Final Report of the External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities (June 2006) In February 2004 the federal government established the External Advisory Committee on Cities and Communities. The main goal of the Committee was to help the federal government rethink its approach to communities and cities in Canada. The Committee was composed of a READ MORE
In October of 2006, the Saanich School Board formed a Commission of Public Education, which included three trustees, the Superintendent of Schools and a respected community member. The Commission was tasked with receiving feedback on the Board’s declared values, programs, priorities and services; addressing the ongoing funding shortfalls facing the Board and receiving ideas on READ MORE
Dawson Creek won the 2006 Energy Aware Award for its community planning and implementation work. The Energy Aware Award is given by the Community Energy Association to the municipality or regional district that best incorporates energy awareness into its community plan. Winners are announced at the annual UBCM meeting.
The Community Energy Association provides information, news, and resources for local governments concerned with climate change and energy reduction and provides steps for how to deal with these issues. Click here to link to the Community Energy Association website.
Smart Growth is a set of principles that encourages socially, fiscally and environmentally responsible land use and growth. Smart Growth BC is a non-governmental organization that works to put these principles into practice. Smart Growth BC runs a number of programs including SmartGrowth on the Ground, the Community Assistance Program, Agricultural Land Reserve Protection and READ MORE
With a focus on social planning, SPARC-BC engages in public education and research on a number of issues. These include accessibility, income security and community development. Local governments might be particularly interested in some of the services SPARC-BC offers, including community-based research and consulting. Click here to link to the SPARC-BC website.
A national non-profit made up of a coalition of building and design practitioners, the Canada Green Building Council is best known for its work developing and administering the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. This website is a good place to start if you are interested in learning about how good design, construction, and operation can READ MORE
This manual, published by the UBC James Taylor Chair in Landscape and Urban Environments, introduces readers to the practices and concepts involved in sustainable urban design. The manual presents a framework for an integrated design approach that takes into account people, land, and air. Click here to read more.
The GHG Action Guide is an extremely user-friendly website. It contains actions that local governments in BC can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the categories include actions related to employees, infrastructure, waste and water. This site is especially useful and practical because it recognizes that municipalities have limited staff, time and resources READ MORE
The Idle Free BC website contains information and resources for any school district, municipality or fleet interested in implementing an idling reduction program. Check out the resources section for example by-laws, school programs and promotional material. Click here to go to the Idle Free BC website.
This comprehensive guide gives local governments the information and tools necessary to implement Smart Growth principles and practices. The web-based guide includes the Case for Smart Growth; Smart Bylaws – Summary; and Protecting the Working Landscape of Agriculture: A Smart Growth Direction for Municipalities in British Columbia. Click here to read more.
The American Archictectural Foundation’s Great Schools by Design initiative promotes innovation in school design to improve the overall quality of schools in the US. Click here to read more.
Want to go idle-free? Natural Resources Canada and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation have each produced resource websites to assist in your anti-idling actions. Click here for more from Natural Resources Canada.
This up-to-date guide from the Community Energy Association provides a clear and comprehensive list of financial and non-financial resources available to support local governments as they undertake energy planning, efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. Click here to download (PDF).
Ever thought about trying to regulate air pollution? If yes, then you need to read this guide. In it you’ll find information about why clean air bylaws are necessary and what powers local governments have to deal with pollution. You’ll also find tools and examples of bylaws that already exist, model bylaws and further resources. READ MORE
In May 2007, Seattle City Council unanimously passed a “Complete Streets” ordinance which promotes walking, bicycling, and transit use on city streets. The plan is a transportation network that focuses more on “moving people and goods rather than primarily concentrating on vehicles.” Click here to read more.
On December 11, 2006, Port Coqutlam’s Council amended its by-laws to include a green roof requirement. All large buildings over 5, 000 square meters must have green roofs. Click here to read the regulation.
On April 2, 2007, Leaf Rapids, Manitoba, became the first municipality in North America to introduce by-law legislation to ban single-use shopping bags. The town was motivated by the amount of litter that the bags create and the amount of money being spent to remove them from forests, sidewalks, walking trails and lakes. To read READ MORE