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Date Summary
26 Sep, 2017 The Energy Step Code costing study and summary report

The Energy Step Code costing study and summary report are now available on online. A full analysis of what it takes to build different affordable housing types to every level of the Energy Step Code in every region of British Columbia. 

26 Sep, 2017 Moving Towards Zero Waste in BC

A clinic held on Tuesday at the 2017 UBCM convention explored resources for local governments to pursue zero waste. From the implementation of plastic bag bans to encouraging the construction industry to think upstream during procurement and purchasing, waste management was explored with an emphasis on reconsidering all steps in a product's life with the goal of reducing or eliminating waste.

20 Sep, 2017 Next Generation Clean Energy Infrastructure: Call for Letters of Expression of Interest (EOI)

Call for expressions of interest for the Next-Generation Clean Energy Infrastructure. Make your submission by September 25. 

13 Sep, 2017 Celebrating 2017 CEA Award Applicants

Community Energy Association announces the 15 outstanding applications for  the 2017 CEA Awards. Winners will be announced at UBCM Conference in September 2017.

13 Sep, 2017 ICLEI - Cities Survey on community energy

ICLEI is gathering input from local governments worldwide to inform national government policy recommendations on community energy. The findings will be included in a white paper for the next IRENA's Assembly and will also be shared at COP23 (November 2017).

06 Sep, 2017 Best Practices Guide for Local Governments interested in implementing the BC Energy Step Code

New Best Practices guide is now available for local governments in BC who want to learn more about implementing the BC Energy Step Code in policies, programs, or bylaws.

29 Aug, 2017 Toolkit Newsletter: Climate Action Updates for BC Local Governments - Fall 2017

Check out the latest Climate Action Toolkit e-news with free programs, grants, valuable tools and success stories from local government peers.
28 Aug, 2017 City of Vernon Sustainability Grant Program Launched to Encourage Community Participation

The City of Vernon is launching the 2017 - 2018 Sustainability Grants program to encourage community participation in sustainable action while recognizing current and ongoing sustainability projects in Vernon.

21 Aug, 2017 FCM Sustainability and climate change funding: Webinar series
Free webinar recordings on FCM grants and loans for climate change initiatives and innovative sustainability projects are now available for viewing online. 
14 Aug, 2017 Cowichan Valley Regional District Continues to Reduce Energy Consumption

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) has reduced energy consumption by 19% and continues to achieve carbon neutral operations for 2016.

08 Aug, 2017 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards - Call for award nominations is now open

Showcase your municipality’s outstanding sustainability initiative. Apply today for FCM’s 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards. 

08 Aug, 2017 Municipal Natural Assets Initiative - Extension of Application Period

Deadline to send an Expressions of Interest to host a second-round Municipal Natural Assets Initiative pilot project has been extended to August 28 2017. 

01 Aug, 2017 2017 Clean Energy BC Awards: Call for Nominations

Clean Energy BC is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Clean Energy BC Awards. Clean Energy BC has six specific annual awards available plus discretionary Merit Awards recognizing individuals and companies that have excelled in their field of expertise. Deadline for Nominations: October 13th, 2017.

19 Jul, 2017 Home builders embrace net-zero with new labelling program
The Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) launched Net Zero Energy Home Labelling Program as a way to recognize not only the homes, but the builders, as well as the renovators.
12 Jul, 2017 District of Summerland Commits to Developing Green Revolving Fund

On July 4th, the District of Summerland, British Columbia, announced that it has joined the Billion Dollar Green Challenge network. The District is committed to establishing a green revolving fund (GRF) that will continue to grow over time, and has become the 67th institution participating in this initiative.

12 Jul, 2017 Governments of Canada launches Smart Cities Challenge!

Gov of Canada is launching Smart Cities Challenge! Municipalities, regional governments, and Indigenous communities ready to innovate are invited to share ideas on ways use of smart technology and practices could improve their communities. Best ideas will be awarded one of the 5 great prizes (in the range of $5 - $50 million). Join the conversation now.

26 Jun, 2017 Nelson, BC, turns on Canada’s first community solar garden project

City of Nelson and Bullfrog Power launched the Nelson Community Solar Garden Project, Canada’s first community solar garden installation that uses “virtual net-metering” to showcase the future of how Canadians can support renewable energy projects in their community.

21 Jun, 2017 Community Excellence Awards Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Community Excellence Awards has been extended to Friday, June 30th. 

19 Jun, 2017 CEA Announces its Team of Regional Climate Advisors

The team at the Community Energy Association are now recognized regional climate advisors with FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP). 

19 Jun, 2017 Nominate your municipality for FCM's 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards

Celebrate innovative local sustainability initiatives by nominating your municipality for FCM’s 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards.