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Funding information

Municipal Asset Management Program
This program offers training and funding, and enables knowledge sharing to help communities across Canada make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices.

Federal Funding, Grants and Incentives
The Federal Government of Canada manages several funding, grants and incentive programs to encourage research, development and demonstration of energy and related solutions in Canada.

Emission reduction initiatives in the public sector

Guidelines for Environmentally Responsible Procurement

These procurement guidelines are designed to encourage ministries to consider environmentally responsible products and services as part of their purchasing decisions.

Low Carbon Building Materials
Learn about the use of low carbon building materials in public sector buildings and the opportunity to earn LEED v4 credits.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Corporate Supply Arrangement
Information on a corporate supply arrangement that allows the provincial public sector, First Nations, and local governments to purchase vehicle charging stations directly from suppliers, often with favourable pricing. 

Alternatives to Business Travel
Information on how videoconferencing and other workstation tools can significantly cut travel and overtime costs, transit time and emissions.

NRCan Dollars to Sense Energy Management Workshops
Information on how improved energy management and good up-front planning and design of new buildings can reduce infrastructure-related greenhouse gases–which make up three-quarters of the public sector’s overall emissions.

Climate risk management for the health sector

Climate Impacts on Health Fact Sheets

A series of fact sheets examining climate impacts and adaptation opportunities in the health sector:

Reports and tools

Moving towards Climate Resilient Health Facilities for Vancouver Coastal Health (PDF, 7.3MB)

This report seeks to understand how climate change will pose a risk to health facility operations in order to ensure high levels of care, minimize cascading impacts on health services, and control operational over-runs.

Canadian Coalition of Green Healthcare

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care enables the health care sector to lead the integration of environmentally responsible practices into the delivery of health care.

Government of Canada: Climate Change and Public Health Fact Sheets

The Public Health Agency aims to help Canadians understand how the environment can impact health, and how we can all work together to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Health Care Facilities Toolkit

This web-based toolkit includes a Best Practices document, vulnerability assessment framework for medical facilities and additional resources that encourage practical steps for building resilience.

Green Infrastructure and Health Guide

The Willamette Partnership and Oregon Public Health Institute built the Green Infrastructure and Health Guide to help local government, communities, and health care organizations connect green infrastructure and public health in new ways.

Infrastructure Canada’s Climate Lens

The Climate Lens has two components: the greenhouse gas mitigation assessment, which will measure the anticipated emissions impact of an infrastructure project, and the climate change resilience assessment, which will employ a risk management approach to anticipate, prevent, withstand, respond to, and recover from a climate change related disruption or impact.

B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Technical Circular T04/19 (PDF, 407KB)

This Technical Circular provides direction to the transportation community to consider future climate in highway infrastructure.


Offsetting is a key component of B.C.’s Carbon Neutral Government program.

By investing in B.C.-based offset projects, public sector organizations offset their remaining greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral. 

At the same time, offsetting advances green technologies, supports clean job growth and stimulates the economy. For example, offset projects improve forest management and sequester carbon, which provide a new mechanism to protect biodiversity and contribute to a conservation economy in B.C. communities.

Find out more about B.C.’s offset portfolio.

Annual Public Sector Climate Leadership Symposium

A wide range of information and real-world experience in reducing emissions and adapting to climate change.

Session 1
Overview of CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy (PDF, 991KB)
Presenter: Burke van Drimmelen 

Session 2
CNG Program Update: Emissions Reporting/Methodology (PDF, 889KB)
Presenters: Burke van Drimmelen, Natasha Staffeldt-Jost, David Gill, and Krysia Matthews

Session 3
Climate Ready Requirements (PDF, 3.5MB)
Presenters: Penny Martyn and Colin Mingus

CleanBC Government Fleet Program (PDF, 1MB)
Presenters: Christine French and Trevor Wehrle

Electric School Buses (PDF, 1.3MB)
Presenters: Pete Sabo, Mary Zuccaro, and Tracy Mowat

Geo Exchange System Upgrades (PDF, 1.1MB)
Presenters: Patrick McCarron, Rick Nelson, and Andrew Stringer

Session 4
Existing Building Strategy (PDF, 860KB)
Facilitator: Burke van Drimmelen

Zero Emissions Fleet (PDF, 886KB)
Facilitator: Natasha Staffeldt-Jost 

Climate Resilience Framework (PDF, 931KB)
Facilitator: Devon Carter

Plenary Session 1

CleanBC Commitments: Emissions Reduction and Climate Preparedness (PDF, 2.3MB)

Presenters: Chris Koski and Tina Neale - Climate Action Secretariat

Plenary Session 2

Buildings, Fleet and Adaptation Policy Options (PDF, 8.4MB)

Presenters: Erik Kaye, Julia Berry and Natasha Staffeldt-Jost - Climate Action Secretariat

Plenary Session 3

Clean Government Reporting Tool (PDF, 2.3MB)

Presenters: Darryn Yakelashek, Climate Action Secretariat and Trina Kennedy - Natural Resources Canada

Plenary Session 4

Designing for Future Climate (PDF, 2.2MB)

Presenters: Kari Tyler and Trevor Murdock - Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience (PDF, 2.5MB)

Presenter: Wilma Leung - BC Housing

Designing Climate Resilient Buildings (PDF, 2.9MB)

Presenter: Ralph Wells - University of British Columbia

Plenary Session 5

Moving Toward Climate Resilience (PDF, 5.3MB)

Presenter: Angie Woo - Fraser Health Authority

HealthADAPT Climate Change and Health Adaptation (PDF, 705KB)

Presenter: Craig Brown - Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Mapping Spatial Patterns in Vulnerability to Climate Change Related Health Hazards (PDF, 2MB)

Presenter: Dr. James Lu - Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Interior Health’s Approach to a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Tanja Stockman - Interior Health Authority

Breakout Sessions

Passive House on Campus (PDF, 9.5MB)

Presenter: Dr. David Claus - University of Northern British Columbia

Buildings in Healthcare (PDF, 2.7MB)

Presenter: Alex Hutton - Provincial Health Services Authority

Greening Building Operations (PDF, 2MB)

Presenter: Ryan Galloway - Interior Health

Main Session 2 - Part 1

BCIT: Overview of Research Projects: Microgrid, Remote Solar PVs, Streetlight Charging Stations (PDF, 1.2MB)

Presenters: Joey Dabell, Clay Howey and Kelly Carmichael - British Columbia Institute of Technology

Fleet Electrification: Infrastructure and Policy (PDF, 2MB)

Presenter: Evan Dacey - City of Vancouver

Life Cycle Analysis: Electric and ICE Vehicles (PDF, 1.9MB)

Presenter: Balpreet Kukreja - City of Vancouver

Main Session 2 - Part 2

Tales from the Trenches: Fleet Electrification (PDF, 4MB)

Presenters: Jason Scultety - BC Hydro (Best Practices for EV Planning and Infrastructure), Patrick Breuer - Fraser Basin Council (Fleet Electrification Business Case), and Stef Jones - Ministry of Citizens’ Services (Electric Vehicle Charging Stations)

Breakout Sessions

Climate Data for Energy Efficient Buildings (PDF, 1.8MB)

Presenters: Kari Tyler and Trevor Murdock - Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Greening Your School (District) (PDF, 1.8MB)

Presenter: Luke Smeaton - School District 44

Castles and Cathedrals (Greening Our School) (PDF, 1.3MB)

Presenter: Maria Bremner - Royal Roads University

Main Room Session

Policy Engagement (PDF, 1.5MB)

Presenters: Natasha Staffeld-Jost, Erik Kaye and Julia Berry - Climate Action Secretariat

Note: There were no symposia events in calendar year 2018


CleanBC and Public Sector Leadership (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Claudia Trudeau

Day 2 Introduction (PDF, 500KB)

Presenter: Claudia Trudeau


Future Climate in B.C. (PDF, 5MB)

Presenter: Kari Tyler - Pacific Climates Impact Consortium

Working Toward a Climate Resilient B.C. (PDF, 1.3MB)

Presenter: Tina Neale


EfficiencyBC - Commercial, Institutional and Multi-family (CIM) Buildings (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Andrew Pye

PS Leadership in Buildings (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Deborah Herbert


Electrifying Fleets - Plug In BC (PDF, 2.7MB)

Presenter: Pete Thimmaiah

Green Fleet Plan (PDF, 1.5MB)

Presenter: Evan Dacey - City of Vancouver

Public Sector Climate Action Commitments

Landscape of B.C.'s Public Sector Climate Action Commitments (PDF, 650KB)

Presenter: Suzanne Spence

Adaptation Deep Dive

Adaptation Deep Dive (PDF, 8MB)

Presenter: Island Health

Building Solutions

Belmont Secondary School Energy Reduction (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Alex Samousevitch

Energy Step Code: Building Beyond the Standard (PDF, 2MB)

Presenter: Dave Ramslie

Energy SMART Buildings (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Bernie Gaudet

FortisBC: Working Together Towards Innovative Energy Solutions (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Jason Wolfe

Carbon Neutral Government Updates

CNG Summary Analytics & SMARTTool Replacement (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Chris Krasowski

Low Carbon Building Materials

Perkins + Will (PDF, 17MB)

Presenter: Derek Newby

ContempraTM Portland Limestone Cement and its use in Lower Carbon Intensity Concrete (PDF, 3MB)

Presenter: Ken Carussca

LEED v4 and Low Carbon Materials (PDF, 5MB)

Presenter: Kaitlyn Gillis

Brock Commons Tallwood House (PDF, 3MB)

Presenter: Angelique Pilon

Collaborating with Local Governments

Collaborating with Local Governments for Climate Change Adaptation (PDF, 8MB)

Presenter: Amanda Broad

Keynote Address: Lessons in Hospital Resilience

Review of North American health care resilience initiatives and programs.

Lessons in Hospital Resilience (PDF, 7.2MB)

Presenter: Robin Guenther

Setting the Stage: Public Sector Climate Action in BC and National Context  

Overview of national and provincial commitments to climate action and the role of BC’s public sector.

Public Sector Climate Action in B.C. and National Context (PDF, 4.8MB)

A Mandate for Planning  

Planning and managing for energy and environmental performance – using best practices for emission reduction planning.

Management System Approach in Climate Action (PDF, 958KB)

Presenter: Bernie Gaudet

How Are We Going to Develop a 10-year Emissions Reductions Plan? (PDF, 2.3MB)

Presenter: Deanna Fourt

Value of Strategic Energy Management Plans (PDF, 152KB)

Presenter: Jeff Whitson

Key Factors in Achieving Emission Reductions

Insights from PSOs that have significantly reduced operational emissions.

Key Factors in Achieving Emissions Reductions (PDF, 570KB)

Presenter: Suzanne Spence

Key Factors in GHG reduction (PDF, 2.3MB)

Presenter: Mauricio Acosta

School District 23 Sustainability Initiatives (PDF, 3.8MB)

Presenter: Harold Schock

A Culture of Sustainability at the Liquor Distribution Branch (PDF, 2.2MB)

Presenter: David McPhie

The Fifth Key to Success (PDF, 1.1MB)

Presenter: William Demopoulos

Resilient Low-Carbon Facilities

Strategies and tactics to lower the carbon intensity and improve the resilience of public sector facilities.

Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) (PDF, 1.7MB)

Presenter: Blane Grann

Green and Resilient Buildings (PDF, 2.7MB)

Presenter: Thomas Mueller

Building the Future, Net Zero and Net Ready (PDF, 2.7MB)

Presenter: Brittany Coughlin

B.C.’s Energy Step Code

Learn about the new Energy Step Code and B.C.’s transition to net-zero energy buildings.

Energy Step Code, BCs Transition to Net Zero Energy Ready Buildings (PDF, 2.1MB)

Presenter: Zachary May

B.C.’s Fleet Champions Program

Supporting fleet managers in B.C. in their efforts towards electric vehicle uptake.

BCs Fleet Champions Program (PDF, 2.8MB)

Presenter: Charlotte Argue

Now Wow! How?

Group activity to think strategically about climate change impacts and opportunities.

Now Wow! How? (PDF, 121KB)

Presenter: Ewa Jackson

Climate Change Adaptation Panel

Hear insights about adaptation planning and risk assessment from Fraser Health, City of Vancouver, and ICLEI Canada.

Building Adaptive and Resilient Communities (BARC) (PDF, 1.3MB)

Presenter: Ewa Jackson

City of Vancouver - Preparing for Climate Change (PDF, 2.2MB)

Presenter: Tamsin Mills

Healthcare Service Delivery - Extreme Weather and Climate Stressors (PDF, 724KB)

Presenters: Angie Woo and Jackie Yip

Historical Analytics

Trends and observations from an analysis of SMARTTool data.

CNG Summary Analytics (PDF, 1MB)

Presenter: Orest Maslany

SMARTTool Update 

An update on the status of and plans for the SMARTTool refresh as well as an overview of new functionality.

SMARTTool Refresh Update (PDF, 212KB)

Presenter: Orest Maslany

Your Carbon Neutral Government Offsets Portfolio

A brief portfolio overview followed by a presentation detailing how an industrial fuel switching offset project is planned, implemented and quantified.

Your Carbon Neutral Government Offsets Portfolio (PDF, 851KB)

Video (6min): Canfor Fuel Switch Project Profile (from presentation above)

Presenter: Chris Koski

Canfor Fuel Switch Projects (PDF, 4.8MB)

Presenter: Michael Jordan