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15 Apr, 2016 This Green House II - a follow up on Centre for Civic Governance 2011 research on residential energy retrofit financing

This Green House II follows up on our 2011 research on residential energy retrofit financing. This paper is about freeing  up local governments to take leadership on home retrofit programs - the fastest way to take reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

11 Apr, 2016 Richmond's Building Energy Challenge Cuts GHG emissions

Participants in the first year of the City of Richmond’s Building Energy Challenge reduced energy use by 8 per cent and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 13.5 per cent.

05 Apr, 2016 Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

Renewable Energy Investments: Major Milestones Reached, New World Record Set

01 Apr, 2016 New report looks at the benefits of compact development and complete communities
Pembina's new report, Close to Home, reviews some of the ways focusing on compact development and building complete communities can make life more affordable and enjoyable. It also includes examples of the benefits of density and how it can help create compact, walkable and transit-oriented neighbourhoods. 
31 Mar, 2016 New Research Project Announcement: Implementing Community Sustainability Plans in BC

Fraser Basin Council's Smart Planning for Communities program has announced an exciting new research on Implementing Community Sustainability Plans in BC. Stay tuned for more details!

30 Mar, 2016 Trail-Oriented Development: New ULI Report Looks at Projects Tailored to Those Who Prefer Cycling and Walking Over Driving
24 Mar, 2016 FCM: Bold Investment in Municipalities a Big Win for Canadians

Federal Budget 2016 was announced on March 22, 2016 and it includes promising support to municipalities for transportation, green infrastructure and asset management. "A new capital investment of $125 million in FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) will expand the municipal’s sector contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring environmental sustainability efforts for years to come. The GMF recapitalization, along with the additional $75 million in funding for FCM’s climate change program recently announced by the federal government, will allow local communities to continue developing innovative green solutions."

22 Mar, 2016 QUEST2016 | Call for Presentation Ideas

Call for presentation ideas for the QUEST 2016: Smart Energy Communities for Jobs, Infrastructure & Climate Leadership Conference & Tradeshow. The Conference will take place October 17-19 in Calgary, Alberta. 

16 Mar, 2016 FCM and ICLEI release the PCP program’s National Measures Report 2015!

FCM, in partnership with ICLEI, has released the Partners for Climate Protection program’s National Measures Report 2015! The report shows how local climate change action plans guide municipalities as they work to reduce carbon emissions, enhance the environment and create healthier communities. 

16 Mar, 2016 Check out the latest BC Climate Action Toolkit newsletter

Spring 2016 issue of the BC Climate Action Toolkit newsletter is now available! 

09 Mar, 2016 CARIP-Carbon Neutral Reporting Webinars

Don’t miss two new webinars related to CARIP and Carbon Neutral Reporting for local governments.

08 Mar, 2016 Report from the Kassel International Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy

The purpose of the Kassel International Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy was to develop an international understanding of what it means for local governments to go to 100% renewable energy, to feature the work of leading cities, and for participants from 17 countries and four continents to share their best practices. The report from the dialogue is now available for download. 

04 Mar, 2016 Richmond's Climate Smart Pilot Program Helps Businesses and Environment

The City of Richmond is starting a pilot project called Climate Smart to reduce community-wide emissions and help local businesses measure and profitably reduce their carbon emissions through small-group training sessions, expert one-on-one advising, customized reporting and certification. 

03 Mar, 2016 Presentations from 2016 Community Energy Symposium available for download

The 2016 Community Energy Symposium brought together over 100 practitioners and decision makers to get a head start on implementing key provisions of the Climate Leadership Plan. Presentations from the Symposium are now available on QUEST's website. 

26 Feb, 2016 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show: Post-Conference Resources
Check out selected highlights from FCM's 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference to see how you can encourage, nurture and accelerate sustainability. These post-conference resources, including speaker presentations, are loaded with ideas, information and innovative solutions to share with your colleagues and other sustainability leaders in your community.
20 Feb, 2016 Call for Expressions of Interest: Municipal Natural Capital Initiative (deadline March 14, 2016)

Call for Expression of Interests for hosting Municipal Natural Capital Initiative pilot project will be open until March 14, 2016. Apply now.

20 Feb, 2016 Is it time for next generation asset management planning?
In her blog post, Donna Chiarelli reviews some of the highlights from FCM's 2016 Sustainable Communities Conference that reveal new opportunities to better integrate asset management planning with long-term sustainability goals – especially by better addressing carbon risks and impacts of infrastructure decisions, and supporting resiliency. 
13 Feb, 2016 Funding opportunity: Cycling investment supports healthy, active communities

Wheelie exciting news! BC is providing $6 million in BikeBC funding to enhance and expand cycling infrastructure such as bike lanes, multi-use paths and trails, and cycling/pedestrian bridges. 

10 Feb, 2016 New GTI Report available - Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition

New GTI report entitled Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition was launched at the 2016 Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Conference. The report finds that Canadian communities have untapped opportunities to strengthen local economies, reduce current and future energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and create jobs by investing in smarter and more integrated approaches to energy use at the local level. 

09 Feb, 2016 Surrey Council Approves City-Wide Upgrade to LED Street Lights

Surrey to fully convert City's street lighting to LED.