Community energy managers, internships and co-op students

Our Sustainable Communities program provides expertise, education, and funding to help eligible local governments improve sustainability in their communities.

We help local governments by providing funding to hire sustainable energy professionals. This support is designed to help you progress towards building a more energy efficient, resilient and sustainable community.

These opportunities include:

Community energy manager

We’re offering funding to help you hire a community energy manager for your local government. We'll provide up to 50% of the salary of a full-time senior staff member (to a maximum of $50,000 per year) for two years (funding reviewed and renewed annually). 

An energy manager can help lead and implement energy and emissions planning and energy projects including:

  • Drive development and implementation of community energy and emissions plans.
  • Lead policy development and implementation to advance energy conservation and efficiency.
  • Act as a champion and project manager for key energy efficiency initiatives.
  • Raise awareness about our energy efficiency programs and incentives available to residents and businesses in your community.

Your local government or regional district is within BC Hydro’s service area and meets one of the following criteria:

  • Population over 75,000
  • Champion community – population over 20,000 with a council-approved CEEP (or equivalent) and demonstrated leadership in electricity demand-side management

To learn about how your community could benefit from a community energy manager or apply, email us.

Interns and co-op students

We’re offering funding to assist local governments in hiring co-op students and interns to fill positions related to community-wide energy efficiency. This initiative was developed to meet the needs of our municipalities and  support emission reductions at the community level.

Eligible local governments can receive a salary subsidy to fill student community to support energy-efficiency and sustainability projects in their community. We’ll provide up to 50% of the salary costs associated with hiring an intern or co-op student to a maximum of $7,000 per 4-month term.

Interns and co-op students can support activities including:

  • Development, implementation and evaluation of policy to support or incent energy efficient buildings and land use, including:
    •  Density bonuses
    • Rezoning policy
    • Development cost charges
    • Revitalization tax exemptions.
  • Advance energy efficiency program uptake through local government processes and channels, including:
    •  Building permits
    • Co-incentives for water and ENERGY STAR® appliances
    • Fire and building code inspections, recreation programming for low income households and more.
  • Development, delivery and evaluation of engagement activities or programs to encourage energy conservation behaviour changes in your community. 

To learn about how your community could benefit from an intern or co-op student or apply, email us.

UBC Sustainability Scholars

The UBC Sustainability Scholars program is an innovative paid internship program that matches graduate-level students with local governments and partner organizations to provide research support and help advance the organization’s sustainability projects. UBC Sustainability Scholars are an excellent resource, and we provide funding to help you retain a scholar to move your climate action projects forward. The UBC Sustainability Scholars program runs from May to August of each year with an annual call for projects taking place each fall/winter.

Learn more about the UBC Sustainability Scholars Program here.

Local government peer networks

Peer networks are avenues for local government staff to connect, share learnings, and identify opportunities to collaborate. Participation is open to any local government staff and is voluntary.

We support three peer networks:

This peer network focuses on high performance new construction, whether that is single-family homes, multi-unit townhomes and high-rises, or commercial buildings. Topics for discussion and presentation include Step Code metric updates, bylaw adoption and implementation updates, industry training, compliance processes and best practices, incentives, and BC Building Code updates.

This peer network focuses on sustainable transportation through electrification, including expansion of EV public charging infrastructure and networks, EV-readiness bylaws and requirements, electrification of fleets, incentives, and EV awareness and education.

Our newest peer network focuses on improving the energy performance and carbon footprint of existing buildings, both residential and non-residential. Topics for discussion and presentation include retrofit strategies and projects, the upcoming BC Alterations Code, incentives, heat pump awareness, and industry capacity-building.

For more information or to join any of the peer networks, email us.

When it's available: The peer networks meet on a quarterly basis, in addition to webinars and events throughout the year.