Who we are
The BC Sustainable Energy Association Victoria Chapter is dedicated to ensuring a renewable energy future. With an extensive member base across southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, we are a clear voice for progressive change in the region.
The Victoria Chapter seeks to educate and advocate on issues related to energy use, the reduction of GHG emissions, and solutions for transitioning to a non fossil-fuel economy. The Victoria Chapter is one of the oldest and most active chapters of the BCSEA, with an extensive history and varied member base, consisting of retirees, students, sustainable energy industry members and members of government. We are excited about the bright future that we believe is coming to British Columbia, and want to ensure it is one powered by renewable energy.
We are environmentally minded people who are excited about the sustainable future we believe is possible for British Columbia and would like you to join us!
If you haven't already, check out and like our Victoria Chapter Facebook page.
What we do
The BCSEA Victopria Chapter partners with like-minded organizations, faith based groups, NGOs and businesses to collaborate on renewable energy projects and reach the largest audience possible. We undertake regular events; engaging the public in education of renewable energy solutions, low-carbon transportation and the opportunities to lead a greener, cleaner lifestyle.
We advocate for strong action on climate change and work to build broad support for a transition to a sustainable future for BC. This includes engaging with government, politicians, and the public.
When we meet
Our Steering Committee meets on the fourth Monday of each month. If you would like to attend a meeting, please contact Paul Rasmussen or Tom Hackney at mailto:email@example.com. We are always looking for people who want to get involved.
We have three or four Pub Nights each year, open to all, but you need to be on the Victoria Chapter membership list hear about it – so think about becoming a BCSEA member!
2018 Municipal Elections
BCSEA Victoria Chapter has teamed up with 5 other organizations to ask 12 questions related to sustainable transportation of all mayoral and council candidates in the Greater Victoria Area. And over half of the non-acclaimed candidates have responded (with hopefully more to come). To check out what candidates in your municipality are saying about sustainable transportation go to the Victorians for Transportation Choice website.
Solar on a Strata blog: Several years ago Victoria Chapter Steering Committee member Bruce Mackenzie worked with his strata council to arrange to put photovoltaic solar panels on the strata roof. Bruce has an ongoing blog about this starting here. The latest update is here.
100% Renewable Energy by 2050 Initiative
Our biggest and most exciting initiative is to persuade all municipalities on southern Vancouver Island to commit to 100% Renewable Energy (“100% RE”) by 2050 — and we mean ALL energy, not just municipal operations!
100% RE by 2050 is growing around the world, with cities often leading. See GO 100% Renewable Energy or Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities. Vancouver committed to this target in 2015, as did Victoria in August 2016 and the District of Saanich in October 2017.
The Chapter’s 100% RE work included a 100% RE “Pathway” report for the District of Saanich. We presented this to the public at our Big Town Hall in Saanich’s Commonwealth Centre, and in March 2017, working with the Climate Issues Collaborative, we presented it to Saanich Council, asking Council to adopt the 100% RE target. Saanich Council did so in October 2017.
Our next steps:
- Continue to engage local government, allies and the public in Saanich and Victoria on developing and implementing their 100% RE plans.
- Continue to foster the public discussion of sustainability and 100% RE;
- More research on 100% RE here and around the world;
- Reach out to other municipalities in southern Vancouver Island.
- Stay tuned for more news – or drop us a line and volunteer to help.
Youth Involvement Pilot Project
The Youth Involvement Pilot Project is a new intiative that the BCSEA Victoria Chapter is pioneering this year.
Youths in grades nine to twelve are concerned for their futures and what they can do to prevent global warming by reducing their carbon footprint. These students may be involved in their school’s Environmental Club and also involved in their community (ie. Recycling, Community Garden, Food Bank, etc. High school counselors are often overworked with student course corrections, student mental health issues, etc. and information about future Renewable Energy jobs is often non-existent or out-of-date from Job Counselors. The BCSEA Victoria Chapter believes we could provide better information to both students and Career Counselors.
Providing more current Renewable Energy information could stimulate discussion within students’ schools, among their parents (Parents Advisory Council), and their communities. Such actions could also help boost the BCSEA youth membership, adding new energy for future projects. And it could help our BCSEA business members find interested students for summer employment opportunities and/or post-secondary work experiences.
Do you have some knowledge about an area of renewable energy that you'd like to share with high school students? Or is your business interested in hiring a student for renewable energy related project? If you are interested, please let us know!
Our 2017 Victoria Chapter AGM
Our 2017 Victoria Chapter AGM was held on November 16th at the Oaks Restaurant. The AGM featured a keynote address by BCSEA founder, author and futurist Guy Dauncey on "“100% Renewable Energy for BC: the Psycho-Politics of Success". As usual Guy's talk was informative and inspiring. For those who are interested in the slides from Guy's talk - they are available here. We also heard reports on our work this year from Chapter co-chair, Tom Hackney, an interesting report on what's going on with Cool It! from Suzanne Nievaart and a financial report from our treasure, Denise Stocco. We also elected a new steering committee pictured above (not pictured - new Steering Committee member Eleri Davies who was unable to attend). Also we tried a new fund raiser, a silent auction organized by our programming chair Sam Torrance. The auction was quite successful and is likely something we will try again.
Steering Committee Openings
Would you like to be part of the transition to a sustainable future? Would you like to be actively working toward fighting climate change? We have a few openings for new members of our BCSEA Victoria Chapter Steering Committee and are currently actively searching for new members. Being a part of our Steering Committee doesn’t require any special expertise, just enthusiasm and good communication skills. We welcome anyone who is committed and enthusiastic.