In July, two of the Kamloops steering committee members attended EV Ready, a virtual workshop hosted by the City of Kamloops Sustainability Department. The meeting was initiated as a first step to implement the 8 Big Moves identified in the recently adopted Community Climate Action Plan. The objective was to bring city planners, department leads, and vested community representatives such as developers, realtors, contractors, building managers, and climate activists together to discuss potential bylaw options designed to ensure new multi-family housing developments are built with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The City hired a consultant to assess requirements and provide guidance and it was very informative to learn the challenges, benefits, and costs of preparing our community for the EV future. Naturally, our BCSEA Chapter will actively support the most robust initiative and will press for a new bylaw as quickly as possible.
This summer, Kamloops residents, along with residents from many B.C. Interior communities have been drastically affected by thick smoke and resulting poor air quality from hundreds of wildfires that started as early as June. The conditions are a stark and frightening example of what we will continue to face if drastic climate action efforts are not undertaken immediately. Join us as the BCSEA works to accelerate the province's transition to a lower-carbon economy.