Climate position created

The municipality will develop a temporary position to deal with climate change and sustainability initiatives in Summerland.

District of Summerland

District of Summerland

The municipality will develop a temporary position to deal with climate change and sustainability initiatives in Summerland.

The one-year position will be Climate Action/Sustainability/Alternative Energy Coordinator.

Linda Tynan, chief administrative officer for Summerland, said the municipality has budgeted $85,000 for climate action work for this year.

The contract position is expected to cost $55,000, with the remaining $30,000 to go towards sustainability projects.

Summerland’s Community Climate Action Plan was adopted in 2011 and a Climate Action Committee was formed in 2012.

At the time, the committee consisted of staff, council and community representation.

In October, 2013,  the structure of the committee was changed and late in 2015, council moved to temporarily disband the committee in order to review the roles and responsibilities of climate action committee members, staff and council.

“Without staff representation on a climate action committee, and without champions from within the organization, corporate initiatives have been limited,” Tynan said in a report to council.

She said the municipality is working to bring back the climate action committee.

“The sooner we can have a committee in place the better,” she said. “Summerland is committed to green activity and to doing what we can to be offsetting climate change.”