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06 Feb, 2018 Announcing the 2018 Sustainable Communities Award winners

FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards celebrate the most innovative environmental initiatives in Canadian cities and communities of all sizes. Through these awards, FCM recognizes and celebrates sustainability leaders and trailblazers in municipalities across Canada. Fidn out who are the recipients of FCM’s 2018 Sustainable Communities Awards. 

01 Feb, 2018 Upcoming Course in Community Energy Management

Community Energy Association is partnering with BC Institute of Technology to deliver the six online courses that qualify students to write the certification exam in Community Energy Management. Next course, Community-Based Renewable Energy starts Feb. 14 – Mar. 23, 2018.

01 Feb, 2018 CEA 2018 Funding Guide Released
The Community Energy Association has just released its updated funding guide. Learn about various grants and loans that are available to financially support their climate change and energy initiatives.
31 Jan, 2018 Smart Communities Challenge Webinars
ICF Canada will be  hosting the free Webinar, featuring Purdue Professor Roberto Gallardo and ICF’s Executive Director, Robert Bell, who will be joined by panelists from across British Columbia. John G. Jung, ICF’s Chairman and Co-Founder and Susan Stanford, Executive Lead, Ministry of Citizens' Services, Victoria, BC will co-moderate the session. 
24 Jan, 2018 Enhanced BikeBC and B.C. Air Access programs support green transportation, safer communities

This year, communities throughout British Columbia will get new opportunities to make local transportation safer, greener and more affordable, thanks to enhancements made to the Province’s BikeBC and B.C. Air Access programs.

17 Jan, 2018 Changes to FCM MCIP Grants

FCM has recently announced a change to receiving grant applications for its Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP).

16 Jan, 2018 The Ville de Montréal and ICLEI are seeking solutions - circular economy

The Ville de Montréal, in collaboration with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Climate CoLab, just launched an international contest on circular economy!

09 Jan, 2018 GCC Communiqué - BC Recycling Regulation and changes to the Green Communities Committee Carbon Neutral Framework

In May 2014, under the BC Recycling Regulation, responsibility for end-of-life management of residential packaging and printed paper shifted to the businesses that produce these materials.

03 Jan, 2018 Province invests in community-owned clean energy projects

The Province is supporting local governments and First Nations investments in projects that will lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lead to more affordable and sustainable community infrastructure.

03 Jan, 2018 Cycling Infrastructure Funding - Deadline February 9, 2018

BikeBC Program now accepts applications for funding for projects that improve safety for cyclists. BikeBC will provide up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. Funding for cycling infrastructure projects may also be available through the New Building Canada Fund — Small Communities Fund.

20 Dec, 2017 Funding Guide for Clean Energy Projects
The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources released its updated funding guide – List of Funding Opportunities for Clean Energy Projects Led by/for First Nations and Local Governments
13 Dec, 2017 Toolkit Newsletter: Climate Action Updates for BC Local Governments - Winter 2017

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

05 Dec, 2017 Increased rebates encourage switch to electric work vehicles

Zero-emission specialty vehicles rebate program is now available to local and regional governments, businesses, organizations and individuals  in BC.

03 Dec, 2017 Upcoming Courses in Community Energy Management

Certificate in Community Energy Management program offers an opportunity to gain expertise in developing and implementing CEEPs and using renewable energy to reduce their GHG emissions.

28 Nov, 2017 Defining and Scoping Municipal Natural Assets

This report proposes a new definition for Municipal Natural Assets and outlines the scope of the Municipal Natural Asset Management (MNAM) approach.

28 Nov, 2017 Federal Policies for Low-Carbon Buildings: A blueprint to implement the Pan-Canadian Framework buildings strategy
Take a look at the new blueprint by Équiterre and the Pembina Institute that offers a suite of ambitious and practical policies aimed at ensuring rapid implementation of the building commitments outlined in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change
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.