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Community Excellence Awards

Is your municipality “leading the pack” in green initiatives? Apply for UBCM Community Excellence Awards

Seize the opportunity to showcase your municipal or regional districts’ pioneering achievements in one of the qualifying categories, including leadership and innovation in green initiatives.  Application deadline is June 17, 2016 and the awards will be presented on Thursday, September 29th at the UBCM Convention during a special breakfast reception - open to applicants and winners only. This year is the inaugural year for the new agriculture award for local governments that support growing local.

Apply now!

UBCM releases preliminary program for the upcoming 2016 Convention

Stronger Together is the theme of this year’s UBCM Convention. The 2016 Convention will be held September 26-30 at the Victoria Conference Centre. If you have ideas to share, send in your session proposals by June 17th. For inspiration, take a look at the preliminary program, now available online.

Explore Stronger Together preliminary program.

GCC Committee

CARIP Carbon Neutral Reporting Refresher Webinar Recording

Back-to-Basics Refresher on CARIP Carbon Neutral Reporting webinar reviewed frequently asked questions on filling out the CARIP survey and working toward reaching carbon neutrality. The webinar was presented by staff from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and the Climate Action Secretariat (CAS), Ministry of Environment. A recording of the webinar and associated power-point presentation are now available for viewing.

Take a look!

Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

REPORT: Creating Complete, Compact and Energy-Efficient Communities in BC: How Fiscal Tools Can Be an Opportunity for Local Governments  focuses on currently available and potential fiscal tools to reduce sprawl, increase density, and support a reduction in car dependency, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

WEBINAR RECORDING: GTI - Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition webinar highlights the untapped opportunities that Canadian communities have to strengthen local economies, reduce current and future energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and create jobs through community energy planning.

GUIDEBOOK: How to create and implement a brownfield strategy - produced by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as part of a series for its new Leadership in Brownfield Renewal Program (LiBRe), helps Canadian municipalities devise and implement successful brownfield strategies.

RESEARCH STUDY: The Built Environment in BC (REFBC) - REFBC's multi-phase research study looked at integrated communities, housing, buildings, infrastructure and energy, and transportation to assess the current status, trends, drivers and barriers to built environment sustainability in BC.


HEADS UP: for the municipal climate action enthusiasts

Implementing Community Sustainability Plans in BC research project focuses on the factors that support or hinder local governments’ ability to achieve successful implementation. The final report will be released in June 2016 and announced on the Toolkit’s news section.

National Industrial Symbiosis Project (NISP-Canada)— a proposed two-year pilot project that aims to bring together a number of local governments with local small to medium-sized businesses to utilize one company’s ‘waste as a resource’ for other companies.  A recent third-party audit in the UK’s NISP found a 40:1 benefit-to-cost ratio. Learn more

The Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP) - Round 2 funding selections for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects have been made and will be announced shortly. The Round 3 call for applications is expected to launch by summer 2016. Stay tuned!

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Participate in the Dialogue: Join the Toolkit LinkedIn Group

Connect and share knowledge with your peers! Join the BC Climate Action Toolkit LinkedIn group, a closed moderated group for local governments and their stakeholders. Help create a lively discussion amongst industry professionals and propel Climate Action efforts in BC.

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