Recognition was given by the joint Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee
The results are in and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)’s corporate operations achieved carbon neutrality during 2015.
Whistler signed the Climate Action Charter in 2007 to commit to working with the Province of British Columbia and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to take action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in corporate operations as well as the broader community.
Consistent with the RMOW’s Carbon Neutral Operations plan and Whistler’s Community Energy and Climate Action Plan, RMOW corporate operations have achieved carbon neutrality annually since 2010. Corporate greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 38 per cent since peak levels in 2009. Staff continue to actively seek reduction opportunities across operations and remaining annual emissions are neutralized by acquiring third-party verified emission reductions from the Cheakamus Community Forest project.
Whistler achieved a Level 3 recognition, which means the RMOW has fulfilled one or more of its Charter commitments, completed a corporate carbon inventory for the reporting year, demonstrated familiarity with the Community Energy and Emissions Inventory and achieved carbon neutrality.
The recognition is awarded by the joint Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee (GCC). The GCC was established under the Climate Action Charter to support local governments in achieving their climate goals. The GCC reviews and recognizes community achievements through the Climate Action Recognition Program with three levels, of which Whistler achieved the highest level.