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Deadline to Submit CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Reports Approaching Fast

To receive your CARIP grant and be recognized for your climate action leadership your 2016 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey, Carbon Tax Calculation Form and CARIP Public Report Attestation Form, indicating that your report has been made public, need to be submitted to the Province by June 01, 2017.  For details on CARIP program deadlines and requirements click here.  A Refresher on CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting webinar recording, carbon neutral progress instructions and program guide can be found on the Carbon Neutral Local Government page the Toolkit website.

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BC Step Code: a Tool for 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. The new performance-based approach identifies an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it.

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FCM Launches Climate and Asset Management Network

Federation of Canadian Municipalities recently launched the Climate and Asset Management Network to help municipalities integrate climate change decisions with asset management planning. Apply by June 15, 2017 and take advantage of this opportunity to participate in peer-learning opportunities, and get access to training and funding for eligible projects in your community.

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QUEST Announces New National District Energy Working Group

Quest just announced the establishment of a national District Energy Working Group designed as a collaborative of stakeholders. The network’s goal is to enhance education and raise awareness on the importance of District Energy. The Working Group will advocate for policies, programs, and resources that support District Energy at all levels of government. 

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Get Recognition for Your Climate Action Efforts

In addition to the Green Community Committee’s annual Climate Action Recognition Program, that publicly recognizes the climate action progress and achievements of each Climate Action Charter signatory, there are three other exciting opportunities to receive recognition for your climate action efforts. Applications are currently being accepted for the following awards:

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propelling your climate action efforts

REPORT: Pembina’s Deep Emissions Reduction in the Existing Building Stock report integrates perspectives shared at the Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings thought leader forum and outlines key elements of a retrofit policy for British Columbia and Canada.

INFOGRAPHIC: Pembina Institute and The Atmospheric Fund put together an easy to follow infographic to illustrate the many benefits of energy efficient homes and buildings

REPORT: REFBC’s Building Change: Towards Sustainable Communities report presents a case for sustainable built environments, summarizes public opinion poll findings, and presents a possible path forward: six priorities for action and a model for cross-sectoral collaboration. 

REPORT: Pembina’s Improving Urban Freight Efficiency report looks at municipal and industry-led initiatives and solutions to address urban freight challenges.

BLOGPOSTWhat city planners can learn from Malmö‘s eco-districts blogpost reviews lessons in sustainability from the Swedish city of Malmö which used its industrial decline in the 1990s as an opportunity to create an eco-district.

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HEADS UP: for municipal climate action enthusiasts

Generation Energy: Moving Canada Forward: The Government of Canada is looking for input on the future of energy in Canada. 

The economic case for retrofitting buildings: Globe and Mail article looks at the compelling evidence in support of building retrofits to make them sustainable and energy efficient. 

LED Street Lighting Solutions Package and training: ICLEI and Philips Lighting partner to develop guidance and training on LED Street Lighting Project Design to benefit local governments globally. 

Economic payoffs of going carbon neutral: The story of Copenhagen, city that already reduced its carbon emissions by more than 40 percent since 1990.

CaGBC Conference: Canada’s largest green building conference. This year’s focus is on actionable solutions to climate change. May 30 – June 1, 2017 in Vancouver, BC. 

PIBC 2017 Annual Conference – Equilibrium: This is a professional educational and networking event. May 30 - June 2, 2017 in Prince George, BC.  

Recycling Council of BC Conference & Trade Show: BC's premier annual networking and education event will be held in Whistler, BC between June 21 and 23, 2017. 

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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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