In a unanimous decision by Town Council members on Tuesday, September 7, the Town of Creston has officially become the 11th community in the West Kootenays to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy across all energy use sectors in their community by 2050. Way to go, Creston!

This also could not have happened without the hard work of the Creston volunteer team from the Creston Climate Action Society. We are lucky to have such dedicated people in Creston who are leading the way to a cleaner, healthier and safer Creston.

“I’m grateful, and so are all the volunteers that worked with the West Kootenay EcoSociety on the 100% Renewable Kootenays initiative. The Creston Climate Action Society volunteers had worked with the Town of Creston staff as well, who were incredibly supportive. We are elated with the outcome and will now roll up our sleeves to partner with the Town to educate ourselves and residents of the Creston Valley to transition to using renewable energy.” – Elizabeth Quinn, Creston Climate Action Society Vice-Chair & Volunteer

Council’s decision to commit to the transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 is a great example of the hard work happening right now across the Kootenays and how, when we come together, we can create positive change and the future we want to see. The West Kootenay EcoSociety is looking forward to supporting Creston as they take the next steps to develop their 100% renewable energy transition plan building off the blueprint outlined in the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan, which has already supported 9 other local governments.

There is already momentum in Creston. From electric charging stations, to compost bin rebate programs, woodstove exchange programs, and sustainable community agriculture — saying yes to transition to 100% renewable energy is the natural next step for Creston’s ongoing leadership.