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23 Nov, 2017 Smart Cities Challenge competition is now open to Canadian Communities of All Sizes!

Canadian communities of all sizes that take the Smart Cities Challenge now have a chance to win one of four prizes (up to $50 million) for implementation of projects that use data and connected technology to bring about meaningful outcomes for residents.

12 Nov, 2017 Investments Make Port Coquitlam More Bike Friendly

Bike racks as public art, green pavement paint marking and more signed bike routes are among the City of Port Coquitlam's latest steps to be more bike-friendly.

12 Nov, 2017 Fort St. John Receives Community of the Year Award for their engagement in development of clean energy in BC

The City of Fort St. John has been awarded Community of the Year by Clean Energy BC. This award recognizes excellence by a community engaged in the development of clean energy in British Columbia. The award acknowledges excellence in any or all aspects of community engagement, including but not limited to education, awareness, and involvement in a clean energy project.

07 Nov, 2017 City of North Vancouver raises building standards to combat GHG emissions

City of North Vancouver council unanimously endorsed new construction guidelines in accordance with the B.C. Energy Step Code.

07 Nov, 2017 City of Kelowna's Innovation Investment Gets Global Attentions

The City of Kelowna is among the 21 smartest cities in the world, based on its approach and investment in technologies to address community goals. City’s Climate Action Plan is  only one of the areas of focus among other thing.

01 Nov, 2017 City of Rossland reaches Milestone 3 in the Climate Protection program (PCP)

City of Rossland on reaches both Corporate and Community Milestone 3 in the FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection program (PCP). 

23 Oct, 2017 New team to help British Columbia meet climate goals, grow economy

A new advisory council introduced today by Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman will provide strategic advice to government on areas of focus for climate action that go hand in hand with economic growth.

18 Oct, 2017 Provincial Infrastructure Grants Help Local Governments Plan Ahead

Thirty communities throughout British Columbia are receiving a boost in funding of $282,000 in grants to help local governments plan, design and manage sustainable infrastructure.

11 Oct, 2017 The 2016 CARIP Summary Report highlights climate action achievements by BC local governments

2016 CARIP report summary offers a glimpse into the local government climate action leadership and the initiatives they've taken across BC.

05 Oct, 2017 Asset management training for Canadian municipalities

Federation of Canadian Municipalities selected 22 partner organizations from across Canada to receive $3.6 million in grant funding to design and deliver asset management training to municipalities. Through this initiative, Canadian cities and communities of all sizes will be able to access 60 training activities between September 2017 and June 2018.

03 Oct, 2017 2017 UBCM Community Excellence Award Winners

Local governments were recognized for innovative approaches to service delivery in an awards ceremony at the 2017 UBCM Convention Thursday, September 29th. The awards showcase municipalities and regional districts that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, and pioneer new customer service practices.

03 Oct, 2017 2017 Climate & Energy Action Award Winners

The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy presented awards recognizing the leadership of B.C. local governments and public sector organizations at the Union of BC Municipalities convention.

27 Sep, 2017 BC Mayors and Councillors Lead the Way on Local Climate Action

The BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council (BCMCLC) met with the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, a number of MLAs and key stakeholders to discuss collaboration on the urgent issue of climate change.

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.