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Green House Gas Emissions

 

Appendix 
GHG reduction initiatives or commitments of Signatory Local Government

Addendum to 
The British Columbia Climate Change Action Charter

For Village of Lumby is committed to

The  following Strategy for the Reduction of Green House Gases
The Provincial Government has stated the government’s commitment is to be carbon neutral by 2010 and to reduce green house gas emissions by 33% by 2020. 

The Village of Lumby acknowledges based on scientific information of a global basis, that it is prudent to develop an energy plan to reduce the amount of green house gases being created within our community.

The Village recognizes that to meet a defined reduction in carbon emissions, the community’s participation and commitment to a program is essential.  In an effort to achieve these goals the Village will develop a strategy, which will reduce the carbon emissions produced in the Village.  This will contribute towards making the Village a sustainable community.

Communications Program:
Develop a communications plan for the community, in order it be informed of the actions being considered by the Village, as the program is a partnership with the residents.

Encourage residents to complete an energy audit in their homes and business operations.  The following web sites can provide additional information on carbon emissions and green house gases http://www.resurgence.org/carboncalculator/ orhttp://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/119/calculator.

Village Strategy:

  1. Conduct an emissions inventory of all local government facilities and equipment.
  2. Develop a plan that will reduce emissions, in a financially responsible and sustainable manner.

Water Conservation Strategy:
In 2004 The Village completed a water conservation strategy, as part of developing the new water supply and filtration system.  The objective of the strategy is to prudently manage the water system.  Through an educational program, inform the users of the utility system of the environmental and financial benefits of practicing wise water consumption habits.

  1. Include water and energy consumption statistics, summer versus winter as part of the educational program.  Newsletters containing this information should be distributed to all users of the system.
  2. The first step in water conservation has been initiated with the introduction of year around watering restrictions.  Even numbered houses on even numbered day’s odd numbered houses on odd numbered days.  Further watering restrictions are incorporated into the new water bylaw based on consumption and recovery rates and can be implemented by the Public Works Superintendent.
  3. The second step in the program is to encourage residents and business to consider incorporating into their landscaping plans a xeriscape theme utilizing timer controlled underground sprinkling systems.  Information is readily available in literature and websites. (Example: Colorado Water Wise Council)
  4. The third step is implementing a universal water metering program for the Village.  During 2008 the Village will be calling for proposals, which will include an implementation program for commercial and residential metering.  Available funding will dictate the pace of the installation program.
  5. New construction will be required to install low flow fixtures that comply with the BC Building Code and Plumbing Code. New construction is encouraged to consider the incorporation of green elements into the building design.
  6. The Village will explore the feasibility of a retrofit program for older homes, to encourage the replacement and upgrade of older toilets and showerheads to low flow fixtures.  The development of a “rebate” program will contribute to a reduction in water use and wastewater treatment costs. Budget considerations will determine the feasibility of a rebate program.
  7. Continue to explore other water conservation programs and implement those that are environmentally and financially sound.  Inform the public through the communications strategy.
  8. Monitor water volume being pumped from the filtration plant, to the water being metered to determine the volume of water lost through leakage.  Should the values not be within excepted tolerances, develop a leak detection program and upgrade program to replace or repair those water distribution lines that do not meet the standards.

Sanitary Collection System and Treatment Facility and Storm-water Collection System

  1. Sanitary treatment plant – The Village has made an application for funding to determine the efficiency of the sanitary treatment plant, and that the terms of reference be expanded to consider the management of the carbon emissions emanating through an environmentally prudent engineered solution.
  2. That the Village through the long-term financial plan upgrade and install additional storm sewer systems in the Village to reduce the pumping of ground and storm water that may be in the sanitary system, which will increase the functionally of the sanitary treatment facility, decrease energy costs for the operation of the lift stations and the processing of wastewater.  The decrease in storm-water entering the system will further extend the life of the plant, thus reducing long-term capital investment.
  3. That the Village complete a detailed infiltration program for the sanitary sewer collection system, and that with the data collected develop a strategy to upgrade the sanitary collection system, with the objective of improving the efficiency of the treatment plan, reduce energy use and thereby extend life of the system.
  4. Investigate the removal of the outfall for treated effluent from the salmon bearing creeks in the Village, to a dry land irrigation system, and explore the feasibility of the using the treated wastewater for public parks.  Environmental and general public health safety issues will have to be considered.

Planning, Official Community Plan, Zoning Regulations and New Development

  1. In 2008 the Zoning Bylaw is to be reviewed. This will permit the community to participate in any proposed changes to the various zones, to determine what densities may be accomplished in order to accommodate a high quality of development while still maintaining our community life style.  In 2005 the Village adopted a new Official Community Plan, which has objectives relating to density increases, sustainability, etc.  The Zoning Bylaw should be drafted to reflect those stated community objectives.
  2. That the Village of Lumby encourages the development of green buildings, in conjunction with the BC Building Code.  Determine some form of density adjustment that meets the Provincial Legislation, relating to the planning provisions of the Local Government Act.

Transportation System and Alternatives, including Trail System

  1. In 2005-6 the Village embarked on a major trail system that is accessible to all residents and to encourage healthy living and alternate transportation options.  The trail system has an environmental educational component in relation to the importance of the eco-system to the Kokanee and Spring Salmon.  The trail is also part of an eco-tourism program that the Village is promoting.
  2. The Village has introduced into the Official Community Plan, the requirement that new developments are required to develop a trail system that will interconnect and become part of a system that will permit residents to enjoy a healthy life style and an alternate means of moving within the Village.  The Village is in the process of developing additional trails in the community to encourage a healthier life-style for the residents and to promote safety. In 2008 the Village has budgeted for an 800 metre trail, and will be making an application under the Localmotion funding program, should all necessary design and cost factors be in place as to the date line set for the 2008 funding program.
  3. Examine traffic routes and major transportation routes to consider what improvements can be accomplished in a practical manner that would reduce vehicle emissions with a smoother flow of traffic, that would consider less idling, stops and starts.  The Village has entered Phase I of the program by completing traffic flow study.  Phase II will require a more detailed analysis of the traffic movements and recommendations to improve traffic flow.  Phase III will be the implementation of the recommendations, which may include amendments to the Village’s Official Community Plan for future developments.
  4. Upgrade and rebuild the traffic bridges within Lumby to remove the creosote pilings from the watercourses with clear-span structures and install pedestrian walkways on the bridges that would link to the Village’s trail system, encourage safe pedestrian movements.

Burning and Smoke Control and General Carbon Emissions

  1. The Village has adopted a no burning bylaw and a smoke control bylaw, they serve a double purpose, clean air and carbon emission reduction.
  2. That the Village institutes a no-idling policy for Village equipment.
  3. The Village participate in the Regional District of North Okanagan Air Quality Committee’s program communicate with the general public that idling of vehicles in not encouraged, due to the negative impact on the environment and air quality, with signage being installed at key points within the Village.
  4. Investigate the feasibility of bio-fuels for the Village’s equipment, be considered through the Village’s purchasing policy
  5. That when replacing Village operational fleet/equipment, the Village’s purchasing policy be expanded to explore the introduction of hybrid vehicles.

Lighting in Municipal Facilities and Street Lighting:

  1. Review the lighting in all municipal buildings and retrofit to the most efficient lighting fixtures to reduce the consumption of energy.
  2. Explore the reduction in street lighting and reducing lux values and time of lighting activation.
  3. Review the specifications in the Village’s subdivision servicing bylaw and review the Illumination Engineers Standards for lighting, and seek a legal opinion as to lighting reductions.
  4. Carry out a building efficiency audit on all municipal buildings, to determine heat loss and develop an upgrade program if required as part of the Village’s financial plan.

Municipal Solid Waste and Recyclables:

  1. The Village presently carries out a chipping program for tree pruning and Christmas trees. The material is used for landscaping and soil enhancement.
  2. Encourage participation in a community or regional composting program 
  3. Consider a lawn and yard-waste collection and composting program

1775 Glencaird Street
PO Box 430
Lumby, BC V0E 2G0
250.547.2171

 

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