Water Conservation Calculator

The Water Conservation Calculator (WCC) is a free, web-based decision-support tool used to illustrate how specific water conservation measures can yield both fiscal and physical water savings for communities.

The WCC produces charts and a printed report intended to support the case for water conservation when presented to decision makers.

Rainwater Harvesting in Greater Victoria

Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting rainwater for beneficial use. Usually this refers to collection of rainwater from a rooftop and storing it in tanks and cisterns for later use in or near the point of collection. The use of rain barrels is a simple form of rainwater harvesting, although larger storage systems are required to serve most uses.

Summary Report on Local Government Climate Actions 2018

This report illustrates the continued progress by local governments to reduce carbon emissions through highlighting examples of the achievements and experiences of small, medium, and large communities in 2018. It includes:

  • Update on local government progress towards corporate carbon neutrality
  • Highlights of climate mitigation and adaptation actions taken by small, medium, and large communities across BC
  • Hyperlinked list of funding sources and programs used by local governments in support of climate action

Residential Food Waste Prevention – ToolKit for Local Government and Non-Government Organizations

Uneaten leftovers and spoiled food make up over 25% of the waste discarded from a household. The Ministry produced a Residential Food Waste Prevention toolkit as a resource that helps local governments or non-governmental organizations address avoidable food waste from households. It describes different program models and their components, and provides guidance for identifying suitable approaches, based on a community’s size, capacity, and priorities.

This report provides the rationale and a summary of tools for BC municipalities to make a business case for food waste reduction programs. The tools and resources summarized within this report are intended to create opportunities for BC municipalities to begin to implement food waste reduction programs and demonstrate leadership on the issue.