Out here in the Kootenays we don’t get a whole lot of press for being particularly innovative, but the City of Castlegar was recently awarded the 2008 Energy Action Award in the Corporate Operations category, which is an awesome achievement for a community of less than 10,000 people.

2008 Energy Action Award Announcement | Community Energy Association

The City of Castlegar has won the 2008 Energy Action Award in the Corporate Operations category for energy efficiency innovations in its new city hall and throughout operations. Castlegar’s new municipal hall saves over 50% of the energy of a conventional building, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 29 tonnes annually. The City’s operational GHG-reduction activities include composting, recycling, residential water meters, biodiesel for fleet vehicles, no-idling, solar-powered pedestrian lights and re-use of treatment sludge for landscaping compost.

The new City Hall is a great addition to the community, and sets the standard for development in the whole region. It is an award that makes me proud to be part of the community – thank you Castlegar!

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.