Climate Action

While climate change is a global issue, the impacts of climate change are felt at the local level. We all have a role to play in addressing climate change. Through a number of daily actions and simple changes in our lives, we can all be active in helping reduce emissions and conserve energy. Here are a few examples of things you can do at home today to help address climate change:

  • Use an alternate mode of transportation: walk, bike, carpool or use public transit to get to where you need to be.
  • Reduce idling: turn the engine off or pull over and park if you’ll be stopped for a period of time. The City of Revelstoke has an Anti-Idling Bylaw  that states a person may not idle a vehicle for more than three consecutive minutes.
  • Adopt fuel efficient driving techniques: combine your trips into one outing, follow speed limits and conduct regular car maintenance.
  • Consider a fuel-efficient vehicle for your next set of wheels.
  • Reduce your home energy consumption: turn lights off when exiting a room, lower the thermostat when you are asleep or out of the house and invest in energy efficient appliances.
  • Take advantage of the number of energy rebates  available when renovating or building a home
Adaptation and mitigation are connected but distinct activities that each play a key role in municipal climate action at the City. The graphic below highlights the connections, distinctions, and areas of overlap between adaptation and mitigation. 
Climate Change

Climate Mitigation

It is estimated by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities that up to half of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions are under direct or indirect control or influence of municipal governments. This includes both actions in municipal corporate operations as well as policies, bylaws and actions that influence greenhouse gas emissions of the community as a whole. The City of Revelstoke joined the Federation for Canadian Municipalities Partners for Climate Protection  program in 2006 and signed the BC Climate Action Charter  in the fall of 2008.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) is a conditional grant program that provides funding to local governments that have signed the B.C. Climate Action Charter equal to 100 percent of the carbon taxes they pay directly to support local government operations. The program encourages investment in climate action.

The City reports out on the actions and measurements that assess our approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in City operations and at the community level are summarized in the Climate Action Public Reports:

2018 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report

2017 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report.

2016 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report.

2015 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report.

2014 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report. 

2013 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report. 

2012 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report. 

2011 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report. 

Climate Adaption

While climate change is a global issue the impacts of climate change are felt at the local level. Climate change is happening. How will we adapt?

Wildfires, flooding, extreme storms, and water shortages all represent threats to the safety and well-being of our communities. These threats are anticipated to become more pronounced with climate change, which will either physically endanger our homes and buildings, or challenge our infrastructure’s ability to serve community needs. 

  • Please visit the City of Revelstoke’s Community Wildfire Protection webpage  for more information on how the City is working to mitigate wildfire risk. 
  • Please visit the City’s webpage on Water Conservation  for more information on how you can conserve your use of water.
  • Please visit PreparedBC  for more information on how you and your household can develop an emergency plan to knowing what to do to respond to a disaster.