July 3, 2013

Spring seemed to fly by and it’s hard to believe that summer is already here! Bike to Work Week and the Whistler EnviroFest have just wrapped up. Our anti-idling campaign is in full swing, and we are working collaboratively with other stakeholders to improve transportation options, especially for seniors and health-affected people and their families in the corridor.  Planning has begun for our fall tree planting and Clean Air Commute Programs.

Funding Success!

SSCAS is proud to announce that it is the  recipient of EcoAction and EcoConnexions funding. Combined these grants total $100,000 and support our Clean Air Commute program and Habitat Improvement initiatives respectively.

AGM

On April 17th, Board Members, Advisors and General Members gathered at the Millennium Place in Whistler for SSCAS’s 3rd Annual General Meeting. Two new Board members were elected- Eric Anderson and Lisa Griffith. We welcome them and look forward to working with them!

Idling Outreach

Whistler Idling Ambassador, Melanie Tardif has wrapped up her outreach work in Whistler. Josh Retallick, BCIT student and SSCAS summer intern, has begun doing Idling Outreach in Squamish and Pemberton as part of the Clean Air Commute Program. The goal of the program is to  build awareness about local anti-idling bylaws and shift behaviour towards reducing vehicle emissions.

Burning & Smoke Control Strategic Framework

After many months of concerted effort on the part of our stakeholders the Framework is finally complete and available online. Read it here: BSCSF

Bike to Work Week

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Bike to Work Week was a terrific success with 96 teams from Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton that collectively rode 11914km, avoiding 2764 kg of GHG. Fantastic prizes were given away to people that rode at least 3 days out of the week. This initiative is part of our Clean Air Commute program funded by EcoAction and we look forward to building on this year’s success. A big thank you goes out to Bike to Work Week Society, the many provincial and local sponsors and our partners the District of Squamish, Village of Pemberton and the RMOW.

Clean Air Day & EnviroFest

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June 5th was Clean Air Day and to promote our efforts to protect our air SSCAS had a booth at Down to Earth, Whistler’s EnviroFest (June 8th). Despite a rainy day and chilly temperatures there was a large turn out with many young people in attendance. The highlight was drawing prizewinners for Bike to Work Week. A big thank you to Ruth Simons and Nicolette Richer for volunteering their time to host the booth.

Clean Air Commute- EcoAction Funding

Clean Air Commute is a three-year program designed to shift commuter behaviour from single passenger vehicle usage to adopting preferred modes of transportation for the protection of air quality in the Sea-to-Sky Airshed. This community-based social marketing program will employ the use of prompts, incentives, pledges and reminders, while delivering events (e.g. Bike to Work Week) and initiatives (Idling Outreach, carpooling workshops) that enable commuters to model desired clean air behaviour (i.e. cycling, carpooling, being idle-free) towards forming habits that will lead to long-term behaviour change. Toolkits for carpoolers and cyclers that address barriers identified by users will also be provided. The outcome of decreasing single passenger vehicle usage by increasing carpooling and cycling behaviours within the region will be a measureable reduction in vehicle emissions (comprised of harmful air pollutants and climate change causing GHG gases), which will serve to protect the quality of air and attendant values in the Sea to Sky Airshed.

Sea to Sky Habitat Improvement Project (HIP)- Ecoconnexions Funding

The Sea to Sky Habitat Improvement Project (S2S HIP) will restore three riparian sites through planting of native trees and vegetation, offering long-term benefits to local and regional air quality while also reducing GHGs. One of the sites is located in Squamish (Whittaker Slough) and the other two are located in the Whistler area (Cheakamus River & Spruce Grove). Planting will take place at all sites in the fall, and will correspond with the Rivers Day Celebration in Squamish. Local elementary schools will be invited to participate and the events will be celebrated through media coverage and story telling on our website. Sponsors and partners will be in attendance and it would be wonderful if a couple of SSCAS Board Members were there also. Interpretive signs will be placed at the planting sites recognizing our sponsors as well as SSCAS and our partners Squamish River Watershed Society, the District of Squamish and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

We are extremely grateful to our funders for giving us the opportunity to implement these programs. We are also thankful for the contributions from our members, which make our work possible. Thank you.

Save the Date

Fall Tree Planting & Habitat Improvement

Squamish- Sept. 21-23 (Rivers Day)- Whittaker Slough

Whistler- Fall-TBD, Cheakamus River and Spruce Grove

Oct. 17- General Meeting. Location TBD.