May 15, 2018
Share Your Ideas on Renewable Energy and Low GHG Emissions!
The District of Central Saanich is seeking community input to guide climate action in the municipality for the next 10 years.
The municipality is asking for engagement and ideas about how to move the community towards renewable energy and low greenhouse gas emission (GHG) levels.
The District has been taking steps to reduce climate impacts over the last decade, starting in 2008 with adopting the Central Saanich Energy Plan – An Action Plan to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Our Community. The plan provided a baseline of energy use and resulting emissions in our community, set reduction targets, and identified 27 actions to support the targets. After 10 years, the District is reflecting on progress and refreshing the plan into a Central Saanich Climate Leadership Plan.
Much progress has been made, including emissions from buildings and waste dropping by 15%, but Central Saanich has not made significant shifts in personal vehicle use, which make up the majority of our emissions. To reach targets, the community needs to make far more trips by walking, cycling and transit or make a significant shift to zero or very low emission vehicles.
On May 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., project staff will be hosting an open house at Municipal Hall at 1903 Mount Newton Cross Road. The District has also collecting ideas at letstalkcentralsaanich.ca, and has information about the plan for the community to consider. The feedback will help inform the draft plan, which will be presented to Council in late June.