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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. 

29 Jan, 2016 Richmond Taking Leadership on Climate Action

The City of Richmond's inspiring climate action is guided by its Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) which outlines an array of strategies and actions for the City to reduce community energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

20 Jan, 2016 Overview of the climate action tools available to BC’s local governments

Provincial Climate Action Plans and Local Governments: Lessons from BC policy brief provides an overview of the climate action tools available to BC’s local governments and highlights some of the successes and lessons learned from the roll-out of these tools. 

20 Jan, 2016 FCM 2016 Sustainable Communities Award Winners Announced

Federation of Canadian Municipalities announced 2016 Sustainable Communities Award Winners. Congratulations to all the award recipients, including City of Vancouver and District of Sechelt for their leadership in sustainable community development in BC.

13 Jan, 2016 Green Municipal Fund’s top sustainability resources from 2015

Top 5 resources from 2015 of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund Highligh climate change, brownfields remediation & funding opportunities for Canadian municipalities.

15 Dec, 2015 MCSCD releases 2014 CARIP summary report and announces new reporting format

The 2014 CARIP summary report shows continued commitment from local governments towards reducing GHG emissions!

14 Dec, 2015 ICLEI Welcomes the Landmark Paris Agreement of 12 December 2015

ICLEI supports agreement reached in Paris at COP21! Nearly 200 nations signed an agreement in Paris to work towards curbing global emissions and keeping the global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, with the intent to pursue a 1.5-degree target!

13 Dec, 2015 BCIT & CEA Launch New Online Education Partnership to Meet Demand for Sustainable Community Energy Management

Vancouver: Community Energy Association (CEA) is partnering with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 2016 to deliver the six online courses that qualify students to write CEA’s Community Energy Management certification exam.

13 Dec, 2015 PIBC Awards - Calls for Submissions and Nominations

The Planning Institute of British Columbia annually recognizes the professional work and individual accomplishments of members across British Columbia and the Yukon through its awards and recognition programs. The Call for Submissions & Nominations is now open! Apply or nominate someone by February 15, 2016.


04 Dec, 2015 TransLink Achieves Platinum Status for Sustainability

TransLink gets Platinum level status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA)!

02 Dec, 2015 BC Mayors Endorse Climate Leadership Team Recommendations

BC Mayors Endorse Climate Leadership Team Recommendations!

30 Nov, 2015 City of North Vancouver Passes Progressive Climate Change Bylaw

The City of North Vancouver gets a new bylaw that requires gas pumps to display GHG information labels on their gas nozzles or pump units!  

27 Nov, 2015 Climate Leadership Team Report released! Province to begin public consultations in January 2016

Climate Leadership Team’s Recommendations Report is now available. This report includes recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining a focus on economic opportunities. Province to begin public consultations in January 2016!

23 Nov, 2015 The Path to “Net-Zero Energy” Buildings in B.C.
The Path to “Net-Zero Energy” Buildings in B.C. describes the environmental and economic case for a deep efficiency pathway, reviews some of the targets and policies adopted in leading jurisdictions, and then articulates ten key policies to get to “net-zero ready”. 



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