The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) Kamloops Chapter seeks submissions from the public of images, written pieces, artworks, or short videos for a free public exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG) called The Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes Exhibition. The exhibition runs from January 14, 2017 to March 18 in the free BMO Open Gallery. The deadline for submissions is October 27, 2016.
On behalf of the BCSEA Board, Chapters and membership, I would like to notify you regarding a change in the Executive Director position. Ali Grovue has decided to step down as Executive Director effective September 30th, 2016, and the BCSEA Board is very pleased to announce that Jessica McIlroy will be stepping into the role as of October 1st, 2016.
As the TMX Ministerial Panel made its way across British Columbia this summer, holding consultation meetings on Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, three of BCSEA’s Chapters spoke of our belief that Canada has no need for expanded pipeline capacity and should instead focus on a transition to clean, renewable energy.
The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN. An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives. All of this relates to energy, of course. If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home. It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.
Imagine a world where the very roads you drive on power your home, where the sides of buildings produce clean, endless electricity. Better yet imagine a world where young adults, those bright minds faced with the great responsibility of shaping the future, are inspired to think of new ways to interweave renewable energy technology with everyday life. This is the vision of Dr. Michael Mehta, who leads Thompson Rivers University’s Solar Compass project.
The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held a film night on May 25. This was the latest in a monthly series called Films For Change, sponsored by the Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and in its second year. The Sustainability Office provides the venue and marketing assistance for a sustainability-related community group to show a film every month. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the community group.