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Call for feedback on B.C.’s Climate Leadership Plan

BC is holding a 30-day public consultation on ideas and priorities for the next Climate Leadership Plan. Please read the discussion paper and fill out the survey. Organizations can also submit additional information to This is a great opportunity to share your priorities for the next round of climate action programs and policies. Join the discussion

Infrastructure Planning Grant Program - Intake Deadline is July 31, 2015

The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development offers Infrastructure Planning Grants, up to $10,000, to local governments for projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure. Eligible proposals can request help with improving or developing long-term comprehensive plans that include, but are not limited to: capital asset management plans, community energy plans, integrated stormwater management plans, water master plans and liquid waste management plans. Intake deadline is July 31, 2015. Learn more

Success Story: Nanaimo Harvests Energy from Drinking Water Support System

The City of Nanaimo implements a unique water energy harvesting system to offset GHG emissions. By replacing its old, open air water Reservoir No.1 with a new enclosed reinforced concrete water reservoir that incorporates energy recovery equipment, the City is not only reducing emissions but also expecting potential energy savings between 750,000 – 1,000,000 kWh per year. The new system works in tandem with the City’s new Water Treatment Plant and supplies filtered water to Nanaimo residents. Read the Nanaimo Case Study

Preview of 2014 CARIP findings

A preliminary examination of Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) data indicates that Local Governments are continuing to advance on their commitment to reduce emissions in the broader community and in their own corporate operations. The trend toward adopting innovative approaches to alternative energy generation continues. Many communities now have solar ready regulation in place and there is increasing interest in biomass heating. On the corporate side, actions like “fleet greening” and the use of LED lighting is becoming common place. Learn more about CARIP

New Guide: Acting on Climate Change: Solutions by Canadian Scholars

Acting on Climate Change: Solutions by Canadian Scholars presents ten key policy orientations, illustrated by specific climate actions, that could be adopted by Canada to transition toward a low-carbon society.

This position paper identifies policy orientations that could help cities transition to low-carbon economy. For example:

  • Rapidly adopt low-carbon transportation strategies.
  • Integrate landscape, land use, transportation and energy infrastructure planning
  • Policies at multiple scales to ensure climate change mitigation.
  • Support evolution of the building sector toward a carbon neutral or carbon-positive sector

Learn more and download the guide

Meet the Toolkit team at the UBCM Convention – Vancouver, September 21 – 25, 2015

This year, the UBCM convention will open under a theme Excellence in Action to celebrate the innovations BC local governments are demonstrating in their initiatives. The conference will be held in Vancouver, BC from September 21 – 25. The BC Climate Action Toolkit team is excited to have an opportunity to meet local government leaders and staff and to respond to any questions about how we can help your efforts in reducing GHG emissions. Register for the UBCM Convention

FCM invites member municipalities to participate in PCP 2015 National Measures Report Survey!

Share your climate efforts! Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) invites all municipalities to report their innovative GHG reduction actions by participating in the PCP 2015 National Measures Report Survey. Deadline to participate in the survey is August 7, 2015. Municipalities are also given a chance to have their projects highlighted in the 2015 Report by providing specific information through Measures Reporting Submission Form. Take the Survey

Latest BC Climate Action Toolkit LinkedIn Group Discussions

Connect and share knowledge with your peers! Join the Toolkit LinkedIn group, a closed moderated group for local governments and their stakeholders. Examples of recent discussion themes are:

  • BC's Climate Leadership Plan
  • Community Infrastructure Planning Decision Support Tool overview
  • PCP’s 2015 National Measures Report Survey

Help us create a lively discussion amongst industry professionals and propel Climate Action efforts in BC. Join the Toolkit LinkedIn group

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