Climate Action Update - Summer 2019
Things are ramping up for our climate action program, with the hiring of our two-year Climate Action Specialist funded by a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Brentwood Bay Festival
Central Saanich staff were able to join the community for the Brentwood Bay Festival and share information on how households can reduce their carbon footprint. IF you missed the event, you can view some of the information shared, here.
Sun Powered Fire Station
With the addition of 360 solar panels, Central Saanich’s Fire Station 1 is a shining example of cost-effective renewable energy. The new photovoltaic system, to be unveiled July 19, can generate up to 80% of current energy consumption. The expected return on investment is less than 12 years.
Residential Infill and Densification
The Residential Infill and Densification Study is exploring how Central Saanich can support community design that is complete, compact and energy efficient. Residents were invited to join the discussion during two open houses in June.
Transition 2050: Energy Efficient Building Retrofit Incentive Program
Staff are working hard behind the scenes with local partners including City Green Solutions, the CRD, Provincial ministries, and municipal staff through-out the capital region to identify strategies that accelerate residential energy efficiency retrofits.
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program
Central Saanich completed the 2018 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Report, which summarizes actions taken in 2018, as well as what's proposed for 2019 to reduce corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The District of Central Saanich has reduced corporate emissions by 30% compared to 2007 levels.
Active Transportation Plan
Central Saanich is in the early planning stages of an Active Transportation Plan. Stay tuned for public consultation opportunities in early 2020.
MODO Car Share
Through a partnership with Modo, the District of Central Saanich now has three car share vehicles available. Two vehicles are located in Saanichton Village—one of which is electric — and the third is in Brentwood Bay at the Cultural Centre, For locations see our website. Car sharing is a terrific way to see fewer vehicles on the road. To learn more or join Modo, visit www.modo.coop.
Central Saanich residents and businesses can try Modo by joining online using the promo code CENTRALSAANICH to get $50 in free drive time.