Saanich pooled fleet vehicles with the first 4 vehicles switched to EVs. The EVs are used 85% of the time in the pooled fleet.
UPDATE: Saanich has purchased new electric vehicles in 2015 that will bring the total to 9 EVs.
Carbon calculator provides residents with tool to determine carbon footprint and donate to a carbon offsetting alternative. Local residents have donated to the
Saanich Community Carbon Fund to
support climate action school curriculum
projects. Two local middle schools,
Lansdowne and Arbutus Global, joined in
WildBC’s year long program, Science In
Action, with a focus on climate change
and sustainable action projects. Student
learning was supported through teacher
training and curriculum resources. Fund can also now be used to help plant trees in Saanich.
Improvements to building and heating system.Read More Read Less
A combination of right-sizing vehicles, integrated hybrid and electric vehicles and behaviour change.Read More Read Less
Installed 12 EV stations in key locations throughout the community to support the adoption of electric vehicles, including way-finding signage. Uptake will be evaluated April 1, 2014
UPDATE: In 2015, Saanich was the first municipality in the region to install a DC fast charging station that can fully charge an EV in less than 30 minutes. www.plugshare.com
This was a unique partnership between the District, BC Hydro (electrical utility) and a commercial retail centre.
Free low-flow showerheads were provided to residents to reduce hot water consumption. Project was piloted in Saanich and is now used Province wide. Significant water savings were also achieved.Read More Read Less
Replaced propane system.Read More Read Less
Provided hot water to recreation centre showers.Read More Read Less
Grants to support community developed and implemented GHG reductions. Community based action is hard to quantify.Read More Read Less
Our most significant initiative, the Carbon Fund is a leading edge alternative to purchasing carbon offsets. In this model, carbon accounting is completely integrated into our budgeting process and departments are responsible for their own footprint and contribute to the Fund each year based on their emissions. They can then access this fund for GHG reducing projects. Our community has decided to use these funds to invest in the carbon resiliency of our municipality instead of sending the money to offsetting projects.Read More Read Less
Removing high carbon intensity heating oil systems from smaller buildings. Another 50 tonnes will be removed by the end of 2015..Read More Read Less
The Municipality updates the Official Community Plan approximately every 10 years. However, the 2008 version is unique because of its extensive commitment to sustainability and climate action. The plan includes specific objectives and policies regarding planning and land use management through a sustainability lens. Specifically, the Plan encourages a focus on increasing density in "centres and villages" in response to earlier residential housing sprawl. The plan also provides a range of other commitments related to climate changes (GHG targets) and the natural environment. Attachment not working, document can be found here: http://www.saanich.ca/living/community/ocp/ocp_adopted_jul808_amended_aug1715.pdfRead More Read Less
A two-phase sea level rise project was completed which included 1) mapping of potentially impacted areas using various scenarios and 2) a review of policy options for the municipality to consider to address pending sea level rise impacts.Read More Read Less
The District of Saanich, BC has reported 2 Community emission inventories, since 2007. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2010, the Transport, Stationary energy and Waste management are identified as key emission sources.
The District of Saanich, BC has reported 8 government operational inventories, since 2007. In its latest inventory, compiled in 2014, the Transport is identified as key emission source.
Mayor Fred HaynesDistrict of Saanich, BC, Canada