The City of Vernon is the declared winner of an inter-municipal challenge for International Car Free Day between the City of Vernon and City of Kelowna.
Vernon Council had an 85% participation rate with Mayor Lippert leading the way by riding his bike to work and using green modes of transportation throughout the day. “I was impressed with my colleagues showing strong leadership and support for this important green initiative”, said Mayor Lippert. Kelowna Councillor Rule, remarks; "I am greatly pleased to find out that Vernon's participation rate was so high. Vernon beat the City of Kelowna by a high margin. I can only say that hopefully our effort is a warm up for a much stronger turnout next year!" Rule was the sole councillor who participated by taking transit and walking.
Vernon city staff took it one step further by teaming up with their co-workers to see which building would have the most participation. Development Services Building won gold with 59% participation. Water Reclamation Centre won silver with 45% participation and City Hall won bronze following with a close 41%. A total of 376 green kilometers were travelled saving our community 70.99 KG of CO2 emissions! Overall Council and staff participation was 16%.