We live in an era of climate responsibility. Climate change is a certainty, as is human responsibility for it.
Community Input into Transportation Planning
Reducing personal car use is the most significant action individuals can take to reduce climate change in Whistler. The RMOW is actively working with community partners to implement new programs that make shuttle, transit and active transportation options easier for both residents and visitors . Over the past few months, the Transportation Advisory Group has focused efforts on research and public input into community planning. At this time, an open house is being planned for early January 2017 to share research findings and to collect feedback on new policy recommendations. Please visit the transportation website page for details.
Community Energy and Climate Action Plan
As a tourism-centered mountain town, Whistler has a particular interest in addressing the issue of climate change. Whistler welcomes over 2.7 million visitors annually and places significant reliance on snow and weather for our outdoor tourism and recreation-based economy.
Together with community partners, the RMOW developed the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan. The plan is designed to help Whistler become more energy efficient over the next 50 years through a phased, practical approach. Implementing this plan will require cooperation from all agencies and residents in the community.View the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan.
Why Do We Need to Take Action Now?
Whistler's success is reliant on the collective commitment of residents, businesses, and decision-makers to take bold action to reduce energy use. Individual choices, business decisions and government policies need to work together to reduce our impact on the climate. BC and Whistler’s climate is already changing and even more significant change is anticipated in the future. Research results project the following three key climate changes for Whistler over the next 25 - 55 years:
- Increase in frequency and intensity of heavy rain events
- Longer, hotter and drier summers
- Milder winters, with increased precipitation falling as rain near valley bottom, while snowpack at higher elevation sees limited change
Overall, the annual average temperature in the Whistler region is projected to warm by about 3°C by 2050 compared to the recent past. The potential impacts of a changing climate, such as threat of wildfire, changes in snow conditions, and seasonal weather instability, motivate our collective commitment to take responsibility for our part in solving the climate crisis.
Energy Performance in Whistler
The RMOW has committed to measuring the community’s energy and GHG emission footprint since 2000. The current community data set has more than 15 years of performance insights, trends and detailed estimates.
Learn about Energy Performance in Whistler.
Energy Saving Tips
Learn about steps that homeowners and businesses in Whistler can do to reduce their energy consumption and GHG emissions.
Find Energy Saving Tips.