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06 Dec, 2019 Castlegar council approves 2050 renewable energy plan
Another West Kootenay community has signed on to a drive to move its operations to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.
 
Castlegar city council voted last week to join other Kootenay cities and towns working to use only renewable energy sources for heating and cooling, transportation, electricity and waste management.
 
05 Dec, 2019 Transport 2050 Phase One Engagement Report Released
TransLink is releasing the report from the first phase of public engagement for Transport 2050, Metro Vancouver’s blueprint for the next 30 years of transportation. With input from every jurisdiction in the region, the engagement results will help shape the priorities identified in Transport 2050 when released later next year. This round of engagement had a record-breaking 31,700 responses and over 4,000 ideas submitted.
 
Most frequently submitted idea:
02 Dec, 2019 Sustainable Transportation on the Rise in Coquitlam
About 30 per cent of trips in Coquitlam are expected to be taken on foot, bicycle and transit by 2031, suggests a new City report.
 
Presented to Council Nov. 25, a progress report on the City’s Strategic Transportation Plan (STP) shows Coquitlam is on track to meet its key STP goal for sustainable travel.
 
Adopted in 2012, the STP emphasizes transit, walking and cycling in the future of Coquitlam’s transportation system.
29 Nov, 2019 Minister’s statement on B.C. ranking first in Canada for energy efficiency
Michelle Mungall, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, has issued the following statement:
 
“It is great to see British Columbia recognized for its leadership and innovation in energy efficiency. This shows we are on the right track with our government’s CleanBC plan to boost the economy, create good jobs for people and make life more affordable.
 
27 Nov, 2019 Public input sought to help B.C. prepare for climate change
The Province is looking for public input to help develop a new strategy that will better prepare B.C. communities for the impacts of climate change.
 
25 Nov, 2019 West Kootenays Leads Country in Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy Transition
Half of the Canadian local governments that have committed to renewable energy are in British Columbia’s West Kootenays.
 
20 Nov, 2019 FCM Sustainable Communities Awards
15 Nov, 2019 BC Active Transportation Design Guide Fall 2019 Training Workshops
MOTI is excited to be offering training regarding the Design Guide to design professionals across the province and to support applications for the provincial active transportation grant program. The training consists of a one-day workshop that provides a comprehensive overview of the Design Guide using a range of learning tools, including presentations, videos, discussions, and hands on exercises.
 
13 Nov, 2019 City of New Westminster establishes New Climate Action Budgeting Framework
In March 2019, the City of New Westminster declared a climate emergency. In response to the climate emergency, New Westminster City Council has endorsed a 2020 Climate Action Budgeting Framework for the City’s 2020 budget process, as well as seven bold steps to guide the process with the goal of moving New Westminster towards a zero carbon future by 2050.
 
08 Nov, 2019 All-electric BC transport economical, thanks to low-cost renewables
If all vehicles in British Columbia were powered by electricity instead of liquid fuels by 2055, BC would need to more than double its electricity generation capacity to meet forecasted energy demand—and the move could prove surprisingly cost-effective. 
 
06 Nov, 2019 Rooftop Solar Panels Provide Sustainable Solution for Castlegar City Hall
The City of Castlegar is now generating electricity using solar panels on the rooftop of City Hall.
 
04 Nov, 2019 Infrastructure Planning Grant Program
The infrastructure planning grant program offers grants to support local government in projects related to the development of sustainable community infrastructure. The program is open for applications year-round, and has regular processing deadlines. Next deadline: January 15, 2020.
 
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to help develop or improve long-term comprehensive plans including, and not limited to:
 
30 Oct, 2019 Low Carbon Resilience Interventions: Case Studies at the Building, Neighbourhood and Community Levels
October 27 marks the release of ACT’s latest report: Low Carbon Resilience Interventions: Case Studies at the Building, Neighbourhood, and Community Levels. A compilation of comprehensive LCR interventions and associated case studies, this report gives readers a robust understanding of practical LCR application in communities. 
 
30 Oct, 2019 CivX 2019: Civil Ideas for Less Civil Times
At this one-day seminar (8:30am – 4:30pm) delegates will hear practical ideas for making our towns and cities more inclusive for our citizens, regardless of age, gender, culture, or socio-economic background. Our exciting line-up of guest speakers includes:
 
 
Diane Kalen-Sukra, Author, “Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community & What to Do about It”.
Tasha Henderson, Director, Women Transforming Communities
30 Oct, 2019 Adaptation Canada 2020 Conference
You’ll join friends and colleagues from across Canada in Vancouver for three intensive days of learning, networking lunches and poster sessions, and an exploration of climate adaptation challenges and solutions in the places we live, work and play.
 
29 Oct, 2019 Value of Biogas West Conference
Day 1 will begin with a half-day Biogas/RNG Workshop. Join us to discuss government Plans, Strategies and Standards related to biogas/RNG, and what will be required to meet them. In the afternoon attendees have the opportunity to go on a Biogas/RNG Tour to Lush and Village Farms. Day 1 will conclude with a Networking Reception.
 
22 Oct, 2019 Toolkit Newsletter: Climate Action Updates for BC Local Governments - October 2019
26 Sep, 2019 2019 Climate Leaders Institute
Three key themes will guide the plenary, peer panel and small break out group discussion sessions:
 
     • Knowledge Sharing: Hear about high impact actions from across BC and design bold solutions that fit the context of your community
 
     • Organizational Planning: Discover approaches for embedding climate action across all aspects of municipal decision making to ensure lasting impact
 
25 Sep, 2019 Structural Flood Mitigation Grant

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities is currently accepting applications for Structural Flood Mitigation. The intention of this funding is to support eligible applicants to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impacts of hazards through construction of structural flood mitigation projects. 

Applications are being accepted until October 25, 2019.

19 Sep, 2019 CARIP Releases Annual Summary Report on Local Government Climate Action

This report illustrates the continued progress by local governments to reduce carbon emissions through highlighting examples of the achievements and experiences of small, medium, and large communities. The 2018 CARIP Summary Report includes:

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