Community Excellence Awards

The First Carbon-Neutral Local Government in B.C.

Contributor: Harrison Hot Springs (Village)
Year: 2011
Category: Sustainability
Award Details: UBCM Excellence Award Nominee - Leadership & Innovation (Small Community)
Short Description:
On June 7th, 2011 the Village of Harrison Hot Springs announced officially becoming the first carbon-neutral local government in BC. As a member municipality of the Partners for Climate Protection Program and the BC Climate Action Charter signatory, Harrison Hot Springs has developed strategies and taken actions to become carbon neutral in respect to municipal operations, and has done so two years ahead of the provincially targeted date. To become carbon neutral, the municipality worked to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions while balancing the remaining emissions through the purchase of qualified GHG offsets so that the municipal corporate operations result in a net-zero carbon footprint. The Village of Harrison Hot Springs is working to create a sustainable future. In acting sooner rather than later in trying to measure, reduce, and offset corporate GHG output, the municipality is hoping to get a "jump-start" on developing and implementing corporate conservation initiatives.
This project was nominated for the 2011 UBCM Community Excellence Award for Leadership & Innovation, Small Community.

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