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City continues to work on green initiatives

City continues to work on green initiatives

January 11, 2017

The community growth committee received an update on the progress the city has made through the Partners for Climate Protection program.  

Kase DeVries, environmental technologist, says one of the easiest upgrade cities can make is LED lighting.   "It's a really quick way to get upwards of 80% on your lighting. So, there were a lot of parking lots that were done in terms of city facility parking lots with LED upgrades. As well as within some of our larger facilities, the ice rinks and that."  

The Province is expected to make an announcement in the spring regarding green project funding. DevRies, says they could see more dollars at that time.  

"We want to position ourselves such that we have our inventories complete, we have our targets set and then we can start incorporating any of those funds that might come available to ensure that we can take full advantage of those funds when we try to do new upgrades."  

In April of 2014 the group began collecting data on GHG's in the region, step one of their five step milestone program.  

They are working ahead while awaiting approval of the first step.  

"We are currently half way through the second milestone, where there's a corporate reduction target that's already been set, that was set in 2014, and going forward we hope to have a community target sorted out by March of this year." DeVries says.  

The data collecting during the 1st step has been sent to the Canadian Federation of Municipalities, they are expecting to have that step completed by the end of the month.   

-Tricia Kindleman/gp

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