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October 15, 2009

Climate Smart Islands

Filed under: Sustainable Living — Jocko @ 1:44 pm

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ISLANDS TRUST LAUNCHES “CLIMATE SMART ISLANDS” PROGRAM

The Islands Trust will take another step towards its long-standing goal of reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) as island communities amend 19 Official Community Plans over the next eight months. Trustees will engage islanders in discussions as they identify GHG reduction targets and strategies to meet those targets.

Current Community Climate Actions on the Pender Islands:

Transportation

Moving Around Pender (MAP) Alternative Transportation Society, Pender Islands. Goal to make cycling and walking safer and more accessible, including the car stop program and a partnership with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to develop and designate cycling paths on the highways network.

Car Stop Program, Pender, Mayne, Hornby, and Gabriola Islands. Initially launched by Moving Around Pender on North and South Pender Islands where 29 car stop locations now exist, the Car Stop Program is rapidly expanding to other Gulf Islands: 25 car stops are planned for implementation on Mayne Island in September 2009, and Hornby and Gabriola are well along in the planning process. Contact: Barry Mathias

Transportation Advisory Committee (through LTC), Pender Islands. Working with Paths on Pender; bike path designated, working with MoT to create pullouts for community shuttle.

Food Security

Pender Organic Community Garden Society, Pender Island. Building community garden space through individual plots, shared plots, and community supported agriculture. The project aims to enhance food security, reduce climate change impact, provide affordable and nutritious food, and foster sense of community.

Natural Areas

Pender Islands Conservancy Association, Pender Islands. Promotes NAPTEP program and administers the fund that pays fees associated with qualifying NAPTEP applications.

Detailed information on this initiative is available on a new climate change section of the Islands Trust website at http://islandstrust.bc.ca/climatechange/climatehome.cfm. The webpage includes key decisions and other resources about climate change relevant to island communities.

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