CEA Announces 2023 Climate & Energy Action Award Winners
A FireSmart program in the Okanagan, an on-demand transit service in Powell River, a program to retrofit community buildings in a First Nations community, and an e-bike incentive program are among the winners of BC’s premier local government climate action awards announced today at the Union of BC Municipalities convention in Vancouver.
The winners were selected among 25 nominations that were submitted to CEA this summer from every region of the province and from communities large and small. Submissions covered a wide range of topics including transportation, reducing emissions from buildings, local planning and public engagement, renewable energy systems, and resiliency to wildfires.
The 2023 Winners:
Town of Gibsons – Natural Asset Management as a Climate Adaptation Approach
City of Kelowna – FireSmart Community Chipping Program
Musqueam – Retrofitting Musqueam homes and public buildings to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions
City of Powell River – Zunga Bus On-Demand Pilot and Transit System Revamp
District of Saanich – Saanich Community E-bike Incentive Pilot Program
District of Summerland – Summerland Solar and Storage Facility
City of Victoria, District of Saanich, District of Central Saanich, and the Capital Regional District – Zero Carbon Step Code Engagement and Adoption
CEA has been hosting an awards program for more than 25 years recognizing leadership at the community level from around BC.
“Recognizing and elevating leadership in BC is critical to inspiring continued implementation of ambitious and impactful climate action,” said Megan Lohmann, Acting CEO for the community Energy Association. “This leadership isn’t just being exhibited by the winners; it’s evident in all of the projects and initiatives that were submitted this year. All of them should be celebrated and I hope the elected officials and residents from each of the nominated communities are proud of what is being accomplished locally.”
The CEA Climate & Energy Action Awards are supported by The Government of BC Climate Action Secretariat and Ministry of Municipal Affairs, BC Hydro, FortisBC, The Real Estate Foundation of BC, and the Union of BC Municipalities.
For more information, go to https://www.communityenergy.ca/awards/.