Updating Our Climate Plan – Complete the survey
Public and stakeholders are invited to contribute to a new Saanich Climate Plan to:
- transition as a corporation and a community to 100% renewable energy by 2050,
- achieve an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050 (from 2007 levels), and
- prepare for and adapt to a changing climate.
To learn more, read the Climate Plan: 100% Renewable Saanich Terms of Reference and sign up for email updates to learn how to be involved, or visit this webpage for updates about the release of the backgrounder series, events, surveys, and more.
How to Get Involved
- Read the Climate Plan Backgrounder Series [PDF - 3 MB], which includes an Overview, Climate Projections and Adaptation, Renewable Energy, Transportation, Buildings, Consumption and Waste, Food, and Leading by Example. This Backgrounder Series will help with completing the survey.
- Complete the survey
- Join the e-news list
- Join the One Planet Saanich Initiative (see the One Planet Saanich webpage for more information)
- Come to an event:
Monday May 7th
Our kickoff event was Saanich Talks: Our Community in a Changing Climate on Monday, May 7th. Thanks to everyone who came out! For those that missed it, here are the presentations from our fabulous speakers:
- Dr. Thomas Pedersen: Saanich, Climate Change Impacts, and Opportunities [PDF - 4 MB]
- Dr. Nancy Turner: “Keeping all the Pieces”: The importance of Biodiversity in Saanich at a time of Environmental Change [PDF - 7 MB]
- Dr. Jennie Moore: Saanich’s ‘Footprint’ and what we can do about it [PDF - 1000 KB]
Wed, June 20th
Visit us at Community Festivals
- Sunday, June 17th: Car Free Day
- Sunday, July 1st: Gorge Canada Day Picnic
- Sunday, July 8th: Saanich Strawberry Festival
- Sunday, August 12th: Cadboro Bay Festival
- And many more!
You can reach us at email@example.com or 250-475-5494 x 3448.
Current Climate Plans
Climate Action Plan [PDF - 1.9 MB]: Sets targets and actions to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
Climate Adaptation Plan [PDF - 1.9 MB]: Identifies ways we can adapt to climate changes.
2010 Climate Action Plan Highlights
The Climate Action Plan set targets and identified actions to reduce both community and municipal GHG emissions.
- Reduce municipal fleet fuel consumption.
- Promote energy alternatives like solar hot water in buildings.
- Implement a greener garbage collection program.
Our 2020 GHG Reduction Targets:
- 33% in the community.
- 50% for municipal operations.
We will continue to undertake projects that move us towards these 2020 targets whilst the climate plan is updated throughout 2018.
2010 Climate Adaptation Plan Highlights
Adaptation refers to activities intended to reduce unavoidable climate change effects.
We face many climate change impacts:
- Sea-level changes.
- Severe storms and bigger precipitation events
- Seasonal water scarcity
- Health impacts
- Ecological impacts.
- Food security challenges.
This plan looks to identify all impacts and the actions we need to take to respond to a changing climate in our community.
The following reports released by the Capital Regional District outline the most recent information regarding climate changes in our region:
- Climate Projections for the Capital Region – 2017
- Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment Report – 2015
Saanich publicly reports its progress to several stakeholders:
- District of Saanich residents and Council through our Annual and Financial Reporting.
- Province of BC through our annual Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP).
- Internationally through the CDP - Climate Disclosure Project.
In 2013, Saanich was awarded top honours in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. The Municipality has reached five milestones for both corporate and community programs, making it the 8th municipality in Canada to achieve this status and the first on Vancouver Island.
See how Saanich is leading by example.