Local group seeks public submissions for new exhibition at Kamloops Art Gallery
The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is excited to announce a new exhibition which will highlight and celebrate people who use sustainable energy resources and functions on a regular basis. Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes will take place January 14th to March 18th, 2017 at the free BMO Open Gallery of the Kamloops Art Gallery (KAG).
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) will soon showcase a transformative new “solar roadway” technology, so new that it may be the first in Canada. A team of faculty, staff and students has learned that the Solar Compass project will receive funding of $36,000 from the TRU Sustainability Grant Fund and the project will now go ahead. The new technology involves thick glass plates that can be walked or driven on and have an embedded photovoltaic layer.
For the third time running, BCSEA Okanagan entered into the Vernon Winter Fair Parade this year. With this year's theme being Mardi Gras, they turned heads with their floats of 8 electric vehicles and their costumes, decked out in beads, glitz and glam.
Today the Energy Forum, a coalition of B.C. power producers, industry associations and environmental organizations of which BCSEA is proud to be a part of, released a letter to the Premier of B.C. calling for an ambitious Climate Leadership Plan that transitions the province away from fossil fuels and incorporates the Climate Leadership Team recommendations.
Last August, we urgently appealed to you, our members, to show the government your support for effective action on climate change. The B.C. government had called for public comments on what should be in an updated B.C. Climate Leadership Plan (“CLP”), and the upcoming UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris (“COP 21”) created the expectation (since confirmed) of a growing global consensus that all the world needs to act urgently to minimize harmful climate change.
Ali Grovue, BCSEA Executive Director, kicked off the meeting describing the overall provincial status of BCSEA, and the connection to the local chapters. Marion Pape, Chair of the Victoria Chapter, then gave an overview of last year's work and introduced the 2016 steering committee. Denise Stocco then gave a short-but-sweet overview of the finances for Victoria Chapter.
Fifty BCSEA and Dogwood Initiative supporters gathered at The Oaks, celebrated our 2015 achievements and built energy for some great collaborations in 2016. Thanks to BCSEA volunteer Sam Torrance for the mellow cajun sound of Bijoux du Bayou that set a warm tone to the evening, despite the soggy weather. Mark January 7th in your calendars: our AGM will feature words from Kai Nagata, Dogwood campaigner extraordinaire, to set us in the right direction.
The BCSEA banner was prominent at the "The People's Spark” rally on November 29th on the steps and front lawn of the BC Legislature in Victoria, intended to ignite climate action at COP21 along with 350.org events happening around the world.