BCSEA’s Cool It! Climate Leadership program has wrapped up for 2017/18 and what a successful year it was! This year we had 13 incredible municipality and other sponsors who supported 138 workshops in 191 schools, with 3261 students.
With all the buzz around BC’s organic farming and craft beer brewing, we often miss excitement going on in the other provinces. In October 2017, a partnership between Beau’s Brewery and Bullfrog Power helped the Just Food farm near Ottawa to get on solar. The 10 kW solar array project was launched in October 2017 in the form of a rain or shine community event, where local food and beer was offered.
BCSEA salutes the City of Victoria for asking Prime Minister Trudeau to fully implement the part of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Action that calls for “supporting the shift from higher to lower-emitting types of transportation,” and “enhanc[ing] investments in public transit upgrades and expansions.”
The BC Utilities Commission has begun an inquiry into how – or whether – the charging of electric vehicles (EVs) should be regulated. This March and April, the Commission is holding community input sessions around BC, seeking public input on any and all issues around EV charging. This will be followed by a more formal process aimed at recommendations and conclusions.
The Solar Compass at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) had its Grand Opening on November 2, a very snowy day in Kamloops. The Solar Compass and the nearby Solar Sidewalk are flagship projects, the first of this kind in Canada. Project lead Dr. Michael Mehta was joined by our major partners, TRU and Solar Earth Technologies (SET), along with other local partners and many of the 30-plus members of the project team.
The BC Sustainable Energy Association is looking to fill two contractor positions as Environmental Educator with the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program in Metro Vancouver and the Capital Regional District.
With the help of our mentors, volunteers, participants and sponsors, BCSEA Vancouver Chapter hosted its first Women in Sustainable Energy Networking (WISE) event on June 20, 2017. The event was to connect people seeking to enter careers related to sustainable energy with well-established women mentors in those fields. Judging by the turnout and many positive comments from the people who were there, this year’s WISE event was an overwhelming success!
Green living in British Columbia is more than just a passing fad: the B.C. Climate Leadership Plan outlines clear goals for reduced carbon emissions and a more sustainable future and applies to residential homeowners as well as corporations and industries. Whether your own personal desire to make your home more energy efficient stems from similar concerns about climate change, your family’s health, or simply reducing your monthly bills, going green just makes sense.