City Commitment to Climate Action Underway

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February 3, 2022

Moose Jaw, SK – The City of Moose Jaw’s on-going commitment to climate action is underway with a pair of council-approved projects.

Installation of solar panels on City facilities has begun at Yara Centre, with a total of 730 solar panels to be attached to Yara Centre, City Hall/Moose Jaw Police Service and Mosaic Place by the end of August, 2022.

The project is expected to reduce the City’s utility bills by approximately $170,000 annually, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 829 tonnes annually.

The $1-million project was made possible with funding from the Government of Canada ($415,120), Province of Saskatchewan ($345,899) and City of Moose Jaw ($238,981).

Further, Moose Jaw City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) as part of the 2022 Municipal Budget. The CAP is a data-driven plan with set targets, including:

  • A 20% reduction of corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025
  • A 45% reduction of corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030
  • Eliminate 100% of water loss within all municipal buildings

The first step in the plan will see the City partner with Greenwave Innovations to implement the energy sub-monitoring systems into each of our city’s 10 largest emitting community-facing municipal buildings, plus one building within our water/wastewater portfolio. These 11 facilities represent approximately 48% of our overall corporate emissions and were strategically selected based on their energy usage and their prominence within our community.

Public engagement dashboards will be placed within each monitored municipal building to keep our community informed on our progress and inspire our residents and business owners to implement their own climate change action.

“The City of Moose Jaw is very proud of our previous commitments to seek opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the actions detailed within this climate action plan,” said Jim Puffalt, City Manager. “We look forward to guiding our community through this climate change journey and showcasing our city as a leader in environmental responsibility.”

To view the City of Moose Jaw’s Climate Action Plan, and for more details on other clean energy initiatives, visit www.MooseJaw.ca/climateactionplan.