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Ann Dale funded by Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Friday, July 8, 2011

Ann Dale, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development, along with a team of researchers from UBC, SFU, and UNBC, have been funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) for their project "MC3, Meeting the Climate Change Challenge: Community Responses to BC Climate Policy."

Meeting the Climate Change Challenge (MC3) responds to the BC government introducing innovative policies to address climate change that go far beyond those in other North American jurisdictions. These include a carbon tax on fossil fuels, and a requirement for all public sector organizations to be carbon-neutral by 2010 and buy offsets if these goals are not met. These policies have created a unique research opportunity: the province will be a ‘living laboratory’ of policy innovation for CO2 mitigation at the municipal and regional scales.
MC3 will address three research questions through concentrated research in BC’s municipalities, regional districts and participating First Nations communities:
1) How are local communities responding to the legislative and policy changes for climate change mitigation adopted by British Columbia?;
2) Are there general lessons to be learned from emerging lead communities that are  working to meet the challenging provincial target of 33% reduction by 2020?, and
3) Which peer-to-peer knowledge mobilization and social learning techniques can best facilitate the transfer of learning from one community to another? 
The project is supported by a range of partners: the International Institute for Sustainable Cities; the BC Ministry of Environment Climate Action Secretariat; the BC Ministry of Community and Rural Development; BC Hydro; the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; the Union of BC Municipalities; the David Suzuki Foundation; the Pembina Institute; BC Healthy Communities; Sustainability Solutions Group, Inc.; and the Fraser Basin Council.