Since becoming a BC Climate Action Charter signatory in 2007 and pledging to significantly reduce both corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas emissions, the City has strived to address climate change by integrating environmental, social, and economic considerations in its planning, programs, and activities.
What is the City doing?
Each year, the City publicly reports its annual inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate actions. We are working towards reducing and offsetting these emissions through various plans and initiatives, including:
- Sustainable Kamloops Plan
- Corporate Energy & Emissions Plan
- 2017 Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report
- GHG Community Action Strategy
- Climate Action Fund Projects
- Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment
- Community Outreach & Education (including ECOSmart)
The ECOSmart Team operates May through August and consists of four energetic university students who help educate residents on various sustainability topics, such as water conservation, energy efficiency, preserving our atmosphere, and waste management. The goal is to educate residents on ways they can incorporate sustainable behaviour into their daily lives while at work, at home, and at play.
The team presents to students at schools during May and June using interactive play and engaging activities. During July and August, the team attends summer camps and community events, such as the Farmers’ Market, Canada Day, Ribfest, and Electric Avenue. If you see the team at an event, be sure to take time to meet them and to learn tips on how easy it is to take action to make more sustainable choices. Taking some of these simple steps can help save money while ensuring a healthier environment for your family and your neighbours.
What can you do?
Small changes make a big impact. Here are a few things you can do to make a difference in your home:
Automobiles produce unwanted emissions that create unpleasant air quality conditions. Consider using alternative methods of transportation to get where you need to go:
- Use public transportation
- Bike or walk—the city has a great network of biking trails
- Carpool with friends or colleagues
- Consider an electric vehicle (car or bike)—there are several charging stations throughout Kamloops
Everyone has a role to play in helping to decrease waste by rethinking, reducing, reusing, recycling, repairing, and composting. Modern waste management techniques and products make it easy for us to send less to the landfill.
- Rethink: Change the way we think about waste. The more you rethink, the less waste we'll have to reduce, reuse, recycle, or repair
- Reduce: Cut back on the quantity of products you buy. The key idea is to consume less overall.
- Reuse: Find an alternative use for things you have, rather than throwing them away. Avoid buying one-time use products
- Recycle: Separate materials that can be commercially repurposed. Make sure to understand what you can and can’t recycle in your neighbourhood.
- Repair: Instead of tossing out broken items, try restoring them. You might even learn a new skill!
- Switch to natural products. Be sure to read labels and understand ingredients.
- Wash clothes in cold water and hang to dry. Detergent for cold water washing is available in most stores.
- Sign up for electronic billing to eliminate paper coming to your home.
- Buy in bulk, using reusable containers.
- Consider green home renovations. Financial incentives can make these kinds of renovations viable.
- Choose green hotels and activities when travelling.
- Purchase carbon offsets when flying.
- Purchase items you need, say no to items you don't, and avoid single-use products.
- Buy used, buy local.
- Repair broken items instead of tossing them away.
- Stock up on reusable containers and shopping bags.
- Recycle items you no longer need—be sure to check what can and cannot be recycled.
- Try composting.
- Organize community swaps.
- Repurpose items.
- Donate items you don't use or host a garage sale.
- Measure your waste and work toward reducing it.