This May 9th, British Columbians will vote for their candidate of choice. This provincial election will determine how climate friendly the new government is. The transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is necessary to halt or reduce the threat from further global warming.
The Victoria Chapter of BCSEA is working to ensure that the debate about clean energy receives the public airing it deserves in this important election.
All-candidates debates give you a chance to hear directly from those vying for your vote. Here is your opportunity to assist BCSEA in putting the renewable energy versus fossil fuel debate forward in this election.
We are asking for your support to help us organize 3 to 4 local debates in the capital region. These debates will take place near the end of April. Our goal of $5,000 will allow us to create and distribute flyers, secure the venues and hire an experienced communications coordinator. Your donation, whether $10, $50, $100* or more, will help make a difference in this critical election. This gives you the opportunity to hear the various parties air their views regarding climate change, green jobs in BC, the Kinder Morgan pipeline and other significant energy issues. And you even get some great perks for your donation! Everyone who donates gets a reserved seat at the debate of their choice, and the first 14 donors of $50 or more get a free T-shirt courtesy of Hemp and Company!
By making energy policy a necessary and crucial part of the 2017 provincial election, you will join the growing wave of support for a clean, green future for British Columbia. Help us create the platform for meaningful debates in your community, and help us get BC back on track to being climate leaders once more. Help future generations of Canadians, donate today!
* Your donation is not tax-deductible as BCSEA is not a registered charitable organization.
Who we are
The BC Sustainable Energy Association Victoria Chapter is dedicated to ensuring a renewable energy future. With an extensive member base across southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, we are a clear voice for progressive change in the region.
The Victoria Chapter seeks to educate and advocate on issues related to energy use, the reduction of GHG emissions, and solutions for transitioning to a non fossil-fuel economy. The Victoria Chapter is one of the oldest and most active chapters of the BCSEA, with an extensive history and varied member base, consisting of retirees, students, sustainable energy industry members and members of government. We are excited about the bright future that we believe is coming to British Columbia, and want to ensure it is one powered by renewable energy.
Help us make Southern Vancouver Island 100% RE powered by 2050 by signing our online petition!
If you haven't already, check out and like our Victoria Chapter Facebook page.
What we do
The BCSEA Victopria Chapter partners with like-minded organizations, faith based groups, NGOs and businesses to collaborate on renewable energy projects and reach the largest audience possible. We undertake regular events; engaging the public in education of renewable energy solutions, low-carbon transportation and the opportunities to lead a greener, cleaner lifestyle.
We host political debates, advocate for change in British Columbia climate policy and demonstrate clearly, through the use of research and scientific data, that a 100% renewable energy future is possible for Southern Vancouver Island. We believe this is the future British Columbia should strive for, one that is essential to the subsistence of our way of life.
100% Renewable Energy by 2050 Initiative
In 2016, the Victoria Chapter set out to persuade all the municipalities on southern Vancouver Island to adopt a target of meeting all their energy needs with renewable energy by the year 2050 — and we mean ALL energy, not just municipal corporate emissions! This is motivated by the urgent need to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to do our share of minimizing global greenhouse gas emissions, and so keep global warming and climate disruption to a minimum.
2016 has been exciting and eventful. We attended Car Free Day, Saanich Strawberry Fest and other public gatherings and collected over 1,500 petition signatures from local residents, calling on their municipalities to adopt this goal. (Please sign if you haven’t already.)
We also developed a “Pathway to 100% RE by 2050” for the District of Saanich, which we presented to the public at our Big Town Hall in Saanich’s Commonwealth Centre on October 29th. One hundred and thirty-five members of the public came to hear Tom Hackney present his analysis, followed by Betsy Agar of Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities, and Victoria Barr, former president of the Public Health Association of BC.
The City of Victoria has now committed to the 100% RE by 2050 goal and is developing its plan to achieve this. We are looking forward to helping with this in 2017, and to helping other municipalities to get on board. Stay tuned for more exciting news in 2017.
Steering Committee Openings
There are currently no openings in our Steering Committee - but we are always on the look out for new steering committee members!