We want to help you access the knowledge you're looking for to make smart decisions about bold climate action. We continue to produce publications to guide bold community climate action, but also have a library of multimedia resources available including webinar recordings, infographics and workshop presentations. Search for keywords or browse resources by topic area.
We have also included below some important websites we love - some we have created while others are created by our friends and associates in the industry.
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If you want to access the latest research, check out our publications that cover:
- Planning resources for developing a community energy and emissions plan
- Economics including local economic development
- Transportation with a focus on electric vehicles (EV's) and charging infrastructure
- Heating options for homes and district heating guides including biomass district heating
- Efficiency in buildings and how local governments can encourage or require it
- Renewable Energy Guide - CEA's suite of publications that gives local governments a solid starting point on planning, policy, heating, electricity, finance, and governance
- Snapshots, surveys, and analysis covering a wide range of actions
- CEEP QuickStart documents and webinars
Past Builder Workshops
Building Better with the Energy Step Code - 2018 Builder Workshop Summaries
CEA’s “Changemakers Dialogues” are a series of online meetings to discuss the experiences of implementation and change within communities and local governments. The goal of the year-long series is to “Collaboratively explore, share, and make visible our collective experience creating change so that we can individually all be even better at skillful interventions”
This series was initiated by CEA because communities have moved through the awareness-raising and planning phases and are now focused on implementation as is CEA. The live meetings are open to all CEA staff and members.
PCP Regional Climate Advisor Webinars
Show me the Money: Funding Opportunities for Local Government Climate Action - November 20, 2017
Webinar: Show me the Money: Funding Opportunities for Local Government Climate Action
BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council Webinars
LED Streetlights and Solar Energy - February 23, 2017
Webinar: LED Streetlights and Solar Energy
Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth & Climate Change and What it Means for BC Local Governments - January 18, 2017
Webinar: Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth & Climate Change
District Energy Community of Practice Webinar
The Role of District Energy in Low Carbon Buildings of the Future - February 23, 2017
Webinar: Role of District Energy in Low Carbon Buildings
CEA and City of Nelson Realtors' Workshop
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CEEP QuickStart Webinars
Partnerships to Accelerate Residential Retrofits in BC Webinar - October 2, 2018
Local Government & Carbon Funds - February 21, 2017
Introduction (Community Energy Association)
BC Local Government Carbon Funds (Community Energy Association)
Sparwood's Carbon Neutral Reserve Fund (District of Sparwood)
Webinar: Local Governments & Carbon Funds
Solar Photovoltaics & BC Local Governments - December 8, 2016
Introduction (Community Energy Association)
Municipal Permitting Practices (Community Energy Association)
Net Metering (BC Hydro)
West Highlands Community Centre Solar PV Project (City of Kamloops)
Solar PV Projects (Comox Valley Regional District)
SunMine Project (City of Kimberley)
Solar Garden (City of Nelson)
Webinar: Solar Photovoltaics & BC Local Governments
BC's Climate Leadership Plan and What it Means for Local Governments - September 22, 2016. Webinar slides:
Webinar: BC's Climate Leadership Plan and What it Means for Local Governments
Upcoming BC Stretch Codes: What do they mean for BC communities? - April 5, 2016
Introduction (Community Energy Association)
Presentation (Pembina Institute)
Webinar: Upcoming BC Stretch Codes
Utility Incentives for Building Energy Efficient Homes - January 13, 2016
Webinar: Utility Incentives for Building Energy Efficient Homes
Sustainability Checklists - Best Practice and Community Examples - October 20, 2015
- Introduction: Approaches and Best Practice (Community Energy Association)
- Cash Incentive tied to Checklist Performance (Regional District of Nanaimo)
- Development Cost Charge Reductions tied to Checklist Performance (City of Penticton)
Webinar: Sustainability Checklists - Best Practice and Community Examples
Fee Rebates to Encourage Energy Efficient Housing - June 8, 2015
- Introduction: Tools, Projects and Resources (Community Energy Association)
- Voluntary High Performance New Homes (Township of Langley)
- Building Incentive and Rebate Program (District of Invermere)
- Building Permit Rebate Programs for Energy Efficiency (Community Energy Association)
Webinar: Fee Rebates to Encourage Energy Efficient Housing
Saving Energy & Money in Corporate Operations - May 12, 2015
- Introduction: CEA Tools, Projects and Resources
- Township of Esquimalt: Saving Energy & Money in Corporate Operations
- LED Streetlights across BC: A Technology Adoption Program
Webinar: Saving Energy & Money in Corporate Operations
Development Permit Areas for Energy Sustainability - March 10, 2015
- Introduction to Development Permit Areas (Province of BC)
- Using DPAs to Support Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Community Energy Association)
- District of Lake Country GHG Development Permit Area (District of Lake Country)
Webinar: Development Permit Areas for Energy Sustainability
Biomass Heating Systems for Communities - January 22, 2015
- Introduction & Closing - Biomass Heating Systems for Communities January 2015
- City of Enderby & Fink Machine - Biomass Heating Systems for Communities, January 2015
- WoodWaste2Rural Heat- Biomass Heating Systems for Communities, January 2015
Webinar: Biomass Heating Systems for Communities
Dale Littlejohn, CEA’s Executive Director on BC’s Climate Leadership Plan and what it means for communities: View Video
CEA team facilitates an national webinar on Low-carbon Resilience and Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation: View Video
Climate Leaders Playbook webinar delivered Sept. 2019 by Maya Chorobik, CEA's Community Energy Manager - "High Impact Climate Action".
Advancing along the Milestone Framework CEA webinar from June 2019.
Jeff Zukiwsky on Climate Action: Adaptation - Local Tools for Climate Information & Implementation: View Video
Patricia Dehnel, CEA’s Community Energy Manager talking to realtors about energy efficiency: View Video
Peter Robinson, CEA’s Chief Technology Officer shares his perspective on solar opportunities for communities: View Video
CEA’s Changemakers speaker series.
CEEP Quickstart presentations/webinar recordings from 2016 and 2017 are also saved under the resources and webinar/videos section of CEA’s website.
Resources & Publications
CEA undertook a survey of local governments between May 14th and May 19th 2021 to provide a timely, independent assessment of how local governments used the CARIP program and to assess the impact that the program has had. The 45 responses to the survey indicate that the CARIP program was a valued, unique, high-leverage program for large and medium communities while delivering modest benefits to small communities.
The decade of climate action begins.
- CEA researched how many medium duty vehicles (F250-F450 and equivalents) are registered across Canada, how many are used for what kinds of businesses, and where the opportunities are to reduce emissions in this sector.
- The fleets in this sector are focused on electrification to deliver emissions reductions. We engaged with the vehicle registration entity in each province and obtained registration data for key provinces.
- The report identifies specific opportunities for Natural Resources Canada to support emissions reduction and hints at local government opportunities as well.
The ZEV Story Toolkit equips local and regional governments to be the designers and delivery agents of quality, creative communications materials in order to improve awareness and increase ZEV adoption in their community. The toolkit includes a guide as well as examples and templates to walk local governments from project conception through to creating communications materials.
Clean Air Partnership recently created a Green Development Standards Toolkit. Funded by FCM, the Toolkit can be broadly applied to any jurisdiction in Canada but draws on many Ontario examples. CEA has partnered with CAP to produce an appendix that provides additional locally relevant content for BC and Yukon.
In this video we introduce you to the Climate Action Planner. This interactive tool is for BC local governments to explore community-wide climate actions. It creates draft energy & emissions inventories for any local government or Islands Trust Area in BC, and allows you to conduct simplified modelling to see the effectiveness of implementing actions to meet GHG reduction targets (for detailed modeling, please contact CEA). Local government staff, elected officials and other stakeholders can use this tool to better understand what their community’s emissions are, and which actions will be most effective in reducing emissions and meeting targets. Actions are further explained in the Climate Leaders Playbook - https://bcclimateleaders.ca/.
In this webinar, CEA demonstrates its interactive Climate Action Planner tool, https://www.communityenergy.ca/climate-action-planner/. This tool allows a user to create a draft energy & emissions inventory for any local government or Islands Trust Area in BC, and conduct simplified modelling to see the effectiveness of implementing actions to meet GHG reduction targets. This webinar also demonstrates how it should be used in conjunction with the Climate Leaders Playbook (“the Playbook”), https://bcclimateleaders.ca/, and how it relates to the FCM-ICLEI Partners for Climate Protection milestones.
Local governments are already doing a lot to create low carbon, livable communities, and there are many ways the Province can support. In this infographic, created by the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council in collaboration with CEA, we lay out the specific ways the Province can support local governments in their climate action pathway.
Why is home energy efficiency important and how can it be achieved in every new build? The Community Energy Association has created several short videos through the “Building a Legacy” initiative to address this question.
In addition to topics like Becoming an Energy Advisor and Improving Performance Through Air-Tightness, there are case studies of high performing homes, interviews with builders and home owners, and an analysis of how Kimberley, BC, transformed its local building industry.