Assessing the progress of local government greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets on Vancouver Island
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Local governments play an important role in greenhouse gas reductions through land use planning. As a response to growing climate change concerns, the Province of British Columbia has taken several steps to foster the implementation of climate change mitigation policies and actions at the local government level. Through the Green Communities Act, local governments are required to establish greenhouse gas reduction targets. This research examines the progress of a set of local governments in British Columbia towards their greenhouse gas reduction targets through the actions and policies created in response to climate change. This research discusses key planning tools and actions that enhance climate mitigation efforts, as well as the barriers to implementation. The findings from this research inform recommendations to build on planning efforts towards greenhouse gas emissions reductions.