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Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) released the new video that explains the value of Integrated Community Energy Systems. More information on this video and the Canada-wide Smart Energy Map of top 50 projects in Canada can be found here


Congratulations to the Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU), owned and operated by the City of Richmond, on winning two awards for its innovative feats in both engineering and public works. The ADEU, located in Richmond, BC, currently serves over 600 residences and a daycare. Learn more

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Small-scale Biomass District Heating Guide

Small-scale Biomass District Heating Guide, published by Community Energy Association, is intended primarily for local government and First Nation officials and staff to support an active local government and band role in the development of clean energy and a green economy. Learn more

CARIP Report Celebrates Local Government Climate Action Progress

The recently released CARIP summary report identifies that local governments across B.C. are making substantial progress toward meeting their Climate Action Charter commitments and moving toward achieving GHG reduction targets.

To date, 86% of all reporting local governments are measuring their corporate emissions, accounting for 245,686 tonnes of corporate GHGs across B.C.. Of these, 31 achieved carbon neutrality in 2012.

The summary report looks back at the past three reporting years.  It is encouraging to see that since 2010 the total number of actions reported in both the corporate and community spheres have almost doubled.

Number of Corporate Actions Reported 2010 - 2012

Number of Community-Wide Actions Reported

Based on the information reported, it is clear that local governments across B.C. are committed to addressing climate change in both the corporate and community spheres. The summary report, lists of local government climate actions and the CARIP reporting guidance and template can be found here.


Registration for The ICLEI Livable Cities Forum (LCF) – Building Resilient Communities (April 2-4 2014) is now open.

The LCF2014 Program will explore building resilient communities through six themes:

Preparing – accessing scientific information and getting ready for the new normal
Responding – recovering, restructuring, and rebuilding after the storm
Mainstreaming – connecting ideas and integrating resilience into the everyday
Placemaking – promoting vibrant, healthy, and inclusive neighbourhoods to enhance resilience
Measuring – assessing risk, improving processes, and evaluating success
Politicking – using political leadership to strengthen local resilience  *exclusively for elected officials

There are a number of workshops focused on Climate Change Adaptation and Alternative Energy. For more information and registration visit the Conference webpage.

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