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Imagine Lacombe – Engaging the Community in Planning for the Future

The City of Lacombe Council just adopted their Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP). Imagine Lacombe provides a long-term vision for guiding the community towards greater social, environmental, and economic success by the year 2040, and was created through input from over 1000 citizens and the dedicated work of the Community Sustainability Advisory Team. 

How did a community the size of Lacombe (population 12,000) get so much community input? By using some creative engagement strategies that appealed to a broad range of citizens and that were easy ways of providing input. The majority of the input was solicited through three simple and motivating questions framed by the overarching question: What are your hopes and dreams for the future of Lacombe? > Read more

Congratulations to the City of Lacombe!

For more information on Imagine Lacombe, or in developing MSPs, ICSPs, OCPs or Strategic Plans for your community, please contact Cheeying Ho (604) 935-8209.

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Workshop: Introduction to Passive House Design and Construction, May 13 in Whistler 
Intensive one-day workshop provides participants with an overview of the key principles and concept of the Passive House Standard. Even if you are not pursuing a Passive House Standard, the fundamentals are applicable to many building approaches.

This Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) course will address the fundamentals of Passive House design fundamentals, super-insulated envelopes, methods for achieving extreme air tightness, Passive House quality windows, leading ventilation design principles; and Passive House economics and costs, including how to save up to 90% in energy costs and what to consider when conducting an economic comparison.
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The Centre presented Michael Shuman, economist and author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, to speak on Fostering a Vibrant Sea to Sky Regional Economy. Focusing on local economic development strategies from around North America, Mr. Shuman provided compelling ideas and success stories of how communities shift economic development initiatives into creating more local wealth. Topics included local ownership and self-reliance, public policy, local investment strategies, creating regional supply chains, leakage analysis, and some building blocks for creating a more vibrant Sea to Sky Corridor economy.
>> Michael Shuman events pages with links to presentations, photos and more!


Whistler: 'Not Business as Usual' film screening.  We co-hosted a documentary film screening of Not Business As Usual: a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. The film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism through the stories of Vancouver-based entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to bring humanity back into business.
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Real Estate Foundation - 2014 Land Awards
Nominations for the 2014 Land Awards are now open. There are four categories: non-profit sector, public sector, private sector and land champion (individual). Deadline for submissions is June 2nd. >> Land Award Nominations

UBCM Gas Tax Fund Delivering Outcomes
The Gas Tax Agreement Outcomes Report reviews sustainability outcomes resulting from 323 local government infrastructure projects that received $407 million in funding through the federal Gas Tax Agreement between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2012. Outcome highlights from the reporting period include over 89,000,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy generation per year; over 56,000 tonnes of reduced greenhouse gas emissions; 379 kilometers of new or improved paths and trails; and the lifting of 9 boil water advisories around the province. >> Read more

Whistler Excellence Awards: Sustainability in Action Has your business, or a business you know, achieved excellence in Sustainability? The Sustainability in Action Business Award celebrates a Whistler business that has implemented sustainable practices and or strategies and has made considerable positive impact in progressing success and sustainability in their business, sector and the resort community. This is evidenced through efforts to protect the local environment, enhance the resort experience, enrich community life, develop partnerships for success and ensure economic viability. The business has made efforts to communicate the story and rationale of their practices/strategies to their customers and is able to articulate a vision of what to do to further progress toward sustainability. >> Nominate or apply today

Funding available: The Play Exchange
Share your ideas for a healthier Canada and your project could receive up to $1 million. Here's how it works: Canadians -- people, schools, families, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and others -- can enter their brilliant, innovative ideas for helping Canadians get healthier and more active. A panel of judges will select the top six finalists, each of which will receive mentoring and support from LIFT valued at $30,000 to develop a business plan to advance their innovation. The six finalists will be featured in a CBC television show, after which Canadians can vote for their favourite innovation. The judges will select the ultimate winner from among Canada's favourites, and this winner will be eligible an investment of up to $1 million from the Government of Canada to put their idea into action. Deadline is June 18th. >> Read more