Summerland wins FortisBC Efficiency in Action Award
The District of Summerland is being recognized for actions taken to reduce energy consumption and emissions in city operations.
They were awarded an Efficiency in Action Award by FortisBC on Thursday due to efforts that will save the community over $80,000 a year in energy costs and move the town one step closer to becoming carbion neutral
The city has completed detailed energy audits on all 12 major municipal buildings, replaced aging HVAC equipment with newer high-efficiency options, upgraded all standard streetlights, as well as lighting in the arena complex to LED's and installed water treatment for the ice arena that eliminated the need for hot water when building and resurfacing ice.
Announced today at a virtually-hosted awards event, the Public Sector – Municipal award was presented to Acting Mayor Doug Holmes on behalf of the District. “We are thrilled to have received this recognition of our community’s commitment to reducing energy use in our buildings.” said Holmes. “Council’s six strategic priorities include Infrastructure Investment, Good Governance, and Community Resilience, and this award shows that we’re making progress on each of those. Saving energy means saving our taxpayers money, and reducing our environmental impact is something we know our community is passionate about. We look forward to continuing these efforts with even more reductions as we move forward with our refreshed Corporate Climate Action Plan.”
An update to Summerland’s Corporate Climate Action Plan is underway, with a final draft expected this fall.
The plan will lay out priority items to further increase energy efficiency, decrease GHG emissions, and save the community money.
"We're proud to recognize the District of Summerland for their year-over-year commitment and exemplary leadership to identify and complete energy efficient upgrades across their municipality," said Danielle Wensink, director, conservation and energy management, FortisBC. "Working together with partners like the District and supporting them with rebates for energy efficient upgrades is one of the ways we're working toward our 30BY30 target of reducing our customers' greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030."