New Climate Action To-Go Kits Launch in Region’s Libraries

Apr 19, 2018

Victoria, BC—The Capital Regional District (CRD) has launched a new set of climate action activity kits in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library.

Available to borrow from libraries across the region, these take-home kits contain a range of practical tools and activities that will help residents learn about and take action on climate change in their everyday lives.

“Our Climate Action To-Go program is a highly interactive way for residents to better understand how their household can reduce energy use and prepare for the realities of climate change in the future,” says CRD Director Judy Brownoff, chair of the region’s Environmental Services Committee. “Earth Day is the perfect time to re-launch these kits in our region, building on the past success of this program with a number of new tools focused on transportation and climate adaptation.”

Each updated Climate Action To-Go Kit gives residents the opportunity to:

  • Measure their home’s optimal lighting using a digital illuminance light meter
  • Measure their household’s appliance electricity use with a Kill-A-Watt meter
  • Discover air leaks in walls and around windows using a thermal leak detector
  • Tune up a bike or track steps while learning about local active transportation routes
  • Test showerhead water efficiency
  • Learn about expected climate changes while preparing for both adaptation and emergencies

“These kits provide the public with free tools and information to monitor—and ultimately adjust—the consumption of valuable resources,” says Maureen Sawa, CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library. “They connect learning with action.”

Climate Action To-Go Kits are available in all 12 branches of the Greater Victoria Public Library as well as the Sooke, Sidney/North Saanich and Port Renfrew branches of the Vancouver Island Regional Library, the Salt Spring Island Public Library and the Camosun College Library.

CRD staff will be on site at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch (735 Broughton Street) on Friday, April 20 to celebrate the launch of these new kits with residents from 11am to 1pm.

For more information on this program, please visit

About the CRD

Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at

About Greater Victoria Public Library

Greater Victoria Public Library builds community and supports literacy and lifelong learning by providing free access to information, space, tools and expertise.  GVPL provides services and collections in 12 libraries and online at to more than 315,000 residents in 10 municipalities.  The library is your place to connect, discover and imagine.


For media inquiries, please contact:
Melanie Tromp Hoover, Communications Supervisor
CRD Environmental Services
Tel: 250.360.3287
Cell: 250.818.1489

Jessica Woollard, Communications Officer
Greater Victoria Public Library
Tel: 250.940.4875 x346
Cell: 778.679.7228