Find out where your candidates stand & be a Voter

EcoSociety has all your municipal election needs covered. We've been busy making sure you get what you need to be a Voter and find the candidates that share your values. We sent an election survey to candidates across the region. See what your candidates had to say about the issues you care about and their track records. The great news is that the overwhelming majority support a vision you can be…

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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…

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I missed you

By Montana Burgess, Executive Director I’ve just come back from my parental leave and while I loved being there for the first months of my baby’s life, I missed you. I’ve been back at the EcoSociety for two weeks now and I can say with all honesty that both taking care of my baby and the EcoSociety truly are labours of love. They have more in common than not. Both bring me such joy, but both have…

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Natasha joins the EcoSociety team

Hello friends! My name is Natasha and last fall I moved to beautiful Nelson from Guelph, Ontario. I’m excited to be your new Community Organizer and help transition our pristine region off fossil fuels and onto 100% renewable energy! When I was in university I volunteered at an elementary school in India, at the base of the Himalaya mountains. I had the privilege of working with the students to…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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We have a new member on our team! Enter…. Lucas!

We are ramping up our 100% Renewable Kootenays outreach this summer and are lucky enough to have Lucas Burrows join us to work in Castlegar! Lucas is working to build support for a renewable energy transition in Castlegar and as such, you can find him at the Saturday market and Wednesday Concert in the Park every week! So go and say hi and be sure to pick his brains about the 100% Renewable…

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We welcome Lori to our board!

Introducing Lori Lawe; Lori lives in Rossland and is brand new to the EcoSociety Board! “I completed a Masters Degree in Resource and Environmental Planning and worked for industry and Aboriginal band clients on broad level concerns facing the Oil Sands Region, among other projects. There were so many people working on the "climate" issue that I thought "they" would make significant progress on…

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