Improving community health while reducing our contributions to climate change
Events linked to climate change, such as severe windstorms, drought, extreme rainfall, flooding, and sea level rise, threaten our environment, social well-being, community health, and economic resiliency.
With scientific study, careful planning, expert help, and input from residents and business owners, we're developing a comprehensive set of strategies to prepare for and respond to these growing risks, while simultaneously reducing our own contribution to climate change.
Reducing District-wide carbon emissions that contribute to climate change
Our latest tool in our ongoing efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change is our new Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP).
Officially launched this week, the new CEEP, when completed, will help us manage our community's contribution to climate change by curbing the carbon emitted from our buildings and transportation—both leading contributors to climate change.
Other advantages to reducing our carbon emissions
Taking action to lower emissions doesn't just reduce our contribution to climate change, it also helps us become a more energy efficient community, while contributing to additional community needs:
- Clean air and community health — Reducing emissions will improve outdoor and indoor air quality
- Housing affordability — Designing energy efficient buildings will reduce the cost to heat and power our homes
- Improved transportation — Creating more opportunities for walking and cycling will help ease traffic congestion and increase fitness
- Improve job opportunities — Advancing emissions reduction and renewable energy technologies can attract business investment and jobs in this growing industry
How you can get involved in the plan
Work on the new CEEP will continue through July, 2018, and be completed in four phases. There will be several opportunities for you to review what we're doing, and express your thoughts, while the work is happening.
Watch for updates on opportunities to get involved by following us on Twitter (#CEEP), or sign up for email updates on our project webpage.
Other plans and strategies that work with the CEEP to help us reach our climate goals
Tackling an issue such as climate change requires an intensive and coordinated effort. The new Community Energy and Emissions Plan is just one of several strategies we're adopting to mitigate or adapt to climate change.
The new CEEP will complement both our Strategic Energy Management Plan and our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, forming a comprehensive climate action approach that is supported by key municipal, regional, provincial, and federal plans and programs
About the Strategic Energy Management Plan
While the CEEP will help us manage carbon emissions and energy use across the community, our Strategic Energy Management Plan (SEMP) will help us integrate energy efficiency into our own day-to-day operations.
By taking an 'efficiency first' approach to how we manage energy, we will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2017 (below 2012 levels), and accumulate annual savings of almost $275,000 by 2018, while enhancing the comfort of our facilities.
About the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy
Our Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is helping us respond to the social, economic, and environmental impacts of climate change.
Integrating new science and regional best practices, the strategy supports and informs our other key programs and plans — including the Official Community Plan, Transportation Plan, and Parks and Open Spaces Strategic Plan — helping make DNV adaptive and resilient in the face of a changing climate.
This strategy was approved by Council in July, 2017.
Becoming a healthier, more energy efficient community
Our Official Community Plan (OCP) sets the direction for growth and change in the District through 2030, guided by community input. One of the main goals of the OCP is "to develop an energy-efficient community that reduces its greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on nonrenewable fuels while adapting to climate change."
All three of these plans — the new Community Energy and Emissions Plan, the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, and the Strategic Energy Management Plan — are working together to help us fulfill that community vision.
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