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September 21, 2023, 9:20 am

City of Kelowna Awarded at UBCM for ‘Chipping In’ on Fire Mitigation

City of Kelowna
KELOWNA -  The City of Kelowna received the 2023 Climate & Energy Action Award in the Community Planning & Development category Wednesday at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver.

The award from the Community Energy Association recognizes the contribution Kelowna has made to building resilience to wildfires through its FireSmart program – particularly the Community Chipping Program.

“It is very gratifying to receive this Provincial recognition for the work we do in Kelowna on fire mitigation through the chipping program,” said Mayor Tom Dyas. “Our Council continues to look at ways we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change, which we have experienced at an unprecedented level this summer in British Columbia.”

The City of Kelowna has offered free curbside removal and chipping of flammable plant and shrub materials for the past two years to reduce risk from wildfire on private properties in Kelowna.

The award judges said they were impressed with the City’s inter-departmental collaboration on the program, the quality of engagement with the community, and the fact that it is a program that could be replicated in other communities.

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