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Victoria

Solar Sparks!

We recently installed solar panels on our roof and I have never seen my hubby so excited and animated in such a long time. He had been fretting over the increasing cost of our hydro and the spectre of Site-C sending our hydro bills soaring.

What's Renewable about Biogas?

Renewable Natural Gas. Those unfamiliar with the concept might initially think of it as an oxymoron. “How can natural gas be renewable?” you might ask. The major difference lies in timescales. While renewable natural gas can be produced from last weekend’s leftover brunch, conventional natural gas could be derived from an ancient, decomposing pterodactyl. Confused? Read on.

Deliberate optimism: A sustainable energy outlook for BC in 2017

At first glance, the 2017 sustainable energy outlook for BC is grim.

kmprotest.jpgLast November, the federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, now followed by a compliant BC government. First Nations and environmental groups are vowing to do what it takes to stop the pipeline from being built.

New year’s greetings from the Victoria Chapter – please get involved in 2017

2017 is the Victoria Chapter’s thirteenth year, and we expect it to be exciting. Things have come a long way since 2005, when many people thought sustainable energy was just a quaint curiosity.

Rafe Sunshine

Rafe has recently-retired after twenty-six years as an educator. Rafe has been a BCSEA member for 9 years and a member of the Steering Committee for 3 years. In the last year he has led our pilot Youth Involvement Project which seeks to involve High School students in a sustainable future.  He believes our members and those wishing to become members of the BCSEA want more education on the different alternative energy technologies that exist and he will advocate for better information for monthly meet-ups so our members may be better informed when government initiatives are proposed.

BCSEA Victoria's AGM - New faces, good conversation!

The Victoria Chapter held its AGM on November 21st at the Oaks Restaurant - combined with a food and pub night. There were around 35 attendees including a contingent from Salt Spring Island. We heard outgoing Victoria Chapter Chair Marion Pape speak about our successes in the past year.

Pioneers of Sustainability: A Road Trip Across Canada

car_wagon1.jpgWhat are the first thoughts that come to mind when you hear the words “road trip across Canada”? Most likely, you’ll think of something like a narrow road stretching far into the horizon, cutting through a mountainous landscape blanketed with evergreen forests, majestic lakes and pristine rivers. An iconic Volkswagen Westfalia rumbles and growls its way across the landscape while the stereo blasts Fleetwood Mac.