City Council endorsed a climate action planning process for the City of Vernon in March 2019. This process will see creation of a new Climate Action Plan over the course of 2019 and 2020. A draft vision is that
“In 2050, Vernon is a leader in climate action, with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and is resilient to the changing climate”
The climate action planning process involves engaging with the community, hiring experts, and working together to form an action plan. The process will be broken into several components:
Emissions Inventory – The greenhouse gas emissions inventory will look at our current state of greenhouse gas emissions, where they are coming from, and what reductions need to be made.
Risk and Vulnerability Assessment – Using climate projection data and models of future climate, this process will look to identify what climate hazards exist and how they will impact the City, including impacts on people, physical assets, and economic function.
Impact Reviews and Action Identification – adaptation and mitigation actions will be identified following an analysis of all information gathered.
Public Engagement – There will be several points along the way for the public and stakeholders to be involved and provide input into the planning process, through the use of surveys, workshops, public sessions, and the Engage Vernon website. More details will be provided throughout the process.
Council Consideration – Once all information is compiled, a draft plan will be prepared by staff and presented to Council for consideration. Implementation of the plan will begin immediately.
Implementation – The Climate Action will set out what needs to happen and changes that need to be made. Following completion of the Climate Action Plan, updates to the Official Community Plan and other bylaws/policies, as identified in the Action Plan, will be made. This process will begin immediately upon completion of the Climate Action Plan.