File Photo: rivercorp.ca

File Photo: rivercorp.ca

Campbell River has been honoured for efforts the city is doing to combat climate change impacts and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities Climate Protection program recognizes communities as they attain five milestones to tackle climate change.

Campbell River reached the fourth milestone for both corporate and community-wide GHG and has started to implement an action plan.

“The City’s initiatives include energy retrofits to municipal buildings, such as installing solar hot water on four municipal buildings and installing a green roof on the City Hall,” Long-term Planning and Sustainability Manager Amber Zirnhelt said.

“We’re also working toward our targets through transportation improvements.”

The city earned recognition by having an electric vehicle in its fleet and six charging stations in the community.

Cycling infrastructure and sidewalks have been increased each year to promote active transportation.

Solar hot water has been installed for School District 72 and North Island College, with GHG cut by 36 per cent in the school district between 2007 and 2016 primarily from energy retrofits to school buildings.

Campbell River hopes to reduce GHG in the city by 35 per cent by 2040 when compared to 2007 levels.

Andy Neal