On February 15, the BCSEA's Victoria Chapter held their monthly meeting at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre.
Our guests this month were:
- Sarah Webb, Climate Action Coordinator, CRD
- Mark Boysen, Sustainability Coordinator, District of Saanich
Sarah explained how Bill 27 mandates local governments to include in their official community plans a numerical target for GHG (greenhouse gas) reductions, with policies and actions, by May 2010, and obliges Regional District governments to do the same by May 2011.
She informed us that 6 municipalities will be actively accepting feedback in the next 45 days: Colwood, Esquimalt, Sooke, North Saanich, the Highlands, and Sidney. View Royal and Victoria are conducting a full OCP review at the same time, and will include GHG targets during that process. The CRD is also looking for feedback, through the website: crd.metroquest.com/#/challenge.
Mark told us that Saanich’s Climate Action Plan is online. The 1st review of the plan occurred in November and December 2009 and feedback was very positive. The plan has targets for 2012 and 2016, and the same overall numerical target (33%) as the Province of BC.
Saanich’s task is now to identify the resources needed to take action. Previously, there was nothing integrating the plans of all the various departments; Mark tied them together. He believes all local governments should be doing the same.