign up visit:

Or contact: Colleen Olague: (250) 952-5411,

Carbon Neutral Workshops & Webinars

The Green Communities Committee has just released the draft
'Becoming Carbon Neutral Guidebook' and will be holding a series of
free workshops and webinars for local governments in June on the 4-steps to carbon neutrality.

Learn how to measure your corporate emissions using SMARTTool (or an equivalent measurement tool) and how to become carbon neutral in your corporate operations.

For information on how to register for workshops and webinars, as well as dates, locations, times and workshop materials including the draft 'Becoming Carbon Neutral Guidebook' please visit the Toolkit:

Climate Change and Adaptation at the Local Level: Pre-Conference Workshop

Join us at the Planning Institute of BC Conference to learn more ways to take climate action.

  • Location: Nanaimo Coast Bastion Hotel
  • Date: Tuesday, May 31st 9am-4pm
  • Cost: $60
  • Host: Province of BC

If you are not registered for the full conference but are interested in attending this workshop contact

JOIN Smart Planning for Communities' PIBC session focused on the integration aspect of community sustainability planning.

VISIT the Fraser Basin Council PIBC table to find out how to get on-the-ground sustainability planning assistance.

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