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Columbia Basin Trust provides $1.7M for climate projects

The Columbia Basin Trust will fund eight projects to help communities become more climate-resilient.

“People, groups and communities throughout the region are committed to becoming more climate resilient, and we’re here to support their efforts,” said Katie Kendall, senior manager, special initiatives in a news release. “These projects focus on actions in anticipation of, and in response to events, trends or opportunities related to climate change.”

These projects are receiving over $1.7 million. Here are some of them.

A focus on clean energy and retrofits

Many people and communities in the Columbia Basin are looking to shift to cleaner energy, reduce their energy use and increase the comfort of their homes, the Trust says.

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To help this happen, the Community Energy Association is offering community workshops to highlight clean-energy and energy-efficiency options for residents. It is also hosting training opportunities for local tradespeople, contractors and post-secondary students to support growing interest for building retrofits.

“This project will increase the ability of Basin residents to understand their options and access skilled expertise to undertake retrofit and clean-tech projects,” said Jessica Martin-Thompson, climate initiatives specialist. “It will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for a climate-resilient and low-carbon future in the Columbia Basin.”

Diverting organics

People throughout the West Kootenay will also be encouraged to collect their organics and given the means to do so. The Regional District of Central Kootenay is implementing a bear-safe collection service in rural areas and small towns, and providing education to households in the entire region about diverting organics.

A full list of projects is below.

Community  Organization  Project Name  Description  Amount
Basin-wide  Community Energy Association Kootenay Clean Energy Transition Launch a pilot to build workforce capacity for a clean-energy transition through training opportunities. $213,500
East and West  Kootenay Living Lakes Canada Society Water Supply for  Community Adaptation Launch a water-monitoring  program in three pilot watersheds to enable local governments and First Nations to understand climate  change impacts. $257,300 
Kimberley  City of Kimberley  Kimberley Curbside Organics  Collection Launch a composting collection service. $272,900 
Nelson  City of Nelson  City of Nelson Pre-treated Organics Program Launch the pilot of a pre treated organics diversion program using on-site food waste recyclers. $198,750 
Nelson  Kootenay Carshare Cooperative Low Speed Electric Vehicles Pilot  Launch a pilot to put two low speed electric vehicles on the streets for community use. $65,100 
Rossland  City of Rossland  Rossland Home Energy Leadership Program Launch a pilot that aims to remove barriers to undertaking home retrofits by providing a “concierge service” to homeowners. $187,485 
West Kootenay  Regional District of Central Kootenay Bear Safe Curbside Organics Launch a bear-safe rural organics collection service. $454,800
West Kootenay  Regional District  of Central Kootenay Curbside Organics  Program: Residential and Business Education Launch an education program for a new organics collection service $81,655
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