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Rethinking waste—from cradle to cradle

A zero waste conference in Vancouver will consider an alternative to the cradle-to-grave consumer process currently causing global problems.

by op-ed contributor Malcolm Brodie
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Environment Community Champions with BC Hydro

BC Hydro is giving sustainability-focused non-profits in B.C. the opportunity to win $10,000.

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Environment Gardening expert and author touring the Kootenays

Carolyn Herriot, author of The Zero Mile Diet, will be visiting various Kootenay communities

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Creston, Education, Environment Kootenay Farm School providing relevant training

College of the Rockies is introducing Kootenay Farm School at its Creston campus, with exciting workshops and a 10-month beginner farming course.

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Environment Bats: important to Kootenay communities

The Kootenay Community Bat Project is helping residents discover the importance of bats and ways to help these mammals survive into the future.

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Creston, Environment Creston’s green distinction

The town of Creston has received a level two distinction as a green community. A municipality can receive up to a level three, which is total carbon neutrality.

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Education, Environment Kootenay non-profit wins environmental educators award

The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network has been recognized by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education.

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Kimberley, Environment A solar farm for Kimberley

Excellent solar conditions could help turn Sullivan Mine’s brownfield into an asset for Kimberley with a pilot photovoltaic plant.

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Nelson, Environment Knotweed is not OK

Invasive species are a big problem when it comes to ecological health and knotweed is one of the most common in the Kootenays.

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Cranbrook, Environment Recycling + garden = green

Rick and Brenda Metherals from Cranbrook have melded two important green initiatives. Their eclectic backyard garden utilizes numerous recycled items.

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Castlegar, Environment Sustainable vehicle recycling

When people imagine a used car parts place they don’t think of environmental initiative. Stuart Ady, owner of Ernie's Used Auto Parts, tells a different story.

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Agriculture, Environment Because the Kootenays heart local

Thanks to a growing local-food movement, Buy Local Eat Natural is holding the first annual We Heart Local Awards for B.C.

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Creston, Agriculture, Environment Growing in Creston

Community partners will be exploring what programs, services and facilities for agri-food education would best meet Creston Valley needs.

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Cranbrook, Kimberley, Environment Learn to garden for free

Cranbrook and Kimberley will be offering free gardening workshops as a part of the welcoming communities project.

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Christina Lake, Environment Helping boaters keep lakes free of invasive species

Christina Lake volunteers are hoping to stop the spread of invasive species by inspecting boats for harmful mussels

Two wooden deer appear to graze in a field, framed by blurry weeds.
Cranbrook Decorating Cranbrook’s urban deer

The Cranbrook and District Arts Council has come up with a fun way to engage people with an Urban Artsy Deer Quest and Competition.

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Cranbrook Green design at College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies' entrance expansion was completed in 2010. Now the design has achieved certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmetal Design.

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Invermere, Environment Sharing community greenhouse success

Columbia Basin Trust is providing funding to help make the knowledge gleaned from Groundswell's community greenhouse in Invermere more easily accessible.

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Environment Energy Diet for Kootenay Residents

FortisBC is signing people up for an energy diet which offers great initiatives to help residents cut back on unnecessary energy waste.

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Environment Newly hired: invasive species coordinator

Invasive species are not a small issue. The Columbia-Shuswap Regional District has recently formed a group to help control these unwanted plants and organisms.

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Cranbrook, Agriculture, Environment Food forest in the Kootenays

Clear Sky Farm has started developing an innovative cold-climate food forest on one acre near Fort Steele in the East Kootenay.

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Cranbrook, Education, Environment Sustainability in post-secondary education

College of the Rockies is now pleased to be a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

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Environment, Small Business Energy advice for small business

LiveSmart BC has an initiative called the Small Business Program geared at helping the little companies find big environmental changes that can save on costs.


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