For more than 25 years, CEA has invited municipalities, regional districts, and Indigenous communities around BC to nominate local projects and initiatives for a Climate & Energy Action Award. This year, 25 projects have been nominated. Each has been reviewed by a group of judges with diverse expertise related to community energy and local climate action. All of the nominees will be celebrated when the 2023 Climate & Energy Action Awards winners are announced at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention. The presentation details:
Learn more about the nominees in CEA’s special edition newsletter. Hopefully, you see something from your community below or–even better–some new ideas or inspiration.
Celebrating Climate Work at the Local Level
We've heard that "local governments are on the front lines of climate action" (CleanBC Roadmap to 2030) and that "cities are on the leading edge of climate action" (C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group), but sometimes local governments are challenged to balance climate action with myriad other responsibilities. Further, knowing what needs to be done to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions can be very different from actually implementing solutions. In these cases, sharing and amplifying the practical experiences of other local governments is invaluable.
This is why it's so important to celebrate success.
The Community Energy Association has been running the Climate & Energy Action Awards program in British Columbia for over 25 years. It has recognized a wide variety of local government climate action initiatives across all four of BC's distinct climatic zones. This unique awards program recognizes climate leadership by communities large, small, and everything in between. Winners have included the City of Vancouver, the Village of Granisle with only about 300 residents, the Town of Ucluelet in the wild Pacific Coast, and the City of Dawson Creek in the prairie landscape of the Province's northeastern corner. Along with the diversity of the award winners is the projects communities have implemented, ranging from OCP initiatives and other strategic plans to district energy systems, the energy efficiency of civic facilities, transportation projects, retrofit initiatives, etc.
All submissions over the years have been a true treasure trove for one simple reason: they demonstrate local success. Before they are ranked by judges and before winners are selected, these submissions prove that the real reward for climate action is fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
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Our Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation
CEA is honoured to celebrate with communities and is committed to the principles of Truth and Reconciliation. We recognize that the projects and initiatives featured in this awards program take place on the traditional territories of Indigenous communities across British Columbia. As an organization, we support the Calls to Action released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and recognize the importance of the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples as articulated in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Learn more here.
2023 Judging Panel
The Climate & Energy Action Awards Judging Panel is made up of several local climate action experts. The judges for 2023 are:
- Yaheli Klein, Province of BC
- Winter Pizandawatc, BC Hydro
- Tina Lange, Real Estate Foundation of BC
- Siraz Dalmir, FortisBC
- Sara Muir, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
- Robyn Webb, BC Hydro
- Molly Henry, Vancity
- Leslie Dickie, Real Estate Foundation of BC
- Kevin Andrew, Province of BC
- Ken Porter, Province of BC
- Josh Power, BC Hydro
- Harshan Radhakrishnan, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
- Chris Krasowski, Province of BC
- Carol Suhan, FortisBC
- Ted Sheldon
Previous Winners & Nominees
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For More Information
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