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BCSEA Webinar: Climate Action at the Local Level: Community Change-Makers in British Columbia

Jan 21 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Join us for a free BCSEA Webinar

What are British Columbia's cities, towns and communities doing to tackle the climate crisis? There are some great initiatives and innovations happening on the ground.

It is estimated that local governments have control or influence over about 45 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia.  With this in mind, and to help the B.C. Government meet its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent from 2007 levels by 2020 (and 80 per cent by 2050), the provincial government and the Union of B.C. Municipalities established the Climate Action Charter in 2007.  

180 of 190 local governments have signed the Charter and have committed to reporting on their corporate and community GHG reduction activities.  Among the highlights:

  • 144 local governments are measuring their corporate GHG emissions
  • 31 local governments are carbon neutral
  • 40 carbon reserve funds have been established to fund local GHG emission reduction projects

In this webinar, Rob Abbott, Executive Director of Carbon Neutral Government, Green Communities and Climate Action Outreach for the Province of British Columbia, will highlight some of the community “change makers” who are taking real action to tackle the climate crisis, and underscore the key lessons learned that may influence positive action by communities and other organizations in other jurisdictions.

Pre-Registration required. Click here.

Rob Abbott is the Executive Director of Carbon Neutral Government and Outreach with the Province of B.C.’s Climate Action Secretariat.

In his 20 years prior to coming to government, Rob has helped businesses all over the world discover wealth-creating opportunities through a deeper integration of sustainability with organizational and competitive strategy. Rob is passionate about the intersection of sustainability with strategy and innovation; the ways in which trust (self trust, relationship trust and organizational trust) must be created to enable the collaboration that will create communities that are low carbon, healthy, and resilient in the face of change; and meaningful engagement of the three types of innovators necessary to achieve broad systemic change: disruptive, bridging and receptive.