Pitt Meadows Eager to Reduce Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

July 13, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2011

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For more information, call 604-465-2420

Laurie Darcus, Director of Corporate Services

ldarcus@pittmeadows.bc.ca

www.pittmeadows.bc.ca

Pitt Meadows Eager to Reduce

Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Pitt Meadows, BC – To meet the Province's Bill 27 Local Government (Green Communities) Statues Amendment Act, which set requirements for all municipalities to establish targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Pitt Meadows has been working on a comprehensive plan to reach their targeted reduction of 13% by 2017 based on 2007 emission levels of 88,567 tonnes of CO2e – which is made up of emissions from buildings (48.6%) on-road transportation (48.1%) and solid waste (3.3%). The plan has been developed over the past two years through public consultation and with the assistance of Hyla Environmental Services funded in part through a $20,000 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Climate Protection program. The reduction initiatives focus on:

– To meet the Province's Bill 27 Local Government (Green Communities) Statues Amendment Act, which set requirements for all municipalities to establish targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Pitt Meadows has been working on a comprehensive plan to reach their targeted reduction of 13% by 2017 based on 2007 emission levels of 88,567 tonnes of CO2e – which is made up of emissions from buildings (48.6%) on-road transportation (48.1%) and solid waste (3.3%). The plan has been developed over the past two years through public consultation and with the assistance of Hyla Environmental Services funded in part through a $20,000 grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Climate Protection program. The reduction initiatives focus on:

Community Buildings: policy and programs to encourage energy reduction in non municipally owned buildings – e.g. endorsing the Energuide rating in Multiple Listing Services (MLS) Advertising; and establishing preferred ‘green' building standards for new construction.

Land Use and Urban Design: policy and programs to encourage mixed use neighborhoods that reduce the need for fossil fueled transportation; and contemplate reducing the distances between residential and commercial in establishing the Official Community Plan and zoning guidelines.

Community Transportation: policy and programs to encourage transportation options that reduce GHG emissions – e.g. supporting senior government initiatives to implement a Tailpipe Emissions Standard; promoting car free days; work with Translink to offer alternatives to car travel; and work with developers to encourage bike lockers and transit shelters in and around new construction.

Solid Waste: policy and programs that support the Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Challenge; and reduce the amount of garbage entering the landfills.

Full copies of the plan and background information, including presentations, are available for public final feedback on the City's website at www.pittmeadows.bc.ca until July 13, 2011 at which point the comments will be compiled and circulated for Council's review prior to the plan's recommended adoption at the July 19, 2011 Council meeting. The public is encouraged to provide comments and feedback even after July 19th, as the plan is a living document that will evolve and change over time.

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