Committee of the Whole - 26 Sep 2023


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: STAFF REPORTS
3.i: Community Climate Action Plan Progress Update
4: TERMINATION
1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
0:00:00 (0:05:02)

The council meeting was opened by Councillor Andrew Hamilton, who is acting as mayor for the month of September. He welcomed everyone to the meeting, acknowledging that it was taking place on the traditional territory of the Squamish nation. He also noted that many people were wearing orange shirts in commemoration of the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation day, a day dedicated to thinking, reflecting, and listening.

Hamilton informed the attendees that the council meeting was being live-streamed and recorded, and would be available for public viewing on the District of Squamish website following the meeting. He advised anyone with concerns to notify the corporate officer present at the meeting.

The first item on the agenda was the Community Climate Action Plan update, which was to be presented by Ian Picketts. However, the details of this presentation were not included in the provided extract.

Andrew Hamilton
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good morning everyone welcome to the committee of the whole meeting of Tuesday September 26th I'm Andrew Hamilton counselor Andrew Hamilton acting mayor for the month of September so we'll be chairing the committee of the whole first we'd like to welcome everybody to the traditional territory of the Squamish nation and as we'll notice many people are wearing orange shirts today in commemoration of the upcoming Truth and Reconciliation day I look forward to thinking reflecting and listening this coming weekend on to our committee the whole meeting please be advised that this council meeting is being live streamed recorded and will be available to the public to view on the District of swamish website following the meeting if you have concerns please notify the corporate officer present at the meeting and with that I will search for an adoption of the agenda moved by Lauren's second sorry move back out to the green loss second by mayor Herford all those in favor motion carries so we don't have any amp so on to our first item staff reports Community climate Action Plan update by Ian Picketts leave it to you Ian thank you

SPEAKER_04
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thank you very much just one second while I sort out the technology here definitely oh so believe we are good

Community Climate Action Plan Progress Update
0:05:02 (1:14:58)

Ian Picketts, the Manager of Sustainability and Climate Change at the District of Squamish, presented an update on the district's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP). The presentation highlighted the progress made on various actions, those that are just getting started, and those that have not yet been initiated. The CCAP update is planned for 2024, providing an opportunity to build on and learn from what has been done so far. The council declared a climate emergency in 2019, pledging to reduce emissions by 45% from a 2010 baseline by 2030. The CCAP is the plan to achieve these numbers, focusing on community emissions and assuming abundant access to low carbon electricity.

Picketts provided a snapshot of the progress on the CCAP actions. Of the 122 actions, 54 are completed or ongoing, 41 are initiated, 20 have not started yet, and seven will not be pursued due to reasons such as better technology, prohibitive costs, or redundancy with other actions. He also discussed the district's corporate emissions since 2013, noting a modest decrease in 2021 and 2022. However, he emphasized that the focus should be on the actions rather than the emissions, as the numbers may not go down due to factors outside of their control.

The presentation also highlighted several areas of progress. These include the zero waste program implementation, infrastructure improvements, outreach regarding electric vehicles and e-bikes, and support for home retrofits. Picketts also discussed the progress and challenges in each of the "big moves" of the CCAP, which include reducing waste, investing in transit, decarbonizing transportation, decarbonizing existing buildings, and organizational actions. He concluded by stating that while significant progress has been made, there is still a long way to go, and the CCAP review in 2024 will provide an opportunity to reflect and improve.

SPEAKER_04
0:05:05 (0:22:00)

thank you very much everyone I really appreciate the opportunity to be here today and to discuss this important matter with you all my name is Ian Picketts I'm the manager of sustainability and climate change here at the District of Squamish and my pronouns are he his our entire sustainability team is here to answer questions and engage in discussion afterward Tammy rothery the director of built environment initiatives with Community energy association should be joining shortly Tammy is largely responsible for the ongoing retrofit assist program and is available for more discussion and questions about that have a fair bit of information to go through I'll try to go through it relatively quickly in the presentation and leave lots of times for follow-up questions and discussion so the way this presentation is going to go similar to other CCAP updates give you some highlights of progress but one thing that our group we've tried to do in this update is not just highlight actions that are completed but also be clear about actions that we are just getting going on and then also the actions that we have not started yet this is a really Opera really great opportunity to be thinking toward the CCAP update which we are planning to do in 2024 so really have an opportunity to build and learn from what we've done so far just for background you're all very familiar with this but the council declared a climate emergency in 2019 pledging to reduce emissions in 2030 by 45 from a 2010 Baseline the underlining assumptions within the CCAP that was the plan to get us to these numbers is that we are limiting ourselves to community emissions also that there is abundant access to low carbon electricity also as a reminder there are four types or categories of actions in the CCAP they range from direct when it's if you have control over the action something we can just do incentivize something we can make more attractive and easier partner something we can work to others often when we partner where we need to break down barriers and then also educate promote encourage and ourselves learn more so often in action incorporates all four of those but it's really helpful to remember that we have some things we can just say and do and then some things we can ask and beg some things slightly in the middle so from for a progress on the CCAP actions I wholly acknowledge that this is a crude measure because of the 122 actions some are quite straightforward some are quite complex but a good General snapshot of where we are at is as follows so 54 actions are completed or ongoing a lot of actions we can't just say complete check done a lot of options we adopt into our work plan and they can actually fall off the completed or ongoing we actually had one kind of go from completed back to initiated we have 41 actions that are initiated so between those two we have 78 of the CCAP is at least initiated which I think is quite notable 20 actions we have not started yet and seven actions we have determined that we will not be pursuing some of them we've come across better technology the costs are prohibitive or they're redundant with other actions Etc so that is a snapshot of where we are at with the 122 actions as you're aware we don't have annual community emissions measurement at this time but I included this information again it's a crude measure but it's somewhat indicative here are corporate emissions since 2013. the 2013 to 2016 increases is largely attributable to us being better at measuring them one problem with climate action is as you learn more you end up adding to your inventory because you figure out things you weren't measuring so in the name of good science and good reporting you serve to increase your admissions inventory however that's these are all in the atmosphere so we need to be paying attention so since 2020 that was our highest amount in 2021 and 2022 we have had a modest but not significant decrease I didn't graph this because there is a lot of noise in this data a lot of it comes down to heating Degree Days you have a really cold wet winter we burn a little more fossil fuels the one thing that I'm really excited about is there are actions in play that have not manifested in these reductions so for example once the Brennan Park retrofit is in play that on its own is going to should be taking us down by hundreds of tons of CO2 a year so we're putting in actions right now that we're not necessarily seeing at the at the end in the emissions that's also why in these reporting I'm focused more on the actions and less on the emissions we need to drive those numbers down however the mechanism we have to drive the numbers down is the actions and even if we do the actions that the numbers may not go down due to factors um outside of our ourselves so it's a complicated thing we have to be measuring we have to be reporting and we are working toward annual Community metrics that we can report upon happy to talk about more that more in the in the discussion that also might be a main feature of the 2024 CCAP update another crude but indicative measurement is funding that we have received to help enhance and enable action we've been quite fortunate we've received over 2.2 million dollars to date to support climate action and this does not include some other sources of funding for example the community Works fund that still have a lot of interaction with this one notable one is the LG cap funding we actually just got a check last week for the second year of that for 153 000 from the provincial government which is really exciting so we're very happy to report that we have received a lot of money to help incentivize and enable things we've done most of it is funds some of this is in-kind contributions okay so now what we're going to do in the presentation is I'm going to quickly highlight a couple things that we feel that we're making really good progress on and then we're going to go big move by big move and give you a little bit of a snapshot of things we're doing well on things we've just started and things we have not initiated yet so the first highlight is for big move one our zero waste program implementation we're very proud of the work we've been able to do on that we had a successful repair Cafe and re reuse it fair in the spring of 2023 with more events planned this fall October 14th is our next repair Cafe two events have been organized in partnership with the Welcome Center so a real effort to engage a broader and different audience into these types of Affairs this work has really strong linkages with the circular economy work that economic development is leading in partnership with us also very noteworthy that the library of things initiative is a great example of a the library feeding into this broader movement a really excellent initiative that was just spearheaded recently our at infrastructure improvements is another area of progress that we feel like we are consistently putting a lot of time and effort and resources into hopefully a lot of that was showcased in the council Bike Tour That Rainy Day a couple of weeks ago noteworthy projects include Highlands Way South the roundabout and the uphill bike lane the discovery Trail Connection in Denville it was funny just on the I was biking home the other day and took that picture on the left and it was just one of those days like it hit me in the head I was like holy goodness we live in a beautiful town like that was just it's just really it's stunning and I personally really appreciate how well this connects to the houseound secondary school there's just in my opinion a lot of thought in this new way connects really well with socialized housing program as well encouraging a lot of active transportation and Community Building also in progress of planning Westway upgrades and as a valley Cliff resident I find this personally very exciting another area of progress is our Outreach regarding electric vehicles and e-bikes so we had an e-bike expo on June 3rd we had vendors test drives and a lot of local owners available to share their experiences and positive stories we had an EB EV expo at the Adventure Center on June 17th where people were allowed to actually test drive EVs and also e-trucks as you can see in the top right corner child care was offered at the event courtesy of Tesla's frunks didn't actually close that and just Saturday we had our fall EV Expo really exciting we had an e we had gfl came out with their e-garbage truck and also the only EV Buzz the Volkswagen van the only one in North America was in Squamish for that event so a lot of really great conversations and learning and sharing the rain was certainly challenging but we managed to stay off the grass and have a lot of really good conversations and learning also huge shout out to our Communications Department who's come up with this really great style for our Outreach for this that we keep on going I have these posters up on my wall in my office and really enjoy the aesthetic of them Big Move four supporting home retrofits so we have 65 applicates applicants to date which is a problem because we have 40 spots for this so we have a waiting list and a retrofit assist program we are actively pursuing more funding to allow more people through that program we are also topping up energy assessments we started with 16 and they got snapped up right away so we we've put another so we have 32 energy assessment top-ups available and we have used 20 of them are now subscribed we are pursuing a large amount of additional funding for air sealing actions it's kind of a missing hole in the retrofit Endeavor that there's just not a lot of contractors engaged in air sealing it's often the cheapest first most readily available action that you can take and are and the people running the program have found that sometimes in the order of six hours of work can get the number of air changes down in a house from somewhere like 15 down to six or seven so a really quick measure to do it so we are we are looking for funding to support contractors to engage in air ceiling right at the start of this program which we're excited about okay so now we're going to switch gears and give a little bit more fulsome update on each of the big moves of course there's a lot of information on these slides and it's not even all of the information in your handout so we'll go through it quickly and then totally welcome questions about all of this our single use items regulations are in place along with materials to support enforcing them we are well along in construction materials separation at the landfill also working toward better recycling targets so we've made progress in deconstruction and now we're at the end of the year we're going to really look at this looking toward recycling targets and Renovations and construction as well we have not moved forward with a free shed on dos property Miss wetton Zellner and Miss White have talked to a lot of other communities and found that they're a tricky Beast they need supervision they turn into garbage sheds so you don't want to build a shed and say come take what you want because you might have just donated 12 tools and you'll never see them again so we want to we want to engage on that if when we have the proper resources to do it well we also have not begun to tackle waste groom retrofits and multi-family residential buildings um it's something that is not yet emerged in very busy work plans that's a image from a recent tour of waste rooms with gfl probably your reflection of my social events that I my social life that I find these things really fun we are investing actively in transit I think this is really noteworthy that we have a plan 15 minute service during peak times 15 minutes is often noted as that key metric where people if they miss a bus they can just wait for the next one this is of course contingent on funding this gun is coming back on October 10th for the approval of the mou for this but I think it's notable to celebrate that you know this is something that the district and the council is pushing toward this is another interesting one too where the moves that we take don't necessarily correlate to emissions reduction you can do like you can step and at a certain point you reach a Tipping Point where emissions might go down a lot and when we get to 15 minute Transit I'm really optimistic that might be one of those points where it's like hey if people know they have 15-minute Transit the next person to move here might not even buy a car the next family to move here won't have two cars very exciting um things that we haven't moved forward yet one is adding mixed use neighborhood commercial this is a good candidate for next year's zoning bylaw update Whistler has done a lot of work with an e-bike share with evolve this gun has talked to them at length but they're in a position where they need funding to operate here which we are not able to do so right now we are watching The Whistler example closely and thinking toward how we can how we can best do an e-bike share program again can't let it we can't let it be a money pit and we can't we want it to be successful if and when we do it again some of our geographical Legacy is a is a challenge here we don't have you know a stretched out Tower decarbonized transportation we have EV charging requirements for off-street parking in our zoning bylaw so for new buildings we're confident we are we are addressing that good news we have recently enjoyed the joined the Electric Mobility accelerator program which is supporting us to make Headway in a number of EV initiatives one of those initiatives is to push and encourage the school district towards electrification so we're going to providing some resources and some education and some initial help toward the supporting the school district for that which would be really exciting also EV charging infrastructure is a large construction season is planned for 2024 led by our manager of capital projects things we haven't worked on include decals personally I feel that this is maybe something we don't need to pursue we still want to be encouraging active transportation and Transit as our first go-to's and EVS are reaching that Tipping Point where maybe they don't need all the best parking spots maybe they don't need a lane on their own so it's you know it's one of those things we're waiting and it might quickly move into the do not pursue good candidate for the 2024 CCAP update also we do not have a zone that requires zero emissions vehicle for delivery this is a pretty ambitious action and the Technologies just not there yet but once we start to see those commercial vehicles coming out more this might be something we can work toward I think would be really exciting so for decarbonizing our existing program buildings Brennan Park Adventure Center RCMP building Library a lot of work going into all of those facilities things that we aren't doing one of which includes Mass thermal imaging so we even explored the idea of getting a thermal camera and having it in our library and allowing people to sign it up and get thermal imaging of their own vehicle we explored actually getting a thermal camera and putting it on the on a fire truck and getting them to get data we lessons from other communities have showed that there hasn't been a particularly good uptake virtual home energy assessments have also emerged as a pretty good granular approach to see to see how a home is doing and thermal imaging should be part of an energy assessment anyways so this is something we have decided at this point not to not to pursue for benchmarking per the province is leading the way on this so we are we are looking anxiously for the province to move forward on this further and hopefully they can provide leadership on this that we can hop on the bandwagon after the low-carbon incentive program continues and our Capital team is working hard on all new projects I think fire hall two is particularly exciting where we're actually going to start generating low carbon electricity ourselves things we have not worked on yet include more rapid adoption of Step code for larger homes it is a tricky one and it is not something we've that is risen in our work plans to work with building and planning and sustainability to tackle if and how we can go about doing that educating Realtors one thing that's exciting is the contracted Community is starting to take some leadership on this there are some other jurisdictions that have really LED on this Europe is quite ahead in this regard and California also has recently required a section on any energy performance that has to go with every listing so it's something in the next couple years that I'm confident we will we will start to adopt in British Columbia and in Squamish and then finally the broader organizational actions we continue to work diligently towards implementing our corporate energy and Emissions plan our Economic Development Group spearheads a lot of excellent work on the growth and nurturement of local businesses with a sustainable Bend to that of course the CCAP update is something where we're starting to think about for 2024 and you'll be hearing a lot more from us regarding that so things we haven't started the looking into carbon dioxide removal projects that is kind of pushing we don't have a lot of scope on that and again we really want to focus on mitigation as much as possible also a revolving Energy Efficiency fund is a is a great idea but we are actually at a point where the we're well beyond just the business case we are any of those low-hanging fruit you know people like Mr White are facilities manager is really good at grabbing that low-hanging fruit and things that we save money on WE finding that we've already done and we're good we're getting into a point where we're getting into those higher steps renewable energy generation Etc where there isn't actually much of or even a payback but those are the places we need to go to Really drive down the emissions foreign the 2024 update in short I believe in our team believes that we've we have a really excellent plan in the in the CCAP in 2020 but with all the work that we've done although all the learnings that we've had there's a really exciting opportunity to really look at the scope what we incorporate into the CCAP look at all of the actions and again go out into the broader Province and pick and choose like what is Saanich done what has Nelson done what is Metro van done and find all the people doing the best work and steel and bag and borrow from them to understand where we can go forward also to incorporate a little bit more thoughtful consideration about what capacity we have and what capacity these take one thing that we are finding in the actions is some of them pretty quick and easy some of them have a real Legacy of constraints you know some of them we turns into a gift that Public Works gets to maintain for years and years so we have to be really thoughtful about that in our organizational capacity yeah and using all that and all that we've learned making this plan really focus towards Squamish and what we can do so in summary we continue to make progress toward implementing the CCAP actions this has been enabled by significant funding there is a very long way to go we've got to start getting those getting those emissions numbers down and in a hurry and the CCAP review in 2024 is a really good opportunity for us to reflect on what we've done and see how we can do better with that I will leave the recommendation on the screen thank you very much

Andrew Hamilton
0:27:06 (0:00:09)

thanks very much Ian Council counselor Anderson

Eric Andersen
0:27:15 (0:02:06)

thank you my first question concerns item 1.1 improving deconstruction practices where the enforcement of our demolition waste diversion by law is highlighted and disseminating information about that by law now Council recently has received some letters regarding a particular house in brackendale in 1950 home where and it wasn't the first instance of this there were deconstruction contractors waiting and trying to reach the developer without success and we've also discussed previously another nearby building the manor the what we can do to take further steps to encourage especially recycling salvaging of high value wood so I'm going to read from the embodied carbon guide for BC a quick quote and this is in the section building reuse and renovation but it applies also to salvaging materials a first step to enabling home relocation or Salvage is to create a public facing information about homes slated for demolition at the building permit application stage which will allow materials salvaging companies to contact homeowners or Developers for potential moving or salvaging opportunities I'm wondering whether or how we might consider implementing such a public facing information mechanism so that we can get those conversations happening between the developer the demolition potential Demolition and those who wish to salvage this is a very frustrating topic for around town and it will only grow in interest as the public takes an interest in some of these demolition prospective demolition projects is this a prospect that we can Implement that information Loop

SPEAKER_05
0:29:21 (0:00:47)

thank you for the chair my name is Laura Witten Zellner I'm the Outreach sustainability coordinator and oversee most of the deconstruction file we do have a lot of ongoing conversations internally and externally and with other municipalities to see how we can improve the deconstruction incentives because we recognize that it is not ideal yet and this isn't something we have looked into yet at this point but I do believe that it's something we should look into and that public information and the awareness of residents about the requirements needs to be improved as well that's something that we want to prioritize more as they are the ones Contracting the people who are demolishing the houses or ideally deconstructing the homes

Eric Andersen
0:30:09 (0:01:47)

thank you a second question is concerning number 1.8 zero waste strategy update where the action item highlighted is to establish a stakeholder committee to guide the implementation of solid waste management initiatives my question is will the construction and if you like deconstruction sector might they be represented on such a stakeholder committee the Construction and building material world thank you and finally chair the at the ubcm convention last week I happened to have a lengthy conversation on the community energy you know where I'm talking about energy Association but also people involved in District energy including in Squamish and pointing out what is also pointed out here in the report about assessing the capacity to support electrification and the observation that they're making is that bio heat and District energy could be an interesting complement and a valuable one alongside electrification and we have the example of our school district using biomass heat so my question then is if I can find it how can we consider this under Big Move five construct better buildings because we're going to be constructing a lot of new buildings especially multi-unit and the district energy Specialists are saying these are very good candidates for this option

SPEAKER_04
0:31:56 (0:00:59)

through the chair thank you very much for the question it's a it's a really excellent point as I noted at the in the scope part at the beginning of the presentation currently the underlying assumption in the CCAP is that we have fairly abundant fairly ready access to low carbon electricity through and we're very fortunate in British Columbia that most of that is hydropower about 98 is low carbon so for the first iteration of the CCAP it was the opinion of the group that created it that is our first priority is to Electrify and that at a later date when we started to run into more electrical kind of run-up against walls with electrical capacity then we would look into energy generation things like solar things like District Energy Systems Etc I very much expect that in the 2024 CCAP update that it's going to be looked at a lot more closely

Andrew Hamilton
0:32:55 (0:00:04)

thank you thank you thank you chair counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:33:00 (0:00:13)

thank you through the chair thanks to staff for a fulsome update my first question is I'm just my assumption is that you're not actually looking for feedback on the scope of the 2024 update that conversation will come back another day

SPEAKER_04
0:33:13 (0:00:10)

through the chair that is correct we will be back shortly with that but I a very good time to be to be thinking about that because there'll be a little bit more discussion thank you

Jenna Stoner
0:33:23 (0:00:16)

okay that's helpful so then just a few questions on the update for this past year we've had previous conversations and there was some initial draft around a carbon budgeting tool and I'm just I didn't hear that referenced at all and so I'm curious if staff can speak to where that is

SPEAKER_04
0:33:40 (0:00:33)

through the chair that is actually one of the actions that went that got downgraded this year we we've put a lot of work into that carbon budgeting tool and our intent was to incorporate it into the budget cycle for this year however with brand new budgets software a very ambitious budget cycle update it was determined that we could not Incorporated it this year but next year it will look it will be in so and so we we've we're having to wait one year but we we're fully expecting to incorporate into the next year's budget thank

Jenna Stoner
0:34:13 (0:00:28)

you okay a little bit disappointing but appreciate that there's some tight timelines there and then I just wanted to question a little bit you mentioned the pilot project that's going on in Whistler with e-bikes and an e-bike share program and you said that we didn't have the funding for that at this time I'm just curious how much that would be and who made that decision that the pending wasn't available

SPEAKER_09
0:34:41 (0:00:11)

foreign the problem is actually that it would be assistance to business so we can't provide assistance to business so we didn't look into the numbers

Jenna Stoner
0:34:53 (0:00:07)

we went through an RFP process though to actually secure any bikes Bike Share program

SPEAKER_09
0:35:00 (0:00:05)

to the show yes that would be possible to do it hasn't risen to the top of the to-do list yet

Jenna Stoner
0:35:06 (0:00:43)

okay that I just want to question this a little bit because we are providing funding through the retrofit assist program for air source heat pumps we're providing chop up for Ev infrastructure and so I'm just curious where the equity Lens comes into the work that we're doing so we're providing top up to folks who are able to own a home like most likely who are doing retrofits who are providing top-ups to folks who can purchase a vehicle of over thirty thousand dollars or more if they're looking at an EV program and so while I don't think it's an either or where is it that we draw this line or where do we bring in an equity lens on who it is that we're giving money to and where the other opportunities are for integrating Equity as we transition to a more sustainable future

SPEAKER_04
0:35:50 (0:00:56)

through the chair that's an excellent point I believe that the equity lens plays out in the big moves themselves if you were to just look at the emissions reduction we should technically if we just want to drive down the number we should be putting all our most of our money into Big Move three and just electrifying Vehicles we are big move two is a larger priority and so we continue to put large amounts of investment into Transit and active Transportation I that is a partial answer but I also want to very clearly acknowledge that it's a it's a really excellent point and it's something that we should be revisiting as miscon stated I think with this one it was tricky in that it was just across that threshold into assistance to business and based on our research an RFP might go unanswered at this point given the landscape so that we might not be quite there yet for it for an ebike program

Jenna Stoner
0:36:47 (0:00:33)

yeah I think it's just important when you think about especially specifically subsidies to individuals like how does that get spread out across our community and who's actually able to benefit from them and so that's more my concern and so the e-bike is just one example but I think what I've heard is as many options for car shares Mobility shares and public transportation are what's going to provide the most options for the people who can't afford to buy their own vehicle

Andrew Hamilton
0:37:21 (0:00:05)

thanks very much councilor French

John French
0:37:26 (0:00:37)

thanks chair I was focused in on Section 1.1 in the staff report where we see a suggestion possibly increasing the deposit collected from companies demolishing buildings and expansion to include Construction Plus supporting the process with policy fee rebate structure and possibly a bylaw Amendment wondering what kind of timeline is Staff thinking for that these initiatives yeah I'd like to see happen as soon as possible can I expect to see those in front of council for 2024

SPEAKER_05
0:38:04 (0:00:38)

through the chair ideally yes that would be we were hoping to look into amending incentives as soon as we can but the conversations are ongoing and engagement has been started earlier this year externally and internally with other municipalities in-house but also with the industry to understand where to best approach and how to best communicate and use those channels we haven't set a council date for next year but we're hoping to look into amending what we can amend next year

John French
0:38:42 (0:00:35)

okay fabulous and chair I have one more and I zoned out a bit there are counselor stoner's second question so I hope this isn't a repeat um in 6.3 in the staff report Community carbon Marketplace we see working with Consultants to get landfill gas and curbside organic collection project certified local carbon registry should be available in September 2023 so that's now is there an update to this what's the latest carbon registry news

SPEAKER_04
0:39:17 (0:00:43)

through the chair it should be publicly available by the end of September they have completed their so there's the two projects that were initiated they have not quite done all of the math for the landfill gas one but the carbon little curbside organic collection is finished and completed so there the last interaction is there just have asked me for a photo to put on and then they plan to make this public so it's a you know it's a it's a humble start but it is a start with one project with another one close on its heel another really great opportunity will come up quite quickly when we are public facing charging stations become available that's another Municipal opportunity thank you

John French
0:40:01 (0:00:05)

super thanks chair I found this report quite helpful and informative

Andrew Hamilton
0:40:07 (0:00:03)

thanks very much and comes to the green law

Lauren Greenlaw
0:40:10 (0:01:03)

thanks for the presentation it's really exciting to see Environmental Education kind of percolating through our community um and waste diversion's been an ongoing and important question a conversation that we've been having and I note that the vital signs report that we recently received states that Squamish saw nearly 2.5 million takeout cups last year and 1.8 million paper cups and 1.8 million plastic utensils I also note that a lot of the single-use packaging in town is labeled as compostable but my understanding is that not only do we not have an industrial composting facility regionally nor do we have one provincially and possibly not federally I'm not sure if anybody can proof that and I think a lot of people are misled by this and I was wondering if the district is doing anything to Lo to educate local businesses particularly in the food industry about reducing the number of single-use packaging that they use

SPEAKER_05
0:41:14 (0:00:49)

thank you through the chair um yes we are planning on educating businesses more and supporting with more resources and information um the we have recently received the economic in collaboration with the economic development team Trailblazer grant that dedicates quite a lot of action items to aligned like food and packaging education and I believe they will be in Council on October 10th to provide more detail on how that will be implemented we do recognize that the single-use items below that is in place is enforced and we are providing we are providing materials and support but we do understand that there are still some shortcomings and we will continue to educate

Lauren Greenlaw
0:42:03 (0:00:20)

okay thank you I was also wondering this is totally shifting Lanes here if you could speak to the reasons behind separating industry from municipality when we're calculating the carbon footprint of our community and if you could speak to where those emissions are captured

SPEAKER_04
0:42:24 (0:03:10)

through the chair the corporate emissions or are the municipal emissions are part of the community emissions so my intent was not to separate them it's just that we do have good information about our corporate emissions we have the gas meters the electrical meters Etc so we have really good information for our corporate emissions so I'm just relating that information as a very rough proxy for the community emissions which it not it may not necessarily be but it would be somewhere I am confident it's somewhat indicative we do have updated emissions information until 2020. I reached out so this information is still it's supporting a community-led initiative about Community about different municipalities in the How Sound region and our intent is to work with the group supplying the emissions data for this project and use that emissions data to a good economy at scale also way better for a community to report the same number that we report and just I guess this is very much on the record so I wouldn't say off the Record but I did not put this as a slide because I did not get clear permission to share the data but from 2017 to 2020 the our emissions in Squamish as a community have been very have been quite steady so at 27 2017 there are 122 600 tons 2018 it went to 124 700 tons 2019 down a little bit to 124 000 100 tons and then 2020 122 900 tons so 28 2017 went up a bit and that's in 2020 it was back to about where it was in 2017. we don't have numbers for 2021 and 2022 yet as this program but they're working on it looking a little more closely into the numbers some interesting Trends between 2017 and 2020. one is that passenger vehicle emissions have gone down reasonably about five percent building emissions have gone up both commercial and residential and that's largely due to just a larger building stock also interestingly our emissions associated with electricity use have gone up that's partially because we have a new emissions factor for it got updated to reflect the fact that we actually import some call from Alberta and then we're also using more electricity as our community grows and as we can as we transition to electricity one thing that's noteworthy is our landfill gas system has not yet borne out in this and that on its own should be responsible for reducing our emissions by about 10 000 tons almost 10 percent so that is an action that is well underway that is not yet reflected again I apologize it would be much nicer to present that information on a slide rather than me just rhyme off numbers but I just want it to be respectful just the lines weren't totally crossed about sharing that information yeah thank you

Lauren Greenlaw
0:45:34 (0:00:09)

thanks oh and one more thing I frequently hear an experience that we need more bike parking so I'm just planting that see putting it out there

Andrew Hamilton
0:45:44 (0:00:02)

and mayor Herford

Armand Hurford
0:45:47 (0:01:00)

thank you my I think your response there sort of covered off my question which is around I appreciate the court being presented the corporate numbers but the community numbers I think are interesting and sort of tracking how impactful these actions are and I'm glad you mentioned the gas flaring and sort of the projections and the modeling that was sort of the sort of underpin the reasoning behind that expense really I took to heart and I'm happy to see I move forward so you've given us some numbers you know unofficially as it were not on a slide in the update that's forthcoming are we going to be able to get the data that will show so we can compare sort of the projected outcome and the actual outcome is that what's going to be part of this 2024 update

SPEAKER_04
0:46:47 (0:00:22)

through the chair yes modeling and modeling support for what we've done and what we will be doing will be a large portion of this we want and the modeling itself continues to improve so getting the better information to give us a an indication on if we do X does y does y happen so yes absolutely thank

Armand Hurford
0:47:09 (0:00:26)

you thank you and then I think one of the questions that I was I heard in counselor green laws I'm not sure if we got to was sort of from a carbon accounting or emissions accounting perspective could you remind us around the industrial piece being exclu included excluded and how that all fits with our overall the overall emissions as a community in this context

SPEAKER_04
0:47:36 (0:00:28)

through the chair excellent question so right now the scope of our emissions is limited to community so large industry Falls outside of that scope at present there is nothing in our community that qualifies as a large industry in the if future there may be so wlng was to go forward that would out as large industry so it would not be incorporated into our emissions our emissions portfolio

Armand Hurford
0:48:04 (0:00:21)

so if it's not an if under this hypothetical if it's not under our portfolio where does it where does it live is that something that is accounted in another column on the on the provincial on a provincial level or do they have a standalone for others to reference I'm just trying to understand it'll I can see it being helpful for us to contextualize our actions

SPEAKER_04
0:48:26 (0:00:10)

through the chair it would fall under Province they have an industrial section of the of our provincial emissions are

Armand Hurford
0:48:36 (0:00:16)

yeah thank you okay thank you and then the EV charging Network sort of expansions I walked past this one in Victoria I have to ask are we getting closer on act on activation

SPEAKER_04
0:48:53 (0:00:21)

through the chair we are unfortunately it was installed and there needs to be a Communications device also installed that is with our public works department they have the device and they just need to find the time to stick it on and then we can communicate and then we can turn it off I assure you that I am harassing people but they're very busy people

Armand Hurford
0:49:15 (0:00:27)

no that's fine I just I'll just share the other the other day leaving my office in this building I witnessed a heated conversation around access to this charging station that we have in front of the building and I know that it just highlighted to me the need for additional so anything we can do to get that operational not and not just that one that's a proxy for an expanded charging Network so I'm happy to see us moving that way thank

Andrew Hamilton
0:49:42 (0:00:04)

you and councilor pettingella is next

Chris Pettingill
0:49:47 (0:00:46)

yeah thanks I have a couple questions and some comments to be coming around for comments at the end or okay all right so questions I you did mention a bylaw update but I'm not clear on I can't remember where the low carbon step code changes come in and in particular some of the analysis that Nanaimo has done around call it fortis's you know questionable claims about its RNG and sort of assessing you know where we incorporate that in our step code and then how we sort of deal and I guess where I'd like to get to is to avoid having to ad hoc no gas covenants but have a similar effect but can we just do that with the step code in the near future

SPEAKER_04
0:50:34 (0:00:27)

through the chair excellent question the easiest answer probably is that Mr valiniskis is coming on October 24th to discuss changes to the energy step code in the low carbon step code so staff are working are working towards that and also new numbers that reflect different data from the on the profits please feel free to offer a follow-up if you'd like me to try to go into more detail now thank you

Chris Pettingill
0:51:01 (0:00:30)

okay no yeah I can wait till end of October I'm pretty eager to get moving on that and then just the free shed idea just intuitively that aligns very well with the new library of things at the library and I don't want to mandate that all has to fit together but is there anything policy wise where we're getting in the way or is that something that we can let sort of come together if or when it makes sense

SPEAKER_06
0:51:31 (0:00:32)

thank you through the chair my name is Shannon White I'm the integrated solid away specialist at the District of Squamish to date there we have the staff have not done a deep dive into the policy requirements around the free shed it is definitely a conversation we could have with the library team as well as the facilities team to see if there's space in some of the work that's being done there that being said it is something staff is looking into and yeah we'll make sure that we're not being in our own way

Chris Pettingill
0:52:04 (0:00:52)

okay thank you and I guess the last question for now you mentioned thermal cameras and I'm just wondering you know I believe Fortis is offered to let us look at a methane camera but just the possibility of having one of those on our own or to have access to one when we need it to assess I think there's a fair bit of debate about who's telling the truth around methane and fugitive emissions and so on and I'd be very interested to see like with the forest compressor stations and if wood fiber moves ahead validating some of the claims that are being made about methane and so on and so to me that seems like a very useful tool like is this something we could consider you know again leasing occasionally or buying or like are these things millions of dollars are they like a thousand bucks or

SPEAKER_04
0:52:57 (0:00:15)

through the chair I do believe that our fire department has quite a high capacity thermal camera that so that it is maybe something we do have at our disposal I'll invite Miss Ledoux to comment further if she has more information thank you

SPEAKER_12
0:53:13 (0:00:45)

hello through the chair my name is Karina du I'm a senior energy specialist in sustainability group with regards to master Imaging the context that Mr Picketts was referring to was using it for homes residential homes and just being able to understand where air leakage is happening in the homes so the question you're posing with regards to using the camera for detecting fugitive emissions I'm wondering if it might be a different technology as opposed to picking up thermal heat loss in a home and I'll show that helped but that's kind of what I'm seeing it from

SPEAKER_04
0:53:59 (0:00:36)

through the chair if you don't mind I'll add on to that I was recently in a methane detection seminar for landfills and one Miss White and I were both in it and they were that might be the in the purview like in the scope of drone or aircraft measurement that might be the technology that can it can find that information I think Miss Lydia was probably correct in that handheld or on Surface one might not be powerful enough to show that thank you it's very complicated methane measurement in their fluxes

SPEAKER_00
0:54:35 (0:00:15)

if I might add as well in terms of a particular industrial player and understanding their emissions we're not the regulator of that so it wouldn't be worked in necessarily the district would take on

Andrew Hamilton
0:54:50 (0:00:02)

yeah go ahead count to the Pedigo

Chris Pettingill
0:54:52 (0:00:39)

yeah thanks and I understand that the Techno or I would assume the technology is different that it would not be thermal imaging you need something different and so I would still be interested to know especially as we are dealing with different things to deal with our community missions to understand what they actually are which means to my mind understanding what the fugitive emissions are we may not be able to directly regulate but I think I would like to be able to understand so again if just understanding the order of magnitude is this a couple thousand bucks or is this you know millions of dollars or can you rent something just to have some sort of understanding of what might be available to us would be wonderful in the future thank you

Andrew Hamilton
0:55:32 (0:01:12)

thanks and I'll ask one question for myself before we go on to second round of comments which are hopefully be brief before we go into we've got about 20 minutes left here before we go 20 minutes left in our schedule so at last week's ubcm conference at an interesting conversation with one of the advisors to the minister of Natural Resources who was telling me that one of the challenges they're facing is assessing the carbon emissions from the forestry sector because deforestation when you cut down the trees obviously you're losing the carbon that the trees are absorbing but you're also disrupting the forest floor and the disruption of the forest floor apparently has a very drastic carbon emission process because that's where all the carbon is sitting that's what a fossil fuel comes from right and so this question of how big is our deforestation got me thinking about our own landfill expansion plans have we done an assessment on the carbon impact of our landfill expansion

SPEAKER_06
0:56:44 (0:01:30)

thank you through the chair I'll start and then I will let Mr pickets pick up the threads that I leave hanging um so through the landfill expansion we are this isn't carbon per se but I'll start with environmental values and then pass the carbon Bucket over to Mr pickets so we actually are right now in the process of we have Consultants who have been working for the past four months on assessing the environmental values of the land where we are looking to expand the landfill so what they've been doing is and again I am not an environmental expert but they've been looking at the wildlife the Flora the fauna as well as the proximity to the Watershed and waterways and we will be doing some hydrology and storm like hydrogeology work as well but all that work will lead to a report at the end that will provide us with kind of all the environmental values on that land and the intent is that they will also or then staff will work towards what does that look like what do we do if we are going to cut down those trees and how do we replace them or compensate for that so again I'm not the expert we can bring in someone from the environmental team to talk about that piece specifically but that work is underway but that doesn't speak exactly to the carbon piece so I'm not sure

SPEAKER_04
0:58:15 (0:00:56)

to the channel I will continue to continue to not directly answer your question It's Tricky one it's a great question just to note in the emissions for the in the CCAP there is a table that shows the industrial emissions it shows our community emissions it shows the potential industrial emissions and it also has a bar that is l-u-l-u-c-f which is land use land use change in forestry so those emissions are out of scope but they are estimated Mr Hamilton you will appreciate that if you look at the error bar on that they are it is a big air bar that Rivals the size of the bar so it's a huge source of uncertainty and in particular probably the thing we most poorly understand is are forestry landfills which should be in our scope but we did not incorporate it into our community emissions because there was such little confidence in the numbers so it's an area of improvement

Andrew Hamilton
0:59:12 (0:00:57)

so given the vast quantity the vast amount of uncertainty here are we investigating other options than landfill expansion are we exploring options like incineration which at first glance when I thought about incineration I thought well that doesn't make sense burning your garbage but then when you apply your mind to the all the emissions that come from deforestation the fact that when the garbage sits in the landfill it's emitting methane anyway as it decomposes and if you're burning it you can put a scrubber on that burner to actually extract this reasonable fraction I don't know how much but a reasonable fraction of both the emissions and the pollution coming from the scrubber I don't know how much and of course capturing the heat for energy maybe so have we considered incineration as an option instead of landfill expansion

SPEAKER_06
1:00:10 (0:01:31)

great thank you through the chair so in 20 16 and then 2020 information around the ghgs the cost implications and probably some other variables apologies were stretching my memory a little bit on the exact details of those report to councils were brought to council with a decision to be made and waste to energy over the incineration of waste was one of those options as was exporting our waste out of region and at those at in 2020 Council made a decision to move forward with a landfill a lateral expansion that being said the lateral landfill expansion is dependent on several permitting processes land acquisition and other elements so or some of it is out of the District of squamishes control so we do have currently waste exporting waste out of our region as the backup there will be an amendment to the solid waste management plan of the slrd in two or three years and that's the point when the District of Squamish will have the opportunity to change the ability for a waste to energy technology to come into the community into the corridor I should say because currently it's not prohibited by that management plan and sorry Mr pickets

SPEAKER_04
1:01:41 (0:00:34)

thank you through the chair one thing to add on to that is the analysis showed that even if we were to pursue waste to energy we would still need a lateral landfill expansion so our thinking is that we engage in the lateral landflow expansion and potentially engage adopt waste to energy and maybe that footprint can last 200 years not 30 years so it's still even if we had waste energy as the plan right now unfortunately we would still have to expand the landfill also to support it

SPEAKER_06
1:02:15 (0:00:46)

and sorry I just have one more thing to add on to that because it is the technology is changing so much and so quickly the only current waste energy facility in BC was approved in the 1980s I believe and so staff is wear consistency consistently facilitating talks or sales pitches if you want to call them by industry so even last week I staff was listening to a discussion about creating graphite out of voiced so there's this we are consistently listening because we know that this isn't changing industry in the landscape we will need another solution at one point so

Andrew Hamilton
1:03:02 (0:00:08)

thanks very much counselor Stoner for our second round of questions and I invite anybody else to put up their hand for second round before comments

Jenna Stoner
1:03:10 (0:00:35)

thank you just briefly in building off accounts one of counselor petting Gill's questions around the zero carbon step code and hear that Mr veleniskis is coming back um later next month I am curious though if we have any idea how around the low carbon incentive program that we put in if that has seen any adoption or impact to date or if that's just something that we could bring back in that future presentation I'm just curious where those map out

SPEAKER_04
1:03:46 (0:00:10)

through the chair it's probably best to bring it on the October 24th discussion

Andrew Hamilton
1:03:56 (0:00:02)

counselor Anderson

Eric Andersen
1:03:59 (0:01:46)

thank you on the topic of big move one waste it seems to me that we are and will be or will be lacking infrastructure for recycling and This concerns building materials but other sectors as well and by infrastructure let's take the example of the squamous rebuild that site has serious constraints and there's equipment constraints there no lift capacity truck turn around this sort of thing they're probably and I know they are hoping to find a new home we have other businesses and in fact another Society wishing to establish a building materials recycling yard we have what other categories of wood waste looking for a land parcel solution and indeed even the scrap metal business locally is looking for appropriate land parcels and so where I'm going is that we have a tricky situation for these category this category of business and it may need some attention it's not easy to identify how we take steps to work with these types of businesses or societies it'll be an integrated approach planning and economic development but I'm convinced that it's a category of industrial land use and need deserving attention and I may also add our future potential need for transportation if we are going to be shipping some of our waste somewhere we need to actually I think already now be thinking about where that might be located due to our land constraints I have a I can touch on another topic but perhaps we have staff that wish to comment on that one chair

SPEAKER_06
1:05:46 (0:00:03)

I'm sorry I was I would you be able to repeat the question thank

Eric Andersen
1:05:49 (0:00:23)

you I guess it's Ms White it's really a an observation that I believe we need to give attention to are lacking infrastructure and in particular land parcels and Zoning suitable for various types of recycling initiatives some will be new coming along

SPEAKER_04
1:06:13 (0:00:25)

through the chair I will just say that Miss White can elaborate on this book that is a major consideration in the lateral landfill expansion and one of the things that we are excited about is offering that space before it accepts waste to be accepting and reusing and utilizing other material so it's not just a landfill we are increasing our ability to manage other materials thank you

SPEAKER_06
1:06:38 (0:00:35)

thank you and through the chair this is an ongoing conversation that staff have heard about um I must say the metal one is new to me so thank you for bringing it to our attention um and I think it is a conversation that we need to have with the economic development team and the real estate team as well and potentially bring all the stakeholders together this is also engages with the slrd because of the kind of the solid waste management plan so there are a bunch of folks that do need to be in the room together and to discuss yeah

Eric Andersen
1:07:13 (0:01:05)

that's it thank you thank you I'll just briefly make another observation on the topic of transportation and perhaps this is really scope three I'm considering the highway and its use and long distance commuting it strikes me that we still haven't got a settled and I don't know how difficult this is it's probably an evolving thing a settled way to monitor this highway use and the commuting phenomena it should be of great interest to us of course it is but how do we do this what would be a consistent approach we could use over time to track the commuting phenomenon and is it jobs to housing ratio which they use in down South of the Border is it fuel consumption is it ICBC statistics I would like I would like to see some discussion of this as we if we are going to explore scope 3 emissions what is the way that we are going to be able to talk over time about this and try to look at the progress we need to make thank you

SPEAKER_09
1:08:19 (0:00:42)

through the chair thanks for the question this hasn't really been part of the conversation with CCAP to date just because it was out of scope but perhaps going to 2024 that could change we do actually have reasonable data for Highway Usage both through the stats Canada journey to work data as well as there's new big data sets now that you can cell get which use phone tracking so there's a company called streetlight that provides data that actually is in use in our transportation master plan process as well so I think that if the decision is made that we do want to use that information in a future CCAP type project we will be able to have access to data that's reasonable

Andrew Hamilton
1:09:01 (0:00:07)

thanks very much any comments invite counsel counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
1:09:09 (0:02:29)

yeah thank you just reitering my thanks for all the work and the update appreciate that it's really difficult to measure carbon emissions reductions and the actions that we take and the resulting impact that's complex that being said I am looking forward to the 2024 update to give us a bit of a Time Mark as to where we are the Squamish Community indicators dashboard is a great interim tool what would also be helpful for me is trying to just get a sense of what are some of the uptake levels of their like retrofit assist program and so some more numbers in there around like the various incentives that we're putting out and how those are being taken up by Community so appreciate that we have somebody from cea here who could speak to that I don't actually need it right now I just mean in future in terms of when we report out on this and get an annual update those sorts of things would be really helpful for me in this discussion and I just also want to recognize that we the 24 update will be really helpful in giving us a bit of a benchmark after five years of when we declared a climate emergency and taking meaningful action in this work we knew that it was going to have to be an iterative process through our community climate action plan learning from our own experiences from those of other communities the reality that the Technologies are changing so quickly the fact is that we are even more so than five years ago deeper into a climate emergency and on a global scale our climate immersions are not going in the right direction I have some hesitation that the 2024 results may not be in the direction we want them either and so I just want to really urge my Council colleagues and staff to think about how do we double down like I think we need to have a conversation before the 2024 update but how bold do we need to get in order to actually address this in an effective way that's going to be meaningful um not to say that the work that we haven't done in the last few years hasn't been that but the urgency is ever greater especially coming off of the summer that we just experienced and lived through and it's really sent time sensitive and so I don't want to let up on that pressure at all because it's going to be our reality it is our reality and so what else can we be doing thanks

Andrew Hamilton
1:11:38 (0:00:02)

constipatingkill

Chris Pettingill
1:11:41 (0:04:00)

yeah thank you just a few comments to the conversation and also coming out of UBC and my colleague mentioned the biofuel and I had a conversation with a community up north and I can't remember the community unfortunately but they had built their energy system around pellets and they found that with all the global climate action a international company has bought up all the pellets in the whole region are shifting off to Europe and so it is incredibly expensive and difficult to heat their homes now they're kind of in a panic as I understand they're not using their local Mills to make these pellets so they've lost jobs as well I think to be honest it's probably more of a comment about all the problems with carbon offsets as opposed to biofuel maybe but it really highlighted the incredible distortions and all the problems with carbon offsets and why we should be really I think skeptical of those and I'm glad that we're not relying on carbon offsets for this sort of reason and many others to achieve our goals we're actually trying to directly reduce emissions so I think that's good on us I'll just mention I mentioned it when we had the parking discussion I would think if we can get to variable rates I would definitely be interested in varying rates based on a number of things I think you know value vehicle or is it EV or not you know if we have the ability to adjust those rates and tip the scales where we need to I think that is something worthwhile in my mind at least to consider disappointed that carbon budgeting will be delayed a bit eager to see that I would hope that we could start to see that maybe without a complete budget but just on our reports having a sense of you know not super accurate mapping at every scenario but understanding hey if we did multi-family versus a lot of detached homes in this area like here's the order of magnitude difference in ghg so we can start conceptualizing that from a carbon perspective some of the big decisions we're making especially with bigger developments um very eager to look at scope 3 emissions even if we're not going to address them I think in terms of advocacy at the very least having a concrete understanding of those is very useful so eager to see that two more things I want to mention it really struck me with ubcm the importance of the leadership we have shown in Squamish and that I think we need to continue to show I think with the change in election we've lost a few very large influential communities that were really leading on climate and so I think it's up to communities like Squamish to step up I my sense of ubcm was that in general there's a lot more understanding of the need for climate action a lot more support for climate action but there's still a need for people to lead and to push because we know as much as we have done we're still way behind where we and we that's globally that's candidates all of us and so there needs to be leaders in our community is very well positioned for many reasons to be one those leaders I think we have been and I think we need to continue that I think the vital signs report one of the things I took from that was the very strong Community Support desire for climate action so I think the support is there and we should continue with that the last thing I'll mention I was quite overall heartened by Premier EBS um closing notes at ubcm he was given a softball question sort of asking him to pump up BCL and G and his response was well hey you know we got LNG Canada done but he said I've gone on trade missions and I'm not hearing anyone ask for LNG the basically paraphrasing here but he said it's not LNG it's hydrogen people are looking at Green hydrogen in particular that's where things are going and so as we move forward as a community looking at what we're advocating for protecting our economic interests and so on the province seems to be really moving away from LNG or new LNG so that was good news from my perspective keep

Andrew Hamilton
1:15:41 (0:00:02)

counselor French

John French
1:15:44 (0:01:27)

thanks chair and I think that counselor stoner's question is worth asking again and emphasizing how do we Double Down or maybe the question is how do we triple down we're not moving as fast as I'd like to on this and that's not a criticism of Staff or this plan it's just my observation that anyway that we could speed up our results and what we're striving for with this plan would be great and I have high hopes for diverting a larger percentage sooner of kitchen and organic waste diverting that from our landfill I think for more and more people it's becoming cool to compost and I want to see us hit some kind of tipping point where it's super cool to compost and everybody is doing it and I think there's room for a similar scenario with deconstruction over demolition there's a lot of room for improvement in rescuing old copper wire out of buildings and siding that still has use and two by fours that have another life once they get pulled out of the home that they're currently in so great work on the part of staff and thanks for this update

Andrew Hamilton
1:17:11 (0:00:01)

mayor Hereford

Armand Hurford
1:17:11 (0:02:07)

move I was going to receipt and then roll my comments into that just to double down procedurally so I'll move receipt if there's a second catch the stone or seconds thank you thank you for all the work on this on this file I found I find the community climate action plan to be well integrated into all the work that we do here and at the district and really in a foundational way and I think that positions us well for the for the update and integrating whatever comes of that and um I would agree and I was happy to hear with the energy around the table for motivation to continue um not just continue down this path but accelerate down this path in any way that we can find to do so I'd like to thank counselor Stoner for highlighting that the equity piece around I think it came up during the e-bike discussion and in the community climate action plan there is a section around big moves and climate equity and I think that um even with the actions thus far it's been important but if we're gonna if we're moving forward and moving forward more aggressively that piece of the of the equation is incredibly important and I'm just going to quickly read the first sentence of the big moves in climate equity which is implementing these big moves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions we'll need to consider climate Equity to help ensure people in Squamish feel connected welcomed and generally included in climate action and I would argue in the community so there's a big piece of work of work here and I think for us to be successful this is really needs to be to be highlighted as we go as we go forward but I'm happy to receive the report and look forward to supporting the actions and the update to come so thank you so much