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Vancouver Makes Cycling Safer for People of all Ages and Abilities

Read the latest climate action success story and watch a video on Vancouver’s Separated Bicycle Lanes Program. Bike trips in Vancouver increased over 40% soon after the implementation of the Program, resulting in fewer commutes made by vehicles and lowered traffic related GHG emissions. More here.

Climate Action Leaders around BC Recognized at UBCM Convention

Winners of the Climate & Energy Action Awards were announced at the 2014 Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention.

Download the infographic on the left for a summary of the 2014 Applicants and a short history of the awards. 

The awards are presented by The Community Energy Association, UBCM, BC Hydro, FortisBC and the Province of BC. Find out who won here.

Electrify Your Fleet with Plug In BC

Plug In BC is an initiative co-chaired by the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines and BC Hydro to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure in BC.

Efforts are focused along five main themes: vehicle deployment, charging infrastructure, policy development, research, and outreach. Find tools, resources, and ways to participate here:

Gas Tax Agreement Outcomes Report

The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) 2009-2012 Gas Tax Outcomes Report describes environmental sustainability achievements as a result of federal Gas Tax funds invested in local government infrastructure projects across BC.

Outcomes show that Gas Tax funding from 2009-2012 include: over 79,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy generation per year; 379 km of new or improved paths and trails and 50 community energy retrofits to public buildings. Read more here.

New Tool: GCC Communiqué: Option 1 Avoided Forest Conversion Project

The Green Communities Committee (GCC) is pleased to announce the availability of a fifth GCC-approved Option 1 project to assist local governments in meeting their climate action goals – the Avoided Forest Conversion Project (AFCP). Links to tools and the Provincial contact here.

New Program: LED Lights to Brighten B.C. Streets

Shared Services BC has introduced a new procurement program to support the purchase of energy efficient LED street lighting. B.C. Corporate Supply Arrangements (CSAs) for LED street light luminaires are now available for all eligible public sector organizations (including local governments) that need street lights. More here. photo courtesy: Ryan Pyle

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