Clean energy, healthy communities & economies

Covid-19 has shown us what is truly important for healthy and safe communities. We need West Kootenay communities to join the global movement and phase out fossil fuels and transition to 100% renewable energy. EcoSociety works with grassroots community leaders, businesses and local governments to drive towards 100% renewable energy. And we need your help.

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100% Renewable Kootenays

Our mission to help the West Kootenays transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 continues even through the pandemic. We’re still working behind the scenes with the working group of nine local governments on the draft plan for a renewable energy future for the West Kootenays. The working group has told us this is still a priority.

Extreme weather events, like drought, floods, and wildfires will only worsen the effects of the pandemic. The health and safety of West Kootenay residents, our local economies, and our quality of life are at stake.

We need the Kootenays to phase-out fossil fuels and transition to 100% renewable energy at the community level, including electricity, heating and cooling in buildings, transportation and industry, no later than 2050.

This transition must also support low-income people, provide justice and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples, and retrain workers from the fossil fuel industry to green jobs.

We are doing it!

The Village of Kaslo has joined the Village of Warfield, City of Castlegar, Village of Silverton, Village of New Denver, City of Rossland, Village of Slocan, City of Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay and committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050. Who will be next?

Rural communities add a layer of complexity, as well as possibility. Working together and building on each community’s strengths, we can create a cohesive regional transition plan that encompasses all West Kootenay communities.

We’re building organized people power in local teams to show the overwhelming number of residents and businesses that want a solutions-based approach of 100% renewable energy and good, green jobs.

Whether your community has signed on or not, adding your name to our petition is important. Our local elected leaders need to know that they have community support to invest staff time and funds into creating and implementing a 100% renewable energy transition plan.

We need steady and balanced change that builds momentum and accelerates the shift toward clean energy. Addressing climate change means protecting the things we love. This is a chance to build a sustainable economy. The coronavirus is a reminder of the devastating impact a global crisis can have on our economy, our livelihoods and our very lives.

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100% Renewable Kootenays

Our mission to help the West Kootenays transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 continues. We’re still working behind the scenes with the working group of nine local governments on the draft plan for a renewable energy future for the West Kootenays. The working group has told us this is still a priority.

Extreme weather events, like drought, floods, and wildfires will only worsen the effects of the pandemic. The health and safety of West Kootenay residents, our local economies, and our quality of life are at stake. We need the Kootenays to phase-out fossil fuels and transition to 100% renewable energy at the community-level, including electricity, heating and cooling in buildings, transportation and industry, no later than 2050.

This transition must also support low-income people, provide justice and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples, and retrain workers from the fossil fuel industry to green jobs.

We are winning!

EcoSociety is excited to announce that the Village of Slocan, the City of Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay have all committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050. Who will be next?

Rural communities add a layer of complexity, as well as possibility. Working together and building on each community’s strengths, we can create a cohesive regional transition plan that encompasses all West Kootenay communities.

We’re building organized people power in local teams to show the overwhelming number of residents and businesses that want a solutions-based approach of 100% renewable energy and good, green jobs.

Whether your community has signed on or not, adding your name to our petition is important. Our local elected leaders need to know that they have community support to invest staff time and funds into creating and implementing a 100% renewable energy transition plan.

Resources

100% Renewable Energy Model for the West Kootenays

The West Kootenays can transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. We did energy modeling to show what the energy mix looks like to achieve 100% renewable energy based.

Read the technical report to learn more about our methodology 100% Renewable Energy Model for the West Kootenays.


The West Kootenay Community Energy and Infrastructure Report

The West Kootenay Community Energy and Infrastructure Report outlines local communities’ residential carbon pollution, and what each community is doing to transition off fossil fuels and onto renewable energy.

We know that our communities want to move towards renewable energy. This report will be a tool for communities to look at where they are at with energy efficiency and renewable energy and help establish a baseline to measure progress moving forwards.

Want to know more about how we gathered information for this report? Read the Technical Report

100% renewable is 100% possible!

Read our summary of what we are doing with our communities to achieve 100% renewable Kootenays by 2050.

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We are doing it.

Over 100 businesses and organizations across the West Kootenays have signed on to the call to transition to 100% renewable energy. Local groups from hospitality to technology, consultants, health services, faith communities and many others recognize that the transition to 100% renewable energy is a crucial step to a cleaner, healthier and more responsible future.

When we get the support of residents, local businesses and organizations to transition West Kootenay towns to 100% renewable energy, then our decision-makers will have the support to be leaders in the climate crisis and make the necessary policy changes, allocate resources appropriately, and incentivize long term clean energy sector jobs.

We are organizing community leaders like you to be involved.

Will your business or organization be a part of the movement for a brighter, cleaner, more responsible future?

Yes, I support 100% Renewable Energy in my community

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Monthly donations add to the strength and resiliency of our campaign. We can have a greater impact knowing we have a consistent amount of funding coming in throughout the year. And if you ever need to take a break, just let us know and we can discontinue it whenever you choose. Thank you for your impact.

Canadian Cities for 100% Renewable Energy

17 local governments have passed resolutions for the transition to 100% renewable energy at the community-level, including 9 in the West Kootenay region. Who will be next?

 

Inventories of jurisdictions of cities with 100% renewable energy (RE) targets:

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