November 22, 2017

CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Profiting from Climate Protection at Company, Community, & Country Scales

10:15 am  -  10:35 am

Hunter Lovins will describe the work of an international team of scholars, business leaders, investors, and activists to craft a narrative for an economy in service to life. A Regenerative Economy meets the needs of all within the means of the planet. It integrates the pragmatic business case of Natural Capitalism Based, with the Planetary Boundaries work of […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Making Informed Watershed Decisions – The Need for Quality Data

10:15 am  -  10:30 am

The communities we live in today, and their built foundations, are based on historic and outdated climate and hydrometric data; this information is not suitable for future planning. Many of the stream hydrometric stations across the province were discontinued throughout the 1980’s, and weather stations are being deactivated. This has left us constrained to use […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Defining Food System Components, Approaches, & Measures of Success

10:15 am  -  10:30 am

This presentation will explore a set of defined terms used when talking about food security. Food systems, food security, food insecurity, and food self-sufficiency are just a few examples of terms that are widely used. What do they actually mean? How are they measured? What actions and policies address them? Jill will share evidence-based information to […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Capitalizing on the Human Element for Community Well-Being

10:15 am  -  10:30 am

The wealth of a community is much more than just its economic wealth; we need to include the wealth embodied in our human, social, and cultural development, the physical assets of our community, and the ecosystems and natural resources that are our natural capital. Moreover, the latter constitutes the physical and ecological bounds within which […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Exploring Indigenous Water Law

10:30 am  -  10:50 am

Collaborative consent is a concept that offers significant potential to help address the challenges of co-governance, related to fresh water, between Canada and Indigenous nations. Case studies from the Mackenzie River Basin and from around the world, demonstrate the kind of innovative, respectful, and shared-decision making processes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, which can refresh […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Understanding Agricultural Land Use and Our Food System Future

10:30 am  -  10:45 am

Climate change, food insecurity, resource depletion, population growth, and economic marginalization call into question the resilience of our food system. The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, has developed an unprecedented computational tool to model the economic, environmental stewardship, and food self-reliance potentials of regional food systems. This facilitates “what if analysis” for planning and economic […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Linking Ecological & Economic Capital for Health & Prosperity

10:30 am  -  10:45 am

Living off of ones savings in a sustainable way, means spending no more than the interest, so the principle, or capital, does not diminish. We protect the value of the principle so it can keep paying us interest. The services provided by the environment come from ecosystems that we also need to protect if we […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Advancing Government Collaboration for Climate & Economy

10:35 am  -  10:50 am

B.C. is at risk of being left behind as the global economy shifts and the costs of a changing climate begin to mount. Building a strong clean growth economy is imperative to ensure B.C. remains competitive. Our Vision for Clean Growth in B.C. outlines five key priorities for building the clean economy: 1. Build a strong clean […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS SECURITY FORUM 1: Mobilizing a More Sustainable Food System in the Squamish-Lillooet Region

10:45 am  -  10:55 am

The Whistler Centre for Sustainability is leading a project to advance region-wide initiatives, which create a more sustainable food system in the Squamish-Lillooet region. Building on existing plans and policies, and a scan of best practices and existing gaps, the project will convene key food and agriculture players from across the region. They will share […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Investing in Legislation That Protects BC’s Natural Capital

10:45 am  -  10:55 am

Waters in British Columbia – our life source – are facing unprecedented threats from industrial activity, population pressures, and a changing climate. B.C.’s Water Sustainability Act gave us an opportunity to have world-class legal protections for B.C. waters, ensuring healthy water for people and nature across the province. It’s been two years since the Act […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Moving Toward Better Performing Buildings in BC – Energy Benchmarking

10:50 am  -  11:00 am

Benchmarking allows property owners to determine how the energy performance of their buildings compares with historical consumption and similar buildings. This, in turn, helps owners identify opportunities to save energy and water, and thereby save money on utility bills. British Columbia is considering a province-wide energy benchmarking program. Learn what this could mean for unlocking […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: TBD

10:50 am  -  11:00 am

To be determined. District of Peachland Sponsor:

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Interweaving Science & Spirit Through the Blue Ecology Model

10:50 am  -  11:00 am

Cultural knowledge cycles, accumulates, and shape-shifts through generations, just as water, the transitory element, cycles through the oceans, lands, and sky. Climate change will be re-examined through the Blue Ecology lens, a new water-first ecological philosophy. We need to acknowledge water’s central functional and spiritual roles in our world, by interweaving strong threads of western […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY: Exploring the Link Between Indigenous Food Security & Ecosystem Services

11:05 am  -  11:15 am

For the Líl̓wat Nation of BC, food security encompasses the ability to access both ‘market’ foods and Indigenous foods from Líl̓wat (the land). Líl̓wat cultural protocols used to cultivate and protect wild foods, may safeguard natural systems and ecosystem services for global benefit. Conversely, ecosystem services initiatives that are negotiated solely between legal owners of […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Collaborating for Low-Carbon Outcomes

11:10 am  -  11:25 am

As B.C.’s local governments and organizations transition toward a low-carbon energy future, significant effort is required to advance the areas of energy efficiency, behavioural change, and technology, while expanding and developing new business models and partnerships. Focusing in the areas of energy efficiency, conservation, innovative technologies, and transportation, natural gas and renewable natural gas can […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Fighting Invasive Species With the ‘Don’t Move a Mussel’ Campaign

11:10 am  -  11:20 am

B.C.’s freshwater, economy, and way of life is under threat from invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Until last fall, these mussels had been effectively kept out of the Pacific Northwest, but in October, invasive mussel larvae was discovered in three reservoirs in Montana – within an hour’s drive to B.C. Since 2012, the Okanagan Basin Water […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Sharing Knowledge & Tools With the B.C. Food System Policy Database

11:15 am  -  11:25 am

As the food system becomes an increasingly important component of the municipal planning agenda, planners have expressed a need to improve information transfer across jurisdictions, in order to share precedents and expedite policy research. To address this, the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has developed a searchable, online database of municipal […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Tapping Into Historical Capital to Enrich Current & Future Decision Making

11:15 am  -  11:30 am

British Columbia’s historical records are overwhelmingly about men – of daring explorers, slogging over endless mountain ranges and paddling canoes through raging rivers. Of lawless gold miners, of tough cowboys who drove mammoth herds of cattle through dust and scrub, or axe-wielding backwoodsmen who toughed it out and settled the far reaches of this province. […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Understanding the Dollars & Sense of Protecting Peatlands

11:20 am  -  11:30 am

In this presentation, Dr. Eliza Olson will talk about several interesting topics: Why the Burns Bog Conservation Society was founded. Why Burns Bog is important and the fascinating world of peatlands. Why is saving peatlands important locally, provincially, and internationally? What the Society is currently working on. What she has discovered about running a Society […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Preserving Farming Through the Lower Mainland Land Matching Pilot

11:25 am  -  11:35 am

Young Agrarians is piloting Quebec’s innovative Land Bank (Banque de terres) program in the Lower Mainland. Through a matchmaker model, this program works to provide individualized screening of landowners and available farmland, as well as farmers ready to start farm businesses. The matchmaker facilitates potential matches, and then supports with negotiating the terms of a […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Exploring FCM Funding Options For Climate Action Initiatives

11:25 am  -  11:35 am

If you are looking for funding for your initiatives focusing on climate change adaptation or mitigation, this is the presentation for you! It will highlight the main funding opportunities available through FCM programs, and provide concrete examples of initiatives adapting to our changing climate, and building more resilient communities. Facilitator: Carol Suhan Sponsor:

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 1: Preserving Invaluable Shorelines Through Education, Planning & Design

11:30 am  -  11:40 am

Green Shores 101: Learn about how Green Shores can help protect our valuable shorelines. In BC, we are fortunate to have extensive shorelines, however, many may be at risk from erosion due to climate change/sea level rise or may present opportunities for restoration. DG Blair, Executive Director of the Stewardship Centre of BC, will provide an […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Building Social Capital Through Water Stewardship Networks

11:30 am  -  11:40 am

Community water crises, droughts, and floods, are amplified by climate change and water infrastructure deficits. Taking a case study look at the Okanagan’s water action network, Nelson explores strategic opportunities to improve watershed stewardship networks, and describes how building social capital enables regional advantages in adapting to, and minimizing community water crises. Water experts have noted: […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Plugging Into Accelerate Kootenays – A Community-Driven Electric Vehicle Charging Network

11:35 am  -  11:45 am

Through an innovative collaboration, the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary, Central Kootenay, and East Kootenay adopted an electric vehicle network strategy. Accelerate Kootenays is Canada’s first community-driven, collaborative strategy to build a clean transportation network. By the end of 2018, the project will deploy up to 40 Level 2 and 13 DC Fast Charging stations […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 1: Supporting Affordable Housing & Agriculture With the Smart Farm Project

11:35 am  -  11:45 am

A 2010 report issued by the Fraser Basin Council stated that, in BC, more than half our farmers are over 59, and less than five percent are younger than 34. Why are there so few young farmers? The reasons are simple. Land costs too much and farming makes too little. Across BC, this is a […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Q&A

11:45 am  -  12:00 pm

CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 1: Q&A

11:45 am  -  12:00 pm

CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Ramping Up Low Carbon Communities in Canada

2:30 pm  -  2:45 pm

In 2015, 197 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement, agreeing to slash GHGs in order to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius. Canada’s ability to meet its Paris commitment involves the leadership of local governments, which impact more than 50 percent of GHG emissions and at least 60 percent of energy consumption. Recognizing […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Comparing Apples to Oranges – Lessons for BC From California’s Drought & Water Law Reform

2:30 pm  -  2:50 pm

Water law reform is occurring all around the world. For the last decade, B.C. has been engaged in an extensive effort to develop and now implement the Water Sustainability Act. This presentation draws on research examining California’s recent devastating drought and the ensuing groundwater law reform, and offers several insights that can guide B.C. as […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Growing Healthy Food, Climates, & Communities Through Regenerative Agriculture

2:30 pm  -  2:50 pm

In the words of Robert Rodale, who coined the term, “Regenerative organic agriculture improves the resources it uses, rather than destroying or depleting them. It is a holistic systems approach to agriculture that encourages continual on-farm innovation for environmental, social, economic, and spiritual well-being.” Regenerative agriculture delivers healthy soil, prosperous communities, climate protection, and good food. Hunter Lovins will […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Clarifying Infrastructure’s Changing Role in Community SustainAbility

2:30 pm  -  2:45 pm

Municipal infrastructure supports service delivery and helps shape the community. Over the next ten years, the City of Kelowna will invest approximately $850 million in infrastructure that supports a variety of services, including protective services, transportation, water, wastewater, solid waste, parks, culture, and recreation. The City must strike a balance between competing needs to ensure a future […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Using ‘Community Energy Explorer’ for Community Engagement & Municipal Support

2:45 pm  -  3:00 pm

The Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) at the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia has developed an online platform – Community Energy Explorer (CEE) (www.energyexplorer.ca). This unique visual web-resource is designed to build energy literacy and capacity among citizens, decision-makers, and local government staff on community energy and related land-use issues. CEE provides […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Understanding the Wisdom of Municipal Natural Assets Mangagement

2:45 pm  -  2:55 pm

Could low-cost, sustainable infrastructure solutions be all around us? Could forests provide water purification services? Could wetlands offer stormwater management services? For a growing number of leading-edge governments, the answer is yes, and the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI) is helping Canadian municipalities seize this potential. The MNAI is helping to change the way municipalities […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Using Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Watershed Management Planning

2:50 pm  -  3:00 pm

The Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) is exploring opportunities to develop and lead new approaches that are based on Syilx (Okanagan) knowledge. ONA developed a methodology to apply Syilx knowledge to both existing, and new, Syilx-led watershed planning processes. The methodology was developed through a literature review and case studies and several Syilx knowledge keeper workshops. […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Living the Goldilocks Dilemma – Balancing Infrastructure Renewal

2:55 pm  -  3:05 pm

Infrastructure renewal and asset management have become critical issues for local governments. Lake Country is an example of how a vision has become reality, and renewal is now a matter of good business for this municipality. Lake Country CAO Alberto De Feo, will review the foundational principles and strategies to a successful long-term asset management […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Enhancing Agriculture’s Ability to Adapt to Climate Change

3:00 pm  -  3:10 pm

How will climate change affect agricultural operations in BC, and what do we need to do today to ensure the sector remains resilient in the coming decades? Priorities and strategies for the agriculture sector’s adaptation to hotter and drier summer conditions, increased pest and disease pressure, and increased wildfire risk will be outlined with a […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Exploring the Evolution & Successes of Sponge Cities

3:00 pm  -  3:10 pm

With a current population of 113,000, a land area of more than 300 km2, 75 percent of which is in the Agricultural Land Reserve, and an annual average growth rate of 2.5 percent, Township of Langley is one of the fastest growing municipalities in BC. This presents a delicate balance between the preservation of agricultural […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Planning for Agriculture – Ensuring the ALR Remains Farmable Through Supportive Local Government Planning & Policies

3:00 pm  -  3:10 pm

The BC Ministry of Agriculture’s Strengthening Farming Program, provides policy and technical support for local governments and their farming communities, as they continue to move towards a viable agricultural future. Many communities throughout B.C. are facing a limited agricultural land base and a growing urban population; the two of which often experience increasingly direct and […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Q&A

3:10 pm  -  3:25 pm

COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Exploring the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing Tool

3:20 pm  -  3:35 pm

Based on local government experience using the Community Lifecycle Infrastructure Costing (CLIC) Tool, this presentation will identify how understanding the infrastructure costs of different development scenarios, helps communities understand the full cost of infrastructure overtime (i.e. initial investment, maintenance, replacement costs). Additionally, this knowledge can positively affect their approach to asset management, land-use planning and […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Collaborating for Energy Efficiency – FortisBC & First Nations Communities

3:25 pm  -  3:40 pm

Multiple funders. Different agendas and mandates. Different timelines and reporting requirements. Walking the tightrope of partner collaboration can be challenging. By teaming up and coordinating funding opportunities, the Okanagan Nation Alliance communities and FortisBC, have built some of the most energy efficient homes in the Valley, improved the efficiency of more than 250 existing homes, […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Collaborating Across Municipal Boundaries in Still Creek for Ecosystem Health and Climate Resilience

3:25 pm  -  3:35 pm

Healthy urban ecosystems will become increasingly valuable for communities as climate change advances and urban growth expands. If we are to enjoy the benefits, and avoid costly vulnerabilities that result from ecosystem loss, it is essential that we prioritize collaborative municipal governance approaches to conservation and restoration, both within the urban context and at the regional scale. […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Cultivating Lives – The Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School Incubator

3:25 pm  -  3:35 pm

The Tsawwassen Farm School is a collaboration between the Tsawwassen First Nation and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. We will look at the impacts of the Farm School on the community, the development of an incubator project, and the Tsawwassen Farm School model, which merges an educational program with a market […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Introducing a Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre

3:35 pm  -  3:45 pm

The District of Barriere recently constructed the Barriere Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre and associated wastewater collection system. This was done with a 100 percent Innovation Gas Tax Grant along with District gas tax reserve monies. This unique double-walled 3,000 sq. ft. greenhouse utilizes plants in the wastewater processing stream. A project team funded through […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Collaborating for Sustainable Food Systems in B.C.

3:35 pm  -  3:45 pm

Civil society is deeply engaged in work to improve food systems. However, many community-based groups are poorly resourced and must cobble together their efforts, project to project. Despite this reality, these groups are at the forefront of innovative and systems thinking when it comes to identifying and implementing positive food systems change. The BC Food […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Understanding the Potential Impact of Physical Capital & A Retrofit Economy

3:35 pm  -  3:45 pm

Existing buildings are key to a carbon-free future. They make up more than 80 percent of Canada’s building stock that will continue to be in operations in 2030 and beyond. This presentation will showcase research findings that offer a roadmap for the role that large commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential buildings can play in meeting […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Celebrating the Social Life of Water

3:45 pm  -  3:55 pm

The Social Life of Water in the Okanagan exhibition is multifaceted and explores the watershed(s) of the Okanagan, and relationships inhabitants have had with their watershed(s) over time. The exhibition was developed collaboratively by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and artists from the educational, heritage, and environmental sectors. The content of the exhibition […]

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FOOD SYSTEMS/SECURITY FORUM 2: Growing Good Food for All – A School-Yard Approach

3:45 pm  -  3:55 pm

Fresh Roots envisions a world of good food for all, where everyone has access to healthy land, food, and community. We do that by cultivating educational gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship, and community celebration. In other words, we grow 1/2 acre, productive, educational farms that provide: good food for the school community, cafeterias, […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Funding Infrastructure Projects the FCM Way

3:45 pm  -  3:55 pm

From improving municipal asset management, to adapting existing municipal infrastructures to our higher intensity/frequency weather events, FCM has funding available to tackle these challenges. Come learn how FCM can help finance your next “green” capital project through a combination of grants and loans. Get inspired by some of Canada’s most innovative and exciting municipal capital […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Charging Ahead With the Nelson Community Solar Garden

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

The Nelson Community Solar Garden was placed in service in the spring of 2017. It is a 60 kW project led by the utility with buy-in from the utility customers. It is unique in Canada in that it uses a virtual net metering system, so that energy produced at the central location is credited to […]

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WATER STEWARDSHIP FORUM 2: Exploring Trends in Residential Irrigation Efficiency

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

With climate change rapidly altering our water-use options, we all need to be on board with conservation-minded residential water use. In the Okanagan Basin, as well as throughout much of the westernized world, the largest portion of residential water use continues to be for irrigation. Many communities, including the City of Kelowna, have implemented strategies […]

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COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 2: Funding & Support for Climate Resilient Infrastructure

3:55 pm  -  4:05 pm

With the wild weather of 2017, we’ve seen floods, droughts, and forest fires, many communities were directly impacted, and millions of dollars were spent in response and recovery work. Based on these significant costs and impacts, proactive communities are looking for ways to be better prepared and reduce vulnerability to future events. This presentation will […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Building Better With BC’s Energy Step Code

4:05 pm  -  4:15 pm

The Province has committed to taking incremental steps to increase energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to make buildings net-zero energy ready by 2032. The BC Energy Step Code – a part of the BC Building Code – supports that effort. This presentation will be a short introduction to the recently adopted BC Energy […]

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CLIMATE ACTION FORUM 2: Q&A

4:15 pm  -  4:30 pm