Win a Pedego Electric Bike!

Have you ever dreamed about whizzing to work while getting exercise on your zero emissions vehicle?

Enter for a chance to make your dream come true in EcoSociety's raffle!

The Grand Prize is a brand new Pedego 48V 10ah City Commuter,  Interceptor, or Boomerang Pluselectric bike, in your preferred frame size and colour, with the option of upgrading at the winner's cost.

Tickets are 1 for $5 or 4 for $15, and all proceeds support EcoSociety's work! Our tickets are sold at the Nelson and Rossland markets, or at our office at 507 Baker St in Nelson. Can't make it in person? No problem! As long as you are within BC, you can order your tickets online here and we'll email you your unique ticket numbers :)

Draw Date: 7:15 pm November 28, 2018 at Civic Theatre 719 Vernon St, Nelson BC - ticket holders do not need to be present to claim their prize.

We're also lucky to have the support from many generous local businesses who have donated the following secondary prizes:

  • $300 value Couples Homecall Massage from Christine Sutherland, RMT
  • $150 value Homecall or Clinic Massage from Christine Sutherland, RMT
  • $100 value Adult Pass to Kokanee Mountain Zipline
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Kootenay Co-op
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Ferraro Foods
  • $50 Gift Certificate to Snowpack Outdoor Experiences
  • $35 Gift Certificate to Bella Flora
  • 3 x $25 Gift Certificates to Blue Sky Clothing Co.
  • Putumayo Christmas Legacy Album from Feather Your Nest

Get your tickets today while they last.

Thank you for your support!

**Please note, you do not need to be present to win. We will use the contact information you provide to be in touch with prize winners on November 29th.**

Conditions: Must be 19+ to enter. Tickets may be sold and purchased in British Columbia only. A non-resident of British Columbia may purchase a ticket if the entire payment transaction takes place while the person is in British Columbia and if the ticket or a receipt is issued at that time. EcoSociety staff may not purchase tickets, although their loved ones are most welcome to.


Union of BC Municipalities supports changing the way logging is done on private land

The Union of BC Municipalities endorsed a motion at their September annual meeting in Whistler to regulate how logging is done on private land. UBCM and our local governments must now tell the BC Provincial Government to change the way logging is done on private lands to at least meet current public land forest land use standards.

The motion that was endorsed was:

Whereas many areas of rural BC have significant holdings of forested private land which are not constrained by the requirement to plan for impacts of forest harvesting including those related to terrain, hydrological and slope stability;

And whereas these forested private land holdings, if harvested, may affect municipal infrastructure, crown land, adjacent private property, and water sources:

Therefore be it resolved that the Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development develop and implement tree removal regulations for the planning and harvesting of trees on forested private land where there is a harvesting of an area greater than 4 hectares in order to protect the adjacent property, infrastructure or natural resources from incremental damage caused due to the large scale harvesting of trees.

Not presented to the Association of Kootenay & Boundary Local Governments UBCM

Resolutions Committee recommendation: Endorse

UBCM Resolutions Committee comments: The Resolutions Committee notes that the UBCM membership has consistently endorsed resolutions asking the Province to regulate private land logging in the same manner as crown land and to ensure that local governments are consulted in advance of harvesting to prevent damage to watersheds and other infrastructure (2011-B50, 2010- B26, 2009-B41, 2008-B34, 2006-B102, 2005-B27, 1997-B61, 1994- B82, 1991-B16).

From: https://www.ubcm.ca/assets/Convention/2018/2018%20UBCM%20Annual%20Report%20and%20Resolutions%20Book.pdf page 123


MarketFest - August 24

MarketFest will be returning to Nelson on August 24! Let the fun begin! Downtown Baker Street will, once again, be transformed into a lively night market featuring 100 vendors, live music, dance performances, kids entertainment and more.

MarketFest is fun for the whole family, and is not to be missed. The MarketFest events runs from 6 pm to 10:00 pm. A $5 donation for admission is kindly requested for anyone over 18. Everyone is welcome, whether you make a donation or not!

At the MarketFest events you will find:

  • Bands playing all ages live music at the Falls Street Stage
  • Live painting, art making and dance music at the Stanley Street Stage
  • Dance and Samba performances throughout the evening
  • Kids entertainment
  • 100 vendors with beautiful hand-made goods including jewellery, clothing, pottery, body products, fresh local foods, and so much more.
    YOUR community!

FREE training! Grassroots organizing in Castlegar

How can we bring about the changes that we want to see in our community?

How can we move others to join us to achieve our goal?

Learning how to organize effectively is key to building power and there are various different 'leadership skills' that we can learn to get us there. We want to build leadership and organzing capacity in our community so that when we see something that we want to change, we are ready!

This is why we are committed to hosting workshops that will dig into what these 'leadership skills', how we can develop them and then, use them to bring about positive change.

If you're interested in learning new skills and finding out more about what it takes for great leadership and campaigning, then come along to our Castlegar training on Tuesday July 24, 5PM - 7PM at the Castlegar and District Community Centre.

In this session, we will be talking strategy and tactics!

Please register here so we can expect you and keep you up to the date of any changes!


Coming soon; Renewable Kootenays community meetings!

What will our 100% Renewable Kootenays look like?

The City of Nelson, Village of Slocan and the Regional District of Central Kootenays have all made commitments to be 100% renewable communities by 2050.

The transition to renewable energy sources is abundant with opportunity. We have the chance to build a strong, resilient and green local economy that will create skilled jobs, here in the Kootenays. The trasition will require us to come together, build networks and relationships, making us a healthier, more connected community.

We know that in order to transition off fossil fuels successfully by 2050 we need a plan. Creating a plan is no easy task and we want to offer as much support as we can to our City and regional staff. We also know that we need input from the whole community, especially those who are not usually decision-makers.

So, here comes the first of our community outreach meetings RE Renewbale Kootenays....

What will our Renewable Kootenays look like in 2050?

Come and join in the conversation, whoever you are!

Slocan: July 30, 10am-12pm AND 5pm - 7pm @ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 276, Slocan

Nelson: August 2, 10am - 12pm AND 5pm - 7PM @ Chamber of Commerce upstairs meeting room, Nelson


From trucks to golf-carts; the road to increased efficiency and low-carbon!

During the last 3 years, Kootenay SW Parks have been quietly bringing in golf carts to replace their fleet of trucks. Emphasis on the ‘quietly’, because not only are these golf carts more fuel efficient, safer to use and cause less wear and tear, they are also very discreet.

“It’s a mindset” says Anne Pigeon, manager of RAP Park Contracting, the contractors responsible for the operations of all our local parks in the West Kootenays. Anne is referring to the willingness to invest in a transition from fuel heavy trucks to lightweight golf carts. It takes a certain mindset because it is a costly process but, Anne says that it didn’t take long to see a real difference in the fuel bill. Another motivating factor is the reduced cost of maintenance that the new fleet require.

Of the 15, most of the golf carts are electric. The remainder are fuelled with gas but they are extremely efficient and there’s absolutely no idling because the engines automatically cut out when stationary. The carts are also greener and cleaner which suits staff, visitors and the planet!

Anne pointed out that the golf carts weren’t always popular amongst their staff and that initially there was a reluctance to accept the change. However, it didn’t take long for opinion to change as the many many advantages became clear.

Other parks in BC, predominantly the larger ones, are also turning to golf carts to replace trucks and it’s no wonder because special equipment means that there need be no compromise in the tasks the vehicles can handle. Tasks like hauling landscaping equipment can still be carried out using specially designed trailers. .

It’s not just BC Parks that are turning to golf carts. There are currently two BC communities, Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island and Chase in the Shuswap, that allow for golf cart usage on the main roads, provided they adhere to certain safety measures. Promoting this way of travel increases social mobility for many whilst also functioning to reduce GHG’s

So, with hugely reduced costs of running and maintenance, an increase in safety and efficiency and of course the huge advantage of less greenhouse gases, it’s going to be exciting to see how this trend progresses…

Perhaps a 100% renewable Kootenays includes golf cart lanes in downtown areas?! We can't know all the details about what a 100% Renewable Kootenays will look like in 2050, but what we do know is that;

a) it's possible

b) it's necessary

c) it will be a cleaner, brighter, fairer, richer, greener Kootenays!