Columbia Valley Pioneer staff

The Regional District of East Kootenay has just released a Climate Action Plan engagement summary, including the results of the recent public survey. 

In total, more than 1,080 people responded, which will help the RDEK determine where they should be increasing resilience or climate adaptation measures, says regional planner Krista Gilbert. She noted this “help us adjust to impacts already felt in our region and reduce our vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change.”

The summary can be viewed on the project page at engage.rdek.bc.ca/climate or by reaching out to RDEK at 1-888-478-7335. 

Consultant firm Pinna Sustainability has been hired to develop the plan, which is intended to set targets to reduce community and corporate greenhouse gas emissions. It will also identify actions in key areas that will set out how the RDEK will help meet these targets and identify actions to become more resilient to changes in climate. In addition, it will also provide guidance on the expenditure of the RDEK’s climate action funds.

A draft plan is expected to be shared with the public this spring.