RDCK Smart Planning Innitiative

The Regional District of Central Kootenay, in which the City of Castlegar resides is starting out on the Integrated Community…

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Sustainability in Castlegar?

we wrote a letter to the City asking for some consideration of peak oil, climate change and the economy and the effect that these scenarios may have on the long term sustainabilty of the community. These should be reflected in the budget, planning, bylaws and policies of the City as well as finding ways to invovle the community.

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Transition Training in Abbotsford

UrbanWorkbench will be represented at the upcoming Training 4 Transition event in Abbotsford, BC by my wife Robyn Thomas. This course is a useful first step in getting started on the concept of a Transition Town and is being held over two days, March 20th and 21st, 2009, (in Abbotsford, BC).

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Powering Down

Part of the Transitions Network program is a series of courses called “Skilling Up for Powering Down”. One of the challenges is convincing people that there is value in preparing for a power-down scenario. If you read the news or watch TV – youd’ be forgiven for assuming that the world is already well on track to replacing petroleum products with wind power and hybrid vehicles. As my dad, who was in advertising, always said, don’t believe everything you read – or see on TV.

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Transition Castlegar

We are looking for residents of Castlegar who are interested in making the city a long-term sustainable community to live in. The challenges of Climate Change, Peak Oil and the economy stand in the face of our car-dependent heavily industrialized economy. We believe that the community is the level at which these challenges can be best met and that relying on other levels of government to provide all the answers will not serve our community well into the future.

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