Events Archive

Behavioural economics and the BC carbon tax: unexpected changes in gasoline demand

October 17, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

In this talk, Dr. Schaufele presents the findings of a recent paper on carbon pricing and gasoline demand in British Columbia. The paper examines the effect of BC’s carbon tax on the demand for gasoline in the province, finding that it caused a decline in short-term demand significantly greater than would be expected from a similar increase in the market price of gasoline.

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With new eyes to see: engaging communities on climate change with visual learning tools

October 4, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Have you seen climate change? The signs of global warming (its impacts, causes and potential solutions) are all around us – from extreme weather to monster homes, from golf carts to backyard chickens.  Discover the surprising ways we conceal, overlook, and ignore the evidence before our eyes.  Learn how we can use visual media - from photo-albums to video games – to view our communities through a new climate change lens. Peek into a modern crystal ball to see what the future looks like in a low-carbon world.

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Carbon Talks: The case for wind energy in British Columbia

October 3, 2012 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Nicholas Heap, the BC Regional Director of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA) will present on the case for wind energy in BC, followed by a Q&A session with participants.

A year from now, the world’s wind turbines will produce more electricity than the entire Canadian economy consumes. Production from Canada’s existing wind farms is already sufficient to power every household in Greater Vancouver and Greater Victoria – that’s 60% of the total households in the province.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum (Nanaimo): Developing BC’s bioenergy production and building a strong bioeconomy

September 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

Using sustainable energy sources and conservation is a major priority for our energy future and deploying bioenergy technology solutions is important for many communities. This dynamic panel of industry leaders will present on the advances made in bioenergy, markets tapped, and challenges faced and overcome towards developing a strong bioeconomy in BC.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum (Vancouver): Enhancing trade and investment in green innovation and clean technologies - an Asia Pacific perspective

September 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Paul Irwin. Paul is responsible for leading the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training’s North Asia practice, advancing BC’s international relations and business development activities in Japan and Korea, working closely with BC’s Trade and Investment Representatives in Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan.

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Food sovereignty models for "feeding the world and cooling the planet"

September 25, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us for a special free Vancouver public lecture by Drs. Hannah Wittman and Andrew Riseman. These SFU and UBC faculty will present examples of models for diversified food systems that foster food security and environmental resilience in the context of climate change. 

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Carbon Talks: BC’s carbon tax shift: what's working? What's next?

September 20, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Please join us for our upcoming Carbon Talk on 20 September. This talk will be held in partnership with Sustainable Prosperity, and will feature a panel discussion on the provincial carbon tax, currently under review for the upcoming 2013 budget. The event will be moderated by Nancy Olewiler, Director, School of Public Policy, Simon Fraser University. Four expert panelists will be on hand to deliver their perspectives on BC’s carbon tax.

Our panelists are:

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Fire in the woods or fire in the boiler? Exploring sustainable practices to combine wildfire risk control with local energy generation

September 19, 2012 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Recent studies show a link between climate change and wildfires across Canada, with fire risk predicted to increase as temperatures rise. In addition, the forest, parks, and agricultural landscapes of BC are now scattered with subdivisions, campgrounds, ranches, lodges and industrial sites that are vulnerable to wildfire. As a consequence, the urban/forest interface is growing rapidly, and communities across BC – especially in the interior – are implementing preventive forest management practices to reduce the risk of wildfires.

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BC in the WECC-nation: retrospect and prospect

September 17, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Presented by the BC Sustainable Energy Association:

These are interesting times in BC with regard to energy policy and practice, in particular for electricity. BC Hydro’s draft Integrated Resource Plan; new provincial policy approaches changing our energy supply from low-cost and reliable to self-sufficient with “insurance” – and now to a more muted self-sufficient status; the prospect of major industrial load-growth from liquefied natural gas (LNG) export; and the pending renewal/renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty all point to challenges and opportunities.

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GreenTech Exchange Forum: Employment in BC's clean energy, building and transportation sector

July 26, 2012 - 6:00pm

In its 2012 Green Provincial Report Card, Corporate Knights ranked British Columbia first in Canada in the categories of clean energy, transportation, and innovation. Additional reports and media coverage in recent years have heralded BC as a “green economy” and clean technology leader in North America on a trajectory for creating thousands of new jobs in the province over the next decade.

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