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Happy Holidays from the BC Climate Action Toolkit!

As 2019 comes to a close we are reflecting on our favourite stories of sustainability in British Columbia local governments over the past year. BC was recently rated first in Canada for energy efficiency, and local governments in the province are helping BC become a leader in successful mitigation initiatives. In the New Year, we will continue to highlight these efforts through our Success Stories, What's NewTwitter, and Linkedin. We are working on new success stories and are looking forward to sharing them soon. Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season and a very Happy New Year! 

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BC Rank's First in Canada for Energy Efficiency

Efficiency Canada recently released the Canadian Provincial Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which benchmarks progress, promotes healthy competition, and shares best practices in energy efficiency. British Columbia ranked first in the country due to its best practice policies including the BC Energy Step Code, which sets a clear path towards net-zero energy-ready buildings, a ramp-up in natural gas savings targets, industrial energy management systems, and support for vehicle electrification. 

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Annual Summary Report on Local Government Climate Action

This report illustrates the continued progress by local governments to reduce carbon emissions by highlighting examples of the achievements and experiences of small, medium, and large communities. The 2018 CARIP Summary Report includes:

  • Update on local government progress towards carbon neutrality
  • Highlights of climate mitigation and adaptation actions taken by small, medium, and large communities across BC
  • List of funding sources and programs used by local governments in support of climate action

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Saanich Success Story

The District of Saanich developed a new Agriculture and Food Security Plan, which sets a long-term vision to support a thriving, accessible, and environmentally responsible food system. The plan outlines strategies and sets a policy framework to help Saanich protect and support farmland and to provide a vibrant agricultural legacy to future generations.

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Vancouver Success Story

Building on its history of taking action on climate change and its vision to become the Greenest City in the world, the City of Vancouver set a bold new target to source all of its energy from 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. This commitment and strategic approaches are outlined in the City’s Renewable Energy Strategy. The Strategy was adopted in November 2015 and builds upon the Greenest City by 2020 Action Plan, which sets a goal for the City to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels and commits the City to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80% below 2007 levels before 2050.

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HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

WORKSHOP: BC Active Transportation Design Guide Training Workshop - January 30, 2020 in Nelson, BC (Skype Access Available)

EVENT: The 2020 Value of Biogas West Conference - January 14 & 15 2020 in Vancouver, BC

COURSE: Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals Course - February 3 - March 3, 2020 at Royal Roads University (Online)

EVENT: Adaptation Canada 2020 Conference - February 19-21, 2020 in Vancouver, BC


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Help us make the Toolkit work for you!

We are excited to announce that we’re working hard on making significant improvements to the BC Climate Action Toolkit website to make your experience of browsing the website efficient and practical. Join us in making the Toolkit the most comprehensive library of resources to meet your needs! We are consolidating the latest, most practical resources on climate action in an online library to support local government staff working on climate change projects and we need your help with identifying the best resources out there. Email us at to share with us resources, tools, policy examples, case studies or any other valuable data that you have used or find useful in your work of reducing GHG emissions in the following areas:

  • Drinking Water & Wastewater Services
  • Transportation
  • Planning and Land Use
  • Energy
  • Waste
  • Buildings and other Infrastructure
  • Greenspace and Resource Management
  • Emergency Risk Management
  • Health & Social Planning

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