It’s known as “the warm land”, and as soon as you get off the highway Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley certainly has the feeling of pleasant summer warmth, filled with agricultural fecundity. It was the Coast Salish Cowichan people who gave it the name - that’s what cowichan means in the Hul’q’umi’num language.
So solar energy lies deep in the heritage of the valley, and maybe its appropriate that British Columbia’s first solar bulk buy has sprung unto life here, and is pioneering a new approach to solar installations.
On March 20th, the BCSEA Kamloops Chapter hosted an event called The Power of Sustainable Investing, in partnership with Transition Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and the speaker, Tim Nash. The session was highly informative, generating interest, excitement, and engaging discussion. The 35 minutes talk (PowerPoint slides attached below), was followed by an equally well-received half an hour of Q&A. About half of the seventy attendees stayed for a break-out session.
On May 2nd, 2017, a public debate took place at Vancouver Public Library on the question of whether Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) would bring a net economic benefit to Canada, or would instead be a boondoggle – a useless waste of money.
Energy Connections broke new ground this year, tackling the difficult but inspiring topic of community empowerment. People from across BC, heralding from various different backgrounds and industries, united under one roof for a day of information, inspiration and engaging dialogue.
Looking back on the event as a whole, it is difficult to envision a more appropriate keynote speaker to kick off this incredible day; a day marked by passionate and like-minded individuals learning from one another and engaging in the broad vision of sustainable energy.
Kamloops Sustainability Leaders Share Their Thoughts
When the team led by Kamloops resident and BCSEA local chapter volunteer James Gordon started working on the ‘Everyday Sustainable Energy Superheroes’ project, the expectation was that they would deliver a well-rounded exhibit of good sustainable deeds in the community. Pretty straightforward, right?
We recently installed solar panels on our roof and I have never seen my hubby so excited and animated in such a long time. He had been fretting over the increasing cost of our hydro and the spectre of Site-C sending our hydro bills soaring.
Since its creation in 2004, the Kamloops BCSEA Chapter has had astonishing success in promoting renewable energy solutions and gathering like-minded passionate individuals devoted to sustainable lifestyles. By facilitating a variety of engaging initiatives and events, the chapter has played a key role in elevating the community’s awareness of tangible solutions away from fossil fuels. From promoting innovative sustainable technologies to organizing art exhibitions showcasing community member success stories, the Kamloops Chapter has been a true sustainability ambassador over the years.