[Vancouver] BC Minister Steve Thomson presented awards recognizing the leadership of North Cowichan, Surrey and Campbell River at the Union of BC Municipalities convention. Environment Minister Mary Polak noted that “I am proud of the steps being taken by local governments across the province to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to build complete, compact, energy-efficient communities. The three communities being recognized here today have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation and their actions will inspire others.”
North Cowichan won in the Community Planning and Development category for the Climate Action and Energy Plan and their commitment to funding the Climate Action Reserve Fund with a 0.5% increase in property taxes.
Surrey won in the Corporate Operations category. Surrey’s city-owned district energy utility will deliver thermal energy to City Hall and the library, reducing energy consumption by 60% and GHG emissions by 1,200 tonnes/year.
Campbell River won the Public Sector Collaboration award for their partnership with School District 72. The City and SD72 collaborated on solar hot water and electric vehicle charging station installations, wind energy assessments and energy efficiency measures, reducing total GHG emissions by 12% and 19% respectively, while reducing operating costs.
Honourable Mentions were awarded to:
• City of Colwood for its commitment to implementing the Solar Colwood program
• Capital Regional District, Camosun College, University of Victoria, Royal Roads University and BC Hydro Power Smart for Ready, Set, Solve: The Student Climate Challenge
• Village of Telkwa for the greening of the Hankin Corner Building
The awards are organized annually by the Community Energy Association in partnership with the Province of BC, Union of BC Municipalities, BC Hydro and FortisBC.
Executive Summaries, full text of press release and “Celebrating Applicants” attached below.