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Date Summary
24 Feb, 2021 Bridging Silos: Advancing climate adaptation and low carbon resilience in small communities and rural regions
Whether it is extreme weather, floods or wildfire events, climate impacts take place in and around our communities - the places where we live, work, and play.
Distinct from large urban centres, small communities and rural regions in British Columbia have unique challenges and opportunities to strengthen local adaptive capacity and plan for infrastructure and economies that are both climate-resilient and low carbon.
16 Feb, 2021 District of Saanich signs onto UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Saanich, BC – Mayor Fred Haynes has signed a Proclamation demonstrating Saanich’s support and participation in the United Nations (UN) Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021 to 2030.  
09 Feb, 2021 Recently hosted webinar on Green Development Standards for BC and Yukon
08 Feb, 2021 UBCM announces FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund
05 Feb, 2021 Greater Victoria 2030 District: A Green Building Innovation Hub
05 Feb, 2021 TransLink to quadruple its battery-electric bus fleet
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – TransLink has awarded a contract to Nova Bus to bring 15 more battery-electric buses to our fleet. This order will more than quadruple our current battery-electric bus fleet, increasing our fleet total from 4 to 19.
This acquisition is a critical step towards achieving TransLink’s aggressive approach to its Low Carbon Fleet Strategy, which includes:
  • Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030.
01 Feb, 2021 "The 5 Keys to a green municipal project business case" Webinar
Learn how to create a compelling business case for green municipal projects.
Before you can start a new project, you first need to get buy-in from your municipal council or other city staff. Set yourself up for success by building a strong business case for your proposed sustainability initiative. 
01 Feb, 2021 Climate Action in Metro Vancouver Webinar Series
Local governments have been active on climate change for twenty years, but we all need to do more. There are climate action initiatives underway across this region, and this 6-part series focusses on two initiatives that are coordinated by Metro Vancouver: the Clean Air Plan which sets priorities over the next 10 years; and Climate 2050 which looks out 30 years.
Metro Vancouver has set these climate goals for our region:
28 Jan, 2021 GMF's Municipal Energy Roadmap: A Primer for Elected Officials
GMF’s Municipal Energy Roadmap helps identify the best solutions for Canadian communities to lower GHG emissions in their buildings and meet long-term sustainability objectives. This primer for local elected officials outlines how the Energy Roadmap simplifies planning and makes energy decisions easier. It summarizes how the Energy Roadmap can be used to:
Prioritize solutions based on your region, grid type and other factors.
28 Jan, 2021 Webinar: "Integrating Future Climatic Design Data and Coastal Hazards into Transportation Infrastructure Design"
28 Jan, 2021 LGLA Virtual Leadership Forum
Local Government Leadership Academy is pleased to bring you the 2021 Annual Leadership Forum in a virtual format, February 3-4, 2021.
22 Jan, 2021 2021 Adaptation Learning Network courses open for registration
The Adaptation Learning Network at Royal Roads University has announced an exciting suite of courses available for 2021. Courses are intended for environmental professionals, and topics range from food and water security to civic engagement for climate adaptation.
Three courses beginning soon include:
22 Jan, 2021 Municipal Natural Assets Initiative project to assist 30+ communities with climate adaptive service delivery
The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) has launched an Acceleration project that will help approximately 30 Canadian local governments determine how to deliver services – such as providing safe drinking water or managing floods, stormwater and rise in sea levels – in a way that’s cost-effective and resilient to climate change.
18 Jan, 2021 18th Annual BC Natural Resource Forum: Building and Maintaining a Resilient Natural Resource Sector
2021 Forum: Building and Maintaining a Resilient Natural Resource Sector
Join us for a unique experience and discover innovative ways to network, collaborate and exchange ideas on building and maintaining a resilient natural resource sector in BC and Canada. The Forum provides the best platform to learn how to prosper in this new reality in order to ensure a strong, sustainable resource economy.
14 Jan, 2021 SFU’s Renewable Cities Program to establish LC3 Centre
Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities program has been selected by the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to establish a regional Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Innovation Centre to accelerate urban climate solutions through research, capacity building, and innovative financial tools.
14 Jan, 2021 Applications now accepted for the CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger Program!
12 Jan, 2021 Adaptive Mitigation Framework & Tools for Urban Multifamily Buildings released
The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and BC Housing have released Version 1.0 of their Integrated Building Adaptation and Mitigation Assessment (IBAMA). The framework assesses potential climate change solutions for multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs).
21 Dec, 2020 Economic Recovery Funding Strengthens Active Transportation Network
British Columbians will benefit from an investment in active transportation infrastructure that helps create a stronger B.C. with better connected and more liveable communities.
04 Dec, 2020 West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan Ready to go Before Councils
The West Kootenays are leading rural Canada on the path to renewable energy, with the release of the ​West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan​this week.
25 Nov, 2020 Renewable Energy Transition Strategies – Practical Innovations for Urban Areas
By highlighting foundational first actions, this 30-hour online course will help provide the knowledge and perspective needed to confidently embark upon a city-level renewable energy transition. Drawing on the rich planning and policymaking experiences of cities in North America and Europe who are on leading pathways to 100% renewable energy, this interdisciplinary course conjoins case study learning with extensive academic and professional research literature review.