The Slocan Climate Action Advisory Commission was formed by Council in 2018, to provide advice, support, and recommendations to Council with regards to the development and implementation of climate action and GHG reduction initiatives within the Village of Slocan.
The Commission’s mandate is to:
- Provide recommendations on the implementation and updating of Slocan’s Strategic Community Energy & Emissions Plan;
- Inspire and sustain community commitment to achieve the Village’s community-wide GHG emissions reduction targets and climate action objectives;
- Identify and advise on ways to build local climate action awareness, and promote environmental stewardship within the community;
- Provide a forum for dialogue and information-sharing related to climate action and GHG reduction;
- Provide a local perspective on climate action while giving due consideration to the balance between social, environmental, and economic aspects;
- Review, research, analyze, and provide feedback on any other community-related climate action items as directed by Council, including strategic planning, bylaws and policy development.
The work of the Commission shall be guided by, but not limited to, the following documents & initiatives, and any amendments thereto:
- The Village of Slocan Strategic Community Energy & Emissions Plan, 2016
- The Village of Slocan Community Sustainability & Transition Plan, 2011
- The Village of Slocan Official Community Plan, 2011
- The Village of Slocan Corporate Inventory and CARIP Reports
- FCM – Partners for Climate Protection Program Framework
- West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays Program
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP)
Local Government Climate Action Program (LGCAP) provides local governments and Modern Treaty Nations with predictable and stable funding to support the implementation of local climate action that reduces emissions and prepares communities for the impacts of a changing climate. The LGCAP supports local climate action to help B.C. reach legislated climate targets and achieve provincial climate goals outlined in the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy.
The LGCAP provides funding for local governments and Modern Treaty Nations to plan and implement climate action that will reduce emissions, create new opportunities for people in the clean economy and prepare communities for future climate impacts. As part of the program, recipients of funding will be required to report on their actions.
The first year of this program (2022) is designed to disburse funding efficiently and support timely local climate action. Additional program and reporting refinements will be made in collaboration with local governments and Modern Treaty Nations for year two (2023).
This program will:
- Provide flexible, long-term funding that meets urban and rural needs
- Enable community-specific action to reduce emissions and increase climate resilience
- Enable robust reporting to track results and help improve the program over time
- Enable knowledge sharing among local governments and Modern Treaty Nations to promote innovative climate action across the province
To be eligible for the first year of funding, applicants are required to:
- Be signatories to the B.C. Climate Action Charter or be a B.C. Modern Treaty Nation
- Measure and report corporate greenhouse gas emissions in the first year or prepare for mandatory emissions measurement and reporting for year two
- Demonstrate climate investment (i.e., matching funding or in-kind contributions) equivalent to 20% of the provincial funding received
- Report on projects linked to one or more objectives from the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 and/or the Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy
- Have their Chief Financial Officer, or equivalent position, submit and publicly post:
- a completed and signed attestation form to confirm all funds were, or will be, used towards climate action
- a completed PDF version of the required program survey
Over the next year, the Province will work with local governments and Modern Treaty Nations to determine reporting requirements and program design for year two.