Green Scene

by Virginia Rasch

A blog featuring some of the successful sustainable initiatives by Kootenay businesses.

Welcome to Green Scene—a blog featuring environmentally friendly or sustainable initiatives. The Kootenays are a special region in British Columbia with amazing natural beauty. We are looking for stories about people, organizations or businesses that show a fresh, green approach to sustaining this precious environment. Please submit your idea, and we will follow up with you for a possible entry on this page.

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

Recent Green Scene articles

Ornamental kale is in the foreground of a traditional flower garden. The green, purple and pink kale is edible.
Agriculture, Environment Edimentals: edible, ornamental plants

Landscape your yard for beauty and for food with edimentals—edible, ornamental plants

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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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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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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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A woman is one of the many volunteers planting tulip bulbs last October.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Agriculture Fernie is coming up tulips

The EcoGarden in Fernie was awarded 1,000 red and white tulip bulbs to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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