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The Okanagan Chapter: Activates Sustainable Energy Promotions

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Okanagan Chapter continues to activate sustainable energy promoting “A Sustainable Manufacturing Hub”, a forum on the “Future of Energy in the Okanagan”, and the formation of an independent Sustainable Energy Task Force throughout this year. The chapter is focusing on speeding up the community’s capacity for a changeover to renewables, and collaboration is one key they are using for bringing this into reality.

Their representative, Erik Hrabovsky, will sit on a delegation going to Vernon City Council this month, side by side with Sustainable Environment Network Society, Sunfire Systems, and many experts residing within the community. “The delegation, led by Barry MacDougal, will be presenting a possible future to the City of Vernon that situates Greater Vernon as the already growing sustainable manufacturing hub.” Erik states, “With Tekmar, all of our solar PV companies, and the recent Magnesium Oxide plant in Lavington, the promotion and accessibility of these things are crucial for meeting our climate targets.”

The local chapter also has received a sustainability mini-grant from the City of Vernon to host a Sustainable Energy Forum which will seek to bring together the Okanagan’s 53 solar providers, policy makers, sustainable energy experts, and more, to discuss the “Future of Energy in the Okanagan”. This meeting will be promoting local co-change-making, what needs to be involved, and to discuss how this will look. The action of the meeting will be to establish an independent Sustainable Energy Task Force as well as a model to show the potential energy off-sets homeowners can take advantage of while solar PV prices are at record lows. To find out more, email Okanagan@bcsea.org.

Additionally, the chapter sent a delegation to First Things First Okanagan’s “Three Ways to Save the Climate” event on April 6th. An Electric Vehicle Show included electric cars, boats, and bikes, along-side with, expert speakers and solar providers, sharing accessibility and visibility to the resources existing within the community. The event brought home the urgency for these technologies to permeate our communities in an approachable and personalized format allowing the public to learn from the local climate leaders directly.

Happy Earth Day from the chapter and may there be even more collaboration to come!