BCSEA January, 2020 Newsletter

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The Kootenay region of British Columbia, renowned for the many beautiful mountains and lakes, has long been environmentally conscious. This came to the forefront in 2016 when SunMine – Canada’s largest solar project and largest solar tracking system – opened on an old mining site near Kimberley earning nationwide attention.

Read More Chapter Updates Victoria Happy New Year from the Victoria Chapter team!

Victoria Chapter's first event for 2020 will be on January 26th with an update on government action to cut transportation emissions. Dan Clancy from the Clean Transportation Branch will address Zero Emission Vehicles, the Clean Energy Vehicle Program and the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive Program. Click here for information and to register.

Vancouver Are you interested in becoming involved with the BCSEA?

We're excited to announce our Vancouver Chapters first Volunteer Onboarding session of 2020 which will take place on Tuesday, February 4th. Here, you’ll be able to meet with our Project Managers and see what fun and interesting events and initiatives we have in store for the community this year. You’ll get the opportunity to sign up for different projects and pitch your own ideas too. Click here for details.

Okanagan Task Force Meeting

Our first Okanagan Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting is coming up on January 26, 2020 from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., and we are hoping to connect with our community in the central Okanagan region to discuss solutions from our fall forum, Powering Sustainable Energy. Click here for information on this event and the Okanagan Chapter.

Thankyou to our sponsor - the Okanagan Regional Library.

Okanagan Chapter participates in the Vernon Winter Carnival

Help us create the float:

EV Winter Carnival Parade Entry Decorating and Planning Session

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Vernon Library

Join Us at the Parade:

EV Float Entry in the Vernon Winter Carnival Parade

Saturday, February 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Near 27th Street and 43rd Ave in Vernon


BCSEA's Kamloops Chapter held our first-ever volunteer orientation meeting on Thursday, January 16. Despite the cold and the snowy streets, a group of enthusiastic volunteers turned up. Along with guests from two allied organizaitons, we described the various volunteer opportunities in on-going and new projects supporting sustainability initiatives. Everyone was enthusiastic and happy to step up with ideas and skills, so it was a good evening overall!

Interested in getting involved with the BCSEA's Kamloops Chapter? Get in touch.

Cool It! Updates

One happy student in our winning Fall class in Comox Valley

Students at Dorothea Walker Elementary planted seeds in newspaper pots for their celebration as the top class in the school!

City of North Vancouver winning Fall class - Queensbury Elementary

This school year (2019-2020) sure is a busy one for the Cool It! team. We are working with 140 elementary classes, and up to 40 high school classes, that's a whopping 4,400 BC youth! Half of these youth have succesfully participated in Cool-It! last Fall, becoming Climate Champions! Above are some of our favourite action shots.

We're working with students across the province, including in the Comox Valley region, Victoria, Saanich, Central Saanich, the Capital Regional DIstrict, Port Moody, Langley, West Vancouver and Delta, Kelowna, Nelson, Nanaimo and Squamish.

Get in touch if your school or district would like to participate in Cool-It!

Policy Corner BCSEA Supports Fleet Electrification Rates

BCSEA’s most recent legal argument at the BC Utilities Commission supports conversion of fleets of vehicles and vessels from fossil fuels to clean electricity.

Individual electric vehicles are already on the road in BC, and more are on the way. Next to come are whole fleets such as transit buses and delivery trucks, and electric vessels such as ferries.

Upcoming Events

The BC Natural Resources Forum. Jan. 28, 2020.

Building Smart with Seismic Requirements for Part 9 Buildings. Jan. 20, 9 a.m.

The Citizen's guide to climate success- Simon Fraser University - Feb. 11, 2020.


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