The District of Squamish is applying for a Green Infrastructure-CleanBC Communities fund, which puts BC on path to low-carbon economy while supporting infrastructure projects in communities.
Funding for this retrofitting project will be shared between the Federal government, the Province and the District, which will put up $3.6 million for this project. If approved, the project will likely start in summer 2023 and be substantially completed by March of 2027.
According to the District’s Municipal Energy and Emissions Plan, the recreation centre is a major consumer of energy and source of municipal greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), accounting for 32% of Squamish’s corporate inventory. The centre on its own could surpass Squamish’s 2030 municipal GHG target if not carefully managed, a report to Council noted last year.
“By carefully planning retrofits and expansions, and working toward electrification, it is possible to significantly reduce municipal emissions by focusing on this one building,” the report says.
Last March, the District invited proposals for an energy retrofit study for the Brennan Park Recreation Centre. In 2019, the District declared a climate emergency and set the target to reduce community GHGs by 45% by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.