It's the decade of climate action and it's time to Bring It Home - for your community, for the planet, for the future.
The BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council (BCMCLC) and Community Energy Association (CEA) present the Climate Leaders Institute (CLI). The theme for the 2022 CLI was Bring It Home in The Decade of Climate Action. At this dynamic 3-day event, elected officials from across BC were provided the opportunity to learn, share and contextualize proven climate action solutions to meet their community's unique needs.
The 2022 CLI was hosted in June, 2022
in person at the
UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability
In partnership with the Sustainability Hub
Clockwise from top left: A “fishbowl” session during the 2019 CLI; participants discuss key topics in small groups; The third CLI, taking place in 2022, will be at the UBC Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, a showpiece of sustainability and urban development.
What is the Climate Leaders Institute?
CLI is a unique opportunity for BC local elected officials and local government senior staff to come together for peer mentorship, support, tools, and inspiration on accelerating climate action in your community. We use a combination of small break out groups and presentations to ensure participants are able to learn new skills and strategies and apply them. All content at CLI is designed and delivered by colleagues, leading professionals and inspirational speakers. The last CLI in 2019 was sold out.
The 2022 Program
Sessions at the 2022 CLI were structured into three themes, starting with defining success in the long-term, then exploring the policy pathways in this critical decade of climate action, and ending with a strong focus on gaining support and momentum in the short-term.
Communities are stepping up and setting ambitious and science-aligned emissions reduction targets, including net-zero emissions by 2050 or even sooner. Beyond the numbers, we’ll explore the role of envisioning the communities we’re aspiring to build, and share tools that elected officials can use to help community members see themselves, their children and grand children thriving in a zero-carbon future.
The 2020s is the decade of climate action, with calls from climate scientists to cut emissions nearly in half by 2030. What does this mean for local governments as they accelerate climate action, test and deploy new solutions, and scale up impactful collaborative initiatives? We’ll delve into this question through deep dives of case studies from across BC and explore emerging areas of focus for local government.
We know what we need to do, but how do you gain community and council support for accelerated climate action among many other priorities, especially with limited local government resources? We’ll dive into climate communications, collaboration, and organizational readiness that will help your community get to implementation and build momentum past this election term.
Photos from 2022 CLI
What makes CLI unique?
Support for CLI
"Excellent event. The future is coming fast and this conference is on top of what elected officials need to know to meet it."
"The small intimate environment allows the opportunity to really go in-depth to find the right climate solutions for our communities."
"This was an incredibly useful event. I have taken home many valuable lessons and much knowledge about successful projects in other communities across BC."