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20 Mar, 2019 Call for EOI from Local Government Representatives to Join Energy Step Code Council

UBCM is calling for expressions of interest from local government representatives who wish to sit on the BC Energy Step Code Council. The Council is a multi-stakeholder advisory body supporting the implementation of the BC Energy Step Code and the market transition to net-zero energy ready buildings.

20 Mar, 2019 Federal Budget: Gas Tax Fund Doubled for a Year

Government of Canada doubled Gas Tax Fund in the Year 2019 budget. Local governments in British Columbia will see an immediate benefit from a top up transfer of $2.2 billion to the Federal Gas Tax Fund for the coming year. 

19 Mar, 2019 2018 Asset Management Planning Program

The Asset Management Planning Program assists local governments in delivering sustainable services by extending and deepening asset management practices within their organizations. Matching grants of up to $15,000.00 are available under the 2018 Asset Management Planning Program to support activities that advance a local government’s asset management planning or practices, and that facilitate better integration of asset management planning with long term financial planning.

11 Mar, 2019 Climate Change Adaptation Wizard - Canadian Pilot
PSD is seeking municipalities interested in participating in a pilot initiative, rolling out the UKCIP climate change adaptation wizard in Canada. 
10 Mar, 2019 CEA Support in Applying for CleanBC Communities Fund Grant
The Community Energy Association is available to provide free support to local governments and indigenous communities who wish to apply for a CCF grant, particularly for the completion of the preliminary GHG mitigation calculation and assessment. In support of the Province of BC’s new CleanBC Plan, the provincial government announced the CleanBC Communities Fund (CCF). The CCF funds public infrastructure projects in BC communities that achieve one of four outcomes: increase capacity to manage renewable energy, increase access to clean energy transportation, increase energy efficiency of buildings, or increase the generation of clean energy.
10 Mar, 2019 Partnership Between the Township of Langley and FortisBC Saves Energy and Money

A partnership between the Township of Langley and FortisBC is not only saving on energy consumption – it’s saving money.

10 Mar, 2019 North Okanagan Regional District to Explore Regulating Single Use Plastics

The Regional District of North Okanagan will look at implementing a regional regulation bylaw that would explore options for single-use plastics. The five electoral areas and the six member municipalities in the region will be consulted before the adoption of the bylaw. The direction was given to staff by the Board of Directors at the February 28, 2019, Committee of the Whole meeting.

04 Mar, 2019 2019 BC Energy Step Code survey

The 2019 BC Energy Step Code Survey has just been released. Deadline for completion is March 22, 2019.

01 Mar, 2019 BC Government is currently looking for input on Active Transportation

Over the next two months, the public is invited to participate in the online discussion forum below about active transportation. In addition to the online discussion, there will be conversations with local planners, Indigenous communities and a formal stakeholder submission process. All feedback received will result in a final approach that will be made publicly available.

25 Feb, 2019 Making The Case For Building To Zero Carbon

CaGBC’s “Making The Case For Building To Zero Carbon” report demonstrates definitively that Zero Carbon Buildings offer meaningful greenhouse gas reductions and positive financial returns. 

20 Feb, 2019 The Province of BC announced the 2019 budget

The Province's 2019 budget supports the CleanBC plan. Budget 2019 builds directly on the work started in Budget 2018 to deliver better services for people, make life more affordable, and put B.C. on a more sustainable path.

19 Feb, 2019 Beyond the Horizon: Sustainable Land Use in British Columbia - the second report in REFBC's land use series

REFBC has recently released Beyond the Horizon: Sustainable Land Use in British Columbia, the second report in their land use series.

18 Feb, 2019 Join the CleanBC conversation for a cleaner, brighter future

George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, invites British Columbians to a conversation in a series of telephone town halls about the Province’s comprehensive plan to create a cleaner, stronger and more prosperous B.C.

11 Feb, 2019 Vancouver lays out a strategy and a plan of action for its transition to 100% renewable energy
In 2015, The City of Vancouver became the first city in North America to set a comprehensive renewable energy target which commits the City to get 100% of the energy used in Vancouver from renewable sources before 2050 and reduce carbon pollution by at least 80% below 2007 levels before 2050. To guide this transition, the City has adopted a strategy and action plan to identify the actions that will make it possible: Renewable City Strategy and Renewable City Action Plan. Read on...
 
05 Feb, 2019 Low Carbon Economy Challenge

The federal government is now accepting applications for the Partnership Stream of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The Partnership stream provides $50 million to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster clean growth. 

03 Feb, 2019 Primer on the Ecological Accounting Process

Released by the Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia in January 2019, the Primer on the Ecological Accounting Process (EAP) introduces a valuation methodology that uses readily available financial information from the BC Assessment database.

30 Jan, 2019 Process for New Option 1 Project Ideas

The GCC recognizes that Option 1 projects are an attractive option for local governments to balance their corporate emissions by investing in emission reduction projects in their communities.  The GCC would like to hear from local governments to assist in developing new Option 1 projects.

28 Jan, 2019 Rossland is the 10th City in Canada to Say Yes to 100% Renewable Energy

The City of Rossland passed a resolution that aims to transition the community to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. This makes Rossland the 10th municipality in Canada, and the fourth in the West Kootenays alongside the Village of Slocan, the City of Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to be a bold leader.

23 Jan, 2019 New CARIP Option 1 Project Profile: Trenchless Technology Project

The Green Communities Committee (GCC) is pleased to announce the availability of a sixth GCC approved Option 1 project to assist local governments in meeting their climate action goals – the Trenchless Technology Project.

23 Jan, 2019 NEW REPORT: Weathering The Storm - Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Existing Communities

New report Weathering The Storm - Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Existing Communities, authored by Dr. Blair Feltmate and Natalia Moudrak at Intact Center on Climate Adaptation. 

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