Sustainability

The RDCK is advancing sustainability in the region through collaborative processes, common vision and an integration of ecological, social and economic values.

Sustainability is integrated into the operation of the RDCK in multiple ways. The RDCK has made the following commitments:

Service 105 – Community Sustainable Living Advisory Committee (CSLAC)

Service 105 is also known as the Community Sustainable Living Advisory Committee (CSLAC). The role of the CSLAC is to make recommendations to the RDCK Board of Directors on the coordination, research, analytical, development and management services related to the social, cultural and economic development of the RDCK as it relates to Service 105.  As well, the CSLAC will advance objectives set out in the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). The CSLAC will act in an advisory capacity only and the RDCK Board retains the authority to make final decisions.

For more information, see the CSLAC Terms of Reference [PDF - 118 KB].

Regional Vision for Sustainability

The RDCK’s vision for sustainability has its roots in the Integrated Community Sustainable Planning (ICSP) process. This initiative—SustainABLE Central Kootenay—gathered input and engaged citizens in a dialogue about sustainability in our region in 2009, and was intended to guide discussions on sustainability in our region.

The RDCK’s vision for sustainability emerged from this process:

“Our ambition is that our pristine natural environment and spirited communities provide a peaceful home, balanced economy and wild recreation experiences for all residents and visitors.”

SustainABLE Central Kootenay

 

Read the RDCK’s vision statement and a summary of community input from the ICSP.

The deliverables of the SustainABLE Central Kootenay initiative, which include jurisdiction-specific vision statements and greenhouse gas backgrounders, will promote ongoing dialogue on how the RDCK can orient its services towards the achievement of long-term regional goals. The project reported on seven themes which emerged as priorities for area residents:

  1. Economic Development
  2. Health and social well-being
  3. Energy and Climate Change
  4. Water protection & advocacy
  5. Transportation
  6. Natural Areas
  7. Food and Agriculture land

SustianABLE Central Kootenay established a baseline of emission targets [PDF - 156 KB] that have helped inform subsequent action.

The RDCK continues to advance sustainability in the region through collaborative processes, common vision and an integration of ecological, social and economic values.

Taking action towards our vision

The RDCK Board is committed to reducing greenhouse gases, increasing renewable energy, increasing local food production, supporting water conservation and source water protection, increasing active transportation, and increasing affordable housing.

To advance the goals of the RDCK, there is work happening with residents from across the region, within the RDCK’s seven departments, and with the Board of Directors. The RDCK leverages its assets—relationships, information, infrastructure, funds, policy, project, staff time, and administrative function—to identify best practices and support ongoing efforts towards our vision for this region.

The work of the Sustainability Service is organized into five areas: climate change, energy, housing, food & agriculture, and water. Given the complexity of these systems—economically, environmentally, socially and culturally—there is always overlap.

Follow the links below to explore these areas of focus.

The content on this page was last updated September 26 2018 at 3:23 PM