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Business Insider: 10 Most Energy Efficient Cities In The World
Business Insider describes the 10 most energy efficient cities in the world.

GEF: Blatchford is Largest Carbon Neutral Community in Canada
Green Energy Futures podcast says Edmontonians have already been recognized as pioneers of net-zero homes, and now they are building the largest carbon-neutral community in the country: Blatchford.
Education & Training

CEA: BCIT Online Education For Sustainable Community Energy Management
Community Energy Association is partnering with the BC Institute of Technology in 2016 to deliver the six online courses that qualify students to write CEAís Community Energy Management certification exam.

CEA: Certificate In Community Energy
Community Energy Association certificate in Community Energy Management will provide the knowledge and resources you need to manage the art and science of saving energy, emissions, and money across the community.
Industry Information

BC Gov: Community Energy & Emissions Inventory Reports
Province of BC online Community Energy and Emissions Inventory reports for all BC local governments will assist them in creating community-wide GHG emissions baselines for their official community plans.

PICS: Effectiveness of Vancouver Renewable City Strategy
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions report Case Study of Vancouverís Renewable City Strategy tests the claims for effective city-level climate and energy policy.

REFBC: BC Views on Land Use, Sustainability, Rural Planning
Through a public opinion survey, the Real Estate Foundation of BC found that British Columbians value nature and the environment, desire a sustainable economic future, and support stiff penalties for people and organizations who pollute land and water.
Industry Sectors

CEA: Community Energy Association of BC
Community Energy Association of BC supports local governments throughout British Columbia in accelerating the application of energy efficiency and renewable energy in all aspects of community design, infrastructure and community engagement for sustainability.
Information Sources

BC Hydro: Energy Efficiency Resources For Municipalities
BC Hydro provides information on energy efficiency resources for municipalities including MyHydro, which programs you can use, business energy saving incentives and e.Catalog, Sustainable Communities program, assess your energy use, and technologies and tips.

ACEEE: Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy free Local Energy Efficiency Policy Calculator (LEEP-C) is a decision making tool for local policymaking. It estimates the impact select public and residential buildings policies have on energy savings, cost savings, pollution, and other outcomes.

ACEEE: Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy free 2015 Local Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool allows communities o evaluate their progress on energy efficiency efforts to get a better understanding of where they stand in relation to peers.

CALP: Illustrated Guide To Community Energy
The Collaborative for Advance Landscape Planning at UBC created the Illustrated Guide to Community Energy. It reveals how local involvement in community energy systems can promote more sustainable and secure energy futures, while reducing carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Its purpose is to assist municipal leaders and citizens in learning about energy options, stimulate discussion about energy choices and inspire using visual demonstrations of community energy scenarios. (PDF)

CEA: Community Energy & Emissions Planning Guide
Community Energy Association online Community Energy & Emissions Planning Guide describes the purpose and content of a community energy and emissions plan, its benefits, and how to go about creating one. The guide provides practical tips, examples from BC communities, and links to more detailed information. (PDF)

CMHC: Community Energy Management
CMHC says community energy management is a key component in reducing urban energy requirements and enhancing greenhouse gas sinks. It involves a disciplined approach to integrating energy considerations into municipal planning and management processes. (PDF)

CMHC: Guide For Municipal Retrofit Program
CMHC describes how municipalities can support building energy retrofits that have the potential to reduce energy bills by 20 per cent or more through improvements to infrastructure as well as operating and management practices. (PDF)

EEM: Community-Based Energy Efficiency Programs, What Worked, What Didn't?
Energy Efficiency Markets lists important lessons learned from the rollout of community-based energy efficiency programs.

GTI: Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition
Getting To Implementation online report Community Energy Planning: The Value Proposition Environmental, Health and Economic Benefits bolsters the case for smart energy planning in communities across Canada. Community energy plans deliver results because they help communities overcome the challenge of coordinating energy across different sectors of the local economy, and among energy users and producers alike. (PDF)

NRCan: Integrated Community Energy Solutions
Natural Resources Canada offers information on Integrated Community Energy Solutions that make use of the opportunities that come from treating the built community environment as a system.

NRCan: Roadmap for Action on Integrated Community Energy Solutions
NRCan online Integrated Community Energy Solutions Roadmap for Action presents the role Canadaís federal, provincial and territorial governments can play in working with communities and stakeholders to advance Integrated Community Energy Solutions.

NRCan: Urban Archetypes Project
From 2006 to 2008, CanmetENERGY developed energy consumption profiles of average households in thirty-one neighbourhoods within eight communities across Canada. The project explores how urban form (land use and infrastructure) influences vehicular transportation energy usage and household energy consumption.

NREL: Definition Of A Zero Net Energy Community
National Renewable Energy Laboratory report says a net zero-energy community is one that has greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy for vehicles, thermal, and electrical energy within the community is met by renewable energy. The paper begins with a focus solely on buildings and expands the concept to define a zero-energy community, applying the ZEB hierarchical renewable classification system to the concept of community. (PDF)

NREL: US City-Level Energy Decision Making
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report City-Level Energy Decision Making: Data Use in Energy Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in U.S. Cities, examines what US cities are doing to reduce their energy use. (PDF)

RMI: Integrative Business Model For Net-Zero Energy Districts
Rocky Mountain Institute report presents an innovative business model for developing net-zero energy or ultra-low energy districts and details how pursuing net-zero energy is not a cost, but rather a significant value driver. (PDF)

Umi: Modeling Tool For Environmental Performance Of Neighbourhoods
Umi is a new, Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities regarding operational energy use, walkability and daylighting potential.
Product Supply

BC Gov: CAEE Program Financed Community Energy Efficiency
Community Action on Energy and Emissions initiative provided financial and research support to BC local governments and First Nations between 2005 and 2010 to advance energy efficiency, energy conservation and emissions reductions measures through local government policy and planning tools.

CEA: Funding Opportunities for Local Government Climate Action
Community Energy Association online video summarizes their previous webinar Show me the Money: Funding Opportunities for Local Government Climate Action.

CEA: New 2020 Funding Your BC Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives
Community Energy Association guide Funding Your Community Energy and Community Energy Association has released the 2020 edition of Funding Your Community Energy and Climate Change Initiatives: A Funding Guide for BC Local Governments. It features more than 40 funding programs that support local government energy planning, energy efficiency measures, renewable energy projects and sustainable transportation initiatives.

CEA: Summary of CleanBC Program for Local Governments
Community Energy Association provides CleanBC climate plan highlights and recommended municipal actions.

FCM: Green Municipal Fund for Community Efficiency Financing
Federation of Canadian Municipalities 2020 Green Municipal Fund helps municipalities deliver energy efficient financing programs for low-rise residential properties. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), Local Improvement Charge (LIC) financing and utility on-bill financing are just some examples of financing models used by municipalities delivering residential energy programming.
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