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People looking for ways to combat climate change

Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.”

100% Renewable Energy by 2050 – coming to your town soon

As if the 2015 federal candidates debates weren’t exciting enough, for 2016 the Victoria Chapter has taken on the municipalities of southern Vancouver Island.

Inspired by the Renewable City Strategy of the City of Vancouver, we are asking the municipalities in our area to adopt a 2050 goal of meeting 100% of their energy use with renewables. And we mean all energy use in the community, not just municipal operations.

Calling ‘Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes’!

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).

Solar Compass Project Moves Ahead

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.

Fun with numbers: Shaking the fossil fuel addiction

There has been a lot in the news recently about the need to address climate change and reduce our carbon emissions, in BC, in Canada and around the world.

Young Climate Heroes Win Pizza Party

Big congratulations to the winners of this year’s Climate Change Showdown from the Kamloops Chapter of the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association.

Celebrating a Greener Holiday

By Kate Wilczac

The winter holidays are truly a wonderful time, when we stop our busy lives to celebrate with family and friends and bring light and green things into our homes during the darkest days of the year.  Our spirit of giving can sometimes lead to excess, however, when faced with the post-Christmas morning mess of heaps of wrapping paper, discarded plastic toys and junky ornaments ready to be tossed in the trash. Here are some tips to help keep your Christmas less wasteful and more sustainable.

Stories from the Showdown: BC Students Explore The Future They Want.

“That could have been really dangerous! The scientists could have made a mistake and sent you back to Jurassic times, and you could have been eaten by a dinosaur!” 

Climate Change Showdown Awards

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is delighted to announce this year’s winners in the Climate Change Showdown program, offered in partnership by the City of Kamloops and BCSEA. Top-scoring students will be honoured at the Kamloops City Council meeting Tuesday June 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm. The students learned about climate change in class and then worked on contest actions with their families over a four-week period. They reduced greenhouse gas emissions through eating local foods, turning down the thermostat, taking shorter showers and turning off the lights.

Sitching for Sustainability

Renate Sitch is Program Manager of the BCSEA's Climate Change Showdown. As of February 1st she also has a new job, as our Director of Stakeholder Mobilization. I sat down with Renate for this short e-chat: 

Guy: Renate, as our new Director of Stakeholder Mobilization, what will your top priorities be?