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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.

19 Jun, 2017 Expertise Available to Help Municipalities Tackle Climate Change

On June 13th, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts.

17 May, 2017 Toolkit Newsletter: Climate Action Updates for BC Local Governments - Summer 2017

Check out the latest Climate Action Toolkit e-news with free programs, grants, valuable tools and success stories from local government peers.

17 May, 2017 Get Recognition & Exposure For Your Smart Energy Project
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Smart Energy Communities Awards, which will be presented November 7, 2017 at QUEST’s 11th Annual Conference and Tradeshow, QUEST2017 - Smart Energy Communities on the Hill in Ottawa.
17 May, 2017 QUEST Announces New National District Energy Working Group
Designed to build awareness and education 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.
15 May, 2017 District Completes First Phase of Moving Saanich Forward Active Transportation Plan

SAANICH -  After three months of technical analysis and public engagement, the District of Saanich has completed the first phase of Moving Saanich Forward. More than 2,000 residents have been involved in the process to date, attending events, interacting on social media and completing surveys.

08 May, 2017 Applications Accepted for 2017 Community Excellence Awards

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Community Excellence Awards. The Awards showcase municipalities and regional districts that take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, and pioneer new customer service practices. The application deadline is June 23, 2017.

02 May, 2017 Vancouver’s green buildings policy and the benefits of energy efficient homes include affordable heating bills, job creation, and better health

City of Vancouver just released updates to the City's Green Buildings Policy for Rezonings. Take a look and learn about the many benefits associated with building energy efficient homes.