FBC Youth Committee in 2015
FBC’s Youth Committee met in Vancouver on January 10 to make build connections, refine a youth strategy and begin planning for regional youth forums in the year ahead. Learn more about the Youth Committee.
Work underway for a Gardom Lake Management Plan
The Columbia Shuswap Regional District would like to see a management plan for Gardom Lake for the benefit of area residents and visitors, now and in the future. The Fraser Basin Council is coordinating and facilitating a collaborative planning process, to be completed by the Spring of 2015. See what people have said they value about Gardom Lake, and what issues they would like addressed. A summary of input from a recent public meeting and online survey is now available, as well as draft Terms of Reference for a new Gardom Lake Planning Committee. Learn more.
B.C.’s Electric Vehicle Charging Stations “Off to a Good Start”
Photo: Electric vehicle fast charge station in Squamish.
A growing number of drivers are plugging into B.C.’s public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, the Fraser Basin Council and Powertech Labs reported today. Over 350 of B.C.’s 550 public charging stations are tracked by Powertech Labs, a BC Hydro subsidiary, and the data show that the number of vehicle charging sessions at those stations doubled between August 2013 and August 2014.
County of Simcoe Earns E3 Fleet Gold Rating
The Fraser Basin Council, in collaboration with Fleet Challenge Ontario, has awarded an E3 Fleet Gold Rating to the County of Simcoe in Ontario for excellence in the management and green performance of its fleet. The rating recognizes work done by Simcoe County to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, invest in energy-efficient technologies and commit to staff training. The Simcoe County fleet is one of six in Canada to have earned a Gold rating. Read more.
Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Fund
The directors and staff of the Fraser Basin Council wish to announce creation of the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Fund for Communities and Environmental Health, in honour and memory of Elizabeth Henry and her many contributions to our organization and to communities across British Columbia.
The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship will support graduate students working with communities in British Columbia that are addressing environmental health issues and promoting sustainability through cooperative community initiatives.
We warmly invite contributions to the Fund. All contributions in 2014 will be matched by the Fraser Basin Council and BC Clean Air Research Fund, up to a total of $25,000.
New Climate Adaptation Resources
Climate change increases the likelihood of extreme weather events, changes to ecosystems and risks to infrastructure. Is your community prepared? Be sure to visit the freshly updated ReTooling for Climate Change website at www.retooling.ca. It's the best place for BC communities to find climate adaptation information, planning guides, case studies and regional tools helpful in preparing and implementing adaptation plans. Browse adaptation topics and search the expanded resource database. The Retooling site was developed by the Fraser Basin Council and funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative.