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Climate Action Exchange - Kootenay- Castlegar

Climate Action Secretariat

Thursday, 8 November 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Climate Action Exchange - Kootenay- Castlegar

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Join Leaders in Climate Action from the Kootenays to celebrate success, discover new opportunities and explore best practices and tools.  

This FREE one-day event will be packed with information, ideas and discussion to help prepare the region for climate change impacts while reducing carbon emissions and energy use.

Lunch and refreshments to be provided.



This agenda is subject to change. If you have questions, please contact





Registration, mingling


Welcome: Mayor of City of Castlegar


Presentation: Mel  Reasoner - Weather Trends in the Columbia Basin


Presentations: Leadership examples of successful climate action and opportunities for more

  • Meredith Hamstead & Heather Mitchell: Columbia Basin Trust Watersmart Program
  • Lukas Armstrong: Nelson’s PassivHaus
  • Stephen Bearss, Fink Machines: District Energy for Ktunaxa St Mary's Band  


Talk Show: A discussion of carbon emission reduction in communities and for corporate operations

  • Community Energy Association: Carbon Neutral Kootenays.
  • Fiona Galbraith: Nelson’s Corporate GHG Reduction Program
  • Carol Suhan, Fortis BC: Rossland on an Energy Diet & Spot the Energy Savings
  • Brendan Wilson, Selkirk College: Forest Carbon Management






Lunch; Tour of the Castlegar Community Complex heat recovery systems & energy efficiency & waste reduction improvements.


Presentations: Tools and methods for taking action online, in the community & in your organization

  • Arvind Ramakrishnan, Fortis BC: Renewable Natural Gas
  • Robert Macrea, Instructor, Integrated Environmental Planning Technology: Selkirk College Renewable Energy Program & Carbon Neutrality
  • Carmen Proctor: Nelson’s Ecosave Program for Homeowners
  • Heather Bauer, Climate Action Secretariat: Are you a LiveSmart Leader? Online community demonstration


Sound Bites: 60 second pitches from 10 leaders of climate action in the room – a chance to identify networking opportunities.


Networking and refreshment break & tool market place


ACTIVITY: Sector based working groups

What is working and needs a boost?

What are the new and priority opportunities?

What methods can we apply?

Who will take action?


Report out from groups


Next Steps & Closing



Who is it for?

The Kootenay Climate Action Exchange is for anyone working towards addressing the challenge of climate change from every sector: elected officials, local government employees, businesses, industry, non-profit representatives, First Nations, academia, provincial and federal government.

Are you a Leader in Climate Action?

You may also be interested in joining our online community of climate action practitioners from around the province. The LiveSmart Leaders community, a social media platform, is for anyone doing or interested in climate action - mitigation and adaptation.

This event is also being planned to coordinate with the Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative’s (CACCI) Extreme Weather & Infrastructure Workshop for local governments. There will be networking opportunities for participants of both events, to be held at the same venue, though registrations are separate (please only register for one event).

View the agenda for the CACCI event.

Register for the CACCI event.


See you in Castlegar!

Further information available at:  or 250-352-1200



Recommended Accommodations in Castlegar:

All facilities have a Business centre on premises and high speed internet in room


Sandman Hotel - 4 Green Key Rating 

Address:1944 Columbia Ave, Castlegar

Phone: (250) 365-8444

Rate: $99.00 taxes per night (Gov rate)

Breakfast: Continental included for one guest/room


Super 8 - 3 Green Key Rating
651 - 18th Street, Castlegar
Phone: 250-365-2700

Rate: $89.00+ taxes per night (Gov rate)

Breakfast: Deluxe Continental included (i.e. hot items incl)


Fireside Inn - No Green Key Rating, but offers Environmentally friendly services  (i.e recycling)
1810 - 8th Avenue, Castlegar
Phone: 250-365-2128

Rate: $90.00+ taxes per night (Gov rate)

Breakfast: Deluxe Continental included

Brought to you by:

LiveSmart BC, Ministry of Environment, Province of BC    and Community Energy Association


In partnership with:

City of Castlegar

Have questions about Climate Action Exchange - Kootenay- Castlegar? Contact Climate Action Secretariat
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When & Where

Castlegar and District Community Recreation Complex
2101-6th Avenue
Selkirk Room
Castlegar, British Columbia V1N 3B2

Thursday, 8 November 2012 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Climate Action Secretariat

The Climate Action Secretariat is the central agency responsible for:

•            leading and coordinating research, analysis, development and implementation of programs, policies and legislation enabling mitigation of and adaptation to climate change;

•            working collaboratively with other orders of government, research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and professional and industry associations to achieve provincial climate change goals; and

•            leveraging its experience and expertise to help other jurisdictions accelerate their own related strategic and tactical efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The Carbon Neutral Government Program is among the climate action initiatives that the Secretariat oversees. Through the Program, B.C. became the first jurisdiction in North America to take full responsibility for the greenhouse gas pollution released from the operations of every ministry, school district, post secondary institution, health authority and Crown corporation. 

The Program enables the province’s public sector organizations (“PSOs”) to fulfil the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act and the Carbon Neutral Government Regulation. The legislation requires all PSOs to measure their emissions, plan and take action to reduce emissions, offset residual emissions to net zero, and report annually on all of the foregoing. Early in its mandate, the program focussed on measurement and reporting compliance to ensure the integrity of its public reporting. Its strategic focus is currently in the process of shifting to one of enabling PSOs to accelerate their emission reductions and better prepare for climate change.

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