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Managing Risks & Mapping a Resilient Urban Recovery

A resilient recovery roadmap for climate action in cities.

Op-ed: A resilient recovery starts in our backyards and on our doorsteps

B.C.’s housing and demography mismatch presents challenges, but also massive, untapped opportunities.


Bus Electrification is a prudent investment for cutting carbon, dirty diesel air pollution and upwards pressure on transit fares. However, TransLink must move beyond technical fixes to cost effectively cut carbon and congestion across the region.

Op-ed: Federal transit spending could sustain high cost, high carbon cities

To meet our climate targets, it’s essential for the incoming government to link permanent transit infrastructure funding to a commitment for municipalities to plan smart, compact communities.

Op-ed: B.C. Ferries should focus on communities, carbon reduction, and clean tech, not cars and congestion

Renewable Cities executive director Alex Boston says it’s time to rethink B.C.’s ferry system to make it more climate-friendly.

Event Highlights: Electrifying Personal Transportation

Watch a recording of the session Electrifying Personal Transportation – Insights from Leading Jurisdictions at the Global Grid Forum 2019

Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity: A call for compact, connected, and clean cities

The Coalition for Urban Transitions has released a new report highlighting the value of compact, connected and clean cities: Climate Emergency, Urban Opportunity.

Charging Forward: Insights from E-Mobility Innovators

Renewable Cities partnered with Edison Electric Institute and the Dutch Consulate to bring some of the world’s most advanced jurisdictions in transportation electrification to Vancouver, BC.


Renewable Cities supports FCM’s call for improved transit funding, along with a requirement for linking transit infrastructure to sustainable land use.

Op-ed: Cities and states can tackle the climate crisis together—here’s how

A climate crisis is upon us and cities are stepping up to tackle it—but they can’t do it without support at state, provincial, and national levels. Alex Boston and Gregor Robertson make the case for collaboration.

Op-ed: California dreaming and doing—A model for climate collaboration

When California formulated the most aggressive climate change action plan in the United States, it reflected the need for close coordination between the state and its 540 local governments and state investment in local action.

Creating Livable Communities through Transit Oriented Development

Transit-oriented development is an essential component in any sustainable communities toolkit for urban areas. Mike McKeever shares his top 10 “must-do’s” in this guest post.

The Netherlands and Electric Vehicles: A Policy Model for the World

Home to a 200,000 vehicle fleet, a dense charging network and innovative policies, the European nation is a world leader in adopting zero-emission vehicles. Guest post by Sonja Munnix.

Op-ed: Vancouver’s new frontier—integrating climate action and affordability

Vancouver is poised to chart a path demonstrating the intensity of effort required to avoid the most serious consequences of climate change.

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.