How will we heat our buildings when we no longer use fossil fuels? It’s a really big and urgent question that is rarely discussed.
Last week I had to address the problem for Island Health, whose facilities managers are working hard to reduce the carbon footprint of their hospitals and other buildings on Vancouver Island, here in British Columbia.
How do you heat a hospital, if you are not using oil or natural gas?
Energy Connections broke new ground this year, tackling the difficult but inspiring topic of community empowerment. People from across BC, heralding from various different backgrounds and industries, united under one roof for a day of information, inspiration and engaging dialogue.
Looking back on the event as a whole, it is difficult to envision a more appropriate keynote speaker to kick off this incredible day; a day marked by passionate and like-minded individuals learning from one another and engaging in the broad vision of sustainable energy.
First up on Energy Connections’ agenda will be a dialogue between representatives from different levels of government, First Nations and industry, on the current state of policies and programs surrounding sustainable energy in BC. The objective of this first session is give a clear understanding of the high-level framework of policies currently in place in BC.
Free Exhibition Opens January 14 at Kamloops Art Gallery
The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association is proudly showcasing people who use sustainable energy resources and functions on a regular basis, in the Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes Exhibition.
Solar power has always fascinated mankind. The sun is an eternal power source and nothing on this earth comes to close to the majesty of the sun. Even our fables were centered on how harnessing the power of the sun could give man a power unmatched by none. The earliest reference to solar power is from the 3rd century, when supposedly Archimedes fought off Roman ships by using a contraption (similar to a magnifying glass) to set them on fire. This story maybe only a story but it is the earliest record of man flirting with the power of solar.
It’s easy to understand why BC communities love solar energy: it’s a local solution to our energy needs, keeps valuable energy dollars in the community, and creates much need employment when traditional areas of the economy are struggling.