Climate change is an urgent problem that requires commitment to action from everyone in the community.
As one of Whistler’s primary emissions sources, transportation is a key issue in the community’s approach to climate change. Passenger vehicle transportation within RMOW boundaries represents the largest share of Whistler’s overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint at 58%. Reducing vehicle travel is one of the biggest opportunities for Whistler residents and visitors to protect the mountain environment we love.
Whistler’s ability to meet its long-term GHG reduction targets is very much dependent on successfully achieving reductions in the mobile fuel sector. To meet our goals, it is clear that large-scale shifts to clean/low carbon vehicles are needed, as well as significant reductions in the total number of vehicle-kilometers travelled.
Inventory and Monitoring
As part of the community monitoring initiatives, the RMOW tracks numerous indicators related to transportation, energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Community Performance Indicators include: community energy use, GHG emissions, proximity to transit, proximity to services, visitor travel by bus, commuting mode, registered vehicles and more.
- Corporate Plan Performance Indicators include: utility and fuel consumption, GHG emissions, transit service customer service delivery and more.
- Other RMOW reports on energy use provide detailed inventory of transportation-related energy use and GHG emissions.
Policy and Planning
- Whistler’s Official Community Plan prioritizes active and mass transportation solutions over single occupant vehicles, and land use planning aims to facilitate smart transportation choices.
- The Community Energy and Climate Action Plan acknowledges the significance of transportation solutions in reducing Whistler’s GHG emissions. To that end, this plan identifies more than 30 actions to support the reduction of mobile emissions, to be initiated by 2021.
Working with Partners
- The RMOW works closely with BC Transit on the provision of mass transit service in the resort community.
- The Transportation Advisory Group and the Transit Management Advisory Group are Committees of Council tasked with supporting the resolution of transit issues affecting the resort community. Both of these Committees contribute to transportation solutions in support of GHG emissions reduction and positive climate action.
How Can You Help?
The single biggest step you can take to support positive climate action in Whistler is to drive less!
- Walk, cycle or take transit – It’s the Whistler way.
- Carpool: Many ride-share options are available in the Sea to Sky corridor: find out more and start carpooling today.
- Learn more about local transportation solutions and how you can benefit from them.
- Learn how to save money and reduce GHG emissions with BC Transit’s Commuting Cost Calculator or visit LiveSmart BC’s On the Road.
- Community Monitoring Program
- Annual reports