Nelson GardenFest May 11th, 2019

It’s gardening, it’s festive, it’s GardenFest! Spring is in the air, and that means it’s GardenFest time! The 18th annual Nelson GardenFest kicks off Nelson’s market season on Saturday, May 11. Just in time for Mother’s Day, GardenFest features more than 50 vendors and community groups to put you in the spirit of spring planting. With perennials, annuals, vegetable starts, trees and flowers,…

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100% renewable energy coming to Creston

We're coming to Creston on Monday, May 6th at 6pm in the downstairs of Casey's Community House to host an evening workshop on the transition to 100% renewable energy for cleaner energy, stronger jobs, and healthier and safer communities, The Village of New Denver and the City of Rossland have joined the Village of Slocan, the City of Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay and made…

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Seniors Home Weatherization Program

West Kootenay EcoSociety and Nelson Hydro's EcoSave program are happy to announce their partnership on the new Seniors Home Weatherization Program! The program aims to do 100 installations of basic home energy efficient materials for seniors in the Nelson Hydro service area, including LEDs, weatherstripping, outlet insulators, faucet aerators, shower heads and more. The entire program is free!…

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Happy Earth Day

Join the West Kootenay EcoSociety, the Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative and your friends and neightbours to celebrate Earth Day. This year’s global theme is Protect our Species. Join the fun at Hall St. Plaza in Nelson on Monday, April 22nd from 2-4pm. The parade starts at 3pm and features the local Samba band. Dress up as your favorite plant, animal or fungus. Other Earth Day Events:…

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Clean Energy BC’s 2019 Conference comes to Trail in June

Clean Energy BC is hosting the 2019 annual Spring Conference, Powering Generations: Legacy to the Future in Trail from June 4th-6th. Trail has long been an engine of British Columbia’s electricity, mining, and economy and they are looking forward to celebrating the region’s legacy of excellence during the revitalizing spring season. Powering Generations will address how the Kootenays are leading…

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Regional Energy Efficiency Program

The Regional District Central Kootenay (RDCK) is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and has developed the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (REEP). The program offers two streams: Home Renovation and New Home. The energy efficient home renovation stream provides incentives that support energy audits and access to rebates. The energy efficient new-home education stream provides…

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Community Meetings for Mountain Caribou Protection and Old Growth Forests

Come out to support and offer your insights for the protection of Mountain Caribou and Old Growth Forests in a community near you this April. The provincial and federal governments have just released two draft agreements aimed at recovering threatened mountain caribou. Please learn more about Draft Section 11 Agreement and submit your feedback through an online survey. Upcoming community…

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100% Renewable Kootenays Campaign gets big boost at Castlegar movie night

The West Kootenay EcoSociety's 100% Renewable Kootenays Campaign to phase out fossil fuels and transition the region to 100% renewable energy by 2050 gained more support at a local movie night at the Castle Theatre in Castlegar on Saturday, April 6. The event consisted of a mix of entertainment, education and Cycology Bikes of Castlegar generously donated door prizes. The event drew a full and…

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Changing Kootenay Lake water levels to help the survival of Kokanee Salmon

The scarlet red of the spawning Kokanee Salmon as they come home to spawn is an amazing sight. These land-locked Sockeye Salmon are not only an iconic species in the Kootenays, they are also a keystone species in their home ecosystems; other species in that ecosystem rely on a keystone species. But we have lost some stocks of these beautiful fish in Kootenay Lake in recent years. Kokanee Salmon…

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Your Markets have a new face

I’m Craig Mullin and proud to be the new Market Coordinator for the West Kootenay EcoSociety. I’m truly excited to pick up where Jesse, EcoSociety’s previous Market Coordinator left off and ensure the vibrant market culture we already have in Nelson continues to thrive. I moved to Nelson from Vancouver in 2006 with a dream to build my own home and raise a family. With a background in music event…

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