Kelowna & Climate Action
August 26, 2013 - Okanagan Energy Diet
City Council committed to helping Kelowna residents get the skinny on energy savings. Council agreed to support FortisBC’s Okanagan Energy Diet and provide $25 per home for the energy pre-assessment, for up to 1000 Kelowna homes that take part in the program.
Sign up to participate in the Okanagan Energy Diet to learn about your home and where your energy dollars may be going to waste. As a participant, you will get help improving your home’s energy efficiency with a low cost home assessment, access to up to $6,000 in rebates and opportunities for financing through FortisBC.
Drop some gigawatts and lose some gigajoules. Join the Okanagan Energy Diet. For more information or to sign up for the program visit fortisbc.com/energydiet.
Kelowna's Community Climate Action Plan
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) presented the City with a 2013 Sustainable Communities Award for its Community Climate Action Plan and Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan.
The latest inventory, provided by the Province, shows that Kelowna's greenhouse gas emissions are over 732,000 tonnes with the bulk of emissions coming from vehicles (63%), followed by buildings (30%) and waste (7%).
Kelowna's Community Climate Action Plan outlines actions to reduce emissions to help achieve the Official Community Plan goal of reducing community greenhouse gases by 33% below 2007 levels by 2020. Implementing the initiatives will also make Kelowna a stronger, more resilient community with healthier, more active citizens.
To be successful, the City will have to work with senior government, utility companies and major stakeholders to provide new programs, opportunities, infrastructure and incentives.
The City is also leading by example. The City demonstrated its commitment to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by signing the Provincial Climate Action Charter. Several initiatives are in progress including a Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Reduction Plan, retrofits of city buildings, greening the City's fleet and landfill gas collection. Further the City is working on numerous active transportation projects and district energy to provide the community the infrastructure to help lower emissions.
The City reports annually to the Province on all the projects and programs the City is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both as a corporation and in the community.
What You Can Do (and how you can save money)
The role of the community is crucial in making the target a reality. The key to success will be a public shift in behaviors embracing the new opportunities that will be offered over the next decade. From choosing active transportation to selecting efficient consumer choices, residents can make tremendous impacts in reducing community greenhouse gas emissions in each of the following sectors:
For more suggestions and to learn about rebates offered, visit Live Smart BC.
To stay up-to-date on climate action, subscribe to the "environmental updates" on the City's
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