Kelowna EV and Home Retrofit Focus Groups
Over the past year, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, CEA has transitioned our signature, in-person workshops to an interactive, online engagement program and hosted over 20 events in eight BC communities of various sizes.
By providing an event host, breakout group facilitators, technical support, and an agenda of creative activities, CEA can confidently organize, facilitate and synthesize virtual events for groups of any size.
We planned and facilitated a series of six focus groups for the City of Kelowna to support draft strategies for electric vehicle support and home energy retrofits. Positive feedback from participants and the client, facilitated discussions and detailed event summaries, and engagement all provided Kelowna with insightful public input to compliment the online community as well.
"CEA did a great job facilitating a virtual focus group I attended recently - one of the most interesting group discussions that I’ve participated in! The whole exercise was really well done with excellent conversations, interactive breakouts and information shared by the right people….. Well done!"
Carol Suhan, Manager, Conservation & Energy Management, FortisBC
Vernon Climate Action Plan
In 2020, CEA collaborated with All One Sky Foundation and FlipSide Sustainability, to support the City of Vernon to create their Climate Action Plan.
In 2020 CEA collaborated with All One Sky Foundation and FlipSide Sustainability, to support the City of Vernon to create their Climate Action Plan. This is currently undergoing additional public engagement prior to likely adoption in 2021.
It's one of the first Plans in B.C. to combine mitigation and adaptation actions, taking the opportunity to integrate these into feasible low-carbon resilience strategies. The Plan is unique in its final design, in that it is written for the public, and specifically identifies the responsibilities of individuals and businesses and other community partners to successfully implement the Plan.
The Plan asks every person and every organization in Vernon to play their part by committing to at least one action per year.
BC First Nation and Remote Community Energy Network
CEA worked with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (MEMPR) to host a workshop with key agencies that provide support and funding for Indigenous communities working on energy and climate action.
This multi-agency meeting included representatives from programs supporting action across the spectrum of clean energy – planning and implementation, training and capacity building, housing support, energy efficiency and generation.
CEA facilitated a full day agenda with discussions on collaborative funding and aligned program offers, supported by graphic facilitation and productive break-out sessions. Co-creating a 10-year vision set the stage for future collaboration on 36 funding offers from over 30 organizations.
Ucluelet 100% Renewable Energy Plan
In 2019, CEA collaborated with the District of Ucluelet to create their Climate Action Plan, which was adopted that same year. Titled "Clean Energy for the Safe Harbour", the plan set ambitious 2050 targets of 100% Renewable Energy and 80% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. It includes an inventory of community emissions, goals to achieve the targets, and strategies to achieve those goals and ultimately allowed them to be awarded FCM Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Milestone 4 and Milestone 2 for action community and corporate emissions, respectively.
The full document can be found here: https://ucluelet.ca/images/Clean_Energy_for_the_Safe_Harbour_March_29.pdf