2019 Sustainability Actions

  • Powell River City Hall, Museum and Archives, Public Works yard, and Dwight Hall were upgraded with new energy-efficient LED lights. The new lights will create a much better visual environment and save over $40,000 per year in utility costs with a 10 per cent return on capital investment.
  • The City partnered with BC Hydro to install the region’s first fast electric vehicle charging station at the North Harbour parking lot.
  • Fifteen homes in the community upgraded their heating system from fossil fuel to clean electric heat pumps with the help of CleanBC Better Homes rebates and City top-ups of $350 per heat. The program could result in an estimated annual greenhouse gas emissions reduction of more than 57 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, as well as cost savings to homeowners.
  • Low-speed electric vehicles are a new vehicle category now permitted on City streets. The City is looking at adding them to the municipal fleet.
  • The Green Vehicles and Equipment Policy and Green Buildings Policy were passed. The initiatives will reduce the city’s carbon footprint and reduce costs.
  • Self-watering planters for Marine Avenue were purchased, cutting fuel costs and carbon emissions, and freeing up staff time.
  • Sustainable upgrades at the Recreation Complex included: new low-emissivity ceilings at the ice rink and arena; new electric ice edger that will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize lifecycle costs; new REALice Water System was approved for the Recreation Complex, with $23,000 allocated from the Community Works Fund. The energy efficiency will reduce costs of resurfacing the ice at Hap Parker Arena and the adjoining hockey rink
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