We Want Your Ideas on our Climate Action & Energy Plan! North Cowichan

North Cowichan is asking residents to submit their ideas, either in person or online, on the implementation of its Climate Action and Energy Plan. The plan will set targets and specific actions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy use, both in the Municipalitys operations and throughout North Cowichan.

A public workshop is scheduled for 6pm, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, in the Theatre (Room 140), Vancouver Island University, 2011 University Way, Duncan, BC. The workshop will include presentations and small group discussions on proposed implementation strategies.

For anyone who is unable to attend the workshop, an online ideas portal is gathering ideas for climate change actions. The IdeaScale site has so far received contributions from nearly 200 community members who have posted over 150 specific ideas and given them vigorous discussion. Residents can easily sign up on the website, post their own ideas, and vote for their favourites. There are currently over 3500 votes! Many of these ideas will be worked into the final plan, creating energy efficiencies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving sustainability in North Cowichan.

This plan, stated Mayor Jon Lefebure, will create a blueprint for us to deal responsibly with our energy use and our greenhouse gas emissions.

Public input into the plan has already been quite impressive, added Councillor Kate Marsh, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Committee. Public involvement is essential. According to a province-wide energy and emissions inventory, more than 80% of North Cowichans emissions come from private cars, so residents can make a huge difference through their actions.

The energy and emissions inventory, conducted in 2007, also determined that energy use in buildings, solid and liquid waste and commercial vehicle travel account for the remaining 20%. Per capita vehicle emissions in North Cowichan are significantly more than those for places such as Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Port Alberni. They are lower than only a few other communities in the Province such as Cranbrook and Vernon.

In December 2011, at the Climate Change Advisory Committees first public event, more than 90 residents joined together to map elements of the local green economy, identifying everything from farms and recycling businesses to non-profit community groups, environmental investment firms, waste management services and clean transportation services.

For more information on the Climate Action and Energy Plan, please visit the project website from the link below.

Climate Action & Energy Plan Project

IdeaScale Website