The City of Richmond‘s innovative Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure requirement has been honoured with the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) Community Excellence Award for governance.
“The City has long been recognized for its leadership in implementing programs that encourage energy conservation both within our organization and throughout our community,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Electric Vehicle infrastructure requirement reaffirms our commitment to innovation and sustainable practices and will help us meet our targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to combat climate change.”
As the first jurisdiction in North America to implement this policy, Richmond is making history by requiring all residential parking spaces in new property developments to provide a level two EV charging infrastructure. After a rigorous multi-stakeholder consultation process and a ground-breaking costing study, this new policy was implemented to remove barriers and provide the community with options to transition to more sustainable zero-carbon transportation systems.
Energy conservation practices for City of Richmond operations have been a longstanding Council priority. Since 2013, the City has achieved carbon neutral operations for five consecutive years. In addition, the City has accumulated over 6,500 tonnes of additional carbon credits to be allocated in future years to maintain the City’s carbon neutral status through the completion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction projects, the diversion of organic waste from the City’s waste stream, and partnerships with local businesses.
Annually, the Union of B.C. Municipalities awards its members with Community Excellence recognition. In the governance category, a member is recognized for its governance processes and policies that exemplify best practices in accountability, policies that encourage citizen participation, effectiveness, and long term thinking. For more information on the 2018 Community Excellence Awards, visit www.ubcm.ca.