Resources

Funding Information

Carbon Neutral Capital Program
The Carbon Neutral Capital Program helps fund capital investments in public sector facilities to reduce energy costs and lower carbon emissions. 

2016 BC Funding Guide
The Community Energy Association’s guide to funding for B.C. local governments.

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program
Information on new funding, training opportunities and educational programs for municipalities.

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

Green Procurement
Green purchasing guidelines to help reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions.

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  

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.

Climate Resilient Design Guidelines

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

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

Offsetting

Offsetting is a key component of B.C.’s carbon neutral government program.

Current infrastructure and technology make it impossible to completely eliminate GHGs. But by investing in B.C.-based offset projects, public sector organizations can reduce their GHGs to net-zero, driving an overall reduction in provincial emissions. 

At the same time, revenues generated by offset projects support B.C.’s transition to a low-carbon economy, encouraging the development of innovative clean technology, renewable energy and green jobs.

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.

Plenary Session 1CleanBC Commitments: Emissions Reduction and Climate Preparedness
Chris Koski & Tina Neale, Climate Action Secretariat

Plenary Session 2Buildings, Fleet and Adaptation Policy Options
Erik Kaye, Julia Berry & Natasha Staffeldt-Jost, Climate Action Secretariat

Plenary Session 3Clean Government Reporting Tool
Darryn Yakelashek, Climate Action Secretariat & Trina Kennedy, Natural Resources Canada

Plenary Session 4 – Designing Future Climates

Designing for Future Climate – Kari Tyler & Trevor Murdock, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Mobilizing Building Adaptation and Resilience – Wilma Leung, BC Housing

Designing Climate Resilient Buildings - Ralph Wells, University of British Columbia

Plenary Session 5 – Collaborative Climate Vulnerability Assessments

 Moving Toward Climate Resilience – Angie Woo, Fraser Health Authority

 HealthADAPT Climate Change and health Adaptation – Craig Brown, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

 Mapping spatial patterns in vulnerability to climate change related health hazards – Dr. James Lu, Vancouver Coastal Health                     Authority

 IH’s Approach to a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment – Tanja Stockman, Interior Health Authority      

Breakout Sessions

Passive House on Campus – Dr. David Claus, University of Northern British Columbia

Buildings in Healthcare – Alex Hutton, Provincial Health Services Authority

Greening Building Operations – Ryan Galloway, Interior Health

 

Main Session 2 – Fleet Electrification and EV Charging Stations – Part 1

BCIT: Overview of Research Projects: Microgrid, Remote Solar PVs, Streetlight Charging Stations
Joey Dabell,Clay Howey & Kelly Carmichael, BCIT

Fleet Electrification: Infrastructure and Policy
Evan Dacey, City of Vancouver

Life Cycle Analysis: Electric and ICE Vehicles – Balpreet Kukreja, City of Vancouver

Main Session 2Tales from the Trenches: Fleet Electrification – Part 2

Best Practices for EV Planning and Infrastructure – Jason Scultety, BC Hydro

 Fleet Electrification Business Case – Patrick Breuer, Fraser Basin Council

 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Stef Jones, Ministry of Citizens’ Services

Breakout Sessions

Climate Data for Energy Efficient Buildings - Kari Tyler & Trevor Murdock, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Greening Your School (District) – Luke Smeaton, School District 44

Castles & Cathedrals (greening our school) – Maria Bremner, Royal Roads University

Main Room Session

 Policy Engagement – Natasha Staffeld-Jost, Erik Kaye & Julia Berry, Climate Action Secretariat  

Keynote Address: The Honourable Mary Polak, Minister of Environment

Keynote Address: Lessons in Hospital Resilience

Review of North American health care resilience initiatives and programs.

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.

A Mandate for Planning  

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

Key Factors in Achieving Emission Reductions

Insights from PSOs that have significantly reduced operational emissions.

Resilient Low-Carbon Facilities

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

BC’s Energy Step Code

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

BC’s Fleet Champions Program

Supporting fleet managers in BC in their efforts towards electric vehicle uptake.

Now Wow! How?

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

Climate Change Adaptation Panel

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

Historical Analytics

Trends and observations from an analysis of SMARTTool data.

SMARTTool Update 

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

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.

 

Carbon Neutral Government Webinars & Presentations

Valuable tips and information on becoming carbon neutral, developing Carbon Neutral Action Reports (CNARs) and taking part in the carbon neutral government program.