The District of Houston is a small northern community with big environmental initiatives; in particular the promotion of alternative energy sources such as geothermal, solar and biomass energy.
As a small, northern community, the District of Houston has shown a long standing commitment to environmental protection and conservation; in particular, the promotion of alternative energy sources such as geothermal, solar and biomass energy.
Initiatives undertaken by Houston have included: geothermal heating for the pool, arena and curling facilities; solar powered park lighting; decommissioning beehive burners; planting trees; promoting the best use of biomass; and using heat recovery from sewer treatment to heat the public works building.
As part of the Energy Centre of the North project, Houston demonstrated green buildings technologies. They have also provided incentives for citizens to take part in the wood stove exchange program to encourage compliance with the clean air bylaw.
The District of Houston serves as an example of how other small communities can implement ‘green’ technologies to reduce their carbon footprint, while promoting a healthy community lifestyle.