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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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An incandescent lightbulb with two green leaves inside of it
Greening your business

Businesses should act now to protect the environment and strengthen our economy.

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Tammy Bessant sits near a water fountain in front of her house in Cranbrook from which she runs her business, EarthWear.
Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail EarthWear is all about skin care . . . naturally

EarthWear in Cranbrook has a complete line of natural skin care products

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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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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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Owner Zabrina Nelson of Revival Boutique stands behind a desk made of over 1,000 recycled books glued together.
Rossland, Retail In with the old

Revival Boutique in Rossland is a resale shop and an innovative recycler

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A pedestrian, timber-frame wooden bridge with a metal roof spans Mark Creek in Kimberley, B.C.
Developments, Forestry Community awards for excellence in building with wood

Do you know of a Kootenay community in which the local government is a wood champion?

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A man is taking off his runners to stand in a lawn of grass and white flowers.
Environment, Health & Wellness Naked and grounded

Earthing is a recent health trend with numerous purported benefits

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A worker stands next to a forestry road in the bush in British Columbia with heavy equipment in the background.
Forestry, Tourism, Transportation Managing B.C.‘s resource roads

British Columbia's resource roads need more funding for maintenance

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A black-capped chickadee sits on a bird feeder.
Animal Care, Environment “Green” windows save birds

Bird-friendly windows from Walker Glass Co. prevent birds flying to their deaths

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Volunteers build the raised planters for the Rotary Gardens in Radium Hot Springs.
Radium Hot Springs, Castlegar, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Trail, Agriculture, Environment Community gardens are greening up the Kootenays

Five community gardens across the Kootenays grow social capital as well as plants

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Environment, Small Business Looking for eco-heroes

Earth Day Canada will award $5,000 for its Small Business Hometown Heroes Award

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Three workers in safety gear are at their work site on a recently built resource road.
Environment, Forestry, Mining, Transportation Leadership needed for B.C.‘s resource roads

B.C.'s resource roads are a multi-billion dollar asset that needs inventorying and active management

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Elk graze in a snow-covered pasture with the Rocky Mountains in the background.
An elk-filled essay for Earth Day

The elk and I were on our morning commutes this lovely morning, Earth Day 2015

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Rane Wardwell oversees the lifting of a panel for a prefab home.
Invermere Building with green foresight

Collective Carpentry in Invermere builds healthier and greener houses by fabricating the homes in its shop.

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Stacey Chartres is the manager of the Luca Hair Studio in Trail.
Trail Greening the hair industry

Luca Hair Studio in Trail is joining a movement to green up hair salons across Canada.

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Michael Dean (L) and his son Andrés spread two types of rock dust on the Learning Garden in Grand Forks. Andrés is now general manager of Gaia Green Products.
Grand Forks, Agriculture, Environment Michael Dean: He makes plants even greener

Gaia Green Products in Grand Forks has been selling organic fertilizers for 25 years and just keeps growing

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Mike Hambalek by Soleco's second generation solar and wind-powered light tower
Cranbrook, Environment, Mining A “green” light tower

This new solar- and wind-powered LED light tower is designed for use in remote industrial locations

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Virginia Rasch
Environment A second-generation voice for the wild

Wildsight appoints a new executive director.

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Shauna Teare is in her garden. She's headed up the Kootenay Food website initiative.
Agriculture, Environment, Technology An online resource for a food community

Local farmers and locavores have a new resource—a place to connect and engage with the Kootenay food system.

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A honey bee hovers near a blossom.
Environment Day of the Honey Bee

In recognition of the 156 years that honey bees have been a part of agriculture and economy in B.C., May 29 will be declared Day of the Honey Bee.

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A diagram shows the process of extracting rare earth elements sustainably as pioneered by Ingenuity Labs.
Environment, Mining Ingenuity in extracting rare earth elements

The issue of extracting rare earth elements is being tackled by Ingenuity Lab, an Edmonton-based scientific organization.

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Canadian Solar Institute Owner and instructor, Mario Borsato, provides hands-on training to students at the recent Solar PV Design and Installation workshop at College of the Rockies’ Gold Creek campus.
Cranbrook, Education, Environment Solar PV workshops at College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies and the Canadian Solar Institute have signed an agreement to offer solar PV workshops at the College’s Gold Creek Campus.

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A logo of a leaf with a renewable city on top of it.
Invermere, Environment Renewable Energy Options workshop for business

Sign up for an upcoming day-long Renewable Energy Options Workshop aimed at the professional sector.

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A logo shows mountains, a river and a green field with the words
Environment, Technology Kick start a series on natural building

Jewel Creek Organic Farm has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the filming of a video series that will teach a number of natural-building skills.

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A banner lists details on dates for the Farm, Food, Fork event. Behind it is colourful honeycomb.
Nelson, Agriculture, Cuisine, Environment Farm Food Fork

Farm, Food, Fork (F3) is bringing together the food advocates, marketers and farmers of the Kootenays with a dynamite event.

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Vegetables and flowers growing.
Trail, Agriculture, Environment Public produce initiative for Trail

IncrEDIBLE Trail, a new initiative, will see vegetables and herbs grown throughout the downtown, including in front of businesses.

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A woman plows between a row of veggies and an overlay gives info on the Rockstar Farmer Tour.
Cranbrook, Kimberley, Nelson, Agriculture, Environment Rockstar Farm Tour in the Kootenays

Aspiring Kootenay farmers will have the chance to learn from Jean-Martin Fortier, a farmer who sells $140,000 worth of vegetables from 1.5 acres in Ontario.

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A beautiful deck with white pillars and wood floor looks out into greenery.
Environment Better ways to build green this year

Green Scene has compiled some of the most exciting sustainable building trends to watch for in 2014.

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A woman stands outside a flower shop wearing a blue apron.
Environment, Small Business The 3 C’s of sustainability

Small businesses are natural leaders in Kootenay communities and have a responsibility to lead with conscious intention. The 3 C’s help them do just that.

by guest blogger Kim Klassen
A man stands overlooking a valley with mountains in the background.
Elkford, Sparwood, Trail, Environment, Mining Teck awarded for environmental responsibility

Teck has been the recipient of an Environmental & Social Responsibility Award from the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

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Paul and Clare Kelly stand next to an old gas pump that reads
Nelson, Environment Revolutionizing food miles with biodiesel

The Kootenay business Revolution Biodiesel is taking strides to reduce the carbon footprint of food miles and transportation using post-consumer bio oil.

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Two girls walk down a covered stanchion area with cows and dogs at Kootenay Meadows dairy.
Agriculture, Environment Celebrating the family farm in the Kootenays

The UN has declared 2014 the International Year of the Family Farm. We're pleased to share the best local agriculture stories we’ve written over the years.

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Leonardo Dicaprio and three other members of the Venturi team stand in front of a poster with logos and a life sized race car.
Environment Electric cars racing forward

Leonardo DiCaprio is part of a group entering the world’s first full electric race series.

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A collage of agriculture, and a child eating corn on the cob says
Kimberley, Environment A speaker’s tour on genetically engineered foods

If you’re concerned about genetically engineered foods, there’s a presentation coming to Kimberley, B.C., that you should attend.

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A couple of mountain bikers ride over a rock on the trail.
Rossland, Environment Get out and have fun

Whether it’s biking to work or turning off the television to go hiking, getting active is rarely anything but a benefit in a number of ways.

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A man and a boy fish from a canoe.
Environment, Tourism Recreational fishing conservation funding

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program is funding initiatives that help in the productivity and sustainability of recreational fishing.

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A row of glass bottles and spray bottles display three different Cinderella cleaner scents.
Providing healthy, sustainable cleaning products

Cinderella's Organic Housekeeping was created to provide a safe and green alternative to the harsh chemical cleaners we're all familiar with.

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A girl browses a desk full of pamphlets.
Kimberley, Environment Kimberley’s Green Building Conference

Builders, engineers, designers and homeowners take note—Kimberley is getting set to host its 2013 Green Building Conference.

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A close up of a charger plugged into a white EV.
Environment Electric vehicles moving forward

Electric vehicles have a growing popularity and effectiveness

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An attractive row of wood-lined garden beds grow vegetables.
Elkford, Agriculture, Environment Creating a community garden

Elkford, B.C., has realized the dream of establishing a community garden two years after the idea was first brainstormed.

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A graphic passive solar home rises attractively into the sky. It is white and features walls of windows.
Cranbrook, Environment Passive house design course in Cranbrook

A week-long course in passive house design and construction is coming to Cranbrook. Passive house design is a rapidly growing concept for energy efficiency.

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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
A circle of red paper chain men around a green paper tree.
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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A women wears a pink cardigan and holds a basket overflowing with produce.
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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A stunning green Creston Valley has a variety of farm land and mountains in the background.
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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A cute little bat hangs upside down with its wings covering its eyes.
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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A lush green valley is spread out between blue mountains and sky.
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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