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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. 

24 Apr, 2017 FCM launches Climate and Asset Management Network
The FCM's Climate and Asset Management Network helps municipalities integrate climate change decisions along with infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and recreation facilities. Participants benefit from peer-learning opportunities, funding and training to integrate climate change with asset management planning. The application deadline is June 15. 
19 Apr, 2017 Plan H Case Study: Bowen Island’s Plan to Increase Active Transportation

Take a look at the Plan H's case study of Bowen Island's Integrated Transportation Master Plan.

12 Apr, 2017 BC Step Code: a Tool for Local Governments to Support Energy-Efficient New Buildings

The new BC Energy Step Code establishes a set of incremental performance steps for new buildings that will help BC to transition to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032. BC local governments can use this voluntary tool to encourage—or require—the construction of more energy-efficient buildings in their communities.

12 Apr, 2017 Deep Emissions Reduction in the Existing Building Stock

Deep Emissions Reduction in the Existing Building Stock report offers distilled and synthesized discussions from the 2016 Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings thought leader forum. The report puts forward a set of recommended targets and strategies for the B.C. and federal governments to accelerate policy development and market transformation for high-efficiency buildings.

10 Apr, 2017 Report - Getting on Board: Learning from planning and engagement around rapid transit projects in Ontario

New Pembina Institute's report shares lessons from planning and engagement around rapid transit projects in Ontario. 

28 Mar, 2017 City of Vancouver shares guidelines for designing AAA cycling routes

City of Vancouver shares the 10 "rules of thumb" to considers when building cycling routes for people of all ages and abilities (AAA).


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