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Latest Provincial Community Energy & Emissions Inventory Data Available Online

In March of this year, the Province published new community energy and emissions data that compliments the previous Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI). Two files, BC landfill waste data at the community level and BC utilities energy data at the community level, contain community level data for local governments including landfill waste by tonnage and estimated emissions for years 2007 – 2016 as well as energy consumption for various utility companies. The data reports are available for download here.

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BC Success Stories: Kimberley’s former mine site becomes home to the largest solar project in BC

Kimberley's SunMine is BC’s first municipally owned utility-scale solar facility. The project has allowed the community to utilize the Sullivan mine’s now fully reclaimed brownfield and make use of existing transmission infrastructure that once served the mine.  At peak production SunMine provides 1 Megawatt or enough to power about 250 homes in BC. 

Read the Kimberly Success Story

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PCP National Measures Report

Recently released Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) National Measures report compiles information on the actions taken by members participating in the PCP program and the impact they have on reducing Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This year’s report includes a wide variety of projects including those at municipal operations and community-wide that have reduced GHG emissions by 721,510 tonnes CO2e per year. PCP is a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

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UBCM Convention 2018

The UBCM Convention Convenes in Whistler

The UBCM team has some great sessions on the list for this year’s Convention, held in Whistler, BC between September 10 – 14. The convention will be offering a diverse and relevant program, complemented with several networking opportunities for dialogue, learning and idea exchange. 2018 UBCM Convention registration is now open. Early bird discount is available until August 3rd. 

Take a look at the preliminary program

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Call for EOI: Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Watershed Roll-out in BC

The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) offers a methodology and support for local governments to integrate natural assets into core asset management and financial processes using the same systems as for engineered assets. The MNAI is now offering a watershed-level program in BC focussed on the needs and capacities of smaller / rural local governments, in a single geographic region. Additional details and the Request for Expressions of Interest are due date by August 17, 2018.

Learn more abou this opportunity

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BC Energy Step Code launches new website

BC Energy Step Code has a new website--launched by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs--offering a wealth of information and resources that can be used by local governments to support energy-efficient new buildings. The new BC Energy Step Code establishes a set of incremental performance steps for new buildings designed to help BC to transition to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032. BC local governments can use this voluntary tool to encourage—or require—the construction of more energy-efficient buildings in their communities.

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Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

TOOL: Service Sustainability Assessment Tool - A new tool is available to help staff and Councils understand the current sustainability of the services being provided in their communities.

TOOL: The Climate Atlas of Canada  interactive tool that combines climate science, mapping and storytelling

REPORT: PCP 2018 National Measures Report highlights the great strides cities and communities in Canada are making to address climate change

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

RESOURCES: Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) resources support people who are new to infrastructure asset management

TOOL: Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing helps communities with their long-term infrastructure planning decisions

TOOL: Climate adaptation maturity scale  - FCM

GUIDES: Adaptation Primers - Canadian Society of Landscape Architects

GUIDEBOOK: Buying Green Handbook - A handbook on green public procurement

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

EVENT: 115th UBCM Convention – most important annual meeting of local government leaders in British Columbia will be held in Whistler, BC from September 10 - 14, 2018

EVENT: Asset Management BC Annual Conference will be held in Vancouver, BC on September 26 and 27, 2018 at the Radisson Airport hotel. 

EVENT: Global Climate Action Summit - affiliate event will be held in Kelowna / Penticton from Thursday, September 13 - 14, 2018.

EVENT: BCSEA’s Annual Energy Connections Conference will be held in Burnaby, BC on September 15, 2018.

EVENT: Making the Links 2018: Climate Change, Community Health & Resilience Symposium will be held in Kelowna from November 5-6

COURSES: Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas - September 14 - December 8, 2018

RESEARCH INITIATIVE: B.C. Local Government Renewable Gas Roadmap initiative - Renewable Cities new collaborative research project will help build the capacity of B.C. local governments to generate RNG 

FUNDING: Columbia Basin Trust Environment Grants are available for municipalities and regional districts within the Columbia Basin Trust region. 

FUNDING: FCM's Green Municipal Fund provides funding to Canadian municipalities for innovative environmental capital projects. Applcation deadline is August 1, 2018.

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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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