Rossland and seven other communities in the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) area will receive free Strategic Community Energy & Emissions Plans (SEEP) between now and March 31, 2016.
CBT and FortisBC are providing $168,000 so that local governments can work alongside the Community Energy Association (CEA) to reduce their green house gas emissions and increase their energy efficiency.
Rossland, Salmo, and Kaslo have already agreed to participate in the project, but the remaining five communities have yet to be identified.
The CEA has already successfully helped 42 small and midsize communities across BC identify ways to reduce their electricity and green house gas emissions with its CEEP QuickStart program, including Elkford and Silverton.
“One of our objectives is to help communities prepare for and take action on issues related to climate change,” Neil Muth, Columbia Basin Trust President and CEO, said in a press release. “By partnering with FortisBC and the Community Energy Association, we will be able to help local governments and residents save energy and reduce their carbon footprints.”