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Parks, Recreation & Culture » Sustainable Kamloops » Environmental Sustainability » Climate Change

City Initiatives

Climate change represents one of the world's greatest environmental challenges. The planet's climate is changing at a faster pace than at any other time in recorded history. The scientific community agrees that the consumption of fossil fuels is likely the principal cause of global climate change. This is due to the fact that the combustion of fossil fuels results in the release of carbon dioxide; one of several greenhouse gases.

The City of Kamloops has a long-standing commitment to leadership to support community sustainability. For example, in 1997 the City joined the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program and committed to reducing the community's greenhouse gases and acting on climate change. Similarly, in 2007 the City signed on to the BC Climate Action Charter, pledging to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2011, the City released the Sustainable Kamloops Plan which outlined a sustainability blueprint for the City. As a result, many positive changes have been implemented throughout the community.

Some examples include:

  • Introducing curb-side recycling and collection using a split-body, 1-pass system which saves on fuel and emissions;
  • Installing of water meters to encourage efficient water use, and in turn to reduce energy usage by up to 20%;
  • Purchasing of hybrid vehicles for the City's fleet;
  • Curbing of outdoor burning practices that impact local air quality;
  • Integrating land use and transportation planning at the City wide, neighbourhood and site scales to reduce vehicle travel demand.
  • Constructing of three LEED buildings, including the Tournament Capital Centre, the McArthur Island Sports Center and the Kamloops Centre for Water Quality;
  • Planning and working towards implementing a landfill gas collection system with the potential for on-site electrical generation;
  • Upgrading from incandescent traffic signal lamps to LED lighting to reduce lighting energy use by almost 80%;
  • Introducing a waste heat recovery system at the McArthur Sports Centre to utilize waste heat from the ice refrigeration system to supplement building heating.

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