BCSEA August 2019, Newsletter

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BCSEA and it's volunteers have been in full swing during the summer, taking on new initiatives, rebranding and expanding programs, and organizing exciting events for our members, and the public at large! Please see our activities below.

Become a Member Kamloops Chapter

On June 23rd, the Kamloops Chapter of the BCSEA together with the Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office hosted a much-anticipated electric vehicle event. The 4-hour event sponsored by Emotive and TRU Student Union included a talk and Q&A by Brock Nanson, EV owner and enthusiast, a burger lunch and an EV viewing session where people could see electric vehicles and bikes up close, talk to the dealers and owners, ask questions and take test drives.

The public’s interest far exceeded our expectations: we had an audience of 425 people. It became a great community event that garnered many positive comments, both on social media and in the local press. This news story, especially the video, is a good overview of the day:

We were grateful for the financial support and for the hard work of our volunteer organizing committee, which in collaboration with the TRU Sustainability Office staff made the event a great success. The public interest in electric vehicles gives us hope that the changes we need to see have already taken flight.

Okanagan Chapter

The Okanagan Chapter is actively beginning to promote their forum on ‘Powering Sustainable Energy into the Future for the Okanagan’ on Saturday, October 5, 2019 (TBC) from 1 pm till 6 pm. This event is to be held at the Vernon Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and the neighboring park. The forum will consist of alternative Sustainable Energy solution pitches, booths of the many providers available to the Okanagan, an expert panel on Sustainable Energy applications in the Okanagan, and more! Mark your calendars and be ready to help activate the Okanagan.

Victoria Chapter
Car Free Day and Canada Day Gorge Picnic

On Car Free Day and again at the Canada Day Gorge Picnic, the Victoria Chapter, BCSEA volunteers staffed the BCSEA tent and talked to people about moving from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.

Whether strolling car-free down the middle of Douglas Street or enjoying the breeze off the Gorge, people were in a festive mood. We had hundreds of great talks with people of all ages on all aspects of sustainable energy, from the best ways to go electric on transportation, to heat pumps, to government climate policy and BCSEA’s Youth Involvement Project (YIP).

Climate action in Fairfield Gonzales

On Thursday, October 20th, the Victoria Chapter will host a meeting of the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association for people who want to take action on climate change and support the City of Victoria’s work. 7:00 p.m. at Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Road. All are welcome.

The Victoria Chapter is planning new events and ways to reach more people. We will hold another green investment night. Other possibilities include informative evenings with speakers on EV incentives, home efficiency retrofits, etc. We hope to see you there.

Vancouver Chapter

CSEA Vancouver Chapter is organizing “Entrepreneurs For Sustainability”(EN4S), a month-long initiative to bring together bright minds to tackle sustainable energy issues. It will take place from September 12 to October 13, 2019 in Vancouver.


Green Drinks is happening again this month in Vancouver, BC! Join us on Wednesday, Aug 28th to have some drinks and meet other environmentally-minded folk.

--Event Details--

Date: Wednesday August 28th, 2019
Location: The Shebeen Bar - located inside the Irish Heather in Gastown
Time: Arrive anytime from 5.30pm with last drinks at 9:30pm
Cost: Free to attend. Attendees are responsible for buying their food and drinks
RSVP: Appreciated (but not required) at our Facebook event

The 2018/19 Cool it! year in photos

Our Nelson Environmental Educator, Maya, taking Cool it! students on a tour of Nelson's solar garden.

The City of North Vancouver put on a celebratory feast for the winning grade 3/4 class at Larson Elementary after the mayor presented the class their award at a Council meeting.

Representatives from St. Joseph Elementary's grade 5 Saanich winning class, were invited to attend the District of Saanich Environmental Awards to receive their class award.

Westcot Elementary students presented to Council their wishes for a sustainable future for the District of West Vancouver.

The winning class from the Capital Regional District - climate champions!

Students in New Westminster hard at work during a Cool It! elementary workshop.

A huge thank you from the Cool It! team!

We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our workshop sponsors for supporting BCSEA to deliver climate education to schools across BC, including in Nelson, Summerland, Comox, Saanich and the Capital Regional District, and the lower mainland this year. And another huge thank you to the participating teachers, the students, and their families for your dedication to taking action in your lives to reduce your carbon emissions!

A new look for Cool It!

For the next school year Cool it! will have a new look! We are delighted to share with our network a sneak preview of our brand new look. With thanks to support from North Growth Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada, we are jumping into the next school year with a new look and updated programs. We'll share more soon!

Below is a sneak preview, with a summary of the Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program outcomes from 2018/19.....

UPCOMING EVENTS Energy Connections 2019

With less than a month to go BCSEA’s fourth annual Energy Connections will be on Friday, September 20, 2019 at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, B.C. Check out the agenda and get your tickets soon!

Ecocity World Summit - 2019

Our member BCIT won the bid to host the next Ecocity World Summit on October 7-11, 2019! This is the first time the Ecocity World Summit is being hosted in Western Canada.

Podcast Mission Transition: Clean Energy and Beyond

Sierra Club BC is presenting - Mission Transition, hosted by award-winning former CBC journalist Susan Elrington along with Caitlyn Vernon, Campaigns Director with Sierra Club BC. Subscribe for free today on Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast app.


Low Carbon Electrification in BC: Next steps for BC Hydro

BCSEA asks Government to let BC Hydro and FBC Invest in Public EV Fast Charging Stations

Net metering update

View BCSEA's Policy Corner JOB POSTINGS

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