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Covid-19 has shown us what is truly important for healthy and safe communities. This is our opportunity for your city and community to transition to 100% renewable energy. You can make a difference today.

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100% Renewable Kootenays

We’re working with the villages of Kaslo, Warfield, Silverton, New Denver & Slocan, the cities of Castlegar, Rossland & Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to draft a plan for a renewable energy future for the West Kootenays. The draft plan is out, and we need you to share what you think should be the clean energy priorities for your community before November 20.

Extreme weather events, like wildfires, drought, floods, and landslides 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 transition to 100% renewable energy at the community level, including electricity, heating and cooling in buildings, transportation and industry, no later than 2050. We need to transition off of polluting and wasteful fossil fuels.

This transition must also support low-income people, help Indigenous Peoples, and retrain workers from the fossil fuel industry to jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Together, we are doing it!

The Village of Kaslo, 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 committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050. Who will be next?

Rural communities have unique challenges and also big opportunities. Working together and building on each community’s strengths, we can create a regional transition plan that doesn’t leave low-income people, seniors and working families behind.

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, long lasting jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Whether your community has already said yes to 100% renewable energy, adding your name to our petition is important. Our local elected leaders need to know that they have community support to invest time and money into creating and implementing a 100% renewable energy transition.

We need steady and balanced change that builds momentum and accelerates the transition 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 health.

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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.

The Draft West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan is Ready

The draft West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan focuses on transportation, heating and cooling buildings, and waste management, and potential for new renewable energy sources in our community and in the West Kootenays. 

Together with other local governments, we’ve identified potential actions that can improve our community’s health, economic strength, and safety. We’ve built this plan with a lot of consultation and collaboration between local government staff, elected officials, renewable energy experts and members of the public. 

Learn more about the draft plan and opportunities to share your input at www.westkootenayrenewableenergy.ca. The draft plan describes our current energy use, and shows how “Big Moves” can make a difference to energy use and the carbon pollution that contributes to global warming. Before the plan goes to council for adoption, we want to hear from community members.

Community members can visit the plan’s website to help improve the plan and set priorities:

  • Review a summary of the draft plan
  • Join a public overview and discussion by internet or phone
  • Take a short online survey 

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this important initiative.

How We Got Here

Throughout 2018 and 2019, thousands of local community members, businesses, and organizations signed our petition urging their local governments to take leadership toward renewable energy. In response, nine communities in the West Kootenay region officially signed the Renewable Kootenays pledge to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.

For the past year, West Kootenay EcoSociety has been working in close collaboration with our nine partners to help make the pledge into a reality. The result is the West Kootenay Renewable Energy Plan, which identifies the actions that local governments will take and measures how much impact the actions will have on carbon pollution and energy use.

The plan includes actions to:

  • Accelerate the switch to electric vehicles
  • Help people move beyond the car with public and active transportation
  • Retrofit existing buildings to reduce their energy use
  • Adopt proven, available technologies to improve new buildings
  • Make our economy more circular by reducing, refusing, re-using and recycling
  • Generate more renewable energy in our region

After many months of careful work to engage local community members, concerned groups, and key experts, we have the draft plan which each local government is now reviewing. Now is the time for your input.

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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?

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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Your Municipality & Climate Action

There is much your local government can do to mitigate the effects of climate change. To help local governments, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has created a series of videos called Climate in Focus. Featuring mayors, councillors and climate experts including our own Montana Burgess, these five videos outline the steps we can take to help their municipality become more climate resilient.

Watch the videos here.

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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