Nelson residents participated last month in a march to disrupt global warming. The City of Nelson is highlighting some of the work it's doing to address the issue.

LETTER: City taking action on global warming

It is quite clear that more and more people are becoming concerned and looking for ways to take action on global warming.

Re: Nelsonites aim to disrupt climate change

The article was quite clear that more and more people are becoming concerned and looking for ways to take action on global warming.

We write today to add to that article by highlighting the work the City of Nelson has taken to address global warming in our own backyard. Specifically, in regards to reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy consumption where city­‐led programs have produced demonstrable results.

In 2007, council moved forward to become one of the first signatories to the BC Climate Action Charter.

The city then went on to develop the corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plan that focuses on emissions within city operations. The corporate plan was followed by the low-carbon Path to 2040 Plan which addresses community wide GHG emissions.

Two major components of the community plan was the implementation of a district energy system that would use a renewable energy source and a home energy retrofits program.

The district energy system is in the feasibility stage of development, while the EcoSave retrofits program was launched in 2012.

The first phase of the GHG reduction plan set an emissions reduction target of 25 per cent by 2015. To date, a 20 per cent reduction has been achieved with an annual energy cost savings of over $80,000.

With these results, the city is well on track to reaching their 2015 target reduction target.

The EcoSave program achieved a greenhouse gas reduction through homeowners making energy efficient upgrades, this equates to taking 1,430 cars off of the road. This has also saved the participants over $73,000 in energy costs annually.

Over 430 homeowners registered with the program to access energy assessments, rebates and on-bill financing.

The program continues to assist homeowners with energy efficiency and is exploring a renewable energy option by way of a community solar garden. If you wish to register with EcoSave or be added to an interest list for the community solar garden, contact program coordinator, Carmen Proctor.

The city took action. It was a commitment from a wide range of individuals, council, management, and staff to make it happen. As a result, the city has been recognized as a leader within Canada on meaningful climate change action and many of the city residents enjoy this status as well.

How can people find out more about what has been done and what they can do to reduce energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and the cost of purchasing energy? Attend the Green Home and Energy show at the Prestige Lakeside Resort on October 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Along with many other energy related professionals, the program managers for the EcoSave and corporate greenhouse gas reduction programs will be in attendance and will be pleased to share with you what they know about improving energy efficiency, reducing GHG emissions, and reducing energy bills.

Fiona Galbraith, GHG reduction plan manager, Nelson

 

Just Posted

RDCK calls for reversal of Sinixt extinction

The board opposed a land transfer to the Westbank First Nation this week

Nelson city council to update banner policy

Council will revisit the wording of the policy at its December meeting

Forecasters promote avalanche safety awareness

Avalanche Canada advising backcountry enthusiasts to get proper training and equipment.

Meteorite fragments found near Crawford Bay

The pieces came from the fireball that exploded over Kootenay Lake in September

Nelson honours veterans on Remembrance Day

About 200 people gathered at Nelson’s cenotaph on Saturday to pay their respects to Canada’s veterans

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

Nelson business community gathers to confront poverty

Nelson at its Best hosts business owners at the Hume Hotel

Kootenay mother’s book recounts anguish of daughter’s kidnapping

Lorinda Stewart worked tirelessly for 460 days to free her daughter Amanda Lindhout

LETTER: Thanks from Nelson’s 2017 Cultural Ambassador

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes reports on her busy year

Bronze medal at field hockey provincials for L.V. Rogers

The Lady Bombers defeated Oliver to finish third in Surrey last week

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Most Read