Input wanted for Community Climate Action Plan update
Residents are invited to comment on the actions and initiatives proposed to reduce community energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Kelowna as part of updating the Community Climate Action Plan.
“Kelowna is at risk for impacts from more intense weather events expected from climate change, as was seen last year, and highlighted in the 2017 Community Trends Report,” said Tracy Guidi, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Kelowna. “Zero rain in July and August caused Level 3 drought, with 25 days when air quality posed a health risk and flooding caused when Okanagan Lake water levels rose 229 per cent above average.”
Through Imagine Kelowna the City heard that residents want a community that shifts away from a car-centric culture, builds healthy neighbourhoods, stops facilitating urban sprawl, and strengthens the protection of land, water and air resources.
Based on input from staff, stakeholders and the Imagine Kelowna consultation, a variety of actions have been identified that the City can lead to initiate action on climate change, and several are already underway.
The City is looking for input relating to new actions for transportation, buildings and proposed GHG targets. Submit ideas about the draft actions online at the City’s public engagement website, getinvolved.kelowna.ca until Feb. 22, 2018.
Once input is received, the Community Climate Action Plan will be drafted and presented to Council this spring.
Visit kelowna.ca/planningprojects to learn more about the project.