Over 30 local businesses and organizations have signed-on to support the transition to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050 in their West Kootenay communities. Groups that have signed-on to support this transition to 100% renewable energy are from diverse sectors ranging from retailers, restaurants, fitness businesses, green building and energy companies to health practitioners, faith groups and everything in-between. 

It’s important to show our municipal decision-makers that local businesses and groups support renewable energy and are already making steps to cut their fossil fuel use. When we combine the thousands of residents that want each town in the West Kootenays to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy with the dozens of businesses and groups that are showing their support, towns across the region like, Nelson, Slocan and Castlegar, can commit to achieving a healthy and safe future.

Our goal is for at least 60 businesses and organizations join us in supporting 100% renewable energy before the end of this year. We’re over half-way! Join us and show your business’ or organization’s support for green jobs and clean energy. Sign-on now.

These businesses and organizations have not only signed-on to show their support for renewable energy, but they are actively working to reduce their carbon pollution and improve their community. Here are some reasons local businesses and organizations have signed-on for a clean and renewable energy future:

“Many people don’t think about the carbon footprint of an office. We wanted to do our part to reduce emissions so we launched the RHC Insurance Going Green Project. For example, we have substantially reduced our printing by emailing documents and policies to clients and transferring paper files to our new, online database. Imagine if all of our electronic services were powered by renewable energy sources. As a business we are committed to finding solutions that benefit our clients and our community.” — Sam Cowan, VP of Sales and Marketing and Partner with the regional RHC Insurance Brokers Ltd. 

“We’ve signed-on to support the transition to 100% renewable energy in Nelson. Getting onto renewable energy means less carbon pollution and people with health problems, like asthma, are going to have an easier time being able to breath. Healthier people, means a happier community.” —Trevor Sawchuk, Owner of Nelson Remedy’s Rx. 

“We’ve become a community excellent at understanding the needs of the environment, but still haven’t stopped burning fossil fuels. Castlegar and the West Kootenays are capable of making this important change, but we all need to be a part of it.” –Chris Mansbridge, Owner, Chris Mansbridge Acupuncture in Castelgar.

“We’ve signed-on to support the transition to 100% renewable energy in Rossland. Getting people out of gas-guzzling cars and onto public transportation or bikes to get around Rossland and our neighbouring communities, like Warfield and Trail, means less pollution, healthier people, and a more fun and social culture of getting to work and doing errands.” — Tyler Merringer, Owner, Revolution Cycles in Rossland. 

“The climate crisis looms as the most significant barrier to peace: droughts already cause conflict and mass migration, and flooding destroys homes and crops. Transitioning to 100% renewable energy as quickly as possible increases our chances of avoiding further catastrophe, and helps spread peace throughout the world.” — Greg Powell, Director, Castlegar Centre for Contemplation and Justice.

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Feeling inspired? Want your business or group to stand up to protect your wilderness and your community’s clean energy future? Sign-on to support 100% renewable energy right now.

Earlier this year, local West Kootenay faith groups said they would transform their operations, including some very old buildings, to 100% renewable energy by 2050 and some want to do this even by 2035. There’s a lot of excitement locally to build our community around renewable energy and energy efficient solutions.

We’re excited to bring businesses and organizations, showing this leadership, together with local governments at our regional energy conference next week. We’re going to make progress on moving to renewable energy. Make sure you register for the energy conference today before tickets sell out!