Communities Take Steps to Reduce Climate Impact

Communities are reducing operating costs and gaining efficiencies while working toward their climate resiliency goals. Seventeen projects are underway to make Basin communities more sustainable, with the support of Columbia Basin Trust.

“Through these projects, communities are switching to renewable sources of energy, becoming more energy efficient by better-insulating buildings, and driving electric vehicles instead of burning fossil fuel,” said Ulli Mueller, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust. “We are pleased to help communities take action on climate change.”

The Trust is providing over $2 million to support these projects. To view the complete list, click here.

Here are a few of the recipients:

Canal Flats takes a broad approach

The Village of Canal Flats is purchasing an electric vehicle, installing solar on the Village of Canal Flats Daycare and completing energy efficiency upgrades to the community hall, such as improving the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

“These activities will significantly reduce operating costs, enhance our spaces for community members and showcase immediate impact based on our recently developed climate action strategy,” said Richard Wayken, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Technology Officer. “This clearly demonstrates our Mayor and Council’s commitment to technology solutions. Canal Flats is utilizing technologically advanced systems to achieve an environmentally friendly living environment. Even children in the daycare will have the opportunity to learn about being environmentally conscious.”

New Denver improves heating/cooling capabilities

The Village of New Denver is completing energy-efficiency upgrades on Bosun Hall, including installing heat pumps.

“This project will improve energy efficiency and conservation and reduce our carbon footprint, helping us meet our climate action goals,” said Lisa Scott, Chief Administrative Officer. “It will reduce costs and diversify the potential use of the facility by improving the user experience during hotter and colder seasons. It will even enable us to offer ‘cooling stations’ during prolonged extreme heat events.”

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. The Trust is also writing a new Columbia Basin Management Plan. Learn how to join the conversation and help shape the future of this region at or call 1.800.505.8998.