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BOARD OF EDUCATION
SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 67 (OKANAGAN SKAHA)
SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009, AT 12:00 NOON
SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE
AGENDA
1.0
CALL TO ORDER
2.0
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3.0
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
3.1
4.0
Climate Action Charter
At the January 28th buildings, grounds, safety, and transportation
committee, a draft Climate Action Charter was reviewed. Feedback from
all B.C. school districts was gathered from and used to develop the final
wording of the charter. Upon approval of the charter, school districts will
be reimbursed for carbon tax costs. (Attachment)
INFORMATION ITEMS
4.1
Date of Next Meeting
• April 6, 6:30 p.m., Regular Meeting, School Board Office
5.0
QUESTION PERIOD
6.0
ADJOURNMENT
March 27, 2009
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“Working Together for Student Success”
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THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CLIMATE ACTION CHARTER
BETWEEN
THE PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (THE PROVINCE)
AND
THE SIGNATORY BOARD OF EDUCATION (BOARD)
(THE PARTIES)
(1)
The Parties share the common understanding that:
(a) Scientific consensus has developed that increasing emissions of human caused
greenhouse gases (GHG), including carbon dioxide, methane and other GHG
emissions, that are released into the atmosphere are affecting the Earth’s climate;
(b) the evidence of global warming is unequivocal and the effects of climate
change are evident across British Columbia;
(c) reducing GHG emissions will generate environmental and health benefits for
individuals, families, and communities;
(d) climate change and reducing GHG emissions are issues of importance to
British Columbians;
(e) government and public sector organizations urgently need to implement
effective measures to reduce GHG emissions and anticipate and prepare for
climate change impacts;
(f) protecting the environment can be done in ways that promote economic
prosperity;
(g) the carbon tax reflects that there is an environmental and economic cost to
continued use of fossil fuels;
(h) it is important to take action and to work together to share best and next
practices, to reduce GHG emissions and address the impacts of climate change;
and
(i) climate change is a long-term problem that will be solved over multiple
generations, so it is key to involve youth in the solutions.
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(2)
The Parties acknowledge that each has an important role in addressing
climate change and that:
(a) The Province has taken action on climate change with the Greenhouse Gas
Reduction Targets Act (GGRTA), The Carbon Tax Act and other related
legislation and regulations, as well as participation in a number of international
partnerships including the Western Climate Initiative;
(b) Boards have taken action on climate change by encouraging educational
programming on climate change and by implementing innovative infrastructure
technologies;
(c) The Province and Boards are subject to the requirements of the GGRTA and
applicable legislation and policy, including:
(i) measuring and reporting on their GHG emissions;
(ii) making plans and taking actions to reduce GHG emissions;
(iii) developing Carbon Neutral Action Reports; and
(iv) being carbon neutral in respect of their operations by 2010.
(d) These actions create the foundation for the Parties to be leaders in addressing
climate change.
(3)
This Charter acknowledges that:
(a) Buildings are a large portion of a Board’s emissions and that funding for
retrofits has been made available to assist schools in reducing their energy
consumption; and
(b) Grants from the Climate Action Revenue Incentive program provide an
opportunity for Boards to accelerate actions to reduce GHG emissions, for which
they will be responsible to pay for offsets beginning in 2010, as well as to make
decisions with regard to transportation and buildings that will also lower
operating costs.
(c) The Province will reimburse the Board based on the actual costs of the carbon
tax, derived from the Board’s fuel purchases as measured and reported by the
Board.
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(4)
The Parties share the common goals of:
(a) fostering cooperative relations;
(b) aiming to reduce GHG emissions, including both their own and those created
by others;
(c) removing barriers to taking action on climate change;
(d) implementing programs and policies that facilitate reduced GHG emissions,
where appropriate;
(e) encouraging students and their families to be environmentally responsive
through engagement and education; and
(f) encouraging sustainable building, transportation and procurement practices
that support the educational needs of the community while minimizing the
environmental impact.
(5)
In order to contribute to reducing GHG emissions:
(a) Boards agree to develop strategies and take actions to reduce GHG emissions,
such as:
(i) supporting anti-idling and other initiatives that reduce transportation
emissions both within Board operations and in the broader school
community;
(ii) pursuing opportunities to reduce emissions from operations; and
(iii) offering educational opportunities for students, in partnership with
their parents, that promote sustainability and climate action both at school
and at home.
(b) The Parties will work together towards reducing GHG emissions by sharing
information, and exploring additional opportunities to support climate change
activities.
(c) Boards agree to include in reports required under the GGRTA any additional
actions or plans to reduce GHG emissions resulting from this Charter.
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SIGNED on behalf of the PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA by:
____________________________
The Honourable Gordon Campbell
Premier of British Columbia
Date: ___________________
____________________________
The Honourable Shirley Bond
Minister of Education and Minister Responsible for
Early Learning and Literacy and Deputy Premier
Date: ___________________
SIGNED on behalf of the SIGNATORY BOARD OF EDUCATION:
________________________________________________
(NAME OF BOARD OF EDUCATION)
by:
_____________________________
Chair
Date____________________
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