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Climate Action

Climate change refers to variations in the earth’s atmosphere over time including global or regional changes in temperature, pressure or weather.   It is widely recognized that climate change is caused by an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere as a result of human activity.    While climate change is a global issue the impacts of climate change are felt at the local level.  Taking Action on Climate can be dived into two forms:  Mitigation and Adaptation.

Climate Mitigation

It is estimated by 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.

A community wide greenhouse gas reduction target of 6% below 2007 levels by 2020 and a Smart Growth Development Checklist were adopted into the Official Community Plan in 2010.

In 2011, the City of Revelstoke completed a Corporate Energy and Greenhouse Gas emissions Inventory and Reduction Strategy, a Community Energy and Emissions Inventory (CEEP) and a District Energy Expansion Pre-Feasibility Study.

Actions to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in City operations and at the community level are summarized in the Climate Action Public Reports:

2011 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report. 
 
2012 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report.  
2013 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report.  
2014 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report.  
2015 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?

In November 2011, in conjunction with the CBT Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative (CACCI), the City of Revelstoke underwent a Climate Adaptation Scanning and Planning Workshop for municipal staff and a workshop for the community.