CEGN NEWS | December 2017

Updates - Conference Registration Open!

Collaborating - Collaborating for Carbon Reduction

Learning - #Nature for All

Investing - Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century

Member & Partner News - Joyce Foundation at 70

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UPDATES
Registration for CEGN’s Conference May 15th – 17th Now Open!
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Registration for CEGN’s 2018 Conference “Transformative Strategies for Disruptive Times” is now open.  The conference will take place at The Banff Centre from May 15th-17th. Preliminary program information and registration details are available on the conference website. Confirmed speakers include Adam Kahane, Danika Littlechild, Jodi Hilty and Harvey Locke.




Truth, Reconciliation and Righting Relations – Pre-Conference Learning Opportunity on May 15th
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This one-day program will take place at The Banff Centre on May 15th, prior to the start of the CEGN conference. Designed and delivered by The Banff Centre, the program’s premise is that knowing the truth about Canada’s shared history with Indigenous Peoples is vital to understanding how we can work towards shared goals with Indigenous Peoples and communities. (Photo by Don Lee/Banff Centre)




Call for Proposals
CEGN invites members to submit session proposals for the conference that address the conference theme of “transformative strategies for disruptive times”. The deadline is January 11th.




Modernization of Charities Legislation
CEGN invites members to contact their local MP to press for the adoption of the recommendations of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.




Membership Renewals
Membership renewals for 2018 are being forwarded over the next few weeks to the key contact for each CEGN member. Those funders providing additional membership support at the $5,000 or $10,000 level will receive complimentary conference passes. Thank you to all members for your continued support of the network.




Webinar Presentation by Julie Gelfand, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (January 9th, 2018 at 1 p.m. Eastern)
This presentation will focus on the Commissioner’s fall report which included an assessment on progress of GHG reduction; the funding of clean energy technologies; and progress by departments in implementing Sustainable Development strategies. The webinar is a joint presentation of CEGN and The Sustainability Network.




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COLLABORATING
CEGN’s Low Carbon Funders
The Low Carbon Funders’ Group is pioneering a collaborative approach to help ensure that Canada meets its international climate commitment. Co-chaired by Beth Hunter, of the McConnell Foundation, and Eric St. Pierre, of the Trottier Family Foundation, a major current focus for the group is to support NGO capacity to advance the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Other work streams include a focus on renewable energy and climate resilience in Indigenous communities, as well as a focus on the just transition of workers displaced by the transition to a low carbon economy.




F20
Formed in the lead up to the G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany in July, the F20 platform is comprised of more than 45 foundations from different parts of the world, calling for common and transnational action towards sustainable development. The focus is on helping secure the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as advancing the broader UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Ivey and McConnell foundations are the sole Canadian participants to date. Additional funder involvement is welcome!




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LEARNING
#Nature for All Led by IUCN
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#Nature for All is a global movement aimed at connecting people and nature.  In Canada, the initiative is led by Parks Canada and a number of organizations, including CEGN, have joined as partners with the goal of helping ensure individual Canadians have the opportunity to experience the many benefits that nature provides. 




Federal Funding Underway for Energy Efficiency and Climate Action in Six Provinces (December 15th, 2017, Government of Canada)
Catherine McKenna, the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, has announced that the Government of Canada will provide over $1.4 billion from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund over the next five years to the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The funding will help provinces and territories deliver on their commitments to reduce carbon pollution as part of Canada’s climate plan. The next stage of federal funding in this area will be announced in 2018 in the form of the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. Indigenous organizations and not-for-profit groups will be among the eligible applicants.




The Road to Paris: Navigating the Intergovernmental Path to our Climate Commitments (Erich Hartmann, Caleb Holden and Michael Crawford Urban, The Mowat Centre, December 6, 2017) 
The report argues that a new independent institution, co-created by the federal and provincial governments, is needed “to collaboratively optimize Canada’s 14 separate federal, provincial and territorial climate change policies and to guide the allocation of federal transfers designed to help address the asymmetrical economic burden emissions reduction policies will create, specifically in emissions-intensive provinces.”




Murky Waters: Taking a Snapshot of Freshwater Sustainability in BC (Andrew Stegemann and David Hendrickson, Real Estate Foundation of BC, November 2017)
You can’t change what you can’t measure. That’s the premise behind REFBC’s series of “BC Snapshot” reports, which introduce a framework and indicators for tracking BC progress towards sustainability goals. Murky Waters, the first in this series, examines the state of freshwater ecosystems in British Columbia, and introduces ten impact measures to assess freshwater sustainability.




Canada’s ZEV Policy Handbook (Noel Melton, Dr. Jonn Axsen, Suzanne Goldberg, Barbar Moawad, and Michael Wolinetz, Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team (START), Simon Fraser University December 2017)
The report identifies policy options to support ZEV adoption in Canada; evaluates policies against key criteria including effectiveness and public support; and demonstrates effective policy packages that could achieve a 2040 ZEV sales goal consistent with Canada’s GHG reduction targets. The development of the Handbook was supported by the Metcalf Foundation and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.




Let’s Stand Up for Nature
Through Smart Prosperity’s Leadership Initiative, a number of Canadian CEOS and other leaders have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging swift action to support nature conservation.




First Nations Powering Up BC (Emilee Gilpin, The National Observer, December 4th 2017)
The growing number of BC First Nations which are bringing renewable energy to their communities and the multiple benefits that this can bring are featured in this article. The link between energy democracy and resilience in Indigenous communities will be one of the transformative strategies explored at CEGN’s upcoming conference.




Warmer Arctic Temperatures are the 'New Normal,' Report Finds (Laura Smith-Spark, CNN, December 14th, 2017)
This CNN piece on the Arctic Report Card recently released by NOAA is a sobering look at the Arctic environmental system. The report notes that the Arctic “has reached a 'new normal', characterized by long-term losses in the extent and thickness of the sea ice cover, the extent and duration of the winter snow cover and the mass of ice in the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic glaciers, and warming sea surface and permafrost temperatures”.




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INVESTING
Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century
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This program is providing extensive evidence to end the debate on whether fiduciary duty is a legitimate barrier to the integration of environmental, social and governance issues in investment practice and decision-making. It is an initiative of Principles for Responsible Investment, Generation Foundation and the UNEP Financial Initiative. A December 2017 report reflects on progress that has been made across the globe on this issue.




Business Risk from Climate Change Now Top of Mind for Canada’s Corporate Boards (Alexandra Posadzki, The Globe and Mail, November 22nd, 2017)
The article notes the growing attention that corporate Boards are paying to the impact of climate risk on the financial bottom line of their organizations.




Has ESG Affected Stock Performance? (Guido Giese, MSCI)
Speaking to a recent report by MSCI, the author of this blog post notes the evidence that strong ESG characteristics have led to positive stock performance (showing causality).




Bonds & Climate Change: The State of the Market 2017 (Smart Prosperity Institute and Climate Bonds Initiative)
A key finding of this report is that Canadian green bond issuance in 2017 exceeded that of all other years combined (C$3.8bn), but opportunity for growth remains as demand continues to outstrip supply.




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MEMBER & PARTNER NEWS
The Joyce Foundation is marking its 70th year in 2018. In doing so, it has released a 2018-2020 grantmaking strategy. In terms of environmental focus, the Foundation will focus on solutions to ”the critical long-term challenges of climate change and the health of the Great Lakes, and policies ensuring access for all to safe, clean, affordable drinking water”. As part of the work, the Foundation will begin funding development of policies to guide aggressive deployment of electric vehicles and other advanced technologies to remove carbon from urban surface transportation systems




The Metcalf Foundation has set January 31 as the 2018 deadline for applications to Metcalf’s Cycle City program.




Alberta Ecotrust Foundation will holds its 2018 environmental gathering from March 8-10 in Calgary with the theme “Create the Future”.




 
 


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