Climate Action

Municipalities in BC have pledged to reduce their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Households directly account for 40% of BC’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and Central Saanich is committed to working with residents to improve our homes and infrastructure.

All levels of government, industry and the public must work together to reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts.

Please check out Updates below and subscribe on the right of the page to receive updates straight to your inbox!

Also check out our website for how you can calculate and reduce your carbon footprint: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/climate-action.


Municipalities in BC have pledged to reduce their community-wide greenhouse gas emissions.

Households directly account for 40% of BC’s total greenhouse gas emissions, and Central Saanich is committed to working with residents to improve our homes and infrastructure.

All levels of government, industry and the public must work together to reduce emissions and respond to climate impacts.

Please check out Updates below and subscribe on the right of the page to receive updates straight to your inbox!

Also check out our website for how you can calculate and reduce your carbon footprint: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/climate-action.


  • New rebate program launched for EV chargers

    7 days ago
    The province's new EV charger rebate program came into effect on September 26, 2019.
    • Rebates are available to support individuals, organizations, buildings, and companies.
    • Receive up to 50% of purchase and installation costs of eligible, new, Level 2 charging equipment, to a maximum of $350 per approved charging station.
    • Eligible chargers must be ordered, purchased and installed on or after September 26, 2019.
    • Pre-approval is required.
    • Eligible condos, apartments and workplace organizations can have separate applications for different sites, up to a maximum of four.
    EV Charging Station Advisor for condos, apartments and workplaces
    Condos, apartments and workplaces looking to...

    The province's new EV charger rebate program came into effect on September 26, 2019.
    • Rebates are available to support individuals, organizations, buildings, and companies.
    • Receive up to 50% of purchase and installation costs of eligible, new, Level 2 charging equipment, to a maximum of $350 per approved charging station.
    • Eligible chargers must be ordered, purchased and installed on or after September 26, 2019.
    • Pre-approval is required.
    • Eligible condos, apartments and workplace organizations can have separate applications for different sites, up to a maximum of four.
    EV Charging Station Advisor for condos, apartments and workplaces
    Condos, apartments and workplaces looking to install EV charging stations can get up to five hours of free advice from an expert in EV charging and equipment via email to evadvisor@pluginbc.ca.

    Single-family home, duplex or townhouse applicants who have questions about the program can email evchargerincentives@bchydro.com.


  • See the Presentations for Efficient Homes and E-Vehicle Rebates!

    8 days ago
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    Did you miss the presentations for Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates or Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes?

    You can view the presentations here:

    Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates - Presented by CityGreen

    Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes



    Did you miss the presentations for Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates or Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes?

    You can view the presentations here:

    Energy Efficient Homes and Rebates - Presented by CityGreen

    Go Electric: E-electric Vehicles and E-bikes



  • Register for the Free Climate Speaker Series!

    2 months ago
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    Central Saanich is excited to partner with local experts and businesses to host a series of climate presentations. Join us to learn how to save money and shrink your carbon footprint.

    Climate Friendly Homes and Rebates
    Saturday, September 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Central Saanich Firehall #1, 1512 Keating Cross Rd

    Did you know that in Central Saanich the energy consumption of buildings is our second largest contributor of greenhouse gases? We are working to reduce emissions in our community, and this includes encouraging energy efficient retrofits in existing buildings. Learn about retrofitting your home or business and the rebates available. Join...

    Central Saanich is excited to partner with local experts and businesses to host a series of climate presentations. Join us to learn how to save money and shrink your carbon footprint.

    Climate Friendly Homes and Rebates
    Saturday, September 21, 2-3:30 p.m. Central Saanich Firehall #1, 1512 Keating Cross Rd

    Did you know that in Central Saanich the energy consumption of buildings is our second largest contributor of greenhouse gases? We are working to reduce emissions in our community, and this includes encouraging energy efficient retrofits in existing buildings. Learn about retrofitting your home or business and the rebates available. Join CityGreen Solutions and solar experts, HES PV.

    Bonus! Get a tour of our solar powered Fire Station.

    Go Electric: E-vehicles and E-bikes

    Saturday, October 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Central Saanich Cultural Centre, 1209 Clarke Rd

    Approximately 65% of greenhouse gas (GHG emissions in Central Saanich result from driving personal and commercial vehicles that use fossil fuels (gasoline, diesel, natural gas, propane. Learn more about electric cars and e-bikes in an informative session. We’ll also go over available rebates and discuss how and where to charge (including at the library.

    Bonus! We will also have various EVs and e-bikes to check out!

    Can’t make it? The sessions will be posted on our website later this fall.

  • Fire Station #1 Harnesses the Sun's Power

    2 months ago

    With the addition of 360 solar panels, Central Saanich’s Fire Station 1 is a shining example of cost-effective renewable energy.

    On a sunny day, the electricity captured is more than double what the station needs for power, making it not only energy-neutral, but putting power back into the community's energy grid and powering nearby buildings.

    By harnessing the sun’s free energy, annually, the Fire Station will generate up to 80 per cent of its energy consumption, which is the equivalent to powering about 12 residential homes (138 kilowatts). The Station demands significant energy because of its size and...

    With the addition of 360 solar panels, Central Saanich’s Fire Station 1 is a shining example of cost-effective renewable energy.

    On a sunny day, the electricity captured is more than double what the station needs for power, making it not only energy-neutral, but putting power back into the community's energy grid and powering nearby buildings.

    By harnessing the sun’s free energy, annually, the Fire Station will generate up to 80 per cent of its energy consumption, which is the equivalent to powering about 12 residential homes (138 kilowatts). The Station demands significant energy because of its size and supported safety equipment. It is built to LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) Silver standard and includes geothermal heating. The municipality hopes to achieve energy neutrality through new energy conservation measures.

    The project was funded from the District’s Climate Leadership Reserve Fund, which will recoup the investment through savings from reduced hydro costs without any impact on property taxes. The PV system is expected to completely recover the installed cost in 11 years. Net earnings are estimated to be over $500,000 after 25 years. If the panels reach full life, they will return over $1 million dollars in savings.

    “These highly visible panels demonstrate what’s possible as we move toward a target of 100-per-cent renewable energy community-wide by 2050,” said Central Saanich Mayor Ryan Windsor. “Solar is able to provide energy with minimal environmental impact compared to other sources. While it requires an investment upfront, the costs of solar panels is projected to decrease considerably and it is going to be a critical source of energy in the future.”

    The District of Central Saanich is committed to reducing contribution to climate change, and the Fire Hall can offset up to 102 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. Learn more about the Climate Action in Central Saanich.

    The community will be able to learn more about solar power and home energy retrofits through upcoming District events.


  • Charging up!

    2 months ago
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    We have a number of actions in motion to reduce fuel usage, including right-sizing our corporate fleet and purchasing electric vehicles, and today we piloted an electric bike for the Public Works crew to use when they're reading water meters around the District! We also piloting electric off-road vehicles and equipment.

    We have a number of actions in motion to reduce fuel usage, including right-sizing our corporate fleet and purchasing electric vehicles, and today we piloted an electric bike for the Public Works crew to use when they're reading water meters around the District! We also piloting electric off-road vehicles and equipment.

  • Climate Action Update - Summer 2019

    3 months ago
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    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...

    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.


  • What's on the books for 2019!

    8 months ago

    We are very excited to be adding our first Climate Action Specialist to our team this spring. The posting is open until Feb 28 and can be viewed here: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/our-community/news/were-hiring-climate-action-specialist

    This is a big year for us; we are working on a number of projects focused on developing a culture of sustainability in the community:

    · A net-zero solar power demonstration project at Fire Hall #1.

    · Replacing our light duty fleet of vehicles with electric.

    · Bringing MODO Car Share to Central Saanich.

    · Implementing Step Code for improving building energy efficiency.

    · Installing more public electric vehicle chargers...

    We are very excited to be adding our first Climate Action Specialist to our team this spring. The posting is open until Feb 28 and can be viewed here: https://www.centralsaanich.ca/our-community/news/were-hiring-climate-action-specialist

    This is a big year for us; we are working on a number of projects focused on developing a culture of sustainability in the community:

    · A net-zero solar power demonstration project at Fire Hall #1.

    · Replacing our light duty fleet of vehicles with electric.

    · Bringing MODO Car Share to Central Saanich.

    · Implementing Step Code for improving building energy efficiency.

    · Installing more public electric vehicle chargers (dependent on grant support).

    · Developing a model deep energy retrofit and emissions reductions strategy with a group of other local governments on Vancouver Island.

    · Participating in the CRD's Regional Electric Vehicle/Electric Bike Charging Infrastructure Strategy, which will see a network of charging stations throughout the region.

    We may be small community but we are committed to becoming a leader in climate action both locally and regionally. We will be posting updates on these projects throughout the year, so please check in periodically or subscribe for updates!
  • Council adopts Climate Leadership Plan

    over 1 year ago

    We are pleased to inform you Central Saanich Council has adopted the Climate Leadership Plan, at their meeting on June 18, 2018. We thank you for your interest and ideas and hope you will continue to engage with us as we roll out new initiatives and seek your input in the future.

    We are pleased to inform you Central Saanich Council has adopted the Climate Leadership Plan, at their meeting on June 18, 2018. We thank you for your interest and ideas and hope you will continue to engage with us as we roll out new initiatives and seek your input in the future.

  • Draft Climate Leadership Plan is Available for Review

    over 1 year ago

    We are happy to share the draft Climate Leadership Plan, a community-wide plan that sets targets and outlines key action areas we, as a community, can act on.

    We would like to thank you for your involvement as we sought ideas for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The ideas received so far are included in the draft plan, and you are welcome to continue to offer feedback and ideas. The draft plan will be presented to Committee of the Whole on Monday, June 11, 2018.

    Goals

    The draft plan renews Central Saanich’s commitment to substantially reduce GHG emissions in...

    We are happy to share the draft Climate Leadership Plan, a community-wide plan that sets targets and outlines key action areas we, as a community, can act on.

    We would like to thank you for your involvement as we sought ideas for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The ideas received so far are included in the draft plan, and you are welcome to continue to offer feedback and ideas. The draft plan will be presented to Committee of the Whole on Monday, June 11, 2018.

    Goals

    The draft plan renews Central Saanich’s commitment to substantially reduce GHG emissions in community-scale and municipal operations with three ambitious targets.

    • Goal 1: 80% less community-scale GHG emissions by 2050, relative to 2007
    • Goal 2: 100% renewable energy community-wide by 2050
    • Goal 3: 90% less GHG emissions from municipal operations by 2050, relative to 2007.

    Action Areas

    This draft plan outlines action in five areas within the realm of responsibility and influence of the District:

    1. Transportation
    2. Buildings
    3. Solid Waste
    4. Municipal Operations
    5. Adaptation to Climate Change

    In addition, the draft plan highlights the importance of preparing the District and community members for changes to our climate; this includes preparing our infrastructure, social and economic systems and natural systems to handle these changes.

    To meet the goals, the District will require the support from senior governments, community members, industry and other partners.

  • It's time to update our Energy Plan

    over 1 year ago

    The District is reflecting on progress and refreshing our former energy plan into a Climate Leadership Plan to guide climate action planning, programs and activities in the community for the next 10 years based on goals for 2050.

    We are setting goals to educe energy and greenhouse gas emissions and create a community that is vibrant, responsible, sustainable, and resilient in the face of climate change, and we want to hear from you!


    The District is reflecting on progress and refreshing our former energy plan into a Climate Leadership Plan to guide climate action planning, programs and activities in the community for the next 10 years based on goals for 2050.

    We are setting goals to educe energy and greenhouse gas emissions and create a community that is vibrant, responsible, sustainable, and resilient in the face of climate change, and we want to hear from you!