Road to 2030: Comox Valley Climate Action Challenge

Comox Valley is our home. From its incredible nature and wildlife to the generations who have shaped the region into what it is today, there's so much to love about this community.


To preserve and protect our region, the Comox Valley Regional District is committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. The Road to 2030 Comox Valley Climate Action Challenge invited individuals, community groups, non-profits and small local businesses to propose community initiatives that would pave a green future for our region for the next 10 years. Three submissions were selected and awarded grants to help bring their ideas to life, right here in the Comox Valley.


ROAD TO 2030 AWARD RECIPIENTS!

Congratulations to the Award Recipients for the Road to 2030 Challenge!

It was with great pleasure that the CVRD announced the following three projects to be awarded grants.


Project Name:

EDIBLE INDIGENOUS PLANT SHELTERBELT

Organization

Comox Youth Climate Council (CYCC) and Lush Valley Food Action Society

Project Summary

The Edible Indigenous Plant Shelterbelt made their submission in the “Food” focus area. The CYCC and Lush Valley Food Action Society will work to together to design and install an Edible Indigenous Plant Shelterbelt/ Food Forest. This will provide opportunities to train youth in environmental restoration, permaculture design and edible food scaping. This project will achieve GHG emission reductions by sequestering GHG locally through plant diversity and soil building. GHG reductions are also achieved by reducing the foot print of food transportation

Community Benefits
Local food distribution through the Good Food Box & Hot Meals program, regenerative agriculture and education, community collaboration and intergenerational connections, filtration of runoff by the Tsolum River, water conservation techniques, bio remediation and phytoremediation



Project Name:TREES FOR TOMMORROW
Organization

Conservancy Hornby Island

Project Summary

Trees for Tomorrow (T4T) is a project by Conservancy Hornby Island and made their submission in the “Sequestration” focus area. T4T focuses on working with the community and local communities to plant trees to fight climate change. This project helps achieve GHG reductions by planting the right tree varieties and mixes in the right locations.

Community Benefits
Established alliances with tree growers, conservancy groups and First Nations, partnerships with not for profit conservancy groups and by targeting infill areas, biodiversity and wildlife habitat creation, storing and cleansing of water.




Project Name:LOWER PERSEVERANCE CORRIDOR PROJECT
Organization

Cumberland Forest Community Society

Project Summary

The Lower Perseverance Corridor Project is working on protecting 12 ha of an important piece of riparian and upland forest. The second growth forest has trees ranging from 90 to 110 years and 2ha is at immediate risk. This project will contribute to the protection of a community carbon sink which sequesters carbon and contributes to avoided emissions by the prevention of harvesting.

Community Benefits
Community dialogue and research with the K’ómoks First Nation, biodiversity protection of biodiversity and an important riparian and upland habitat protection and restoration, ecological and heritage corridor accessibility and linkages for the public and interpretive activities.


Selection Criteria

Projects were selected according the following criteria.

  • GHG Impact - Projects were expected to present a solutions that reduce GHG emissions in the CVRD before 2030? The approaches and methodologies used to calculate GHG emission reductions from your project needed to be demonstrated.
  • Community Impact/Co-benefits - Projects were expected to demonstrate benefits to the Comox Valley community and not just one individual or household. Projects should feature other co-benefits such as air quality, health, social benefits and resilience.
  • Feasibility - Projects needed to provide a strong business case that could be supported by the community? The budget and project plan needed to align with a realistic understanding of the costs and tasks of implementation.
  • Durability - Projects were required to create irreversible and lasting reduction in GHG emissions in the CVRD.
  • Scalability - Projects needed to show that they could be replicated and/or well-positioned to become models for other contexts and to demonstrate the potential for larger scale implementation?


Challenge Focus Areas

The 2030 goal of 50% greenhouse gas emissions reductions requires everyone’s participation. Project Ideas were welcomed in the the following focus areas:


Renewable Energy
Projects such as or related to renewable energy production and renewable energy use, for example:


Solid Waste Management
Opportunities that contribute ways to reduce the amount of waste produced by the community including organic waste diversion, solid waste upcycling and biofuel production, for example:


Water Management
Areas related to water management can include wastewater and freshwater management. Applicants can explore various ways to conserve water and reduce emissions, for example:

Food
Any projects related to food in the community such as food waste, food security and local production, for example:


Sequestration
Projects that capture or remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere such as reforestation, afforestation and wetland restoration, for example:


Transportation
Any projects that contribute to the reduction in emissions produced by transportation exploring areas such as cleaner transportation options or fuel alternatives, for example:


Road to 2030 Virtual Sessions

Road to 2030 recorded virtual sessions that provided information on the challenge and how GHG emission reductions can be calculated. See the video section to view recordings.

Road to 2030 Information Session

The information session provided background information on the Road to 2030 Challenge and the application process.

Road to 2030 GHG Emission Reduction Workshop

The capacity-building workshop provided information on climate actions and GHG emission reduction strategies. Furthermore, how GHG emissions are quantified based on internationally recognized standards/protocols and industry best practices.

Q&A Session - not recorded

At this session community members were able to have their final questions answered before the submission of project ideas.

Award Ceremony

The award recipients were informed of their achievement and awarded with their grants on 7 July 2021.


Comox Valley is our home. From its incredible nature and wildlife to the generations who have shaped the region into what it is today, there's so much to love about this community.


To preserve and protect our region, the Comox Valley Regional District is committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. The Road to 2030 Comox Valley Climate Action Challenge invited individuals, community groups, non-profits and small local businesses to propose community initiatives that would pave a green future for our region for the next 10 years. Three submissions were selected and awarded grants to help bring their ideas to life, right here in the Comox Valley.


ROAD TO 2030 AWARD RECIPIENTS!

Congratulations to the Award Recipients for the Road to 2030 Challenge!

It was with great pleasure that the CVRD announced the following three projects to be awarded grants.


Project Name:

EDIBLE INDIGENOUS PLANT SHELTERBELT

Organization

Comox Youth Climate Council (CYCC) and Lush Valley Food Action Society

Project Summary

The Edible Indigenous Plant Shelterbelt made their submission in the “Food” focus area. The CYCC and Lush Valley Food Action Society will work to together to design and install an Edible Indigenous Plant Shelterbelt/ Food Forest. This will provide opportunities to train youth in environmental restoration, permaculture design and edible food scaping. This project will achieve GHG emission reductions by sequestering GHG locally through plant diversity and soil building. GHG reductions are also achieved by reducing the foot print of food transportation

Community Benefits
Local food distribution through the Good Food Box & Hot Meals program, regenerative agriculture and education, community collaboration and intergenerational connections, filtration of runoff by the Tsolum River, water conservation techniques, bio remediation and phytoremediation



Project Name:TREES FOR TOMMORROW
Organization

Conservancy Hornby Island

Project Summary

Trees for Tomorrow (T4T) is a project by Conservancy Hornby Island and made their submission in the “Sequestration” focus area. T4T focuses on working with the community and local communities to plant trees to fight climate change. This project helps achieve GHG reductions by planting the right tree varieties and mixes in the right locations.

Community Benefits
Established alliances with tree growers, conservancy groups and First Nations, partnerships with not for profit conservancy groups and by targeting infill areas, biodiversity and wildlife habitat creation, storing and cleansing of water.




Project Name:LOWER PERSEVERANCE CORRIDOR PROJECT
Organization

Cumberland Forest Community Society

Project Summary

The Lower Perseverance Corridor Project is working on protecting 12 ha of an important piece of riparian and upland forest. The second growth forest has trees ranging from 90 to 110 years and 2ha is at immediate risk. This project will contribute to the protection of a community carbon sink which sequesters carbon and contributes to avoided emissions by the prevention of harvesting.

Community Benefits
Community dialogue and research with the K’ómoks First Nation, biodiversity protection of biodiversity and an important riparian and upland habitat protection and restoration, ecological and heritage corridor accessibility and linkages for the public and interpretive activities.


Selection Criteria

Projects were selected according the following criteria.

  • GHG Impact - Projects were expected to present a solutions that reduce GHG emissions in the CVRD before 2030? The approaches and methodologies used to calculate GHG emission reductions from your project needed to be demonstrated.
  • Community Impact/Co-benefits - Projects were expected to demonstrate benefits to the Comox Valley community and not just one individual or household. Projects should feature other co-benefits such as air quality, health, social benefits and resilience.
  • Feasibility - Projects needed to provide a strong business case that could be supported by the community? The budget and project plan needed to align with a realistic understanding of the costs and tasks of implementation.
  • Durability - Projects were required to create irreversible and lasting reduction in GHG emissions in the CVRD.
  • Scalability - Projects needed to show that they could be replicated and/or well-positioned to become models for other contexts and to demonstrate the potential for larger scale implementation?


Challenge Focus Areas

The 2030 goal of 50% greenhouse gas emissions reductions requires everyone’s participation. Project Ideas were welcomed in the the following focus areas:


Renewable Energy
Projects such as or related to renewable energy production and renewable energy use, for example:


Solid Waste Management
Opportunities that contribute ways to reduce the amount of waste produced by the community including organic waste diversion, solid waste upcycling and biofuel production, for example:


Water Management
Areas related to water management can include wastewater and freshwater management. Applicants can explore various ways to conserve water and reduce emissions, for example:

Food
Any projects related to food in the community such as food waste, food security and local production, for example:


Sequestration
Projects that capture or remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere such as reforestation, afforestation and wetland restoration, for example:


Transportation
Any projects that contribute to the reduction in emissions produced by transportation exploring areas such as cleaner transportation options or fuel alternatives, for example:


Road to 2030 Virtual Sessions

Road to 2030 recorded virtual sessions that provided information on the challenge and how GHG emission reductions can be calculated. See the video section to view recordings.

Road to 2030 Information Session

The information session provided background information on the Road to 2030 Challenge and the application process.

Road to 2030 GHG Emission Reduction Workshop

The capacity-building workshop provided information on climate actions and GHG emission reduction strategies. Furthermore, how GHG emissions are quantified based on internationally recognized standards/protocols and industry best practices.

Q&A Session - not recorded

At this session community members were able to have their final questions answered before the submission of project ideas.

Award Ceremony

The award recipients were informed of their achievement and awarded with their grants on 7 July 2021.


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    Let’s preserve the best parts of Comox Valley, together. Help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the next 10 years by submitting your project ideas to the Comox Valley Climate Action Challenge. 

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