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BC local governments demonstrate commitment to climate action

The 2015 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report indicates that BC local governments continue to show commitment to reducing corporate and community-wide emissions. Local governments are addressing climate change and making their contribution towards achieving a sustainable future in the province through innovative approaches to planning, policy development and implementation. Inspiring examples of BC local governments taking climate action are shared on the BC Climate Action Toolkit’s success stories page.

Take a look at the 2015 CARIP summary report

Qualicum Beach Fire Hall

BC success stories: Qualicum Beach fire hall replacement project

Town of Qualicum Beach cuts emissions and saves on energy bills by making energy efficiency one of the top priorities for their new fire hall replacement project. Energy efficiency features that were incorporated into the design are estimated to result in energy savings that will average around 72% a year compared to a building of the same size constructed to standard requirements under BC’s Building Code.

Learn more about Qualicum Beach success story

UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award

BCs carbon tax recognized as
one of the leading initiatives on
climate change

British Columbia's revenue-neutral tax received international award at climate summit in Morocco! The United Nations Climate Change secretariat recognized BC for this ground-breaking work with one of the thirteen Momentum for Change awards. This initiative raises awareness on some of the most innovative, work on climate change and shares examples that are scalable and replicable in communities around the globe. Congratulations to all of the Winners of 2016 UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award.

Check out the 2016 Momentum for Change Award winners

2016 BC Community Energy and Climate Change Funding Guide

2016 Funding Guide for Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives

Looking for resources to fund your community energy and climate change initiatives? Find solutions in Community Energy Association’s 2016 Funding Guide for Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives guide. This guide will help you learn about funding opportunities available to BC local governments involved in energy planning, efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Check out the 2016 Funding Guide

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Fleet Champion Program incentives available for BC-based fleets!

The BC Fleet Champions program helps organizations with electric vehicle uptake, providing technical and financial support. The program offers two new incentives to BC based fleets that sign the West Coast Electric Fleet pledge. Learn how much you could save by electrifying your fleet, or get financial assistance for EV charging. Application deadlines are January 27 and May 1, 2017! You can also check out Case for EVs in Local Government Fleets webinar recording.

Learn more about Fleet Champion Program Incentives

Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

Resilient infrastructure in a changing climate workshop

Learn about the future climate trends for the Upper Fraser region and how these trends will impact infrastructure. Fraser Basin Council and Engineers Canada are hosting a full-day workshop in Prince George on February 09, 2017 to provide an overview of new practice guidelines for highway infrastructure adaptation, and also to explore case studies of assessing climate risk for road transportation and wastewater infrastructure. 

Learn more and register here

Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

FRAMEWORK: GIT’s Community Energy Planning Framework is a new tool that looks at 10 strategies local governments could use to move their Community Energy Plans from a vision to implementation.

RESOURCE LIST: FCM’s asset management and sustainability resources page offers a collection of curated links to help you find information on funding, training, conferences and more across Canada.

ARTICLE SERIES: Partners in Climate Protection’s new Local Climate Change Heroes series profiles leaders in climate change from municipalities across Canada and offers opportunity to learn from and connect with each featured member of the program.

REPORT: Accelerating Market Transformation for High-Performance Building Enclosures report is for decision-makers in government and industry interested in the state of market, policy developments, and lessons learned from the Passive House movement.

RESOURCE REPOSITORY: Smart Energy Atlas is a free online Canadian repository of smart energy projects, policies, programs, plans, and resources. It is free, accessible, interactive, and searchable. The updated version includes an option to submit entries which will be approved and posted directly to the web.

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

Federal Infrastructure Funding: Government of Canada is showing commitment towards supporting community infrastructure with the expansion of the Phase 2 of the federal Infrastructure Plan funding. Read more

Community Energy Implementation Readiness Survey: This is a self-evaluation tool to assess the degree to which critical success factors are in place to support CEP implementation. Take the survey

Community Energy Management Courses: Registration is now open for the three of the six CEA/BCIT courses offered this winter that qualify students to write CEA’s Community Energy Management certification exam. Find out more and register here

Global Learning Forum 2017: Renewable Cities is organizing a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition to 100% renewable energy in cities. Vancouver, British Columbia from May 17-19, 2017. Learn more

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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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