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2017 CARIP Climate Action and Carbon Neutral Reporting Dates and Requirements (2016 reporting year)

Under CARIP, local government Climate Action Charter signatories are required to report publicly on their plan and progress toward meeting their climate action goals, including progress toward carbon neutrality. This year's reporting process consists of a single online survey, the 2016 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey that needs to be submitted and made public by June 01, 2017. Links to survey instructions and the program guide which includes details on completing the Carbon Tax Calculation Form can be found here.

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CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting Webinar

Webinar: Refresher on CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting

Local government staff are invited to register for a free webinar Refresher on CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting on March 14, 2017, which will include a background on the BC Climate Action Charter and the Green Communities Committee (GCC), and focus on the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) and the GCC Carbon Neutral Framework. Staff from the Ministries of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Environment will present and answer questions on CARIP and the Carbon Neutral reporting process.

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Tool Update: 2012 Community Energy and Emissions Inventory Report

The 2012 Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEI) report is now available online. Find useful energy consumption and GHG emissions baseline information organized around four primary sectors: buildings, on-road transportation (Lower Mainland), municipal solid waste, and land-use change from deforestation. The CEEI reports help local governments to meet the legislative requirement to establish GHG reduction targets, policies and actions in official community plans and regional growth strategies.

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Kelowna's Push Button Technology

BC Success Story: A push for innovation - an economic way to increase safe cycling in Kelowna

Staff at the City of Kelowna discovered a cost-effective way to increase cyclist safety through an innovative use of existing technology, originally intended for a very different application. The city tested the use of piezoelectric push button technology, capable of converting the mechanical push of the button into electrical energy and transmitting the signal wirelessly without requiring any direct electrical power or batteries. This new technology can be deployed without digging up the road or island for underground conduit and wiring, significantly reducing installation costs associated with the traditional approach.

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New Programs to Help Municipalities Address Climate Change & Strengthen Infrastructure Planning

Federation of Canadian Municipalities rolled out two new funding programs - the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program and the Municipal Asset Management Program to help increase capacity of Canadian municipalities to reduce GHG emissions, build resilience to the impacts of climate change, and support better planning and management of municipal infrastructure. The programs will provide access to funding, training and learning opportunities to municipalities wishing to integrate climate change considerations into asset management.

Find out more details about the programs

Featured Resources

propelling your climate action efforts

REPORT: Methods for Measuring the Economics of Community Energy Plans report helps Community Energy Managers choose the economic analysis method that is best suited to their community’s CEP approach, needs, and resources. 

GUIDEBOOK: FCM’s Practical solutions and strategies for building sustainable neighbourhoods in Canada guidebook helps elected officials, staff and private developers re-imagine a municipality's approach to planning, development and regulation. 

REPORT: New Solutions for Sustainable Stormwater Management in Canada report introduces stormwater user fees and various other tools that help local governments take an integrated approach to better urban stormwater management through the use of green infrastructure. 

TOOLKIT: Ecosystem Services Toolkit: Completing and Using Ecosystem Service Assessment for Decision-Making contains numerous innovative tools and resources designed to enhance users’ understanding of ecosystem services and to support analysis and decision-making.

Upcoming Attractions

HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

Funding for Clean Energy Vehicles: The Province of BC announced $40 million to support clean energy vehicles, directed towards projects to support electric and hydrogen vehicle purchasing, charging/fuelling, and outreach. Read more

Climate and Asset Management Network: FCM will host a free webinar on their new network that supports local government wishing to integrate climate considerations into asset management. March 7, 2017. Learn more

Energy Connections conference: BC Sustainable Energy Association’s conference brings together citizens, small and medium businesses and government agencies to discuss the latest innovations in clean energy generation, conservation and efficiency. Vancouver, BC, March 4, 2017. Learn more

Eco-Asset Management Symposium: Comox Valley Land Trust symposium will explore eco-system services and eco-asset management opportunities in the upper, mid and lower Comox Valley watersheds. Courtenay, BC from March 14 - 15, 2017. Learn more

Global Learning Forum 2017: Renewable Cities is organizing a solutions-focused dialogue on the transition to 100% renewable energy in cities. Vancouver, BC 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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