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The author is sitting on top of Mount Brewer near Invermere with a sea of mountains in the background.
Environment, Health & Wellness Time to play . . . on Earth Day!

This year’s theme for Earth Day—April 22nd—is EarthPlay

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A Chevy Bolt is parked next to the newly unveiled DC fast-charging station in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Energy, Environment, Tourism, Transportation Accelerating the future of electric vehicles in the Kootenays

Accelerate Kootenay is a two-year $1.5-million project to install over 50 electric vehicle chargers along Highway 3

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Koocanusa Lake.
East Kootenay, Environment, Financial Koocanusa strategy to address recreation issues

The actions outlined in the strategy will begin this spring, and will be funded in part by $750,000 over three to five years from Columbia Basin Trust.

The pot is into a plastic bag that is inside the solar collector.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Energy, Environment Faisal Jhandir of Fernie, B.C., has invented a portable solar kitchen

Retired physician Faisal Jhandir is on a mission to save the planet with solar cooking

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A mother is reading a book to her young son.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment Celebrate Earth Hour by reading aloud by candlelight

Revive the lost art of reading aloud during Earth Hour—Saturday, March 25th starting at 8:30 p.m.

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Steven Thomson enjoys the challenges and diversity of his career, even sitting in the office, as he is here
West Kootenay, Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment, Small Business, 40 Under 40 Steven Thomson: Meet this maverick engineer

9dot Engineering Inc., based in Nelson, B.C., has talented innovators such as CEO Steven Thomson

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Slocan campground
West Kootenay, Slocan, Environment, Tourism The Village of Slocan is on the cusp of an eco-tourism boom

Once focused on forestry, Slocan is now evolving into an eco-tourism hot spot.

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Cover of report: Water Monitoring and Climate Change in the Upper Columbia Basin
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Learn more about water resources in the Basin

New Trust report highlights status of water resources and future opportunities.

A herd of big-horn sheep are running across a road.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Fernie, Sparwood, Environment, Transportation Here’s a wild idea: Grab your phone and report wildlife

Road Watch BC is recruiting citizen scientists to gather data that will reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions

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Forty-nine projects were approved for funding in 2016 with a combined total of $1.07 million from Columbia Basin Trust's Environment Grants program.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Education, Environment, Financial Environment Projects to benefit Basin

Columbia Basin Trust program helps strengthen environmental well-being.

Ingrid Hope, president/owner of Hall Printing, stands beside an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient printer that uses no processing chemicals or water.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Trail, Environment, Forestry Lightening its print on the planet

Hall Printing in Trail, B.C., won the Go Green Award from the local chamber of commerce

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As a dedicated arborist, Chris Nicholson goes to great heights in the course of his workday.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Environment, Small Business Black Bear Tree Care, Fernie

Chris Nicholson is a highly qualified, tree-loving arborist who owns and operates Black Bear Tree Care in Fernie, B.C.

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Kaslo discovered and repaired a major leak in 2013, which resulted in a 39 per cent reduction in water use.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment Innovative water conservation model proves successful

Communities reduce water use from 2 to 39 per cent.

The newly completed Smelter Recycle building at Teck's Trail operation.
West Kootenay, Trail, Developments, Environment Teck Trail operations completes $35 million investment to improve community air quality

Teck Trail Operations has completed construction on the Smelter Recycle Building, a $35-million investment that will reduce fugitive dust emissions by up to 25%

Kayte Rock’s soups meet the health and  nutritional demands of today’s educated consumers. Here, she stands in her kitchen.
West Kootenay, New Denver, Cuisine, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Follow the seasons with soups made in New Denver, B.C.

Soup du Jar in New Denver, B.C., is Kayte Rock’s pride and joy

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Custom jeweler Kara Clarke has won several chamber awards from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce including Home Business of the Year. She stands in front of a wall full of hanging necklaces.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Retail, Small Business Analyzing the accolades

A summary of the similarities and differences among all of the Kootenay chambers of commerce Business Excellence Awards

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Idlewild looks a little different these days.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Environment, Technology A big dam project

Idlewild’s dam restoration project is nearing completion

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Scientist conducting water quality study in woodland stream.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, Technology Website Launch: Columbia Basin Water Quality Project

Project data includes water chemistry, velocity, flow, temperature and Environment Canada Analytical Reports.

A Nissan Leaf is recharging at a unique electric car charging station at the Kettle River Museum Society in Midway. The charging station is located on the back of an old gasoline pump.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Nelson, Energy, Environment, Transportation Filling in the geographic gap for electric car charging stations in the Kootenays

Shifting to electric cars is needed in the Kootenays as our current transportation accounts for 60 per cent of our total greenhouse gas emissions

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Picture of bulldozer and Idlewild Park in the background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Developments, Environment, Financial Cranbrook’s $2.8M Idlewild Dam restoration project well underway

The Idlewild Park Draft Master Plan Open House will be held at the Manual Training School beside the Cranbrook library on September 20—the public is invited.

Taken by a drone, this aerial shot of Nelson Hydro’s Bonnington generating station also shows the clearcut (upper right) where the solar garden will be located.
West Kootenay, Nelson, Energy, Environment A successful sunny garden

Nelson, B.C., grew a solar garden in a year and a half with the help of its citizens

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Elko Mill in Elko, B.C.
Environment, Forestry State of the forest industry

The good, the bad and the unknown.

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Aerial view of Hopkins Harvest
East Kootenay, Invermere, Cuisine, Environment, Small Business Harvesting the sun

Produce isn’t the only thing the Hopkins are harvesting—sunlight is next on their agenda.

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John Managh, co-owner of Hellbent Geothermal, stands in front of a large piece of machinery.
West Kootenay, Golden, Energy, Environment The Kootenays are a potential hot zone for geothermal energy

Hellbent Geothermal is a leading-edge company offering geothermal systems in the East Kootenay, where the potential for this green energy is overflowing

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Heddlestone Village has a pedestrian common path with homes on both sides. A woman is using a community cart and a boy is playing roller hockey.
Nelson, Developments, Energy, Environment Intentional community in Nelson, B.C., wins efficiency award

FortisBC awarded Nelson’s Heddlestone Village an Efficiency in Action award

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The Mandala Custom Homes team on the the porch of the MCH show home in 6-mile outside of Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, Developments, Environment Mandala Custom Homes — blurring the lines of design, art, business, and play.

Kootenay Business sits down with Lars Chose and Rachel Ross — co-owners of Mandala Custom Homes — to talk about the interconnectedness of business and passion.

by Louis Bockner
The retreat centre has a large circular deck with trees close by.
Nelson, Education, Environment Retreating for artistic or business creativity

The Hidden Creek Art & Ecology Centre is a secluded retreat centre across the water from Nelson, B.C.

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Fairmont Hot Springs Resort taps into the largest hot mineral springs in Canada.
Fairmont Hot Springs, Energy, Environment, Tourism More power to Fairmont

The abundant, naturally hot water at Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C., has a second important function.

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Picture of a woman washing the underside of a boat.
Environment Permanent stations to protect B.C. from invasive mussels

Quagga and zebra mussels pose a serious threat to B.C's aquatic ecosystems, salmon populations, hydro power stations and other infrastructure facilities.

Shrubs and trees in pots are lined up for sale at the Morris Flowers Garden Centre in Creston, B.C.
Agriculture, Environment, Forestry One tree does make a difference

Canada has committed to planting 35 million trees by 2020, one for each Canadian

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An aerial view of the Mulvehill Creek Eco-Retreat on the shore of the Upper Arrow Lakes
Revelstoke, Developments, Environment, Real Estate, Tourism Green investment opportunity in Mulvehill Creek Eco-Retreat, Revelstoke, B.C.

Located on the shores of the Upper Arrow Lakes, the Mulvehill Creek Eco-Retreat is looking for residents, partners or investors

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Several beeswax candles are burning with a soft golden glow. These candles are from Honey Candles near Kaslo, B.C.
Kaslo, Energy, Environment Earth Hour: What are you doing on March 19th at 8:30 p.m.?

Earth Hour encourages you to have a lights-off hour.

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Mayor of Castlegar, Lawrence Chernoff
Castlegar, Environment Sensible and sustainable

The city of Castlegar has several green initiatives underway that are good for the city, for the environment and for the people who call the area home.

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Workers at Emco in Cranbrook are lined up and holding a green pipe made by Aquatherm.
Cranbrook, Fernie, Energy, Environment Greening your infrastructure pays off

Emco in Cranbrook has plumbing and heating solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of your home and business.

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(L) MP Richard Cannings (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) and MP Wayne Stetski (Kootenay-Columbia)
Environment, Small Business A snapshot of the Kootenays’ MPs

Kootenay MPs Richard Cannings and Wayne Stetski talk about their hopes to help our region environmentally and economically

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A rendering of street tree plantings along a boulevard with a multi-use pathway within Castlegar's Columbia Avenue Residential District
Castlegar, Environment, Forestry, Transportation On the shady side of the street

Castlegar's newly released Street Tree Master Plan makes trees top priority

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The exterior of an energy-efficient home built by Tyee Custom Homes in Kimberley, B.C.
Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Energy, Environment Rewarding greener buildings

Three East Kootenay communities have rebate programs to encourage energy-efficient buildings

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Jori Adank on the roof of his net zero energy (NZE) home in Kimberley, B.C.
Kimberley, Energy, Environment, Technology Net zero energy construction is catching on in the Kootenays

A net zero energy home produces as much energy as it consumes.

by Kevin Miller
A photo of the Earth from space.
Nelson, Environment Who will be the first Kootenay community to go blue?

Communities across Canada are promoting the basic human right to clean air, fresh water and healthy food

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An Observe tire on a Subaru in the snow
Invermere, Environment, Technology, Transportation Black tires go green

Turning nut waste into tires is an example of upcycling for environmental benefits

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Picture of grade eight students participating in Know Your Watershed program.
Environment, Financial Over $1 million for environmental education

Columbia Basin Trust renews support to two environmental education initiatives.

A highway sign with an elk on it that is part of a wildlife detection system in the Elk Valley, B.C.
Elkford, Sparwood, Environment, Transportation Elk radar will keep humans and elk safer

A pilot project of a wildlife detection system in the Elk Valley, B.C., may save lives—both human and wild

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Trees covered in snow along an alpine ski run.
Fernie, Kimberley, Golden, Environment, Tourism More trees, less paper

Three Kootenay ski resorts are part of a campaign to reduce their environmental footprints

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Owner Alan Bowler stands in front of his store, Root For Me, in Marysville, B.C.
Kimberley, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness, Small Business Marysville store wins environmental award from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

Root For Me in Marysville, B.C., won an Environmental Stewardship Excellence Award from the Kimberley Chamber of Commerce

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(L to R) Don McCormick, mayor of Kimberley, B.C., and David Kelly, CEO of SkyFire Energy, at the SunMine official opening
Kimberley, Energy, Environment, Mining Sun power for Kimberley

The successful operation of the Kimberley SunMine increases the potential for economic development in that community.

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The de Vries family—Jeremy, Keely and their three daughters—stand in a field of their organic dairy farm.
Grand Forks, Agriculture, Environment, Health & Wellness Reduce your foodprint deliciously

Choosing to support farms that responsibly caretake the environment and their animals is a very positive way to spend your food dollar.

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Megan Lescanec stands next to some baby clothes in her store, the Bumble Tree.
Cranbrook, Environment, Retail, Small Business The Bumble Tree in Cranbrook keeps our kids outfitted

Unique, eco-friendly options for babies and children are offered at the Bumble Tree

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Margeaux Bauman, co-owner of Kootenay Valley Water & Spas, is standing with the Big Green Egg barbecue and a big bag of natural charcoal.
Castlegar, Cuisine, Environment The Big Green Egg is a very green barbecue

The versatile Big Green Egg is a barbecue, smoker, grill and oven

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Kimberley Fire Chief Al Collinson is standing on tree chips from a fuel reduction project at Duck Pond.
Fernie, Kimberley, Environment, Forestry The City of Kimberley tackles wildland fire risk

Many more resources are needed for B.C. communities, including Kimberley, to be safe from catastrophic wildfires

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