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City of Nelson Parking Survey

As you may have heard, the City of Nelson is currently reviewing its Parking Strategy and is asking for public feedback, with the survey closing this Monday, February 18th. You can help us build support for a strategy that incentivizes healthier modes of transportation, like walking and cycling, by making them easier and safer, instead of providing incentives to drive and thus congest downtown…

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Let’s take a stand to protect our old growth forests

The old growth forests you love are in crisis. They are being hit hard by climate change and wildfires, which in turn are impacting our communities and watersheds. And we are still clearcutting at an alarming rate.  Recently, we sent a message to Forest Minister Doug Donaldson calling for the protection of our old growth forests in the West Kootenays. We have joined over 15,000 BC residents who…

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The Radicals Film Screenings in Nelson & Rossland

West Kootenay EcoSociety is delighted to be hosting the newest film from Beyond Boarding, The Radicals. The movie follows an active group of snowboarders and surfers who drift away from their respective sports into the world of frontline activism in a journey along the West Coast of Canada. Honouring the stewards of this land since time immemorial, they join land defenders fighting for the…

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New Denver, BC is 11th community in Canada committed to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050

On Tuesday, the Village of New Denver passed a resolution at Council to reach 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. It was so exciting to see the Mayor and Council commit to 100% renewable energy, making New Denver the eleventh municipality in Canada and the fifth in the West Kootenays to be energy leaders. They join the City of Rossland – who just signed-on to 100% renewable energy earlier in the week…

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Rossland is the 10th city in Canada to say yes to 100% renewable energy

Something really exciting happened last night. The City of Rossland passed a resolution that aims to transition the community to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050. This makes Rossland the 10th municipality in Canada, and the fourth in the West Kootenays alongside the Village of Slocan, the City of Nelson, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay to be a bold leader. I grew up in Guelph, Ontario…

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Matt will help cities create strategy to achieve 100% renewable energy

Hi there! My name is Matt and I recently returned to BC after spending a few years working and studying in Ontario. I couldn’t be more excited to be your new Energy Planning Director, helping the Kootenays find a common path forwards in transitioning to 100% renewable energy. In the early 90’s, my Dad, along with the rest of the workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario…

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Tell your city why you support the transition to 100% Renewable Energy

Do you live in Rossland or New Denver and want to see a transition to 100% Renewable Energy in your community? Next week, Rossland and New Denver have the opportunity to join Nelson, the Village of Slocan, the Regional District of Central Kootenay and many other communities around the world in making a commitment to transition to 100% Renewable Energy. Together we can show our leaders that they…

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100% Renewable Energy Coming Soon to A City Council Near You

  Hey New Denver, Rossland and Castlegar! Almost 1/3 of residents in your community have signed-up to support 100% renewable energy. Once enough people sign-on to support renewable energy, we'll head to your city council and invite them to join the global movement to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Add your name today! Transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2050 means…

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Join our Team! Hiring EcoSociety’s Markets Coordinator

Start Date: March-April 2019 Salary: $24,000-$35,000 annually Job type: salaried position at 25-35/hrs per week, permanent, year-round Location: Nelson, BC Since 1994, West Kootenay EcoSociety works to preserve wild places, air and water for future generations; to take action to reduce the crisis of climate change; and to promote sustainable local food systems. If you are outgoing people-centre…

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Green jobs and cutting carbon pollution in BC’s new climate plan

By Montana Burgess Today the BC Government released its new plan, CleanBC, to tackle the Province’s carbon pollution. In the Premier’s speech he reminded us of how Grand Forks was devastated by flooding this year and of the impacts of wildfires in our communities. This is the much-needed framework for BC to transition to our low-carbon future. The plan addresses many of the biggest challenges in…

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