Regional collaboration

A region with a reason to get serious about building sustainability

The West Kootenay is a sparsely populated region of southeast BC encompassing the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary. It has some 87,000 residents spread across 65 highway-linked towns and villages, 15 electoral areas and over 30,000 square kilometres. With an economy dominated by forestry, mining and tourism, this isolated region has an enormous stake in managing resources sustainably and building resiliency to changing local and global conditions.

The region has a broad range of individuals and organizations with experience working on sustainability initiatives. However, there’s currently no way to know what the best uses of resources are, and there’s no existing mechanism for figuring it out. With so many projects possible, there’s insufficient data on what will make the most difference and, in the big picture, there’s a lack of urgency compelling us all to work together on a plan to ensure we don’t find ourselves arranging deck chairs on a sinking ship.

Our mission is to help the sustainability community self-organize, forge a shared agenda, create a long term strategic plan and implement it. We want to complement the broad diversity of diffuse voices on sustainability with one strong, unified message the region’s residents will listen to.