New from FBC
The City of Richmond is the first municipality to receive the highest (Platinum) rating from E3 Fleet, a Canada-wide program that recognizes excellence in fleet management and environmental performance. The Award was presented by Fraser Basin Council Chair Colin Hansen to Mayor Malcolm Brodie at a meeting of Richmond City Council on November 28 in recognition of Richmond’s work in adopting a green fleet plan, implementing better data tracking and analysis, right-sizing its fleet with more efficient vehicles and other steps to green up its fleet.
It's here! Take a look through our 2015-2016 Annual Highlights: Steps for Sustainability to see the many ways the Fraser Basin Council is working with communities in the Basin and throughout BC.
Our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan: Advancing Sustainability Solutions will help guide the Fraser Basin Council into our third decade of service.
The five-year plan reflects the Council’s strategic priorities, the way in which we carry out our work and how we define our success. Inspirational and practical, this is the framework for annual operating plans, partnerships, work plans and all decisions to devote time, money and energy to fulfillment of the Fraser Basin Council’s mandate. Take a look.
YVR is First Salmon-Safe Airport
One June 8 the Vancouver International Airport became the first airport in North America to achieve Salmon-Safe certification. YVR met three site-wide pre-conditions and committed to 10 conditions under the Salmon-Safe infrastructure-industrial standard. In particular, YVR will protect water quality and aquatic life from harmful pesticides; implement a comprehensive stormwater management plan; reduce site-wide water consumption and ensure zero sediment runoff during future construction activities. YVR will also assess salmon habitat restoration opportunities near the airport and complete additional restorations. Congratulations to the YVR team on these commitments! See the YVR media release for details.
Clean Air Day in Kamloops
June 8 was national Clean Air Day, a perfect time to shine light on the work of the Kamloops Air Quality Roundtable.
The Roundtable is a multi-party initiative that aims to raise awareness of air quality issues, support implementation of the City of Kamloops Air Quality Plan, identify and address gaps in air quality monitoring, support research, and implement and measure impacts of air quality initiatives. Learn more.
posted on 10:58 AM, December 4, 2014
Are you curious about electric cars – and whether there’s one in your future? Be sure to check out Emotive. It’s a community to share information and build awareness on all things EV, in BC and beyond! Connect with Emotive on the web and Facebook to stay current on EV news, local ride & drive events, and the personal experiences of EV owners and drivers.
posted on 3:55 PM, November 3, 2014
A growing number of drivers are plugging into B.C.’s public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. 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. Read more.
posted on 11:54 AM, August 19, 2014
(August 6, 2014) The Fraser Basin Council directors and staff are deeply saddened by news of the Mount Polley Mine tailings dam failure and subsequent downstream impacts. FBC is following the situation closely and today issued a statement of support for affected communities. Read more.
Climate Adaptation Resources
The BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC) program has funded important tools for tackling flood risks associated with sea level rise. This is of particular interest to BC local authorities and professionals with responsibilities in flood hazard management.
See Adaptation Resources to download Sea Level Rise Adaptation Primer: A Toolkit to Build Adaptive Capacity on Canada’s South Coasts and other resources on coastal adaptation.
Also visit ReTooling for Climate Change for a database of adaptation resources.
Call for Scholarship Applications
Applications for the 2017 Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health are being accepted now through May 10.
The $2,000 scholarship award will support a graduate student working on a BC-based research project that addresses environmental health issues and promotes environmental sustainability through cooperative community initiatives. Learn more!
The Nechako Watershed Roundtable has completed the first version of its Nechako Watershed Strategy.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
A new FBC report showcases examples of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) in urban streetscapes, residential communities and institutional sites in Metro Vancouver and Victoria. See how features such as bioswales, rain gardens, green roofs, pervious paving and infiltration trenches on urban sites offer multiple benefits. More.
Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy
Phase 1 results and an update on Phase 2 are available.
First Nations Home EnergySave
First Nations communities are finding ways to cut the high cost of home energy. FBC is ready to help share those stories, build local capacity and encourage economic development through the Home EnergySave program. Read about it.
The Fraser Basin Council worked with the BC Wildlife Federation on a three-year project to advance watershed conservation and sustainability in BC.