Sustainability refers to the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Visit Sustainability Initiatives for more information on Vernon’s sustainability programs.

Climate Action

The City of Vernon became a signatory of the British Columbia Climate Action Charter in 2008. As a participating municipality, Vernon is committed to lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, taking actions that demonstrate leadership on sustainable development, reporting annually on the City’s progress towards these goals and achieving carbon neutrality in corporate emissions.

As part of the BC Climate Action Charter, municipalities are eligible to receive conditional grant funds through the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP). CARIP reimburses the carbon tax paid by local government and requires that municipalities measure corporate carbon emissions and annually report information on their corporate and community wide sustainability actions. Vernon has undertaken CARIP reporting annually since 2010. The 2015 CARIP Climate Action and Carbon Neutral Progress Survey summarizes corporate and community actions in support of the Climate Action Charter.

Pillars of sustainability

Social sustainability

Social SustainabilityA socially sustainable community is equitable, diverse, tolerant, provides a good quality of life; social justice, human rights, equity and community resilience are all important factors of social sustainability.

Economic sustainability

Economic sustainabilityAn economically sustainable community uses available resources in a way that is both efficient and responsible, and ensures all financial obligations over time can be met.

Environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainabilityAn environmentally sustainable community recognizes the critical role that ecological systems play in the health and well being of residents and protects those systems.