Lake Country, BC – Lake Country has been awarded Level 3 recognition by the Joint Provincial UBCM Green Communities Committee for its progress, efforts and achievements in reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions for the 2016 reporting year.
Lake Country signed the Climate Action Charter in 2007 making a commitment to work with the Province and UBCM to take action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community and corporate operations. Lake Country demonstrated progress on fulfilling the commitments in the Charter. The Level 3 award recognizes the District’s work towards ‘Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments’.
The GCC Climate Action Recognition Program was launched in 2012 to provide the Green Communities Committee with an opportunity to publicly recognize the process and achievements of Climate Action Charter signatories.
Lake Country has achieved Level 3 by setting up a Climate Action Reserve Fund where the District deposits the same amount of money that would otherwise be required to purchase carbon offsets in order to become GHG neutral under the Climate Action Charter. The funds become available to the District in additional Climate Action initiatives such as energy retrofits to buildings or designing additional municipal infrastructure to be more sustainable and reduce GHGs.
“One of our profitable sustainability projects is the Lake Country hydroelectric facility,” said Mayor James Baker. “Some of the profits from this imitative are used to fund the Climate Action Reserve Fund. This approach assures a sustainable financing approach to this initiative while improving operations for future generations.”
Additionally, in recent years the District has built a state-of-the-art water treatment facility that is very energy efficient – providing value to the District and its residents in reducing overall costs while reducing Greenhouse Gas consumption.
For more information, contact:
District of Lake Country
Mark Koch, Director of Community Services
250 766 6674