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CARIP Reporting Requirements 2017

CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting Requirements (2017 reporting year)

Under CARIP, local government Climate Action Charter signatories are required to report publicly on their plan and progress toward meeting their climate action goals, including progress toward carbon neutrality. The CARIP reports for the 2017 reporting year are due on June 1, 2018. In case you missed this year’s webinar refresher on CARIP and Carbon Neutral reporting requirements and updates, the recording is now available on the Toolkit website. More information on the CARIP program and reporting steps can be found here.

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Infrastructure Costing Pilot Project

The Green Communities Committee, a joint Provincial-UBCM committee, is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from local governments (LGs) who would like to participate in the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool Implementation Pilot Project. CLIC Tool, developed by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, is an open source, Excel-based tool that is offered free of charge. The Tool helps communities with their long-term infrastructure planning decisions by comparing different development scenarios that provide better understand of the infrastructure cost implications of land use decisions. Local governments participating in the pilot will receive help with staff training, data gathering, data validation and general advice, plus a $1000 honorarium.

Download the EOI to participate in the pilot here

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Grants available for salaries of staff working on climate action

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) recently announced new grants of up to $125,000 to help Canadian municipalities supplement salaries of new or existing staff working on initiatives to improve adaptation to local climate change impacts or reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Deadline to submit applications is June 29, 2018 and small and medium-sized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the requirements and how to apply

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Local Governments are Putting the BC Energy Step Code Standard to Work

A number of local governments across BC have started either referencing BC Energy Step Code in their bylaws or are in the process of consulting with industry on a proposed approach. The latest communities to indicate they will be consulting with industry to develop a Step Code Strategy include Burnaby, Kimberley, Vernon, and the Village of Belcarra. A Best Practices Guide is available online for local governments that are interested in referencing the Code in their policies, programs, or bylaws.

Learn more about BC Energy Step Code

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Congratulations to 2017 PCP Movers and Shakers

As the Regional Climate Advisor for the PCP program in the BC & Yukon Region, CEA would like to congratulate BC’s new members of FCM-ICLEI’s Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP) and all the communities that moved the dial on their PCP milestones. Ten local governments in BC joined the program in 2017 and 87 new milestones were achieved at the community and corporate levels. CEA looks forward to more PCP collaboration with communities in 2018.

Learn more about FCM's Regional Climate Advisors

Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

GUIDE: How to develop an asset management policy and strategy (FCM) 

GUIDES HUB: Getting to Know the Guides and Toolkits for Sustainable Land and Water Use Planning 

GUIDEBOOK SERIES: Best practices in brownfield redevelopment - seven-part guidebook series 

GUIDE: BC Energy Step Code Design Guide - key strategies and approaches to meet the Energy Step Code in mid- and high-rise

REPORT: Gas Tax Outcomes Report - measures the environmental, social and economic benefits of the program between 2014 and 2016 

TOOL: Pembina’s Climate Policy Ideas Tool - Test the effects of 50+ approaches with the new Energy Policy Simulator

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

FUNDING: Low Carbon Economy Challenge: $450 million in funding available through Champions stream. Expressions of Interest due by May 14, 2018

FUNDING: Applications are accepted for the third intake for the 2018 Asset Management Planning program until Sept 28, 2018

AWARDSUBCM Community Excellence Awards - Application deadline is May 25, 2018.

EVENT: PIBC 2018 Annual Conference - The Game Plan will be held May 29th to June 1st at the Victoria Conference Centre 

EVENT: Canadian Bioeconomy Conference and Exhibition will be held between June 6-8, 2018 in Prince George, BC. 

EVENT: ZWC 2018 – A World Without Waste: The Journey to A Circular Economy will be held in Vancouver, BC (dates and program details coming up)

WEBINAR: Three Revolutions - Transforming Transportation on June 25, 2018

WORKSHOPS: Building Better with Energy Step Code Workshop Series, various dates and locations.

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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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