Qualicum Beach wants to measure community emission levels

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The Town of Qualicum Beach plans to assess emission levels in the community.

A motion passed unanimously at a special board meeting on August 24 asking staff to seek cost estimates for a third-party company and community-wide emissions report , to seek opportunities for grant funding systems and refer the item to the 2023 budget and strategic planning process.

The discussion about the show was first brought up by the counselor. Scott Harrison, who filed a notice of motion at the August 10 regular council meeting. He hopes staff members will come up with a report that will point to the most impactful

Com. Anne Skipsey agrees that it is useful to have all the information on emission levels, but adds that it is going to be a costly undertaking.

“Watching our shows is a good idea and there may be surprises and maybe even some pretty easy wins,” Skipsey said.

Last April, Skipsey said he received an article from a resident that highlighted small off-road engines. The article pointed out that gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers have already been banned in many cities and towns across the United States. In 2024, they will no longer be sold in California.

“The reason is that they are surprisingly a major source of carbon emissions in air pollution,” Skipsey said. “According to the California Air Resources Board, a single hour of using a gas-powered leaf blower is equivalent to driving 1,100 miles. And running a gas mower for an hour equals a 300 mile drive.

Skipsey hopes the province will find funding to help reduce the cost to the city of measuring and analyzing business and community emission levels.

Com. Teunis Westbroek said he didn’t realize the negative impact an hour of leaf blowing had on the environment. He finds this information valuable.

“A lot of people can stop and think about that,” Westbroek said.

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