Planning & Research

    Federation of Canadian Municipalities & Eco-West

    logoThe Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal governments across Canada since 1901. With over 2,000 members, the FCM today represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Its members include Canada’s largest cities, small urban and rural communities, as well as 21 provincial and territorial municipal associations.

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    Climate Change Local Action Plan (CCLAP)

    Project Eco-West aims to get rural communities involved in the greening of their local economies through the creation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories that lead to the development of a Climate Change Local Action Plan (CCLAP).

    The four CCLAP milestones are:

    • Conducting a GHG emissions inventory
    • Setting an emissions reduction target
    • Developing a GHG emissions reduction action plan
    • Implementing the local action plan or a series of initiatives to achieve the targets that have been set by each of the participating municipalities
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    Getting to Implementation (GTI)

    Communities have a key role to play in energy. More than 180 communities in Canada, representing 50 percent of the population, have a Community Energy Plan (CEP). A CEP is a tool that defines community priorities around energy with a view to improving efficiency, cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and driving economic development. While many communities in Canada are advancing Community Energy Plans (CEPs) – also known as Local Action Plans – to define priorities around energy and sustainability, all communities need help getting from plans and ideas to implementation.

    Launched in 2014, GTI is being spearheaded by three main project partners: CEA (Community Energy Association), Quest (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) and SP (Sustainable Prosperity).

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    Coquitlam engages community in GHG emissions reduction strategy

    UntitledDuring the last year, the City of Coquitlam, La Société de développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique (SDÉ) and Eco-West established a working partnership to develop a wide-ranging strategy to reduce GHG emissions in the area. The plan will result in engaging a host of local stakeholders, from industrial and business concerns right down to a grass roots level of community organizations and individual residents.

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