Rossland continues renewable energy leadership

 

January 5, 2021

 

Rossland continues renewable energy leadership

 

Rossland, BC--Rossland City Council unanimously adopted the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan on Monday evening.

They are the third local government to adopt the 100% renewable energy plan that they have been collaborating on with eight other West Kootenay local governments and West Kootenay EcoSociety. The renewable energy plan aims to save people money, make Rossland healthier and safer, support a stronger local economy and lower carbon pollution.

"I am so pleased that the City of Rossland adopted the 100% Renewable Energy Plan. It's been a pleasure collaborating with our other local Kootenay government partners and the West Kootenay EcoSociety to bring the plan this far. I am confident that by working together our region can continue to lead the way towards a low carbon future by implementing the plan,” says Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore.

 The plan has regional strategies as well as local actions that each community has prioritized as the most relevant to their community.

 "It's been an incredible experience seeing the community coming together the past few years to support the council in the renewable energy transition. Rossland has been a true leader in the transition to 100% renewable energy, and they are setting the path forward for other small and rural communities like theirs to live healthier, safer and cleaner lives," says Natasha Edmunds, organizing director at West Kootenay EcoSociety.

Actions in the plan that Rossland has identified as priorities include:

●     Developing an electric vehicle charging strategy

●     Supporting residents and builders to increase efficiency in new and existing buildings

●     Establishing and improving the trail network within Rossland, and between Rossland, Warfield and Trail

●     Participating in regional organics composting.

 

Mayor Moore indicated at the Monday council meeting that she hopes to see these priorities integrated into the upcoming strategic planning for the City of Rossland.

 

Rossland, Warfield and Kaslo have now adopted the renewable energy transition plan. The remaining local governments, Castlegar, New Denver, Silverton, Slocan, Nelson, and the RDCK will be bringing the plan before their councils and boards for adoption this year.

 

West Kootenay EcoSociety is a non-profit community-driven organization that brings together local residents to protect the natural environment while building just, equitable, healthy, and livable communities in the West Kootenay region.

 

 For more information, contact:

 

Natasha Edmunds, Organizing Director West Kootenay EcoSociety natasha@ecosociety.ca

Cell: (519) 829 5194

westkootenayrenewableenergy.ca

 

Dirk Lewis, Councillor City of Rossland

councillor.lewis@rossland.ca