The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has been recognized by the joint provincial Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) green communities committee as a B.C. Climate Action Community 2012.
The recognition is for achieving level two (measurement) in the climate action recognition program, the second of three levels in the program. As a signatory to the climate action charter, the SCRD has demonstrated its commitment to work with the province and UBCM to take action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in municipal operations and the community.
The SCRD completed a corporate carbon inventory and climate action revenue incentive program (CARIP) public report for the 2012 reporting year. The 2012 CARIP report highlighted the progress and action being made towards reducing those emissions and meeting the SCRD’s charter goals.
“Sustainability and climate protection have long been a part of the SCRD’s core values, policies and programs,” said SCRD board chair Garry Nohr in a news release. “Since joining the climate action recognition program in 2012, the SCRD has made considerable progress in planning and implementing policies and actions to reduce corporate and community GHG emissions. We are very proud to be recognized in the program.”
CARIP is a conditional grant program that provides funding to charter signatories equivalent to 100 per cent of the carbon taxes they paid directly. The 2012 CARIP grant was $269,034 and it helped to fund projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions in SCRD facilities or the wider community.
To achieve level two designation, the SCRD was also required to demonstrate familiarity with the community energy and emissions inventory (CEEI). The CEEI for the SCRD, showing energy consumption and GHG emissions from community-wide activities, is available at www.scrd.ca/files/File/Infrastructure/Sustainability/Sunshine_Coast_Community_Energy_&_Emissions_Plan_Final.pdf.