The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) achieved corporate carbon neutrality in 2017, and recently received Level 4 recognition for this from the joint provincial-Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Green Communities Committee’s (GCC) Climate Action Recognition Program.
Whistler signed the Climate Action Charter in 2007 to commit to working with the Province of British Columbia and the 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 29 per cent since peak levels in 2009.
Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden said, “The Resort Municipality of Whistler is proud of achieving carbon neutrality and receiving recognition from the Province and UBCM. Whistler has been a leader in corporate and community monitoring and environmental stewardship, and we understand the urgency of continuing to take action to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions both within our organization and the community.”
Staff continue to actively seek opportunities to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions across operations, and remaining annual emissions are neutralized by acquiring third-party verified emission reductions from the Cheakamus Community Forest. Learn more about Whistler’s climate action initiatives at whistler.ca/climateaction.
Whistler's energy monitoring and performance
Each year the RMOW reports on the energy and greenhouse gas emissions performance for the Whistler community as well as the RMOW’s internal corporate operations. Reports include performance data, key trends and insights, as well as benchmarks on performance against Council-adopted targets. These reports are intended to support and inform the strategic management of energy and climate-changing emissions across the community. Download the Whistler Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Performance Trends 2017 Annual Report.Find additional corporate and community monitoring data at whistler.ca/monitoring.