October 2019 Newsletter

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Message from the Board

From Our Board Chair - Jonathan Ho

Greetings to my fellow sustainable energy ... enthusiasts? Evangelists? True believers? The BCSEA is a unique organization in the sustainable energy field. We are not clean energy producers, nor are we building system experts. While many of us are engineers or technical experts in our professional capacities, that's not what we do within the BCSEA.

Read more on the BCSEA blog CHAPTER NEWS Victoria Chapter Climate Action Meeting, October 10th.

On October 10th, the Victoria Chapter teamed up with the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association to host a meeting focused on local action and the City of Victoria’s Climate Leadership Plan.

Read more 2019 Federal Election Candidate Questionnaire on Climate and Energy

Twenty-eight candidates are vying for the four local constituencies of:

Victoria, Saanich-Gulf Islands, Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke and Cowichan-Malahat-Langford.

If you want to support the candidate with the strongest commitment to climate action and sustainable energy, our questionnaire may help.

Responses will be posted as received.

And don’t forget to vote. Election day is October 21st.

Green Investment Pub Night - November 21st.

Last year, we had record attendance at our green investment pub night, so we are holding one again this year on November 21st.

Event Details Getting the Sustainable Energy Word Out

The Victoria Chapter was busy this September spreading the word about BCSEA programs, and advocating for a sustainable energy transformation.

Read more about what we've been up to here Vancouver Chapter EN4S

Last weekend Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (EN4S) gathered impact-seekers for a two-day hackathon to help fill gaps in the Sustainable Energy landscape.

Learn more about the initiative here and get in touch if you'd like to see EN4S in your regions.

Okanagan Chapter Powering Sustainable Energy for the Future of the Okanagan

On October 5 the 'Powering Sustainable Energy' forum and fair was well attended at the Vernon Public Library. The event built excitement and enthusiam with community members determined to propel the Okanagan to sustainable energy. An energy task force will be developed along with a follow-up meeting in November. Follow us here for more information. Our sincere thanks to our co-sponsors, the City of Vernon and Okanagan Regional Library.

Kamloops Chapter

On October 3, 2019, the Kamloops Chapter of the BCSEA and Transitions Kamloops co-hosted a non-partisan debate at the Thompson Rivers University. The debate’s topic was the environment and all seven candidates were present, which made for a lively evening punctuated by valuable ideas, laughter and promises which we hope to see materialized in sustainable projects down the road. Learn more about the debate here.

Upcoming events:

Our local chapter will be hosting the annual general meeting in November (date to be determined). The evening will include the usual reports from our chair, Cheryl Kabloona, a Q & A talk, networking, and hopefully adding more members to our ever-expanding group of passionate volunteers. For more information, please check our Facebook and Twitter pages, plus watch for upcoming events via our newsletter and chapter website.

Cool It! Updates A New Look and New Workshops

The Cool It! team have been working hard this summer on a brand new look! We are also delighted to share that Cool It will be working with high school students and extending our workshops to other groups too!

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Upcoming Workshops

This Fall the Cool It! team will be spreading our wings and working with keen schools, teachers and students in new areas:

Squamish, Nanaimo and Burnaby (with thanks to FVB Energy)

Schools in Central Saanich (with generous support from the District of Central Saanich)

Dorothea Walker Elementary, our first school in Kelowna getting involved in Cool It!

We are also excited to be hosting workshops in the Comox region, Richmond, Vancouver, and North Vancouver too (thanks to support from the Comox Valley Regional District, City of Richmond, Translink and the City of North Vancouver.

Feel free to reach out the the Cool-It team for anything at all.

Energy Connections

On Friday, September 20th, Energy Connections 2019 investigated BC's current energy policies and practices and what this means for initiating the significant long-term emission reductions planned in CleanBC. It was an inspiring day of learning and connecting! Check out the Conference Summary Report here.

Policy Corner

BCSEA provided comments on the terms of reference and process as part of the Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro, Phase 2.

Read More Upcoming Events

The Livable Cities Forum: Building Better Communities through Resilience will take place October 28-30, 2019 at the Victoria Conference Centre, Victoria, British Columbia.

November 19th, BC Housing's three-hour webinar will examine site assessment for noise sources and provide strategies to reduce noise intrusion.


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