Community Climate Action Plan
See Our Progress on Climate Action

The District of Squamish is working to reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

The District of Squamish is working to reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 45% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

 

 

The Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP), which officially passed in 2020, is a framework of Six Big Moves in the areas of housing, transportation, and waste management. The District of Squamish is working to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions related to buildings, transportation and waste. See highlights of our recent accomplishments below!

 

 

 

 

Big Move 1: Close the loop on waste
  • October 2021 - The municipal engineering team installed a landfill gas collection system to capture and flare methane gas, which is approximately 26 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The flare was officially lit on November 23, reducing landfill emissions by approximately 75%.
  • June 2021 - The District of Squamish passed the Demolition Waste Diversion Bylaw to provide financial incentives for builders to reduce waste and recycle demolition materials during the demolition process. One recent demolition project tracked 97% diversion from the landfill.

 

Big Move 2: Shift beyond the car
  • October 2021 - Squamish community members participated in the fall GoByBike week. A total of 675 riders registered and rode a cumulative 21,000 kilometers throughout the week.
  • August 2021 - The District installed new bike lanes along Pemberton Avenue in Downtown Squamish.

 

Big Move 3: Decarbonize transportation
  • November 2021 - The District has received $1 million in funding to support Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure within the community.
  • August 2021- With the support of a $10,000 grant from PluginBC, the District of Squamish has initiated a fleet assessment that will help us move toward electrifying District vehicles.

 

Big Move 4: Decarbonize existing buildings
  • January 2022 - Early next year, the District will launch a pilot project that supports residents in replacing their end-of-life furnaces. This project is made possible with joint funding from BC Hydro, the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, and other organizations.
  • November 2021 - An energy study was conducted that recommends actions to increase the efficiency of the Brennan Park Recreation Centre, primarily through exchanging heat between the ice rink and pool. Implementation will begin in 2022.

 

Big Move 5: Construct better buildings
  • January 2021 - The District of Squamish implemented the BC energy Step Code in 2018 . As of 2021 we are at Step 4 for homes.
  • July 2021- The District, in partnership with Resort Municipality of Whistler, successfully attained funding from the Community Energy Association to create an embodied carbon guide that focuses on buildings.

 

Big Move 6: Other organizational actions
  • July 2021 - The District completed Municipal Energy and Emissions Plan (MEEP), which seeks to reduce municipal emissions by 68% reduction from 2030 business as usual projections.
  • September 2021 - The District B-Sides podcast released four new episodes on climate change to help educate and engage Squamish residents on the topic.