Vancouver, BC or virtual livestream

FCM is proud to be partnering with GLOBE Forum 2022 to deliver a municipal-focused program stream at the upcoming GLOBE Forum in Vancouver, March 29-31, 2022.

In this first-of-its-kind partnership for FCM and GLOBE, sustainability leaders from cities and communities across Canada will join leading change-makers to outline a vision for local pathways to net-zero emissions.

FCM’s Local Solutions to Net Zero track will focus on high-impact areas where municipalities have an essential role to play: buildings, energy, transportation and waste. Within these topics, this stream will showcase local innovation that can be accelerated and scaled up, as well as explore implementation challenges related to procurement, governance and regulation—all of which require new partnerships with the private sector and unprecedented cooperation between orders of government.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with municipal practitioners and elected officials, technology providers and leading thinkers on community sustainability on-site at the Vancouver Convention Centre and via virtual livestream.

Registration fees for FCM's stream:
In-person: $350 | Online access: $195

Program details

Explore all sessions in the Local Solutions to Net Zero stream.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Local Solutions for Accelerating Zero-Emission Vehicles
March 29, 2022 at 11:15 AM-12:00 PM PT

Accelerating the shift to zero-emission transportation is critical to meeting Canada’s climate goals. That’s why cities and towns across the country are putting zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) at the heart of their emission-reduction strategies. Is your municipality looking to scale up its ZEV plans? Learn how communities of all sizes are identifying, investing in and accelerating sustainable mobility initiatives—from electrifying transit and municipal fleets to ramping up charging infrastructure—and planning for widespread ZEV adoption by consumers and the private sector.

Giving Old Buildings New Life: Municipal Leadership in the Retrofit Economy
March 29, 2022 at 12:00-1:15 PM PT

To achieve net-zero, we need to decarbonize what’s already here: our built environment. Fully 12 percent of Canada’s emissions come from existing buildings—residential, commercial and community. We see municipalities making the most of available tools to retrofit everything from firehalls and libraries to community centres and seniors housing. But this can be a complex, expensive endeavor, especially at the scale required to reach net-zero. Don’t miss this session as municipal leaders explore opportunities to scale up building retrofits across Canada.

Advancing Community-Scale Energy Systems
March 29, 2022 at 1:30-2:30 PM PT

As the movement toward cleaner energy gains momentum, so does the case for community-scale energy solutions—including renewables, district heating/cooling, smart grids and energy storage. There are still substantial barriers to overcome to make these systems a widespread reality. But municipalities can play a critical role in fostering an enabling environment for these community-scale energy systems. Join this session to learn how we can accelerate community-scale energy projects across the country.

Exploring Energy Poverty: Can Canada Address its Housing Crisis while Tackling Climate Change?
March 30, 2022 at 11:15 AM-12:00 PM PT

The climate emergency, deepening economic divides, and rising real estate costs present complex, interconnected challenges to the livability of our communities. What if we could help more Canadians find housing they can afford—and afford to heat and power—while reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Don’t miss this session as affordable housing advocates, energy solution providers and municipal leaders answer practical questions like: How do climate and affordability challenges intersect? Where should the public and private sectors work together to tackle both?

Procuring a More Sustainable Future: Evolving How We Purchase Goods and Services
Mach. 30, 2022 at 1:30-2:30 PM PT

Changing how we purchase goods and services can help tackle some of our most pressing social and environmental problems. Public sector procurement is worth $200 billion annually in Canada, with some 80% taking place at the local or regional levels. This creates leverage to invite innovative solutions from suppliers in areas such as waste reduction, low carbon energy, and accelerating retrofits—to build more resilient, sustainable communities. Join this session as we explore how “outcomes-based” procurement can support your journey to net-zero.

Learn more details about the full GLOBE Forum programming.

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