Funds approved for green initiatives

Municipal council has okayed a climate action budgetary policy.


The municipality has approved a climate action budgetary policy which specifically allocates funds for green initiatives in Summerland.

Early this year, a climate action committee was formed with representatives from the community and municipal staff. The committee’s mandate is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through implementing climate actions and recommending climate action account expenditures.

“We are very proud of the progress made by the district in trying to reach the provincial goal of carbon neutrality,” said Mayor Janice Perrino.

For 2013, $30,000 has been set aside.

The municipality has signed on to the Climate Action Charter, committing to be carbon neutral by 2012. Since 2009, Summerland has received $65,000 in funding as a result of signing the charter.

To achieve carbon neutrality, the municipality must purchase carbon offsets from a credible provider or put the money into greenhouse gas reduction projects in their communities. The price of carbon offsets from the Pacific Carbon Trust is $25 per tonne.

Coun. Martin Van Alphen said he is opposed to the purchase of carbon offsets. “It makes absolutely no sense to me,” he said.

The climate action committee cannot spend this money but can only make recommendations to council for green initiatives for the community.

At the municipal level, some initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have included several projects to make existing facilities more energy efficient.

 

Just Posted

Living life to the fullest with Alzheimer’s – an Okanagan couple’s story

Stella Adams and Willi Brombach are making their way through the uncharted waters of Alzheimer’s

Summerland’s solar power array on schedule

Solar project nearing public consultation stage

Growth in many ways for Summerland

Looking back on 2018 and looking forward to 2019 with Mayor Toni Boot

Video: New Penticton studio is a playground for creative types

We toured Penticton’s newest creator space

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Most Read