Applications for the Acting for Climate Together initiative are now open. To view the information session recording, learn more, and register to participate click here.

Key Dates: 
January 13, 2023: Applications Open
January 19, 2023: Information Session
February 17, 2023: Application Deadline
February 2023: Group Selection

February 25, 2023: Kick-off Event

Are you concerned about the climate crisis? Be a part of the climate solution by ACTing for Climate Together (ACT) with us.

The City of Nanaimo and the Regional District of Nanaimo are seeking new and existing groups who want to advance and inspire neighbourhood-based climate action. We have mutual goals to lower our emissions by 2030, and we need your help.

The ACT initiative was created to inspire, educate and encourage existing groups (such as neighbourhood associations, community groups, sports teams and businesses) and individuals looking to form new groups to work together to take climate action. The program includes a set of specific climate actions organized under six climate categories. When groups complete enough actions to earn the minimum points required for that category, they are awarded climate action badges and a chance to win fun, sustainable prizes.  

Read below for a program overview, or check out our toolkit for detailed program information, including the step-by-step process to join ACT and suggestions on choosing and implementing climate actions that fit your team’s priorities.  

How it works:

Step 1: Get your team together!

Step 2: Sign your team up for ACT by completing the application on the project website (launching January 13, 2023)

Step 3: Attend the kick-off meeting hosted by the RDN and the City of Nanaimo

Step 4: Choose your ACTions and plan for success!

Step 5: Complete your ACTions

Step 6: Celebrate and share your success!

Who should join:

This ACT initiative is ideal for all local groups that are dedicated to making a positive impact in the region through climate action. Team members are encouraged to promote the ACT initiative to friends and neighbours to increase climate participation and ACT membership.

Groups of two or more can include but are not limited to:

- Neighbourhood associations or block watch groups
- Community groups, such as environmental or stream keeper groups
- Religious groups
- Recreational organizations, clubs or teams (e.g., running group, baseball team, etc.)
- Non-profits
- School/university/college classes, groups or clubs
- Groups of your own making (e.g., family, friends, co-workers, etc.)

Businesses are also encouraged to participate in the program but will not be eligible for prize draws.

If you’re an individual who would like to join an ACT team near you, please contact the ACT program administrators at sustainability@rdn.bc.ca or sustainability@nanaimo.ca.

Why join:

In addition to the benefits listed above, participants will receive

- Project guidance from City of Nanaimo and RDN staff
- ACTion Badges recognizing your commitment to climate action
- Entry into a draw for a chance to win a prize each time an ACTion Badge is achieved


Resources:

ACT Community Volunteer Program Brochure

ACT Community Volunteer Program Toolkit

Contact

Dave Stewart, Environmental Planner, Sustainability
City of Nanaimo

sustainability@nanaimo.ca
250 755 4460 Ext: 4491

Taylor Nielsen, Climate Action Outreach Coordinator
Regional District of Nanaimo
250-390-5422 

Last updated: February 3, 2023

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