VERNON – The B.C. Government is providing over $114,000 in grants to Vernon, Coldstream, Lumby and the Regional District of North Okanagan in recognition of their commitment to support a healthier, more sustainable community, announced Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster today.

  • Coldstream                         $10,291
  • Lumby                                 $7,304
  • North Okanagan – RD    $12,028
  • Vernon                                $85,001

“When local governments, which influence 40 percent of BC’s greenhouse gas emissions, invest in practices that will shrink their carbon footprint, it goes a long way toward supporting our provincial goals for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Foster. “These communities are to be commended for taking the initiative toward lower emissions and a healthier future.”

The Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) provides conditional grants to communities that have signed the Climate Action Charter and supports their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Communities that report publicly on their progress toward meeting climate action goals are eligible to receive a grant equivalent to 100% of the carbon tax they pay directly.

In 2016, the Province provided over $6.4 million in CARIP grants to B.C. local governments.

Since 2008, CARIP has granted over $39 million to help support B.C. communities in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work toward achieving Climate Action Charter goals.

Learn More:

Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program:

http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/greencommunities/carip.htm