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Commitments to Climate Action

Summerland is committed to climate action and has signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter. Summerland created its first Climate Action Plan in March of 2011, employs a full-time staff person dedicated to advancing climate action initiatives, and dedicates 0.001% of annual operating expenses to greenhouse gas emissions reductions projects. 

Climate Action Recognition Program

The District of Summerland has been awarded Level 3 recognition by the Green Communities Committee (GCC) Climate Action Recognition Program for undertaking significant climate action to reduce GHG emissions in the 2018 reporting year.

The Green Communities Committee (GCC) Climate Action Recognition Program was launched in 2012 to provide the GCC with an opportunity to review and publicly recognize the progress and achievements of each Climate Action Charter signatory.

Under the Program, Charter signatories who demonstrate progress on their Charter commitments are eligible to qualify for one of four levels of recognition:

Level 1:  Demonstrating Progress on Charter Commitments

All local governments that demonstrate progress on fulfilling one or more of their Charter commitments will receive a letter from the GCC acknowledging their accomplishments.

Level 2: Measuring GHG Emissions

Local governments that achieve level 1, have completed a corporate carbon inventory for the reporting year and demonstrate that they are familiar with the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory for their community will receive a letter from the GCC acknowledging their accomplishments and a ‘Climate Action Community 2018’ logo, for use on websites, letter head and similar.

Level 3: Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments

Local governments that achieve levels 1 and 2 and demonstrate significant climate action (corporately or community wide) to reduce GHG emissions in the reporting year will receive a ‘Climate Action Community – Accelerating Progress 2018’ logo, for use on websites, letter head and similar.

Level 4: Achievement of Carbon Neutrality

Local governments that achieve carbon neutrality in the reporting year will receive a letter from the GCC acknowledging their accomplishments and a ‘Climate Action Community – Carbon Neutral 2018’ logo, for use on websites, letter head and similar.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)

Climate action is a key provincial priority and local governments are key partners in helping to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and create complete, compact and energy-efficient communities.

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program that provides funding to BC Climate Action Charter (Charter) signatories equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly. This funding supports local governments in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward on achieving their Charter goals.

2019 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Survey
2018 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey
2017 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey
2016 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report
2015 CARIP Climate Action/Carbon Neutral Progress Survey
CARIP Public Reporting - Carbon Neutral Progress Survey2014 (502 KB)

Billion Dollar Green Challenge

The District of Summerland has become the first Canadian governmental body to join the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge Network”.The Challenge encourages governmental agencies, universities, and other institutions across North America to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed “green revolving funds” that finance energy and resource efficiency improvements. Read more.

Blue Dot Movement Declaration

The District of Summerland has joined with over 158 municipal governments across Canada in endorsing the David Suzuki Foundation’s Blue Dot Movement Declaration. This declaration recognizes the right to a healthy environment, and affirms the District’s commitment to decision making that considers potential impacts to human health and to the environment. Council Declaration Blue Dot Movement to read the full declaration.