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10 Mar, 2020 Report: Nature helps communities manage flooding
The latest research from the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) finds that natural assets like wetlands, forests and ponds help communities in Canada better manage flood risk, while providing a range of other ecosystem benefits, and at savings ranging from $0.2 to $414 million.
28 Feb, 2020 Burnaby Charges Ahead on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
The City of Burnaby is making it easier for residents with electric vehicles to stay “charged up,” unveiling 14 electric vehicle charging stalls at six locations across the community, with more to come.
25 Feb, 2020 Introducing the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark
Today QUEST and Pollution Probe launched the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark. The Benchmark measures where a community stands relative to Canadian best practices on ten indicators that, taken together, constitute the core characteristics of a Smart Energy Community.
11 Feb, 2020 Renewed team will help B.C. build on first year of climate action
A renewed provincial council will advise government and track progress on CleanBC initiatives to reduce pollution and create new opportunities for people around the province.
Members of the Climate Solutions Council were announced by George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, at GLOBE 2020 – a sustainable business and innovation summit focused on climate action.
06 Feb, 2020 New program helps keep organic waste out of landfills
People in communities throughout British Columbia will soon benefit from expanded composting facilities that will reduce the amount of organic material sent to B.C. landfills, create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
29 Jan, 2020 Saanich releases climate plan, outlines actions to fight climate change
Through the Climate Plan: 100% Renewable and Resilient Saanich, which was just released and endorsed by Council last night, the District of Saanich is proposing actions to improve our quality of life, protect our community now and in future, and reduce local and global risks associated with a changing climate.
23 Jan, 2020 -44 degrees no problem for City Bioenergy System
Through extremely cold temperatures last week, the City of Prince George's Downtown Renewable Energy System operated at its highest level ever – and may have set a new standard for Canada in the process.
22 Jan, 2020 Courtenay Council Adopts Asset Management Bylaw
Municipal asset management – the maintenance of infrastructure large and small, including roads, utilities, and facilities – is one of a local government’s most significant responsibilities. To recognize the central role of asset management in its operations, the City of Courtenay has become one of the first municipalities in Canada, and the first in B.C., to enshrine its asset management program in a formal bylaw.
17 Jan, 2020 Ministry accepting community proposals to test emerging technology
People in B.C. are one step closer to hopping on e-scooters to get around town.
Communities interested in being on the front lines of testing new and emerging transportation technologies (such as e-scooters and electric skateboards) are invited to submit proposals to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
13 Jan, 2020 Kamloops Arenas Reduce Carbon Footprint
The City of Kamloops is committed to implementing strategies that reduce its impact on the environment. To that end, the City has eliminated the use of hot water in its ice resurfacers (Zambonis) in four of its ice rinks and has plans to add another rink to the energy-reduction program in 2020.
10 Jan, 2020 Planned network of Charging Stations Receives Boost from Northern Development
Northern Development Initiative Trust today announced its commitment of $192,000 towards the creation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network across central and northern B.C.
Branded “Charge North”, this partnership involves 23 regional districts, municipalities and First Nations and demonstrates collaboration on addressing the issue of clean energy, while supporting economic development and enhancing tourism.
02 Jan, 2020 Building Smart with Changes to the BC Building Code



19 Dec, 2019 Toolkit Newsletter: Climate Action Updates for BC Local Governments - December 2019
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18 Dec, 2019 Wood stove exchange program recipients announced
Santa could have less soot to contend with in 15 B.C. communities this Christmas.
These communities are receiving funding from this year’s wood stove exchange program, which helps people replace old, smoky woodstoves with cleaner burning models.
13 Dec, 2019 Climate Change Adaptation Fundamentals Course
After completing the course you will be able to:
  • Explain the core concepts of climate science
  • Distinguish between weather, climate variability and climate change
  • Describe current climate trends, regional impacts and the role of adaptation
  • Analyse different regional climate change scenarios, impacts, and opportunities for adaptation and mitigation
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.


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