In November, Surrey city council will be voting on the community climate action strategy, which aims to lower greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
What is the community climate action strategy?
The strategy consists of two plans: the community energy and emissions plan and the climate adaptation strategy. The plan is still in the draft stages, but City officials say they have been working closely with various organizations and members of the community to produce and edit the plan.
“We’ve had a lot of engagement with businesses and non-profits and so on throughout the process,” said sustainability manager Anna Mathewson. “We’re getting some minor edits and minor comments, but [the public is] generally very supportive of the draft.”
The community climate action strategy is one of the first major steps taken by the city since it became a signatory to B.C.’s Climate Action Charter in 2007.
In September 2008, Surrey city council adopted the Sustainability Charter, which set a framework for a “long-term 50-year vision for a sustainable city”.