City of Revelstoke awarded for greenhouse gas emissions reduction

The City of Revelstoke has reduced emissions in municipal buildings by 25% since 2007. The city was recently awarded for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Revelstoke City Hall. Photo: Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

The City of Revelstoke is being awarded for its ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city received its third award from the province’s green communities committee and the Union of BC Municipalities acknowledging its accomplishments and successful efforts to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In acknowledgment of the ongoing efforts the joint Provincial-UBCM Green Communities Committee awarded the City of Revelstoke with the level 3 recognition and the “green communities” branding.

In a statement to The Mountaineer director of engineering Mike Thomas said the city has been collecting data on energy operation since 2007 and has been steadily reducing emissions over the years.

“Data is collected according to the provincial methodology for data collection and calculations. Corporate operations include municipal buildings, the vehicle fleet, water and wastewater operations and streetlights.,” said Thomas. “The energy used for corporate operations varies from year to year based on winter and summer temperatures and snow removal. The largest reduction has been in municipal buildings where there has been a 25% reduction in GHG emissions compared with 2007 baseline levels.”

The city received level 2 in 2014 and has been working towards the level 3 for the past two years. The city’s corporate greenhouse gas emissions have been going down annually as a result of reduced energy consumption, particularly due to energy saving retrofits and other actions taken at municipal buildings.

The city continues to review the vehicle fleet and have established a climate action reserve fund for future projects.

“This is good news for the city, as we continue to evaluate how best to reduce energy and emissions in city operations,” said Penny Page-Brittin, environmental sustainability coordinator for the City of Revelstoke.