Greater Vancouver–Sea to Sky Programs
Here are a few highlights on FBC initiatives of particular interest to those in the GVSS region.
Regional Flood Strategy
Alberta’s devastating floods of 2013 left behind at least 6 billion dollars in damage. This is a poignant reminder of why flood prevention work is a critical investment. FBC is a long-time partner on flood management in BC, helping provincial and local decision-makers with studies, tools, mapping and resources. In 2013 we took the lead on a collaborative business plan to create a regional flood strategy for the Lower Fraser River region, with participation of different orders of government and the private sector.
Phase 1 (2014-2015) is now underway. Learn more.
Salmon-Safe BC is an eco-certification program, a partnership of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fraser Basin Council. With roots across the US Pacific Northwest, Salmon-Safe recognizes environmentally friendly management practices to protect Pacific salmon habitat and water quality. As of December 2014, 45 BC farms have achieved certification.
The program is now available to BC municipalities and regional districts, developers and other private and public sector landowners. Certification can apply to such places as parks and natural areas, college or university campuses, business sites and residential developments in urban, suburban and rural settings. Learn more.
The BuySmart Network supports people in business, government and non-profit organizations in learning about sustainable purchasing and supply chain management. FBC hosts the network, organizes learning events and facilitates custom in-house education and planning sessions. Visit www.buysmartbc.com.
In June 2014 BuySmart participated in the Buy Social Canada Summit in Vancouver. The Summit explored social benefits that can be achieved through procurement practices.
Plug in BC
FBC is part of Plug in BC — a multi-interest collaboration led by the Province to lay the groundwork for electric vehicles. We administered provincial incentives that led to installation of over 400 Level 2 charging stations, available to members of the public and to fleets across BC. By late 2014 there were some 550 stations in the BC network, plus nine DC fast charge stations, with more fast charge stations on the way. FBC is now supporting a public education campaign to raise awareness about the value of electric cars, including the EV driver experience. Learn more about EVs and charging stations at www.pluginbc.ca.
Climate Change Adaptation
FBC supports the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative, a federal-provincial initiative to encourage climate change adaptation in BC communities and resource sectors. Over 5,400 public and private sector leaders have been involved in projects or educational events, and many more communities have now created or are developing climate adaptation plans.
There are more than 140 adaptation tools and resources available for BC decision-makers, including flood management resources, plus top picks from other jurisdictions. Check out www.retooling.ca.
Lillooet Economic Development
FBC is assisting the District of Lillooet with a new initiative on four economic development projects.
Take a look at other regional work in the Greater Vancouver–Sea to Sky Region.