Local government officials meet at the Union of BC Municipalities the week of September 24th through 28th. Climate change, increased social challenges and aging infrastructure will be hot topics. The public is on their side. Polling by the Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance shows that British Columbians trust their local politicians twice as much READ MORE
The polling shows that people in BC and Ontario have greater trust in local politicians, are willing to pay more taxes for increased action on climate change and want senior levels of government to provide regular and flexible funding to local governments. To see the polling figures that were released in BC click here: To see the polling figures that were released in Ontario click here: To read the BC media release click here:
Locally elected leaders are forging innovative, homegrown methods of making sustainability their reality. They are tackling social issues such as the pressing need for affordable housing. In the second edition of the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance Going for Green Series, Leadership Makes a Difference, we have gathered the best stories on leading-edge policy READ MORE
From the Sightline Institute comes a handy page with a breakdown of various greenhouse gas emission reduction policies, including carbon trading and ‘cap and auction’. Each policy is broken down into a bulleted pros and cons list and includes a brief paragraph about organizations and governments that support it. Check it out here . Also check READ MORE
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Local communities are going all out as they “go for green” from: • the Capital Regional District’s energy plan, to • Squamish’s global warming pledge, to • Ucluelet’s official community plan that took the United Nations’ top prize, to • making school buildings and curricula sustainable, Locally elected leaders – councillors and school board trustees READ MORE
Sebastopol, near San Francisco, aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 42% over ten years and is currently installing 500 solar panels on the roofs of houses around the town. The City of Sebastopol’s website hosts descriptions of the City’s many environmental initiatives.
Esquimalt’s environmental advisory committee has decided to replace Round-up with steam to rid its public sidewalks of weeds. The town doesn’t expect that using steam will cost much more than a few thousand dollars extra a year. This is the first step in a move towards a full pesticides by-law in Esquimalt. Click here to read READ MORE
Shelter: Homelessness in a Growth Economy , a report released by the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, reveals that Canada’s lack of action on homelessness has had serious consequences over the past ten years, including a dramatic rise in the homeless population. The report includes case studies of Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.
An interesting study released by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University shows that high quality, discover/play-oriented pre-school programs lead to a 44% improvement in math skills, an 85% improvement in print awareness and knowledge of letter-sound associations, and gains in vocabulary that were 31% greater than children who did not attend.
A study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores how the built environment affects food access. How does the neighborhood food environment affect the amount of fruits and vegetables people eat and neighborhood obesity levels? What role do transportation systems play?
The Green Action Plan contains a number of policies related to land use, transportation, energy efficiency, etc., which can be implemented at the local level. It was introduced by Councillor Jonathan Cote, who has been active in promoting environmental awareness in New Westminster.