BCSEA March 2020 Newsletter

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We have all experienced dramatic change in the past few weeks. This is a time of uncertainty, but as a collective we have risen to the occasion; disrupting business as usual, in order to mitigate this global tragedy.

I feel immense gratitude for those on the frontlines, keeping us fed and supporting our health and mobility - thank you! These heroes have certainly made a lot of us re-assess perspectives and priorities, and have encouraged a lot of us to get informed and get involved. For those of you looking to focus that attention and motivation on sustainable energy in British Columbia, I have the following suggestions:

Get involved:

- Connect with Students - We’re preparing our in-class Cool-It Program for an online audience to accommodate students and teachers while schools are closed. If you’re a sustainable energy professional, who would like to share your career experience with high school students, please connect with us through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We want to empower our youth to be optimistic for their futures.
- Balance the Books - BCSEA is on the hunt for a new Treasurer. If you’re a creative problem solver with an interest in governance and finance, check out the posting here.
- Virtual Volunteering - build your digital skills and help out; support a webinar, improve our website, or connect with a local steering committee for more opportunities. Email us at iThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know how you’d like to get involved

Get Informed:

- Check out BCSEA’s Policy Corner for the latest news on government policy and BC Utilities Commission
- Watch our latest webinar on BC Climate Action with the Pembina Institute and FortisBC:
- Check out the BCSEA Event Calendar for the latest online forums

The world feels like its on shaky ground, but I’m confident that we’ll be able to learn from this and harness this momentum to accelerate a sustainable energy future and a low-carbon economy.

Stay healthy and safe, and please reach out and connect (while still maintaining social distancing, of course!)




Discovery Session Webinars will consist of a 20 minute presentation followed by a 25 minute community discussion (Q&A) for a total of 45 minutes.

Details BCSEA's Okanagan Chapter and the City of Vernon

Sustainable Energy Task Force AND City of Vernon Climate Action Plan Engagement

Register BC Housing - Using an Integrated Design Process - April 8

Learn how an Integrated Design Process (IDP) can ensure greater project success.

Register CHAPTER UPDATES VICTORIA CHAPTER 2020 Victoria Home Garden and Green Living Expo


The Victoria Chapter leadership wishes everyone a safe and uneventful passage through the current crisis.

2020 Home, Garden and Green Living Expo

Now postponed due to COVID-19, the VIctoria Chapter has commmitted to have a booth at the 2020 Home, Garden, and Green Living Expo which will take place at the West Shore Recreation Centre in Colwood.

This is Victoria's largest home products and services exhibition, and this year fro the first time, it will focus on Gren Living. Assuming the COVID issue abates, we will be there at our booth to talk about the coming green energy revolution! Our booth will feature electric vehicle chargers, electric bikes and other necessitites for the homes of the future. Our booth partner, City Green, will demonstrate the latest in mini-split ductless heat pumps. They can also tell you all about th enew Better Buildings BC efficiency incentives.

NewCities' "Leading by Example"

In early March members of the Victoria Chapter participated in 2 public events. Tom Hackney and Bruce MacKenzie spoke at the University of Victoria Elder Academy Speakers Series, and the Chapter designed and led an interactive workshop at NewCities’ “Leading by Example” conference held at the Victoria Conference Centre.

VANCOUVER CHAPTER Vancouver Chapter Volunteer Onboarding Night

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Vancouver Chapter's first volunteer onboarding night of the year! Also, a huge thank you to 7 Gate Ventures for generously allowing us to use their great space. We always enjoy meeting motivated individuals who are keen to help shape the future of sustainable energy in BC. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from our Project Managers and learn how they can become involved in this years community initiatives.

If you weren't able to attend, don't worry! We will be hosting another onboarding night. For more information on BCSEA and COVID-19.

OKANAGAN CHAPTER City of Vernon's Climate Action Plan Committee and BCSEA Okanagan Engage

Sustainable Energy Task Force Meeting

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Our chapter has been actively training ambassadors in promoting change to 100% renewables, as well as realizing how important awareness and education are in the effectiveness of this movement. Thanks to examples of climate plan initiatives throughout the valley, the path is clear and possible.

The Okanagan Chapter needs your support. Join us in any of these ways:

- Spreading the R.E. word

- Join the report generating team

- Volunteer to edit, advise, recruit, and network

- Attend our meetings! Register to attend our April 4, 2020 meeting virtually


On March 17, 2020, the provincial government announced that BC schools will remain closed after Spring break indefinitely. BCSEA and the Cool It! team will keep teachers registered for our Spring Cool It! Climate Leadership Training Program informed about programming moving forward. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the team with any This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;" style="color: #3f3f3f; color: #3f3f3f; text-decoration: underline;">enquiries:

Elementary Program

Prior to Spring break the Cool It! team wrapped up our Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program with elementary classes in Central Saanich, New Westminster, Comox Region, Port Moody, Langley, Victoria. The students did a fantastic job taking action to reduce their carbon footprints through trying out different transportation modes, eating less meat, improving their home efficiency, and reducing their waste.

High School Program

One class from our high school program had the special treat of visiting the Vancouver LUSH factory to learn about their efforts in sustainable manufacturing, supply chains, and ethical business. These students went on to develop their own community projects ideas with inspiration from their factory tour.

POLICY CORNER Comprehensive Review of BC Hydro - Disappointing Phase 2 Interim Report

The important and ambitious purpose of the review included giving BC Hydro guidance on the critical issue of how it should implement the electrification called for in the 2018 CleanBC climate action plan. Read more

BCSEA Supports Net Metering

BCSEA filed its final argument March 12, 2020, opposing BC Hydro’s application to the BC Utilities Commission, to ban customers who propose “oversized generation” from joining the Net Metering program. Read more..

BCSEA JOB BOARD Climate and Energy Manager

Junior Front End Developer

Digital Content Specialist

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