Squamish is declared carbon neutral

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The District of Squamish has gained recognition from the province and other municipalities as a carbon-neutral community.

Local government fulfilled the requirements for carbon neutrality laid out for the 2017 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program reporting year.

File photo/The Squamish Chief

This applies only to operations of local government — it doesn’t mean that all the residents and businesses are carbon neutral.

“We have been steadily working towards our commitment to carbon neutrality since we joined municipalities across the province ten years ago in a common pledge to challenge climate change,” said Mayor Patricia Heintzman in a news release.

“It takes a community to lead the change. Our collaborative efforts in reducing our carbon footprint will continue to benefit our community and our environment, and inspire a future-focused economy.”

In 2007, the District of Squamish adopted a 12-step climate action pledge.

The following year, municipal council signed the B.C. Climate Action Charter with the commitment to measure and report on community greenhouse gas emissions, to create energy efficiencies and to become carbon neutral in its corporate operations.

To view the 2017 CARIP report and learn more about the District’s actions to reduce corporate and community-wide energy consumption visit https://squamish.ca/climate-action-charter/