Reports and Guides

Download a report or guide to add to your climate action library.

Sector Title & Description
  • Land Use
Development Permit Areas for Climate Action Learn how to use their DPA authority to conserve energy, conserve water and/or reduce GHG emissions.
  • Land Use
Dig It Community Garden Guide: How Local Governments Can Support Community Gardens An introduction to community gardens and offers some background information designed to help local governments understand the benefits and challenges of community gardens.
District Energy Inventory For Canada
  • Fleets
E3 Fleet Cost Analysis Tool Compare, over time, the costs and GHGs of hybrids or alternative fuel vehicles with those of similar conventional vehicles.
  • Transportation
Economic Evaluation for Transportation Decision-Making This paper discusses the application of economic analysis techniques to transportation planning, including Cost-Effectiveness, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Lifecycle Cost Analysis, and Multiple Accounts Analysis.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
  • Energy
Energy Efficiency and Buildings: A Resource for BC's Local Governments: Revised An overview of local government policy tools and leading civic building operations that advance energy efficiency.
  • Solid Waste
Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Waste Management Strategies with a Zero Waste Objective Sound decision making around responsibly managing "waste" materials while reducing GHG emissions (and other pollutants). 
  • Transportation
Evaluating Non-Motorized Transportation Benefits and Costs This report describes methods for evaluating non-motorized transport (walking, cycling, and their variants) benefits and costs, including direct benefits to users from improved walking and cycling conditions, and various benefits to society from increased non-motorized travel activity, reduced automobile travel, and support for more compact land use development. 
  • Strategy
FCM: Green Municipal Bylaw Collection Excellent green bylaws, policies and procedures from large and small municipalities across Canada.
  • Energy
First Nations Renewable Energy Roadmap Information about the steps necessary to develop and implement an energy plan for First Nation communities in British Columbia.
  • Fleets
Fuel Efficiency for Municipal Fleets This handbook compiles the latest fuel efficiency and fleet management information in a concise fashion, and provides fleet managers and staff with tangible, implementable approaches to fuel and GHG emission reductions.
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use
Gibson’s Eco-asset Strategy In its Eco-Asset Strategy, Town of Gibsons explores managing the natural capital using infrastructure and financial management concepts that are systematically applied to managing engineered assets. The rationale is that the natural services provided by these systems have tangible value to the community as, or more, effective as engineered infrastructure. 
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use
Green Bylaws Toolkit A guide to land use regulatory tools to promote the conservation of sensitive ecosystems and green infrastructure.
  • Energy
  • Waste Water
  • Water
  • Land Use
Green Development Guide Practices that are transforming our cities.
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Water
Green Infrastructure Guide Guidance on how local governments may, using legal and policy strategies, encourage or require more sustainable infrastructure designs. 
  • Water
  • Land Use
Greening Shorelines to Enhance Climate Resilience This report explores use of soft shore armouring approaches as an alternative to, or adaptation of, hard armouring of the shoreline, within the context of climate change, sea level rise practices and guidelines and flood protection.
  • Water
Groundwater Bylaws Toolkit An Appendix to the Green Bylaws Toolkit about protecting groundwater.
  • Land Use
  • Strategy
Guidebook: How to create and implement a brownfield strategy Learn different types of brownfield strategies and how they can be applied in municipal planning
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
Heating Our Communities Renewable heating technologies, and opportunities these present to local governments.
Home Energy Retrofit Incentive Campaigns Analysis Report The report analyses 11 BC-based residential energy efficiency campaigns conducted by Local Governments up to the end of March 2014.  
  • Energy
ICES Municipal Policy Toolkit This toolkit has been created in order to aid these decisions and highlight the various ways in which  Integrated Community Energy Solutions (ICES) can be adopted in communities. 
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
Infrastructure and Communities: The Path to Sustainable Communities This PICS paper explores how BC communities can produce less carbon while adapting to climate change impacts.
  • Infrastructure
Innovative Infrastructure Financing Mechanisms for Smart Growth Mechanisms to finance Smart Growth and sustainable infrastructure, with reference to a variety of jurisdictions in Canada and US.
  • Energy
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
Integrated Community Energy Solutions Progress Report for the Province of British Columbia Integrated Community Energy Solutions Progress Report for the Province of British Columbia, published by QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) is now available!
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Water
Integrated Resource Management Study Approaches for local governments across British Columbia to use solid and liquid waste to create energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, and recover nutrients.
  • Solid Waste
Integrated Resource Recovery Inventory Inventory of Integrated Resource Recovery projects in BC.
  • Energy
Investing in Green Energy Guides - Volume 1 & 2 Investment and Governance Guide for BC Local Governments and First Nations.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
Jurisdiction Options for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Buildings A 40 page discussion paper covering building regulation, land use, fiscal, and other tools, as well as options for implementation.
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
Land Use Impacts on Transport How Land Use Factors Affect Travel Behaviour
  • Transportation
Life in metropolitan areas: Dependence on cars in urban neighbourhoods This article by Statistics Canada reviews travel demand and behaviours in various types of communities including urban, suburban and small communities.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
Life-Cycle Cost Analysis A thorough article on LCC applied to buildings, with links to further resources.
  • Civic Buildings
Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act - Bill 27 – Resources A resource list which will provide Local Governments with context and information related to taking climate action Under the Local Government (Green Communities) Statutes Amendment Act.
Local Government Tools and Recommendations for Successful Rural Sustainability Planning
  • Strategy
Making Progress on B.C.’s Climate Action Plan This report on the Climate Action Plan progress is the Province of BC's first opportunity to let British Columbians know if the Climate Action Plan is on track.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
Municipal Green Building Leaders Publications The Green Building Leaders project worked closely with local government partners to research three broad policy areas:
  • Energy
  • Strategy
National Community Energy Plan Implementation Guides Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada published two National reports in 2015 to provide core information on Community Energy Plans and on policies that support implementation energy plans to achieve energy objectives.
  • Energy
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Water
Opportunities for Mapping Rooftop Solar Energy using LiDAR Opportunities for Mapping Rooftop Solar Energy using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) report will help to familiarize local government staff and elected officials with the potential benefits of using LiDAR for solar energy mapping!
  • Energy
  • Land Use
Our Farmlands Our Future The report addresses the challenges of rising land costs, labour shortages and an aging farm population.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
Passive Design Toolkits Best practices for the application of passive design to help move the design community toward a new, higher standard of energy efficiency without sacrificing thermal comfort.
Plan2Adapt  Maps, plots, and data describing projected future climate conditions for regions throughout British Columbia
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
Policy and Governance Tools for Renewable Energy This module presents policy options for local governments interested in encouraging the uptake of renewable energy in their communities, and describes broader provincial government policy goals around renewable energy and sustainable community planning.
Policy Brief: Provincial Climate Action Plans and Local Governments – Lessons from BC This paper offers an overview of the climate action tools and policies available to local governments in BC.
  • Civic Buildings
  • Community Buildings
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
Powering Our Communities: Renewable Energy Guide for Local Governments This module introduces renewable electricity technologies, and opportunities these present to local governments, including: wind, solar PV, small and micro hydro, biomass and biogas, geothermal, tidal, wave and fuel cell.
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Land Use
Powering our Province An Analysis of the Clean Energy Business & Workforce Opportunities for Communities in British Columbia
  • Strategy
Preparing for Climate Change - An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia This guide focuses on ways to implement climate change adaptation strategies.
  • Infrastructure
  • Land Use
  • Transportation
PRESTO – Promoting Cycling for Everyone as a Daily Transport Mode These policy guides offer a clear and systematic framework to help decision makers develop a cycling policy strategy.
  • Land Use
  • Strategy
Promoting brownfield programs and opportunities in Canada This guidebook looks at effective ways to market brownfield sites and incentives in your municipality. 
  • Energy
Pursuing Biomass Energy Opportunities and Technologies in British Columbia: an Information Guide This Guide is designed to assist stakeholders in small communities, aboriginal groups, municipalities and industry in developing and pursuing bio-energy options in the Province of BC.
  • Infrastructure
  • Water
Rainwater Harvesting Report - based on Greater Victoria This report provides research on rainwater harvesting technology and costs in the Capital Region District.
  • Solid Waste
Resources from Waste: A Guide to Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR) The Integrated Waste Recovery Guide enables local governments to decrease GHG emissions and lower the life-cycle costs of waste management infrastructure.

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