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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.

ELECTION CALL FOR PERMANENT FUNDING & ELECTRIFICATION OF TRANSIT

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

Climate Caucus Summit 2019, Vancouver, BC

EVENT UPDATE: Elected officials moved the low carbon agenda forward at the Climate Caucus Summit in Vancouver, BC.

2018 year in review

2018 was flush with new events, research projects, knowledge exchange and more. What did Renewable Cities get up to over the past year?

Conference: State-City Collaboration on Clean Energy Transformations

How can national, subnational and local governments collaborate on the clean energy transition? | May 29–30, 2019

Event: 100% Renewable Transit – Seattle and Vancouver

What can we learn from two transit authorities transitioning to 100% RE? | Nov. 28, 2018

Renewable Cities to host workshop at Global Climate Action Summit

Leading local governments to discuss the implementation of 100% RE on September 14 in San Francisco.

Renewable Energy Transition Strategies: Practical Innovations for Urban Areas

SFU’s Faculty of Environment and Renewable Cities to reconvene online course beginning fall 2018.

New research project will advance renewable natural gas agenda

This initiative will help build the capacity of B.C. local governments to generate renewable natural gas.

Event: Renewable natural gas – Unlocking local government potential in B.C.

Join us on June 15 for the launch of a new collaborative research project to explore options for local government RNG production. | Jun. 15, 2018

Event: Germany’s energy transition and cities – Economic insights and good policy

With Claudia Kemfert, Head of Department of Energy, Transportation, and Environment at DIW Berlin. | Apr. 12, 2018

Event: New energy and mobility futures

A conversation with Ethan Zindler, Head of Americas for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. | Mar. 13, 2018

New Report: Mapping Enabling Policies for Vancouver’s 100% Renewable Energy Strategy

This project engaged all three levels of government to better coordinate climate and energy policy.

Event: B.C.’s Climate Plan and the Urban Opportunity

A conversation with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy for British Columbia. | Feb. 9, 2018

2017 Year in Review

From Global Learning Forum 2017 to COP23, and everything between, see what the team accomplished.

Announcing Alex Boston as Renewable Cities’ new Executive Director

Alex is a nationally recognized and respected professional with deep expertise in community energy planning.

Forum 2017 Outcomes

320 participants from around the world came together to discuss the urban energy transition.

How Can Your City Introduce More Renewable Energy?

New SFU Faculty of Environment online course will teach renewable energy transition strategies.

Global Learning Forum 2017 Draws to a Close

Representatives from over 100 different municipalities converged to discuss the urban renewable energy transition.

Five Reasons to Get Excited About Forum 2017

From an incredible group of people, including implementers and global thinkers, to cities with vanguard targets. And more!

2016 Year in Review

100% renewable energy developments and highlights from Renewable Cities’ latest year of work.

Join us for Global Learning Forum 2017 in Vancouver, Canada

Leaders from municipalities, the private sector, NGOs, utilities, the research community, and First Nations will gather to discuss 100% RE.

Outcomes Report—North American Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy in Cities

20 cities from across the US and Canada came together to discuss the path forward on renewable energy.

Session Report—Zero Emissions, Big Business

How can the private sector help cities deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement?

Report—Renewable Energy Challenge at GLOBE 2016

100 policy-makers and experts gathered to develop solutions for Vancouver and New York City.

The Government of Canada and Urban Energy

Cities need supportive policies, resources, and coordination for the urban energy transition.

Announcing Global Learning Forum 2017

Urban energy leaders are invited to participate in Global Learning Forum 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Announcing Two New Dialogue Reports

These international dialogues examined how cities are thinking about the transition to 100% renewable energy.

Renewable Energy and Cities at GLOBE 2016

Join us for two events at GLOBE 2016: Zero Emissions, Big Business and the Renewable Energy Challenge.

Global Learning Forum

We’re pleased to present a number of outcome materials from our program’s launch event, the Global Learning Forum, which was held in Vancouver, BC from May 13-15…

2015 Year in Review: It Was Great!

Renewable Cities officially launched in 2015 and we’re proud of our accomplishments, locally and internationally.

Cities, Renewable Energy, and COP21 in Paris

Our team will be facilitating a dialogue with a diverse group of world cities at the UN climate talks in Paris.

Renewable Cities to participate in “The Future of Cities” in China

The annual World Future Council forum brings together leading thinkers and researchers working towards regenerative cities.

Renewable Cities Heads to Germany for the Kassel International Dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy

The purpose of this dialogue is to bring together key city staff and thinkers to develop criteria for 100% renewable cities.

Renewable Cities Launches at the Global Learning Forum

Over a year of scoping, consultations with partners, and research has fed into our program’s development.

Renewable Cities Welcomes New Executive Director, Michael Small

Michael Small is the former Canadian High Commissioner to Australia and brings decades of policy and diplomatic experience.