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Township of Langley climate change presentation - Feb 18, 2008

Township of Langley climate change presentation - Feb 18, 2008



Langley Township staffer Ryan Schmidt presented this report.

Langley Township staffer Ryan Schmidt presented this report.



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    Township of Langley climate change presentation - Feb 18, 2008 Township of Langley climate change presentation - Feb 18, 2008 Presentation Transcript

    • Climate Change and the Township of Langley
    • Background The Township of Langley is commited to: FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection Program, and; Province of BC’s Climate Action Charter. Pledge to reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions
    • What Have We Done? For Township (corporate) operations Completed an emissions inventory Implemented an emissions reduction plan with target Completed a 2007 status report for operations – submitted to the FCM
    • Micro Level Accomplishments Increasing energy efficiency at facilities by green upgrades Increasing fleet efficiency through participation in the Fraser Basin Council’s E3 Green Fleet Reducing corporate waste by providing employees more opportunities to recycle at work
    • What We’re Faced With Continue reducing corporate emissions Inventory and plan to reduce community emissions Promote energy efficient neighbourhoods Legislation mandating carbon neutrality by 2012 (Fall 2008)
    • Main reasons Canadians do not behave sustainably? Lack of government leadership 45% Need to know more about solutions 43% Poorly designed cities & workplaces 32% Feel unable to solve problems alone 31% Costs too much 26% Not really concerned 5%
    • Provincial Leadership Carbon smart communities will be promoted Green Building Code soon New provincial buildings LEED® Gold Carbon neutral operations by 2010 Local governments will be mandated to incorporate GHG targets into OCP’s
    • Other Municipalities City of Vancouver has built a sustainability team of 11 staff Corporation of Delta is moving towards an Office of Climate Protection City of San Francisco (pop. 800,000) operates a team of 80
    • Vision for Langley Sustainability Charter – well in progress; report to Council expected in March Work collaboratively on an energy plan designed to influence Langley citizens to be sustainability leaders. Provide the community with a robust web-based resource
    • Vision for Langley
    • Vision for Langley Existing resources will be used to initiate the community GHG plan in 2008 Additional resources may be needed to satisfy commitments to the province
    • Summary Measures coming that will impact local government operations Municipalities are ramping up Canadians want government leadership, knowledge Uniquely the Township of Langley is in a position to influence sustainable behaviours; together with our residents and businesses we can reduce our “environmental footprint”