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Revving up the clean energy transition requires local and senior government collaboration

A comprehensive approach to policy can leverage the strengths of each individual level of government.

Media release: Ramping up climate action in Vancouver will yield benefits for decades

Accelerating the Renewable City Strategy is an investment into a climate resilient, cost-effective and equitable future.

Thought leaders outlook: Energy in cities 2019

Urban energy leaders share reflections and outlook for energy efficient, renewable cities.

Urban energy transition: State of the movement 2019

An overview of recent international progress and obstacles to be overcome.

Media release: “CleanBC” can put British Columbia back on the climate leadership map

New policies outlined by the Government of BC will empower community climate action.

Zero-emission bus strategy could remove equivalent of 200,000 cars from B.C. roads

TransLink’s renewable energy strategy could be a template for bus fleets throughout the province.

Metro Vancouver SkyTrain extension requires integrated land-use to be effective

We suggest minimum residential and job density thresholds, along with targets for greenhouse gas reductions.

Op-ed: Despite new mayors’ promises, transit extensions require population density, sound business models, to work

It has taken a decade to get all three levels of government on board for a new rapid transit deal for Metro Vancouver.

Progress update: 100% renewable energy and Canadian cities

Which Canadian local governments have taken steps towards 100% RE?

Op-ed: TransLink’s renewable energy leadership a model for bus fleets throughout B.C.

If TransLink’s precedent-setting work can be leveraged, we have an opportunity to cut costs and pollution in communities throughout B.C.

TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s transit operator, sets 100% renewable energy target

TransLink’s renewables strategy will cut costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Urban momentum: Global Climate Action Summit 2018

Top local government highlights from San Francisco’s international gathering.

A clean growth strategy for British Columbia: Local governments at the forefront

Clean transportation and efficient buildings are key to affordability, health and climate.

Op-ed: Team Canada needs an own the podium urban infrastructure program

One of Canada’s biggest and most stubborn emissions sources is personal transportation. Appropriately, one of the biggest infrastructure envelopes is public transit.

Op-ed: Cities a gateway for climate, affordability and economic priorities

Before good progress can be made, we need to stop thinking in silos and bring all three levels of government to table.

Op-ed: Hidden solutions to affordability and climate change

There are a wide range of hidden housing solutions on single-family lots: secondary suites; stratification of character homes; laneway suites; and laneway stratas.

Renewable Energy in Cities: State of the Movement

A review of global trends and developments and a thought leaders’ outlook for 2018.

Op-ed: Making the shift—An autonomous vehicle future requires bigger thinking

Cities would be wise to keep people at the centre of the urban and transportation planning.

Op-ed: Can Vancouver achieve 100-per-cent renewable energy?

Without a history of striving for challenging goals, Vancouver wouldn’t be the city it is today.

Municipality of Saanich endorses 100% renewable energy

Three cities in British Columbia have committed to phasing out fossil fuels by 2050.

Quick Take: 100% RE Dialogue in Colorado

This event represented the 2nd gathering of North American cities committed to 100% RE.

US Cities Pledge to go Renewable, Plus New Resources and Events

250 cities in the United States made an aspirational commitment to 100% renewable energy.

Op-ed: Gas rings and smoke rings over Vancouver’s natural gas ‘ban’

Vancouver’s goal is consistent with the B.C. Government’s aim to make buildings ready for net zero emissions by 2032.

The City of Victoria adopts community-wide 100% renewable energy target

British Columbia’s capital becomes the second city in the province to aim for 100% renewable energy.

Op-ed: Fossil fuel firms face challenge of climate policies

Vancouver’s new Zero Emission Building Plan represents this exact shift.

Michael Small: North America, The New Frontier for 100% Renewable Energy

Our dialogue event brought together 20 cities to help advance the urban energy transition.

Oxford County adopts 100% Renewable Energy Plan

Oxford is now the second local government in Canada with a comprehensive 100% RE plan.

The Front Line of Energy: Thought Leader Interviews

We caught up with Global Learning Forum alumni for an update and to get their thoughts on renewables.

British Columbia’s Climate Leadership Plan, Towards Renewable Cities

We support an ambitious Climate Leadership Plan that promotes renewables and energy efficiency.

On Location at BC’s First Community-Owned Solar Energy Project

This East Vancouver building is a solar, financing, and electric vehicle pioneer.

Op-ed: At the Paris climate talks, cities are a PM’s best friend

In co-operation with other levels of government, Canadian cities can achieve significant new emissions reductions that go well beyond what Canada has already pledged.

Op-ed: Plugging a City’s Energy Drain

With the Renewable City Strategy in place, residents, the City, and taxpayers will be able to capitalize on a number of energy-saving benefits.

The City of Vancouver Takes Another Step, Unanimously Adopts 100% RE strategy

The Renewable City Strategy charts a course for the City of Vancouver to move past fossil fuels by 2050, community-wide.

Op-ed: Reaping dividends by putting human health at the forefront

Vancouver’s strategy can help to deliver on that need while paying dividends to locals in the form of energy savings, cleaner air, and green jobs.

Op-ed: Cities take lead in renewable energy

Going green in this way isn’t just good for the planet, it is also good for the regional economy.

Op-ed: 100-per-cent renewable energy a paradigm shift

Shifting to 100-per-cent renewable energy is possible and a crucial step toward achieving climate security.