Climate Leaders Institute: Bringing it Home in the Decade of Climate Action

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Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability

2260 West Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


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Come together! It's the decade of climate action and it's time to bring home new ideas for climate action in your community.

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The BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council (BCMCLC) and Community Energy Association (CEA) invite you to the 2022 Climate Leaders Institute (CLI).

CLI will be in-person at the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at UBC’s Vancouver campus. UBC is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Attendance is limited to 40 delegates. Register Now!

What is the Climate Leaders Institute?

CLI is a unique opportunity for BC local elected officials to come together for peer mentorship, support, tools, and inspiration on accelerating climate action in your community. We use a combination of small break-out groups and presentations to ensure participants are able to learn new skills and strategies and apply them. All content at CLI is designed and delivered by colleagues, leading professionals and inspirational speakers. The last CLI in 2019 was sold out. More information can be found at


Pandemic-related safety is a serious concern for all of us. All attendees will be required to wear masks and present proof of vaccination in order to participate, and we are limiting the number of delegates to 40. UBC will be on reading break during the event and our activities will be mostly in the Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS).

Given the focus on group discussions, CLI 2022 will not be live-streamed nor presented as a hybrid event. Nevertheless, keynotes and presentations will be recorded and provided, free of charge, for viewing on the BCMCLC and CEA websites shortly after the event.

The Venue

UBC’s Centre of Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) is one of UBC’s most sustainable buildings and serves as a “living lab” for sustainability on a variety of topics that are relevant to communities. Most sessions will be in the BC Hydro Theatre and adjacent Policy Labs.

Campus Accommodations and Food Services

UBC Accommodation Options

Please note that accommodation is not included in the registration fee. Participants have two on-campus accommodation options: the West Coast Suites and New Studios are at the same location, which is a13-minute walk from the CIRS Building. These can be booked at

There is limited availability for rooms, so participants should book as soon as possible. UBC has a 72-hour cancellation policy.

New Studios - $139.00 + tax per night

These are nicely outfitted studios, suitable for one person. They have a queen bed, kitchen, and daily housekeeping.

West Coast Suites – $255.00 + tax per night

King-size bed in bedroom and queen sofa bed in living room. Features telephone, flat screen TV, air-conditioning, private washroom and fully-equipped kitchen. Rate based on single/double occupancy; maximum four guests per suite.

Off Campus Accommodation Options

It is also possible to stay closer to downtown Vancouver. Staying at a hotel near Broadway-City Hall Station allows for good transit access to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and to UBC.

Food and Dining

Nearby the CIRS building (4-minute walk) is the Open Kitchen dining room located in Orchard Commons and provides a range of food options and menus that can be viewed on UBC’s website. Hours are 7 AM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 9 PM.

Also located at Orchard Commons is the Hero Coffee + Market. All of their coffee and tea is Organic and Fair Trade. Hours are 8 AM to 11 PM.

Numerous other food and beverage options are available nearby. See the UBC website for details.

Fees and Cancellation

Registration costs for the 2022 CLI:

$175 for participants from CEA member-communities

$225 for participants from communities that are not members of CEA

See the CEA website for a listing of members.

As per the guidance from the Province of British Columbia, we are encouraging delegates who are not feeling well to refrain from attending CLI. In these cases, we will provide a refund of CLI registration fees. This does not include accommodation or travel expenses.

Reduced registration fees may be available for those participants who need financial assistance. Please contact Maya Chorobik to discuss:

Thank you to our Supporters

This event is possible thanks to BC Hydro and Real Estate Foundation of BC. 

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2260 West Mall

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