Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Northern Rockies Recognized by Green Communities Committee

Northern Rockies Recognized by Green Communities Committee

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) is pleased to be recognized by the joint Provincial-Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee for achieving level 2 on the path to becoming carbon neutral. As a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, the Northern Rockies has committed to creating complete, compact, more energy efficient communities while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the goal of becoming carbon neutral in their corporate operations. 

Over the past several years, the NRRM has undertaken many projects that set the stage for reduced GHG emissions:

  • Review and Implementation of the Community Energy Management Plan (CEMP)
  • Solid Waste Management Plan approved by Ministry of Environment
  • Engagement with stakeholders in Rural Official Community Plan development
  • Annual Arbour Day community re-greening program, hundreds of trees planted
  • Youth Sustainability Garden (educate children in the Summer Fun Program about food skills/food security) and Community Garden
  • Completion of disc golf course within existing outdoor recreational area
  • Multi-Year project to replace airfield lighting with energy-efficient alternatives
  • Ongoing retrofit with energy-efficient LED fixtures as facilities and street lighting is replaced
  • Partnered with BC Hydro Business Energy Advisor to provide energy assessment to eligible businesses
  • Completed and extended Vermicomposting Trial to process organic material, cardboard and paper locally
  • Landfill Transfer Station adapted to accommodate the segregation of paper, food, cardboard, yard waste, white goods and tires
  • Support for recycle and reuse initiatives
  • Composting education
  • Multi-Year Pedestrian Connectivity improvements-installation of new sidewalks  to provide safe walking alternatives and improve Community Trail connectivity
  • Education on cross-connection control for water/wastewater
  • Continued education and enforcement of water use policies and regulation, update to water conservation policy
  • Construction began for a Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) train in the water treatment plant, significantly increasing ability to produce drinking water using less energy/chemicals
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Headworks project completed to improve removal of grit and solids efficiency
  • Sanitary Outfall Relocation completed

For 2017 (the most recent annual Summary Report on Local Government Climate Actions available), the Northern Rockies measured 2,086 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) of the total 273,776 tCO2e measured by the 151 local governments reporting corporate emissions in BC.

Additional References:

For More Information:

Toni Pike, Director of Finance

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

P: 250.774.2541 ext. 2061

E: tpike@northernrockies.ca

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