Despite rapid growth and urbanization, with a 2.7% population increase in 2016 alone, the City of West Kelowna remains diligent in its efforts to be efficient in corporate operations, which keeps costs in check and reduces energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
To learn more about the city's climate action accomplishments in 2016 and find out what's planned for 2017, please read:
Climate Action goals achieved since incorporation, on December 6, 2007, include:
Start of a LED streetlight conversion project in 2016;
Opening of an Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station in the city centre in 2016;
Adoption of the city's first Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan in 2016;
Gellatly Road Phases 1 through 3 Improvements with the addition of sidewalks, cycling lanes, bus bays and street trees for nearly 1.5 kilometres between the Cove Lakeside Resort and Rotary Park;
Brown Road Streetscape Phase 1 Improvements, with sidewalks, new water and sewer mains, curb and gutter, street trees and irrigated landscaping and underground placement of overhead utilities;
Upgrade of Westlake Road from Highway 97 to Starlight Crescent, including bus bays, cycling lanes, habitat crossing for protected turtle species, roundabout at Stevens Road, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and upgraded turn lanes and accesses.
Silver LEED® certification awarded to the West Kelowna RCMP Detachment in recognition of its energy efficiency and environmentally conscientious components:
Adoption of the City's first Transportation, Sanitary Sewer and Water Utility Master Plans;
Adoption of the City's first Zoning Bylaw;
Ongoing energy efficiency retrofits at several municipal facilities including Royal LePage Place, Jim Lind Arena, Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre and Lakeview Heights Community Hall; and,
RapidBus expansion to Boucherie Mountain and Westbank Centre in cooperation with the Government of Canada, Province of British Columbia, BC Transit, Westbank Frist Nation and local governments.
To learn more about the City of West Kelowna's Climate Actions, please contact the Development Services Division: