Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mayors' Climate Leadership Council explore issues at UBCM

The membership of the British Columbia Municipal Climate Leadership Council
(photo from Community Energy Association twitter feed)

One item on Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain's to do list at UBCM, has been to keep up to speed on the latest developments from the British Columbia Municipal Climate Leadership Council, which is holding sessions as part of this week's convention.

Mr. Brain became a member of the Leadership Council at last years UBCM meeting and was featured prominently in the class photo from this year (see above) in addition to the Mayor, other participants in the Council include the following municipal politicians:

Mayor Richard Walton, District of North Vancouver  
Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Town of Smithers 
Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, City of Castlegar  
Councillor Sue Ellen Fast, Bowen Island Municipality  
Councillor Patrick Johnstone, City of New Westminster  
Mayor Joh Lefebure, Municipality of North Cowichan  
Mayor Darrell Mussato, City of North Vancouver  
Councillor Andrea Reimer, City of Vancouver  
Councillor Cheryl Shuman, City of Dawson Creek

The Council members have not released any details of their work at UBCM so far, though Mayor Brain took advantage of his attendance to highlight some of the initiatives he is working on in Prince Rupert, posting some background to his Facebook page on Wednesday.

Included as part of the update, was a mention of the work of a committee the Mayor has put in place to address his 2030 Sustainable City project, that group is developing a policy book that will explore a range of environmental themes, with plans to take the project to public engagement sometime in 2018.

One area of discussion themes that those that met this week may have tackled could be the status of planning for an upcoming climate conference that the Council will be hosting in November in Vancouver.

That conference seems to destined to bring together climate action leaders, BCMLC members and leading professionals for 2.5 days of what is described as intensive training.

Scheduled to speak at that event include Mayor Walton of North Vancouver and Chair of the BCMCLC, Travis Streb a communications coach and Group Facilitator and former Vancouver Mayor and BC NDP Leader Mike Harcourt.

All will share themes on sustainability and action on the environment.

Earlier this year Mayor Brain attended a Renewable Cities conference in Vancouver, themes of energy efficiency and making urban areas more sustainable were reviewed at that event.

You can learn more about the British Columbia Municipal Climate Leadership Council here.

More notes related to this years UBCM can be found on our Archive page

1 comment:

  1. I wonder if the City purchases carbon credits to offset the air travel for Mayor Brain's attendance at conferences to discuss the need to reduce carbon emissions?