Colwood Council and City staff are committed to both reducing energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to minimize the impacts of a changing climate, while also adapting our community to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

Active Transportation

Making it easier, safer and more enjoyable for residents and visitors to walk or cycle in Colwood is one of Colwood Council's four strategic priorities, and creating an Active Transportation Network is one of the key tactics to help achieve that goal. Active transportation is important for personal health as well as the health of our environment. More people walking and cycling means fewer cars on the roads and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Read about the City's Active Transportation Plan and transportation enhancements underway.

Colwood rebates for energy saving upgrades

Residents who are upgrading home heating, electrical or hot water systems, or would like an Energuide Home Evaluation can access CleanBC grants plus top up rebates provided by the City of Colwood

Climate Change

Colwood was been selected along with seven other communities to participate in an Island-wide collaborative project with ICLEI Canada between 2018 and 2020 to help us understand how a changing climate could affect our community’s quality of life, and to make a plan to reduce the risks.

Green Business Practices

Colwood City Hall was the first office on Vancouver Island to earn Green Certification from the Vancouver Island Green Business Certification (VIGBC) program. The Colwood Fire Department and Colwood Public Works Department have both earned certification as well. 

Climate Leader

Colwood is recognized by the joint Provincial-UBCM Green Communities Committee as a Climate Action Leader. 

We want to encourage our community to work together to promote low carbon businesses and lifestyles in order to have the greatest impact and see faster progress in our efforts towards climate action. The City of Colwood  has taken strong action through programs like Solar Colwood and is committed to working with community partners to reduce our community-wide greenhouse gas emission by 2020, while also moving towards carbon neutral municipal operations.

Climate Action Revenue Incentive (CARIP) Public Report for 2020

CARIP is a conditional grant program that provides funding to local government BC Climate Action Charter (Charter) signatories equivalent to one hundred percent of the carbon taxes that they pay directly. This funding is used by local governments to support their efforts to reduce GHGs, address climate impacts, and move forward on achieving their Charter goals. As the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is wrapping up CARIP in the 2021/2022 fiscal year, reporting requirements for the 2020 year is limited to carbon tax attestation submission to the Province.  As the CARIP report was not required by the Province this year, the City is offering a summary of its corporate emissions.

Read the 2020 GHG Summary & Corporate Emissions Inventory.