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Is your Port Moody home or business 'climate ready?' City staff want to know

A new survey is set to help the city develop an action plan that meets future greenhouse gas emission goals and targets.
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Port Moody housing and development with the mountains in the background.

Port Moody is looking to renovate certain structures across the city in order to help meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

However, staff is looking to local residents for help in identifying where upgrades are needed most.

The city has launched a new month-long engagement survey that asks the question: Is your home or business 'climate ready?'

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

A news release to the Tri-City News explains it's a structure that's been designed or modified to meet low-carbon, high-energy standards and manages many risks associated with climate change.

This includes heat-related illness, poor indoor air quality and damage from flooding or windstorms.

The survey comes in light of the three heat waves that sweltered across the Tri-Cities and killed 595 people in B.C. in late June at its peak.

This included 14 in Coquitlam and seven in Port Coquitlam. Port Moody was not specifically listed in the BC Coroners Service report issued on Nov. 1.

According to the city, homes and buildings are Port Moody's second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions because most heating, cooling and hot water systems are powered by fossil fuel.

"The key to reducing emissions is to build or renovate structures so they meet high energy-efficiency and low carbon standards. We also need our homes and buildings to last, which means they need to be able to withstand the effects of climate change such as extreme rainfall events, extreme heat, drought, wildfire, poor air quality, and sea level rise," the release further states.

"How can we as a community achieve these goals? A climate ready homes and buildings plan will help us take collective action to improve our homes and buildings, so that we can build a better future for everyone who chooses to live or work in Port Moody."

Respondents are asked to cite if they've considered or have completed energy-efficient improvements to address risks related to climate change and if there were any barriers encountered along the way.

The survey's deadline is scheduled for Dec. 5, 2021.

For more information or to participate in the climate ready survey, you're encouraged to visit the Engage Port Moody website.
 
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