A sustainable city is designed to create the best balance between environmental protection, economic growth, social development and cultural vibrancy.
The City of Kelowna plays an active role in sustainability initiatives by prioritizing sustainability and through leading by example. Each directory below summarizes the City's sustainability policies, programs and services.
2014 Community Highlights
- Umbrella partnership signed with UBC and Interior Health on a multi-year strategy with different areas of focus that will inform the content of a Healthy City Strategy;
- Urban Density and GHG Emissions collaboration research project initiated in partnership with UBC;
- Planted 4,624 trees (ranging from seedlings to large caliper trees) in parks and public property. An additional 350 trees were planted on private property through the Neighbourwoods Program;
- Worked with volunteers to plant trees at Mission Ridge Park and Mission Recreation Park. Volunteers did 31 stream clean ups and marked 131 storm drains;
- Regional Waste Reduction Office hosted 2 trunk sales, a Repair Café; and extensively educated on the new Printed Paper and Packaging recycling program;
- Expanded active transportation network including:
- 1,775 m of sidewalk;
- 850 m of bike lanes;
- 650 m of multi-use pathways;
- Improved transit system with 4 new rapid bus stations, transit exchange at Okanagan College, frequent transit service along Gordon Drive and new frequent service close to Kelowna General Hospital;
- 1,560 people participated in Bike to Work/School Week reducing 11,614 kg of greenhouse gas emissions;
- Initiated work on Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan and Regional Strategic Transportation Plan; and
- Prepared Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy.
2014 Corporate Highlights
- Implemented the following energy efficiency upgrades:
- change out of lights at Memorial and Rutland West Arenas resulting in electrical savings of 140,000 kWh/year;
- upgraded lighting at H2O Aquatic Center;
- Gas meters installed throughout the Waste Water Treatment Facility;
- Initiated a City Energy Management Committee;
- Continued to work with Fortis BC on landfill gas to pipeline project;
- Delivered "Smart Driver" training to 54 employees;
- Improved the City's vehicle fleet:
- Partnered with Okanagan Car Share Co-op to add another City vehicle to the fleet;
- Added 10 hybrid vehicles;
- Developed a GPS sidewalk inspection bicycle;
- 60 staff participated in a pilot rain barrel program using re-purposed barrels that glass road beads were delivered to the City in; and
- Educated local design and construction industry around xeriscape gardening and irrigation as well as bylaw requirements.
Awards and recognition
The City of Kelowna won a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 2012 Sustainable Communities award for the Community Climate Action Plan and the Corporate Energy and Emissions Plan. This is a significant national recognition for the City's work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The City's Wastewater Treatment Facility also won a 2012 FortisBC PowerSense Conservation Excellence Award for its energy efficiency upgrades that save over 3,735,800 kWh, enough to power nearly 290 homes each year!
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