Environment

The environment is important to us, which is why Kelowna Yacht Club is committed to take the necessary steps to protect our environment and to continually improve our environmental performance.

The Kelowna Yacht Club Environmental Committee plays a key role in developing and ensuring the Club and its programs stay environmentally conscious as we strive to be a leader in environmental management.

Environmental Initiatives

The Last Straw 

Did you know that over 500 million straws are used in North America every day? That is enough straws to circle around the Earth 2.5 times! It takes up to 200 years for a plastic straw to decompose, and most places do not accept them as recycling. Plastic straws are also the 11th most found ocean trash, and each year over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic. 

Kelowna Yacht Club is taking steps to help eliminate this trash. In our Member Lounge, straws are only served by request, and the only option we now carry are biodegradable.

Clean Marine BC Certification

As we strive to be strong stewards of our beautiful lake, Kelowna Yacht Club has embarked upon the Clean Marine BC Program. This involves assessing our performance in a number of critical areas, from refueling procedures to waste management and restaurant policies. The Environmental Committee has completed the initial self assessment to identify the key opportunities for us to work on. Once we take those first steps, we can apply for an official assessment to obtain our first official rating. 

Click here to find out more information.

Learn More About Clean Boating

View the Clean Marine BC Guide to Green Boating here.

 

 

Get in Touch

Want to get involved or learn more about the Kelowna Yacht Club Environmental Committee? Email us here.

Resources

Environmental Management Act

BC Fisheries Act

Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations

BC Integrated Pest Management Act

BC Transport of Dangerous Goods Act

BC Hazardous Waste Regulation

BC Ozone Depleting Substances and Other Halocarbons Regulation

BC Spill Reporting Regulation