Reports and Guides

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Sector Title & Description
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Water
A Guide to Sustainable Asset Management for Canadian Municipalities Practical steps that help quickly answer some fundamental questions – what do we have in the way of infrastructure assets, what are they worth, and what should we be budgeting this year and over the next decade to properly sustain these assets?
  • Land Use
A Seat at the Table This resource guide is designed to assist local governments promote food security and support food systems in BC. It showcases a sample of the wide range of innovative projects being developed or supported by local governments across the province.
  • Transportation
Active Transportation Planning in BC Local Government Success Stories Snapshot of multiple active transportation planning iniatives completed by BC local governments under the Community Planning Grant Program
  • Energy
Adaptation Tool Kit: Urban Heat  Guide for local governments to reduce the effects of increased heat on their communities and citizens.
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Water
Adapting to Climate Change - Canada's First National Engineering Vulnerability Assessment of Public Infrastructure A progress report on the first national engineering assessment report - includes seven case studies on adapting to climate change.
  • Land Use
Agriculture Emissions Reduction Toolkit The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has prepared a Toolkit describing the role local governments can play in assisting the agriculture sector with greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emission reduction. 
  • Fleets
Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Guide This website is an easy-to-use tool to determine the cost-effectiveness of purchasing alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Land Use
An In-Depth Guide to Transforming Dead Malls into Mixed Use Communities. This guide is intended to provide lessons learned from six detailed stories about how to take older under-utilized shopping centers and turn them into viable, mixed-use neighbourhood.
  • Strategy
B.C. Climate Action Charter B.C. communities commit to the goals of being carbon neutral and to create complete, compact, energy-efficient communities.
  • Infrastructure
Banking on Green A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide.
  • Strategy
BC Clean Economy Market Study (2012) Industry Insights on Job Creation and Investment Promotion in B.C.'s Clean Economy
  • Energy
BC Energy Map This draft interactive map provides overlays of energy-related tenures and infrastructure (e.g. transmission lines) for the province, as a support tool to encourage energy-related employment and investment
  • Energy
BC Energy Map The goal of the BC Energy Map is to support opportunities in communities and regions throughout British Columbia.  If you're an investor exploring energy opportunities, a policy maker or an industry developer wishing to attract investment or make decisions regarding project location and operation, this map will have something for you.  
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
  • Land Use
BC Office of Housing and Construction Standards The BC Office of Housing and Construction Standards website offers information on building standards and best 'green' practices in BC.
  • Strategy
BC’s Green Economy: Growing Green Jobs Information on BC’s green economy, green jobs and how clean tech is revolutionizing  BC’s industries.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
Benefits of Green Buildings in the Regional District of Nanaimo Analysis to determine the range of environmental impacts and financial implications of promoting green buildings.
  • Strategy
Best Practices and Better Protocols: BC Ministry of the Environment This report offers strategic guidance for a comprehensive community emissions inventory system based on a high level review of international best practices.
  • Transportation
Bikeability Checklist Planning tool and guide to develop a cycling strategy and encourage higher bike use.
  • Strategy
Bill 27 - Targets Workbook This guide is to help local governments embed targets in Official Community Plans.
  • Energy
Bill 27: Opportunities and Strategies for Green Action Discussion paper on Bill 27: Opportunities and Strategies for Green Action by BC Local Governments West Coast Environmental Law.
  • Fleets
  • Transportation
Biodiesel in British Columbia - Feasibility Study Report A report designed to provide relevant information to anyone exploring the potential of biodiesel in BC.
  • Strategy
British Columbia Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report  The 2010 GHG emissions level for B.C
  • Land Use
Brownfield Renewal: Challenging? Yes. Impossible? No. The Province of British Columbia is making brownfield redevelopment easier through new policies, incentives, tools, and resources.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
Build to Zero – Research Report The latest Build to Zero report, Modelling High-Impact Local Government Measures to Reduce Energy Use and GHG Emissions for New and Existing Buildings in BC’s Lower Mainland.
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
Built Environment and Active Transportation (BEAT) Useful resources to promote changes in the design of the built environment and planning for active transportation in communities throughout British Columbia.
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
Capital Regional District Regional Pedestrian & Cycling Masterplan with Design Guidelines The CRD Pedestrian and Cycling Masterplan (PCMP) identifies guidelines, policies and standards for providing universal pedestrian accessibility, bicycle and pedestrian trip enhancement facilities such as bicycle parking and integration with transit.
  • Transportation
Car Sharing: Where and How it Succeeds A comprehensive report on the operation and benefits of car-sharing schemes.
  • Land Use
Changing Climate Changing Communities Guide and workbook for municipal climate adaptation.
  • Transportation
City of Vancouver's Sustainability Plans for the South East False Creek A series of studies, reports and documents outlining the sustainable development of SouthEast False Creek - a sustainable community in Vancouver, BC.
  • Strategy
Clean Energy for a Green Economy - An Introduction for Rural Communities This guide provides an introduction to the wide range of clean energy strategies and green economy opportunities for rural communities in British Columbia. 
  • Strategy
Climate Action Plan This Climate Action Plan describes the Provincial Government's programs and policies to address climate change.
  • Infrastructure
  • Waste Water
  • Water
Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance This  report calls for a dramatic reform of water governance structures in Canada by all levels of government to meet the new challenges posed by a changing climate, and sets out 12 broad-based recommendations to help protect Canada’s fragile water supply.
  • Transportation
Collection of Cycle Concepts 2012 Find inspiration in the Cycling Embassy of Denmark’s Collection of Cycle Concepts 2012.
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
Community Energy & Emissions Planning Guide This guide describes the purpose and content of a community energy and emissions plan, its benefits, and how to go about creating one.
  • Energy
Community Energy and Emission Planning Research Summary The Community Energy Association's (CEA's) Community Energy and Emission Planning Research Summary paper analyzes Community Energy and Emissions Plans in 30 Canadian communities! 
  • Transportation
Comprehensive Transport Planning: Encyclopedia This Victoria Transport Institute's Online Encyclopedia provides greater understanding of the opportunities the Transport Plan tool offers.
  • Energy
Cool Neighbourhoods Are Healthy Neighbourhoods How local government actions on climate change help to create healthier communities.
  • Land Use
Costing Sustainable Community Planning Guide and Tool Tool to help estimate the major costs of community development, particularly those that change with different forms of development (e.g., linear infrastructure), and to compare alternative development scenarios.
  • Strategy
Creating a Change in Climate Through Local Action This document will guide you through the development of your local climate change action plan. It includes examples of strategies that Partners for Climate Protection member municipalities have used successfully, and highlights model local action plans.
  • Land Use
Creating Market and Non-Market Affordable Housing - Toolkit for BC Municipalities A valuable, practical guideline on creating affordable housing, including discussion of zoning for secondary suites and increasing density.
  • Transportation
Cycling in Cities Studies on the factors that encourage or discourage bicycling in communities.
  • Infrastructure
Demonstrating the Economic Benefits of Integrated, Green Infrastructure Integrated decision making approach for municipal infrastructure.
  • Civic Buildings
Design Guide for Municipal LEED Buildings This resource is designed to assist municipalities to effectively construct and develop high performance and LEED certified buildings.
  • Energy
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Water
  • Land Use
Develop with Care 2012: Environmental Guidelines for Urban and Rural Land Development in British Columbia This guide offers ideas and suggestions on ways to achieve ‘cleaner, greener’ developments and provides information on ways that environmental protection and stewardship can benefit the community, the property owner, and the developer, as well as the natural environment.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Fleets
  • Infrastructure
  • Transportation
Developing Inventories for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Energy Consumption A Guidance Document for Partners for Climate Protection in Canada.
  • Land Use
Development Cost Charge for Elected Officials & Best Practices Guides Guides designed to increase understanding about Development Cost Charges (DCCs).
  • Land Use
Development Permit Areas for Climate Action Learn how to use their DPA authority to conserve energy, conserve water and/or reduce GHG emissions.
  • Land Use
Dig It Community Garden Guide: How Local Governments Can Support Community Gardens An introduction to community gardens and offers some background information designed to help local governments understand the benefits and challenges of community gardens.
  • Fleets
E3 Fleet Cost Analysis Tool Compare, over time, the costs and GHGs of hybrids or alternative fuel vehicles with those of similar conventional vehicles.
  • Transportation
Economic Evaluation for Transportation Decision-Making This paper discusses the application of economic analysis techniques to transportation planning, including Cost-Effectiveness, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Lifecycle Cost Analysis, and Multiple Accounts Analysis.

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