Climate Action Toolkit: April 2022 Newsletter

Thu, 04/28/2022

Climate Action Solutions for BC Communities

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Funding Opportunities                                                         

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Apply by May 25th, 2022 

This opportunity is focused on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG emissions). Projects funded through the Clean BC Communities Fund are cost-shared with the provincial and federal governments and target community infrastructure centering on management of renewable energy, improved access to clean-energy transportation, improved energy efficiency of buildings and the generation of clean energy.  

The fund is open to: 

    - Local governments

    - Indigenous governments

    - Not-for-profit organizations working in collaboration with Indigenous or local governments

    - For-profit organizations working in collaboration with Indigenous or local governments

Click here to learn more and apply to the
 CleanBC Communities Fund.


Emotive Community Outreach Incentive Program Now Open

Apply by May 25, 2022

photo-1615829386703-e2bb66a7cb7d.jpgFunded by the Province of British Columbia, the Emotive Community Outreach Incentive Program (COIP) offers support and funding to B.C. communities, organizations, and local governments to assist them in delivering local/regional Emotive EV awareness campaigns. The intent of the COIP is to empower communities to deliver locally appropriate Emotive campaign activities that raise the awareness and profile of EVs in B.C.

For this intake COIP is looking for project proposals from B.C. communities, organizations and local governments who have not participated in COIP projects in the past. Additionally, those projects that can show support for furthering EV awareness within northern rural/small towns, and Indigenous communities will be prioritized.

Learn more here: Community Outreach Incentive Program 2022 - Plug In BC


Organic Infrastructure Program Intake 2 Now Open

Apply by June 3rd, 2022

The Organics Infrastructure Program (OIP) helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing up to $30 million into projects that support:

    - Increasing organic waste processing capacity in B.C.

    - Keeping organic waste out of landfills

For example, projects that propose new or expanded facilities for composting and anaerobic digestion (i.e., converting organic waste to energy).

Eligible applicants for the program include:

    - An Indigenous governing body, as defined in the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act

    - A regional district

    - A municipality, including City of Vancouver

    - Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District

Learn more here:  Organics Infrastructure Program

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Canada Community Building Fund - Strategic Priorities

Apply by June 30th 2022Strategic Priorities Fund.JPG 

The Canada Community Building Fund's Strategic Priorities Fund program is an application based program available to local governments and other recipients outside of the Metro Vancouver Regional District to support infrastructure and capacity building projects that are either large in scale, regional in impact or innovative, and align with the program objectives of productivity and economic growth, a clean environment and strong cities and communities.

Learn more about program requirements and eligibility here: Strategic Priorities Fund


CleanBC Industry Fund

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Some CleanBC funding for industrial operators request for proposals are still open! The Innovation Accelerator, and Project Feasibility Studies funding calls will close on May 27th and June 3rd respectively.

Get your RFP in today:  Apply for funding


What's New

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Check out the new BC Budget, released in late February. Wildfires, floods, and extreme heat have challenged people and reinforced the need to secure a low-carbon future for B.C.. Budget 2022 helps fight climate change, build back better from recent disasters, and make sure people and communities across B.C. are protected from future disasters.

There is: 

   - $1 billion in new funding for CleanBC

   - $2.1 billion in funding to build back better from 2021 climate disasters ($1.5b) and protect communities from future climate-related hazards ($600m+) . 

Click here to further explore the budget: BC Budget 2022


BC First Nations Climate Strategy and Action Plan Released on Earth Day

The First Nations Leadership Council recently releasedBC FN Climate Strategy and Action Plan.JPG the BC First Nations Climate Strategy and Action Plan. Four priority pathways guide the Strategy: Inherent Title and Rights, Capacity and Leadership, Land and Water Protection, and Climate Response and Preparedness. From these pathways, the Strategy puts forth 27 themes, 63 objectives, and 143 strategic actions, and a series of recommendations for implementation.

Check out this exciting Strategy here: BC First Nations Climate Strategy and Action Plan Released on Earth Day


City of North Vancouver Mobility Strategy

How do climate action and healthy streets support each other? Check out the City of North Vancouver's new Mobility Strategy, which affects planning through 2035.                                                                                        


The Mobility Strategy has 11 smaller strategies within it to support the strategy's goals and its overarching vision, which is to create healthy streets that work for everyone. By improving street experiences, this Mobility Strategy makes streets a safe and attractive option for people to use.

Learn more about the Strategy here: Mobility Strategy


District of Squamish Draft Circular Economy Roadmap 


Curious about the circular economy movement and what it could look like in your BC community? Get some ideas from DoS' draft Circular Economy Roadmap! 

Learn more about this innovative draft roadmap: Squamish Circular Economy


Sewers Heating Buildings - Sapperton District Energy System


Ever consider using sewers to heat your buildings? The Sapperton District Energy System seeks to do just that! This City of New Westminster and Metro Vancouver collaboration will reduce CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases by ~8,600 tonnes per year compared to conventional heat sources. 

This isn't the first time sewage has been used for heat recovery in Metro Vancouver. The City of Vancouver has operated the False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) for the past 12 years, and is undergoing work to expand the NEU to more than double its current sewage heat recovery capacity.

Read about this exciting project here: New Westminster, Metro Vancouver Collaborate on Sapperton District Energy System


FEATURED RESOURCES: Propelling your climate action efforts

New National Standard of Canada will help standardize natural asset inventories

MNAI Logo.JPGLocal governments wanting to account for, value and manage natural assets will soon have a recognized, national standard to support their efforts. This will ensure that natural asset inventories – the first step of the natural asset management process – are comparable and replicable across Canada. The National Standard is expected to be published in mid-2023. Keep your eyes peeled, a draft of the Standard will be available for public review in late 2022 for a period of 60 days.

Read the full press release here: News Release: New National Standard of Canada will help standardize natural asset inventories


CASE STUDYRegional Energy Efficiency Program - City of Nelson Case Study. Innovative financing models – like utility on-bill financing and third-party lending – can help residents afford the high cost of energy upgrades and contribute to local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. In the City of Nelson, residents can borrow up to $16,000 through the city’s electric utility, Nelson Hydro, and repay it on their electric bills, while other residents can access low-interest loans through local credit unions in the region. The program has helped more than 1,500 residents improve their homes, including 750 residents in the past three years alone.


WEBSITE: Indigenous Knowledges | Climate Atlas of Canada

Indigenous ways of knowing and being are critical for understanding, observing, and addressing climate change, and the Indigenous Knowledges component of the Climate Atlas of Canada launched last month!   

CBC also published an article about the development of this project and the people who shaped it: Innovative atlas puts Indigenous knowledge on the map — literally — to help tackle climate crisis


ARTICLEWhere will Canada’s electric vehicle batteries go when they die?

Ever wonder what happens to electric vehicle batteries after they reach the end of their life? This in-depth reporting from the Narwhal demysitifies exactly that! 


FUNDINGBC Community Climate Funding Guide 

Stay up to date with funding opportunities through the BC Community Climate Funding Guide for Indigenous communities and local governments. This all-in-one guide of funding opportunities for climate action projects quickly connects you to the opportunities available to fund your community project.  


HEADS UP: Courses and Events for municipal climate action enthusiasts                    

CONFERENCE: FireSmart BC: Building Collaboration and Community


On May 11- 12 2022, in-person, in Kamloops, BC, the 2022 FireSmart BC Conference will bring together wildfire practitioners from all over BC and beyond. Registration is $425 CAD + GST.  Speakers and workshops will investigate how to make BC homes, communities and the landscape more wildfire-resilient in the future. This conference will focus on collaboration, community-led initiatives, wildfire management, prevention, ecology and wildfire resiliency research in British Columbia. 

The conference is open to all participants, but will be of special interest to firefighters, First Nations and local government staff who are implementing FireSmart initiatives within their communities using Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) funding. Wildland–urban interface (WUI) specialists (e.g. RPFs, RFTs, consultants, contractors, and other land specialists), landscape management agencies, rural or urban planners/managers, Office of the Fire Commissioner staff, emergency management staff, wildfire management staff, Local FireSmart Representatives and Wildfire Mitigation Specialists will also find the conference useful and informative.   

Learn more here: Firesmart BC 2022


FURTHER LEARNING: FCM building blocks of municipal climate change. FCM-building-blocks-chimade-adaptation.JPGReady to incorporate climate change adaptation into your local planning? Check out the building blocks of municipal climate resilience on FCM. Each block or 'level' takes less than an hour and links to case studies and guides to build your personal tool library.  

Click here: The building blocks of municipal climate resilience

The BC Climate Action Toolkit is provided in partnership with the Green Communities Committee, a joint British Columbia Provincial - Union of British Columbia Municipalities committee and the Fraser Basin Council. 

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