The City of Vernon has been acknowledged for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Photo credit: Vernon Morningstar files

Vernon honoured for thinking green

City greenhouse gas reduction initiatives applauded by civic peers

Efforts by the City of Vernon to reduce greenhouse emissions has been recognized by its civic government peers.

The city’s demonstration of “significant corporate and community-wide climate actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the 2016 reporting year” has resulted in the city being awarded the Level 3 (Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments) recognition as part of the Provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities Green Communities Committee (GCC) Climate Action Recognition Program for B.C. local governments.

As a participating municipality, Vernon has committed to lowering 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.

Some of those actions have included offering up to $1,000 to groups to work on their own sustainability projects, climate action information programs, Okanagan Lake foreshore inventory mapping and a tree planting support program.

“The City of Vernon is committed to working towards a sustainable future,” said Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund.

“Vernon continues to work with the province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community and corporate operations.”

Additional information on Vernon’s sustainability and climate action initiatives is available at

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