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Check out the updated BC Climate Action Toolkit. The new site features the latest tools, training videos and Success Stories on the homepage along with links to social networks.


Development Permit Areas for Climate Action: Make strategic choices about using Development Permit Areas:


UBCM is accepting applications for funding under the Gas Tax General Strategic Priorities Fund (GSPF) and the Innovations Fund (IF) until May 31, 2012. More information >>

New Tools

Updated Household Organic Waste Composting Guidance

Use the GHG reductions from organics waste diversion projects to balance your corporate emissions. The GCC is pleased to provide an update to the "Household Organic Waste Composting; Project Profile" available on the carbon neutral page of the Toolkit website.

Shaping the Future with Energy and Emissions Modelling Tools

Struggling to set reasonable greenhouse gas reduction targets, or to rationalize the ones you have set? Community-scale Energy and Emissions Modelling tools help BC local governments estimate the energy and GHG implications of future development scenarios in their communities.

What are CEEM Tools? Community-scale Energy and Emissions Modelling (CEEM) tools enable the analysis and comparison of future energy consumption and GHG emissions resulting from projected land use changes, transportation patterns and other decisions that will affect the built environment.

Depending on the tool, CEEM can provide information in a variety of formats that best suits each local government’s needs (e.g., visualizations, maps, data tables, charts or graphs).

Why Use CEEM Tools? CEEM tools assist local government staff, elected officials and other community stakeholders to either set or revisit community-wide greenhouse gas emission reduction targets policies and actions. 

On The Ground A growing number of BC communities are benefiting from the insights that CEEM provides to relevant community planning processes (Official Community Plans, Regional Growth Strategies, Community Energy and Emissions Planning and Integrated Community Sustainability Planning).

The following BC communities provide a small sample of a range of models and approaches used. Read their stories here:
• City of North Vancouver
• Central Kootenay Regional District
• Fraser Valley Regional District
• City of Prince George

Get Help Training, Contacts and Resources about Community Energy and Emissions Modelling:

Questions regarding CEEM? Please contact:

Ted Sheldon Special Advisor, Communities
Climate Action Secretariat, BC Ministry of Environment
T: 250-387-1359;

Mary Storzer Senior Planner
BC Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
t: 250 356-5515;

Training and Resources on Community Energy and Emissions Modelling
  1. Download the April 2012 CEEM Tools Matrix for a high-level comparative snapshot of 11 active models and approaches that practitioners have been using.
  2. Watch a webcast on Modelling 101 delivered by Nicole Miller

  3. Read and listen to the experiences of other communities with CEEM tools under the 'HOW' tab at:
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