BCSEA December 2019 Newsletter

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Message from the Board

Season's Greetings! We recently concluded our Annual General Meeting, and heard about a lot of our success stories at the Provincial and Chapter levels. You can see the slide deck from the AGM on our website for more details, but the bottom line is that we have taken a lot of action in 2019 towards achieving our goal of a 100% sustainably powered British Columbia.

Whether you are personally looking at changes in your lifestyle through greater use of public transportation, personal mobility options like bicycles, or moving towards retrofitting your home with better insulation or double and triple pane windows, we are looking at all actions at helping to reduce our own personal carbon footprints.

I look forward to a 2020 with optimism for the BCSEA, with our very active Chapters, a vibrant Cool It! Program, and full engagement by Bill Andrews and Tom Hackney on specific BC Utilities Commission interventions, and a larger sounding of the membership on policy questions. You'll be seeing a number of initiatives in the New Year on all of these files, so please stay tuned.

My very best wishes to you and yours this Holiday Season!

Jonathan Ho, Board Chair

CHAPTER NEWS Victoria Chapter Climate Action Strike (another)

BCSEA marched in yet another Climate Strike on November 29th, showing solidarity with young people and everyone else who wants to go faster on climate solutions and stop developing fossil fuel megaprojects.

Geography 314

This year Victoria Chapter helped UVic students to wrap their heads around the challenge of switching BC to sustainable energy. Steering committee member and UVic instructor Lisa Kadonaga used topics suggested by BCSEA in her Geography 314 course, where students researched and presented on topical issues, such as ways for selected communities to switch to 100% renewable energy and a simulation game for implementing BC’s CleanBC climate action plan.

"Green It or Lose It" investment pub night.

On November 21st, fifty people heard innovative new ways to invest in green (or greener) ways. Presentations by:

- Craig MacDougall from Vancity

- Gavin Molloy from Investors Group

- Angela Nauta from Worldtree Investments

Royal Bay Secondary School Showcase

BCSEA reps Rafe Sunshine and Tom Hackney attended Royal Bay Secondary School’s “Showcase” of student projects for solving real world problems. These were largely inspired by Project Drawdown , and aimed at energy and climate change issues. Rafe and Tom came as outside experts to engage the students on their work. We also recruited for BCSEA’s Youth Involvement Project . Our conclusion: today’s secondary students are keenly aware of climate change issues and very interested in possible solutions.

Victoria Chapter Annual General Meeting, December 5, 2019

City of Victoria Councillor, Ben Isitt gave the keynote talk, updating us on Victoria’s progress toward meeting its ambitious climate action and renewable energy targets.

AGM business included electing the 2020 steering committee. Continuing SC members are Bruce Mackenzie, Lisa Kadonaga, Yaqiong Wang, Sam Torrance, Rafe Sunshine, Robin Lowry, Paul Rasmussen and Tom Hackney. Leaving us are Denise Stocco (our longest-serving treasurer), Scott Mellett and Praveen Ponraj: thanks for your contributions! While September Smith left the SC, she remains as a volunteer for YIP (Youth Involvement Program).


.Next April, BCSEA will have a booth at the Victoria Home, Garden and Green Living Expo at the West Shore Rec Centre in Colwood. This is the Victoria region’s biggest annual home show, drawing several thousand homeowners. We want to create a display and engagement strategy that will present the coming sustainable energy transition as positive, mainstream and something every homeowner (and renters!) can help to bring about. Contact us if you want to volunteer or have any great ideas.

2020 Vancouver Chapter BCSEA Vancouver Chapter's 12 Days of Sustainability

Did you follow along as we turned the Twelves Days of Christmas into #12DaysofSustainabilty? The holiday season can be one of the most wasteful times of the year. Through a series of facts, tips, and challenges, we encouraged individuals to minimize their consumption over the holidays. Go check out our Twitter and Instagram accounts for a recap of the series.

Are you still searching for the perfect gift for a loved one that has zero impact on the environment and a positive impact on society? Consider making a donation to the BCSEA on behalf of an individual.

Donations Vancouver Chapter Volunteer Onboarding

The Vancouver Chapter consists of a diverse and inclusive group of leaders who are passionate about growing the sustainable energy community in Vancouver. Many of us work in careers related to sustainable energy and think everyone should be able to thrive in a position that aligns with their personal values.

In 2019, we hosted two Volunteer Onboarding nights to introduce new individuals into our volunteer ranks. After short presentations on the BCSEA and Vancouver Chapter values and goals, project managers from each chapter initiative presented opportunities on how volunteers could contribute in 2019. Newcomers were given a chance to meet with project managers and other interested volunteers and learn more about the initiatives that interested them.

Our next Volunteer Onboarding event will take place in early 2020. Interested in participating?

Renewable Energy in Africa (REnA)

REnA is an ongoing project being led by our Vancouver Chapter which focuses on three separate renewable energy projects in the remote town of Karonga, Malawi. The projects include producing renewable natural gas through biogas, installing outdoor solar lighting at Chaminade Secondary School, and bringing pico solar lighting to 200 households in Karonga. For more information on the project.

To date, our volunteers have raised over $600 for REnA and are seeking more funding and donations in order to bring the three projects to fruition. Our goal is $8,000. Please ensure you specify your donation is to go to REna via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you interested in volunteering to be a part of this unique project or just want to hear more about it? If so, please reach out to our project manager, Kenny Yuen and introduce yourself. We would love to hear from you and have you on board!

REnA Donations Okanagan Chapter Sustainable Energy Task Force

The Okanagan Chapter is currently scheduling a strategic Sustainable Energy Task Force online meeting, coming up towards the end of December! Let us know if you want to be involved in supporting the Okanagan region to be at 100% renewable energy. The task force will have an in-person meeting in January to be held in Kelowna, BC.

Sign on to this task force by sending Erik an email.

Kamloops Chapter
Kamloops Annual General Meeting

On November 28, our chapter hosted the annual AGM and our audience - approximately 70 people - had the opportunity to also learn about the Kamloops Community Action Plan. The speaker was Glen Cheetham, Environmental Services Supervisor with the City of Kamloops. The presentation outlined achievable and actionable goals for our community in aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also, we had the pleasure to celebrate 15 years of promoting sustainable energy in Kamloops by sharing with our audience photos of past projects, and the work of our volunteers.

Cool It! Updates The BCSEA High School Cool It! Climate Leadership Program

Cool It! has been warming its way into high schools across the Lower Mainland. This fall, we facilitated workshops in nine high schools in the city of Surrey, Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Richmond—with more workshops scheduled into 2020. Our multidisciplinary high school program has different offerings depending on the classroom teachers’ learning objectives. Module 1, focuses on individual action and Module 2, launches students into community action. Some teachers have requested that we host a Community Market several weeks after Module 2, as a way for students to share their climate action projects and garner feedback.

Feedback from teachers has been positive and high school students are engaged. We look forward to sharing anecdotal feedback from teachers soon! If you are a high school teacher we encourage you to sign up for the free program.

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Policy Corner

EV's Are Popping Up Everywhere

BC’s Zero Emissions Vehicles Act was enacted on May 30, 2019. It requires ZEVs to be to be 10% of sales of new light duty car and truck by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040. Regulations to make it happen are being developed, and BCSEA is participating.

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