In 2015 the UN General Assembly formally accepted a new set of 17 measurable Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from ending world poverty to sustainable use of energy, to achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls by 2030. The Sustainable Development Goals offer a vision of a fairer, more prosperous, peaceful and sustainable world in which no one is left behind. Moving beyond pure conservation to sustainable use of natural resources is essential to ensure the long-term survival of our planet and its people.
Conservation House was the first energy efficient home in North America. It was built as a demonstration project in Regina, Saskatchewan, and was sponsored by the Saskatchewan Research Council, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation, Saskatchewan Power and both the University of Saskatchewan and Regina. Conservation House introduced the concept of double wall construction, airtight vapour barrier, air o air heat exchange systems and solar heating. More than 30,000 people toured Conservation House before it was sold as a private residence, after the scientific monitoring period ended.
The international response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the “Rio Convention” included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic” interference with the climate system. The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.
In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, for the first time in over 20 years of negotiations achieved legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees C.
The Green Landlord Project was a partnership between the BC Sustainable Energy Association, City of Vancouver and the BC Apartment Owners and Managers Association (BCAOMA), working with many other partners; BC Hydro, FortisBC and Vancity, to provide multi-unit residential landlords with the supports they needed to make their properties more energy efficient and green. The program amortized the costs of the energy retrofits and upgrades over a 7 – 10 year period, repaid from the cost savings realized from the energy efficient upgrades.