Pathway to Paris #10: financing and developing the low carbon economy

A biweekly climate briefing for municipalities

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In this Issue #10

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  • Governments subsidise fossil fuels massively

  • The growing job market in renewables

  • Under2MOU: Regions unite for a low carbon future

  • Public commitments to climate action

  • Featured network: Global Parliament of Mayors

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Green bonds: A ballooning new mechanism to finance climate action

The transition to a low carbon society requires a major injection of capital to fund renewable energy, new transportation systems, retrofits of buildings and so on. At the same time, trillions of dollars from pension funds and insurance companies sits in the bond market. Match the need with green investments with capital and the result is green bonds or climates.
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SSG Newswire May 2015

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North Cowichan Watershed Atlas

We have been working with Bonsall Creek, North Cowichan on their vision for how they see water use, including ground and surface water, in the watershed. Seasonal water shortages or surpluses were addressed with their approach to water-related decision-making. We were excited by the broad spectrum of community interest in the makeup of the consulting team, from members of First Nation communities, farmers, residents, professional consultants, and staff members of the Council. This atlas helps visualise clearly how the watershed would look keeping business as usual, and what it would look like with sustainable management in place, and how each plan could affect the longevity of the watershed over time.

Green Building tour with Jeremy Murphy

Another podcast by our favourite DJ, Jeremy Murphy, who this month guides us through the 111 Princess Street project, Read more

The SSG Story so far: Yuill Herbert presents to the All – Party Co-operative Caucus

The All-Party Caucus on Co-operatives held its eight meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, under the theme “Innovative co-ops in green technologies and climate change adaptation.” Yuill was invited to provide the story of SSG, and why we do what we do. Here is his presentation:

“Thank you for inviting me here to present- it is an honour. Climate change is literally in the DNA of Sustainability Solutions Group or Groupe de solution durables, the cooperative of which I am a member. To illustrate, I will tell the story of SSG, how from humble beginnings we have become a leading sustainability consulting practice. I believe this story will help demonstrate why Canada needs to invest in more cooperatives as social innovators that confront critical issues facing society.

The genesis of SSG reaches back to my university days. A number of friends and I became concerned about the disconnect between the curriculum and operations and the scientific imperative to act on climate change- our premise being that if universities were not going to act, then who would. Read more

Listen to our latest Green Building podcast from our work with Portland Hotel Society (PHS) Community Services Society, Vancouver.

Green Building audio tours have released our latest podcast that guides listeners through our project for community supported housing with Portland Hotel Society in Vancouver, BC. SSG Director Jeremy describes our contribution and sustainability of the 139 unit development for vulnerable people alongside Jeff West from Portland Hotel Society. Features include a rooftop garden, a high efficiency Airstack heating system, heat recovery units in the ventilation system, and a solar hot water array and 80% waste diversion rate during construction.

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Pathway to Paris #9: The gap in local and federal climate action commitments

In this Issue #9

  • Canada fails to match GHG emission target
  • Deconstructing Paris COP21 text
  • Canadian premiers sign declaration for a low carbon economy
  • John Kerry invites civil society to commit to climate action
  • HSBC advises investors divest from fossil fuel companies
  • Extreme weather events on the rise

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Job opportunity – Financial Director

SSG is looking for a keen and competent individual to join our cooperative as Financial Director. Find the job posting here!

Join the Climate Tracker Programme with our friends at Global Call for Climate Action

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Join the world’s biggest climate change writing movement for a chance to be part of the Adopt a Negotiator COP21 team in Paris this year!

 This is a huge year for climate action. Almost every country on earth is in the midst of preparing its national climate action plans before a new global climate treaty is revealed in Paris this December.

  • Throughout this year, we want to work with you to shape your government’s climate action plans.
  • We want to connect you with our partners and peers, working on these issues around the world.
  • And we want to help ensure your voice is heard in national debates about why and how we respond to climate change.

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