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 host political debates on sustainable energy, advocate for strong action on climate change and work to build broad support for a transition to a sustainable future for BC.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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.
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.
Our next steps:
- Continue to engage local government, allies and the public in Saanich and Victoria. Victoria is developing its 100% RE plan. Saanich is preparing to make a decision on 100% RE;
- 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.
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.
BC’s Energy Future: Election Debates on Sustainable Energy
We have successfully concluded our debate series. The 3 debates had about 600 attendees altogether and held to our usual high standards for relevant questions, great moderators, and intelligent discussion of critical energy issues.
The all-candidates debates for Esquimalt-Metchosin and Saanich North and the Islands were recorded by Shaw TV.
The Saanich North and the Islands debate is available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_vSSO10jfE
The Esquimalt-Metchosin debate is available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSgN2HcX7hc
Our party policy debate in Victoria was recorded by independent videographer Rayne Benu and is available here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZsCzAb6cYcdelYWsZXia8je1DwjZZJXP
Steering Committee Openings
There are currently no openings in our Steering Committee - but we are always on the look out for new steering committee members!