The Village has formed a Climate Action Task Force to investigate ways to encourage residents to increase their awareness of green energy and sustainability, and to decrease our carbon footprint.
If you are interested in joining the task force or learning more, please contact the Village Office.
BC CLIMATE ACTION CHARTER
BC Climate Action Charter
The Climate Action Plan is BC’s roadmap to a new, prosperous, green economy for the province. It outlines strategies and initiatives to take BC approximately 73% towards meeting the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020.
The Lions Bay Village Council passed a resolution December 1, 2008 to sign the BC Climate Action Charter. Council passed the resolution to adopt the Lions Bay Addendum to this Charter on January 5, 2009.
The Lions Bay Council, at the December 8, 2008 Strategic Planning Meeting, identified sustainability as a guiding principle in decision making over this 3-year term 2008-2011.
On May 3rd, 2010, Council adopted Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets, Policies and Actions - refer to OCP Amendment.
Lions Bay Addendum to BC Climate Change Action Charter
The Village of Lions Bay's commitment to the BC Climate Change Action Charter
Sea-to-Sky Clean Air Society
The Village of Lions Bay is pleased to be an active participant in the Sea-to-Sky Clean Air Society.
The Society is a community-based non-profit organization with a mandate to:
foster conditions through which communities in the Sea-to-Sky and Howe Sound Airshed can enjoy clean air that sustains and contributes to the health of residents and guests, the economy, the environment and wildlife;
to educate residents and visitors about air quality and the steps they can take to improve it;
to identify and develop innovative practices for air quality management.
THE VILLAGE OF LIONS BAY SUPPORTS AND PROMOTES THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO BC RESIDENTS:
Wood Stove Exchange Program
Scrap your old wood stove and get some cash back. Metro Vancouver has recently launched its region-wide wood stove exchange program. Eligible residents can get a $250 rebate if they trade in an old wood stove for a new, low emission appliance.
BC Hydro Power Smart
BC Hydro's Power Smart program is asimed at reducing energy consumption by utilizing, for example, more efficient appliances and lighting sources, providing energy-saving solutions to consumers, builders, and developers.
BC Hydro Rebates and Savings
For Home Owners
Fridges: BC Hydro will pick up your old fridge, recycle it, and give you $30 for it. Call before April 8 and you could win $1,000 in groceries.
Appliance Rebates and Offers: Save on selected ENERGY STAR appliances.
Lighting Specials: Power Smart specials on fixtures and bulbs.
Window Offers: Limited time promotions on ENERGY STAR labeled windows.
Home Electronics: Save big on electricity with ENERGY STAR labeled televisions.
Mail-In Rebates: Phones, low-flush toilets, clotheslines, energy savings kits, shower heads, and more.
Commercial Product Incentive Program: Power Smart offers money-saving incentives for energy efficient upgrades.
Commercial E.Catalog: Over 8,000 energy-efficient products in one place.
Other Commercial Programs: Customers big and small benefit from a variety of cost-saving programs.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
If you use CMHC insured financing to buy an energy-efficient home, purchase a house and make energy-saving renovations or renovate your existing home to make it more energy-efficient, a 10% refund on the Mortgage Loan Insurance premium may be available. You could also have the added flexibility of an extended amortization (up to a maximum of 35 years) without a premium surcharge.
Provides federal grants and incentives to homeowners and small and medium-sized businesses, industry and public institutions to help them invest in energy and pollution-saving upgrades. In addition to the grants available under ecoENERGY Retrofit Program, selected government entities offer grants and incentives to homeowners who conduct energy saving upgrades.
EnerGuide is a Natural Resources Canada initiative that helps Canadians to purchase energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling equipment, homes, and vehicles.
This program provides a rating for appliances, heating and cooling products, doors, windows and skylights. It identifies specific products that meet or exceed premium levels of energy efficiency.
FortisBC's PowerSense offers programs for new and existing houses. The New Home Construction program includes incentives for lighting, windows, and heat pumps.
Genworth Financial Canada
GFC has instituted an Energy-Efficient Housing Program that offers the same reduction in mortgage loan insurance refunds as CMHC and is based on the same criteria.
Homeowner Protection Office
Programs and Incentives Information
LiveSmart BC Grants
Encourage energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in your community by promoting LiveSmart BC grants for homeowners who make energy saving improvements to their homes. The Province of BC has announced a two-year continuation of the LiveSmart BC program from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013. Check out the new LiveSmart BC grant chart to see what products are covered.
Grant Highlights for the South Coast Include Up To:
$1500 for ENERGY STAR® qualified central system air source heat pumps
$1000 for ductless mini split air source heat pumps
$60 for ENERGY STAR® qualified one zone better windows
$1500 for increased wall insulation
$1250 for increased basement insulation
$600 for increased attic insulation
$400 bonus for completing 5 recommended upgrades
Benefits of Promoting LiveSmart BC Grants:
Raise awareness about and encourage energy conservation and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in your community.
Leverage home improvement investments that create jobs and business opportunities for local trades people, contractors, builders and suppliers,
Achieve average energy savings of 46.3 GJ year/home (representing 30-70% average reduction in energy bills) and average GHG reductions of 2.5 tonnes/year/home through the LiveSmart BC program.
No and Low Cost Options
Promote grants and other incentive programs through municipal website, newsletters and listserves.
Place brochures on incentive and grant programs in your municipal hall and community centres.
Sponsor workshops for your residents on home energy saving opportunities.
Follow the example set by the City of Vancouver and set a target to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20% over 2007 levels by 2020.
Follow the example set by the District of Saanich and provide building permit rebates of up to 30% for a minimum increase of 5 EnerGuide* points.
Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency
The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) provides Canadians with information on energy conservation, energy efficiency and alternative fuels.
The R-2000 program for new single detached homes incorporates components including the R-2000 standard, quality assurance, and home certification, along with training and licensing, on energy efficient and environmentally responsible homes.
The EnviroHome designation is given to a select number of new home projects across Canada. To qualify, each home must be certified to the R-2000 Standard and include additional air quality and environmental features beyond what the R-2000 Program requires.
Vancity/Real Estate Foundation
The Green Building Grant Program aims to minimize the impacts of climate change and improve sustainable land-use practices by supporting green building initiatives in BC and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions resulting from settlement activity.