The City of Duncan has been joined by the Town of Ladysmith, the Islands Trust, the District of Highlands and the District of Ucluelet in going carbon-neutral for 2014 through the Cowichan Valley-based Community Carbon Marketplace.
The municipalities neutralized 646 tonnes of carbon through credits bought on the marketplace, and invested more than $16,000 into the local low-carbon economy.
An initiative of the non-profit Cowichan Energy Alternatives, the CCM provides a local approach for municipal governments to lower their carbon footprint. Businesses that were rewarded for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through the CCM include the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op, the Island Bio-Diesel Co-op, Greasecycle Inc., and Net Zero Waste in Abbotsford.
The five communities that have gone carbon-neutral through the CCM are among 178 of the 182 communities in B.C. that have made a commitment to carbon neutrality.