The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held two consultation meetings concerning an update to Kamloops' Official Community Plan, called KAMPLAN. An official community plan is all about land use, with implications for transportation, housing, parks, and many other aspects of our lives. All of this relates to energy, of course. If your city is fairly dense with mixed-use neighbourhoods that include shops, schools and parks in addition to homes, you have the potential for people to walk or cycle near home. It's easier to build a good transit system in a city that doesn't have a lot of sprawl.
The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held a film night on May 25. This was the latest in a monthly series called Films For Change, sponsored by the Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and in its second year. The Sustainability Office provides the venue and marketing assistance for a sustainability-related community group to show a film every month. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the community group.
BCSEA Victoria organized 2 events and partnered to organize the 5th annual Creatively United for the Planet festival which was held on April 16th and is billed as “North America’s largest non-profit Earth Week festival”.
BCSEA's 5 recommendations for a strong Climate Leadership Plan
BCSEA's recommendations ensure a government that is committed to combatting climate change, one that revives B.C.'s status as a Climate Leader. We urge British Columbians to give their input. The Government has extended the deadline for public consultation until noon on April 8th.
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.
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.