Tackling climate change requires a range of actions—to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and also to prepare for the impacts that it will bring to the District.
By dedicating large swaths of forest as the new Whyte Lake Park in 2014, the District of West Vancouver achieved carbon neutrality for five years with respect to corporate greenhouse gas emissions. While this gives us some breathing space, there remains much more to be done to reduce actual greenhouse (GHG) emissions.
The District has been reducing energy consumption in public facilities and improving fuel efficiency in the operation of fleet vehicles, recognizing that lowering actual GHG emissions is key to achieving lasting impacts.
However, the data shows that about 95 per cent of West Vancouver’s GHGs are generated by the community, and 54 per cent of those GHGs come from heating homes.
Now, the municipality is asking residents to shift their thinking too, especially around housing, transportation, land use and waste reduction.