Local Actions

The City of Castlegar

With a population of 8,039, Castlegar’s three largest industries are retail, business services, and manufacturing employing 16%, 14% and 15% of the population respectively.

Most of Castlegar’s non-renewable energy use is passenger and commercial vehicles. Although buildings use a lot of energy, most of the energy is renewable electricity.

Castlegar has identified potential actions for each Big Move strategy, including: 

  • Develop an electric vehicle charging strategy
  • Increase efficiency requirements for new buildings (Step Code)
  • Adopt a voluntary standard for retrofitting older buildings
  • Participate in regional organics composting

To see the full list of Castlegar’s proposed actions, click here

The strategies with the greatest impact on carbon pollution will be:

  1. Electrifying Passenger Vehicles
  2. Improving Existing Buildings
  3. Public and Active Transportation
  4. Composting organics & capturing landfill gas 

What’s left?

Although the Big Moves can make a lot of progress toward 100% renewable energy, new kinds of technology or policy at the federal or provincial level will be needed to fill the gaps. In Castlegar, the main gaps are: 

  • Natural gas emissions in existing buildings
  • Commercial vehicle emissions

Public Survey Results

Castlegar residents were asked to complete a survey rating the potential impact and feasibility of potential actions. Based on 84 respondents, the weighted average of the actions are shown in the chart below. All of the actions received average feasibility and impact ratings greater than the midpoint. The potential score ranges from 1 to 5 for both measures. The distinctions among many of the actions fall within the margin of error (+/- .44).

The highest impact ratings were for retrofit incentives (3.96), step code (4.01), and builder incentives (3.99), while the lowest ratings were for transportation information (2.82), natural gas advocacy (3.03), and retrofit code (3.03).

The highest feasibility ratings were for retrofit incentive (4.13) and active transportation support (4.13). The lowest feasibility ratings were for natural gas advocacy (3.08), renewable generation (3.19), and asset management (3.35).

What’s Next?

After incorporating community feedback, Castlegar’s City Council will adopt the plan and begin implementing actions.

The full report is ready for download. So are other local government action resources.