May 29, 2019

At their regular meeting on Monday, May 26, 2019, Colwood Council endorsed the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board's climate declaration. Read the report and watch video of the meeting.

As a seaside community surrounded by nature, Colwood understands the potential impacts of our changing climate and has been a leader in taking action to reduce energy use and emissions.

Climate leadership

Colwood Council views this climate declaration as a continuation of the City’s climate leadership, building upon initiatives like the Solar Colwood program, electric vehicle conversion, and climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies outlined in the Official Community Plan.

  • The Solar Colwood program engaged the entire community in reducing energy consumption and making renewable energy options more accessible.
  • The City’s Official Community Plan promotes growth in town centres while taking extra care in environmentally sensitive shoreline and hillside areas to minimize climate impacts. It also recommends creation of a Community Energy and Emissions Plan to defines achievable emission reduction targets. 
  • Most recently, Colwood is one of seven communities participating in an International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Canada Island-wide project to increase understanding of how a changing climate could affect our community’s quality of life, and to make a plan to reduce the risks.

Next steps

Council directed staff to prepare a follow-up report outlining options for accelerating action and taking near-term steps to address climate change at the municipal level.