SD 19 schools: Farm-to-Table project.
This three-part program was designed for grades four to six, and reached four classes at Mountain View, Mount Begbie and Columbia Park elementary schools. The program provided students with an overview of climate change, explored the ways in which food choices relate to climate change, inspired positive action by providing alternative choices and information, and aimed to empower students to make informed choices about their role in the face of climate change. The program involved both classroom presentations and supermarket tours. Feedback from teachers, students and partners (Coopers Foods, Southside & Mountain Goodness Natural Foods) were all very positive.
More than 140 people attended this event, which used creativity to raise awareness of climate change. ClimArt was organized by contractors Hailey Ross and Claire Siebert. The event featured five films, including two by local children; three slide shows; and 19 multi-media art submissions. One of the slide shows was by Greg Hill, who skied 2 million vertical feet in 2010. He noted his carbon footprint in getting to his ski destinations and challenged himself to reduce that (see Revel Pedal below). The Friends of Mount Revelstoke also had an art activity at the event. The event attracted a great mix of regular NCES supporters, plus artists and a large number of mountain sports enthusiasts. The event was covered or mentioned by four media outlets. February 23, 2012
For the three elementary schools, NCES conducted an Earth Day colouring and pledge contest. We presented the contest winners eco-friendly prizes at the school’s Earth Day assemblies at which point two short films were shown. One such film, made by a local youth of 9 years old, focused on climate change adaptation in the Revelstoke area.
In the high school, we set up a very popular button-making table in partnership with Parks Canada. Students made their own earth-themed buttons which they wore during their own Earth Week activites.
Clean Bin Event:
This 3-hour evening event in the United Church basement focused on the themes Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The event, attended by 98 people, featured the film The Clean Bin Project, along with speakers, music by Matt Potter, several visual displays on recycling and creative reuse of waste, and a slide presentation showing creative ways to reuse garbage produced by Lori Anderson. In the second part of the evening, Carmen Fennell of CSRD spoke about upcoming initiatives with waste management, Brett Renaud of BRESCO spoke about the newly implemented street-side recycling program and Steven Hui spoke about the Community Foundation’s initiatives to reduce waste. As NCES, with $100 donation from the school district, bought the full viewing rights to the film for the community, the film can now be borrowed and shown in schools and in the general public. The film will be housed in a school library. The film event and the Clean Bin Challenge was the subject of at least five newspaper articles and two on-line videos. 15 volunteers and our NCES coordinator helped organize this event. April 25, 2012.
Clean Bin Challenge:
13 households signed up for this challenge which aimed to see who could produce the least garbage – excluding recycling – in one month. The results were publicly weighed at the Chickadee Nature Festival on May 26. The winning couple produced only an astounding one ounce of garbage each in the month! Three newspaper outlets covered this event and one, Stoke FM, actively participated in the challenge. May-April 2012.
Chickadee Nature Festival: Plant and identify an indigenous plant
A diverse collection of native seedlings were collected and propagated for distribution at the festival. Descriptive and imaginative cards accompanied each plant describing their biological, mythical and aesthetic qualities. The goal here was to help blur the lines between domestic and wild spaces by encouraging residents to plant native plants in their back yards. This activity also aimed to help increase residents’ familiarity with native plant species and their biological attributes. May 26, 2012.
Revel Pedal and Great Bike Give-Away:
One key component of climate change education falls into the realm of transportation. Since the NCES already facilitates The Great Commuter Bike Give Away – a successful program which refurbishes abandoned bicycles and distributes them to people in need – we decided to build on the active transportation theme for this event by showcasing the successes and potential of active transportation in Revelstoke. Also, the City of Revelstoke’s proposed active transportation trail network was in need of public comment – the purpose of this event was bring community members to an open house and solicit for feedback in this regard. Finally, this event served as the finale Bike to Work Week event.
Great Bike Give-Away:
This year Flowt generously refurbished nine bikes which NCES was able to give away to new riders. Applications were assessed based on economic and social need, the availability of a suitable bike and effort put into the written submission – one of which, a poem, was published in the newspaper. An issue regarding bike storage presents a challenge to the feasibility of this program in the future as the City will no longer store them for us.
Scavanger hunt/Scrabble ride:
A bike-accessed scavenger hunt was created for all-ages in which particular nodes identified in the City’s active transportation trail network were used. Two routes were created to suite varying age and ability levels. The last stop on the route was the Village Idiot, where participants were encouraged to attend an Open House.
Open house at the Village Idiot Pub:
A number of organizations working within the realm of sustainable and/or active transportation were invited to set up information tables at the Village Idiot to promote their causes. The City of Revelstoke’s planning department, engineering department, and Enhancement Committee were also there to present the proposed trail networks and bike lane plans and solicit public feedback. Other participating organizations and groups include: Bike to Work Week, Revelstoke Cycling Association (information table and short film), the Skate Park Committee, Skookum, Flowt, La Baguette (gelato bike), the Raging Grannies, The Roller Derby Team, Lou Brown (custom bike trailers). Greg Hill presented slide show in which he reported that, since the ClimArt event, he cycled to all his ski destinations, a remarkable feat in itself!
Approximately 100 people participated in the Scavanger Hunt and around 80 attended the open house; Volunteer hours contributed: 45 plus a large donation of time and resources from FLOWT.
Food security naturally follows the themes of climate change and sustainable transportation, highlighting how mainstream food systems require transportation that is highly dependent on fossil fuel consumption. To supplement our existing local food initiatives – the community garden, Garden Guru Series and Harvest Palooza – and complement efforts by the City and others to pursue local alternatives to imported food, we decided to invite food system planner Janine de la Salle to address food security in the context of urban planning. The intention of her talk was to bring together disparate food initiatives in Revelstoke. A luncheon at Benoit’s was organized in which de la Salle met with representatives of community groups and businesses most active in the area of food security. This included city planners and environmental coordinator, Bear Aware, the Food Bank, NCES and LFI Committee, Terra Firma, the School District, among others. NCES organized a public presentation in the evening by de la Salle, attended by around 35 people. A lively discussion followed the presentation, including interest in creating a Food Charter for Revelstoke. June 21, 2012.
Newspaper articles in the Times Review Four newspaper articles on environmental themes for the Times Review covered the topics of Reducing environmental impacts of Christmas; Climate Change adaptation; Earth Day; and Greenwashing.
Harvest Palooza: a Fall Food Security Festival.
The second Harvest Palooza celebration. The key message of this family-friendly festival-style event was that: Sustainably produced food is local, and Revelstoke has an abundance of resources in this regard. A celebration of local food is also a celebration of local food culture, and this event is all about fostering and celebrating this culture in Revelstoke. The event featured: a large local foods potluck; a largest vegetable contest; agricultural heritage displays from the Revelstoke Museum & Archives; community garden knowledge sharing; garlic planting in the community garden; a seed exchange; awareness of, and donations for, the Food Bank; Bear Aware education, Partners for Others (awareness building for this local charity); a local food taste test (GASP students), an idea mural (Sustainable Food Is …); a children’s craft table, a sprout kit station; and live music. Approximately 120 attended this event located in the basement of the United Church. October 15, 2012.
Downtown Community Garden:
NCES’s Local Foods Initiative Committee continues to manage this garden in conjunction with the Revelstoke United Church. Funding for garden maintenance and a series of garden-related educational programming came from the CBT. Garden co-coordinator Amy Clarke was hired to assist plot holders and ensure food bank donations. We have 18 plot holders, which include a mix of new and returning gardeners. Plot holders include members of the public, and a mix of public and business organizations such as: RSS Special Education Class, Kid’s United Youth Group, and the Modern Bakery. Produce was used by plot holders and donated to the Revelstoke Food Bank continued. May 2010 to present.
Garden Guru Series:
Garden and Food Preservation Workshops: This workshop series identified local “experts” in gardening and food-preservation techniques to facilitate workshops on these topics. A total of 10 workshops were in this series. The series has been very successful as demonstrated by great attendance, a diverse demographic appeal, community praise, and generous community donations of time and resources.
Midsummer Night’s Green:
This fundraiser for the Local Food Initiatives featuring local tapas, wine, music, and silent auction. This sold-out event took place at Benoit’s wine bar.
Mountain Culture & Our Environment.This event meant to raise awareness of climate change in a creative and non-depressing manner. This was a multi-media evening of fun, folklore & environmental speak that brought climate change issues to light. Educational focus: climate change. Location: Big Eddy Pub. Demographic targeted: winter sporting crowd. Volunteer hours contributed: 75. Partner Organizations: Reved, Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Canadian Avalanche Centre. Attendance: 120. February 2011.
Wolverine Wild: Douglas Chadwick & John Bergenski. In partnership with Wildsight to host two rather famous conservationists who addressed the need for landscape-scale conservation in our region. Chadwick promoted his new book, and shared related National Geographic published photographs of the wolverines in question. Educational focus: climate change and landscape conservation. Location: Community Centre. Demographic targeted: community at large. Volunteer hours contributed: 9. Attendance: 115. February 2011.
Save Our Snowpack: Jocelyn Hirose’s research on the Illecillewaet Glacier. In partnership with Wildsight, this speaking tour brought Masters student Hirose to Revelstoke. She shared the preliminary results of her glaciology research telling of the effects of climate change on our local glaciers and our watershed. Screening of creative film piece by Francois Desrosiers highlighting local water resources and water-related play time. This event corresponded with National Water Week. Educational focus: climate change and water. Partner Organizations: Wildsight. Location: Senior’s Centre. Demographic targeted: community at large. Attendance: 38ppl. March 2011.
Bees & Seeds: a bee workshop and seed exchange. This event was organized in honour of Earth Week. Native bee specialist Lynn Westcott was hired to give a workshop meant to help Revelstokians to understand our local bee species, their importance, their needs, and ways we can help these pollinators. An informative talk on native bees was followed up by demonstrations on how to hand-build various bee nests – participants had the opportunity to build their own tube-nests. Educational focus: food security, climate change, habitat conservation and restoration. Demographic Targeted: general public. Attendance: 120. April 2011.
Chickadee Nature Festival: Plant a Vegetable, examine our watershed & WIN a rain barrel! At this Friends’ of Mount Revelstoke event, children were invited to plant a vegetable at the Downtown Community Garden, and presented the Columbia Basin water model. At the water-awareness table people discovered great prizes (such as a rain barrel) and interesting tid-bits of information about the local water treatment plant. May 2011.
Great Bike Give-Away II: Bike to Work Week. Seven bikes fixed and given away to interested community members who demonstrated the need for a bike and a commitment to sustainability. Educational focus: sustainable transportation and climate change. Partner organizations: FLOWT. Location: Downtown during the Chickadee Nature Festival, and during Bike to Work Week. Demographic targeted: folks with economic need. Volunteer hours contributed: 100 May 2011.
Screen Smart Nature Scavenger Hunt: Partnered with Parks Canada on a scavenger hunt and geocaching event. Location: Behind the railway museum. Demographic targeted: children and youth. Participants: ~ 30 kids. May 2011
Continued management of Downtown Community Garden in conjunction with the Revelstoke United Church. Funding for garden maintenance and a series of garden-related educational programming came from the CBT and The New Horizons grants. A garden co-coordinator was hired to assist plot holders and ensure food bank donations. We have 18 plot holders, which include a mix of new and returning gardeners. These plot holders include members of the public, and a mix of public and business organizations such as: the RSS Special Education Class, Kid’s United Youth Group, and the Modern Bakery. Produce was used by plot holders and donated to the Revelstoke Food Bank continued. May 2010 to present.
Screening of the film PLAY AGAIN at the Roxie theatre, presented as the finale event for Screen Smart 2011. Event took at the Roxie theatre and was 100% volunteer run. Film raised awareness of the increased time today’s youth spend in front of screens and the associated detriments of this phenomenon. Volunteer hours: 25. May 2011.
Hosted another CSRD Hazardous Waste Event. These events are always busy, and provide excellent PR opportunities for the NCES. Carmen Fennel from the CSRD is happy for our continual support of this event. Volunteer hours: 30 October 2010.
Growing in Revelstoke: Times Review newspaper column. This article series came from a partnership formed with the United Church on a New Horizons Grant. Written by contractor Hailey Ross, this column contributes to a joint project between the NCES and the United Church aimed at increasing the sustainable production of local food and intergenerational knowledge sharing. Five articles were written throughout summer season.
Garden Guru Series: Garden and Food Preservation Workshops: Coordinated by Alice Weber and Hailey Ross, this workshop series identified local “experts” in gardening and food-preservation techniques to facilitate workshops on these topics. A total of 14 workshops were in this series. The series has been very successful as demonstrated by great attendance, a diverse demographic appeal, community praise, and generous community donations of time and resources.
Midsummer Night’s Green: a fundraiser for the community garden featuring fresh, local appetizers donated from local businesses, organic BC wine, live music, and beautiful décor. Event took place on the patio of the Village Idiot who were very helpful, and supportive. This evening was an incredible success and earned us approx $980. Aug 2011.
SD 19 schools: Water Quality & Water Shed Awareness. Twenty four elementary classes were Revelstoke Secondary. All teachers were left with materials providing them with follow-up activities and curriculum connections. A feature article on the work was presented in The Current, and public outreach raising awareness of these issues took place addressing via a booth set up during the Chickadee Nature Festival.
Green Business Awards: Times Review newspaper column featured six awards to local businesses demonstrating initiative in solid waste reduction, environmental sustainability, and environmental leadership. Businesses included: Suzanne Spizani Designs, Legends & Heros, Sangha Bean, Carolyne Lorraine (ReMax), the thrift stores (Hospital Auxillary & St. Peters), and Kelly’s Bobcat.
Harvest Palooza: a fall food security festival. The first of what we hope will be many Harvest Palooza celebrations. Approximately 120 people attended took part in festivities and took home information on food preservation, local foods, the history of agriculture in Revelstoke, membership info for the community garden, and how to compost. Educational focus: food security. Location: United Church on a Saturday afternoon. Demographic targeted: families. Volunteer hours contributed: 70. Partner organizations: Revelstoke Museum & Revelstoke United Church. October 2010.
Climate Action Candlelight Vigil
December 12th, 2009
Grizzly Plaza, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The North Columbia Environmental Society held a candlelight vigil in support of climate action. During the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Revelstoke residents gathered in Grizzly Plaza to send a message to world leaders that immediate action must be taken to reduce atmospheric CO2 from the current concentration of 390 parts per million (ppm) to the scientifically-proven “safe upper limit” of 350 ppm. This event coincided with thousands of others across the globe in collaboration with 350.org.
NCES Photo Competition Gala
Friday, November 13th, 2009
Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre
The photo competition gala was a great success. We received many submissions and it was a difficult decision to narrow the field for the gala. Check out all the submissions now up at the Modern. Check this website to view the winners.
Greening the Cube: 100 – Mile Housing
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
Revelstoke United Church
‘Greening The Cube: 100 – Mile Housing’ is a feature length documentary film that follows the efforts of green-builders Pete Matheson and Sean Sands as they strive to imagine and construct homes that are affordable, habitable, ethical, and environmentally responsible- in a word, SUSTAINABLE.
Tracing the contrasting origins of these two unique builders, the diversity of design and near limitless possibilities for experimental housing is explored through their personal histories and the homes they have created. Taking inspiration from the local-food treatise ‘The 100 Mile Diet,’ a concept for ’100 – mile housing,’ localized solutions for house and home, begins to take shape in the backwoods of Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada.
With appearances made by author JB MacKinnon (co-author of The 100-Mile Diet), Professor William Rees (Ecological Footprint Analysis), and other proponents of sustainable living, a case for experimental building and whole-systems solutions to the sustainability question is taken from the wilderness out… Combining integrated approaches to food production, meeting energy needs, responsible management of the waste stream, and other considerations pertinent to our homes and lifestyles, the extremes gone to by the featured builders serve as a counterpoint, a challenge to modern western consumerism.
Ultimately, the lifestyle and movement documented poses but one question; what kind of future will you build?
NCES Celebrating Kokanee Fish Festival and World River’s Day
September 25, 2009
Garden Guru Events
Multiple Dates in September
Downtown Garden Bounty and Design Tour - We toured four gardens throughout Revelstoke, learning about various gardening tips, from watering, to design. Join us for the remaining three in September.
Seed Saving Session - We learned about seed saving for planting the next spring… don’t ignore the cycles of the moon.
Soil Building and Enhancing - Next years garden begins this fall. Get your soil ready for next springs seeds by building it now.
Food Preserving with Former Homesteader - What to do with all those fall plums? We learned about various means of preserving food and preventing waste.
NCES and Pedal for the Planet
July 12th to 14th, 2009
The North Columbia Environmental Society hosted and billeted 9 members of this group as they made their way east.
Local NCES members accompanied the group part way up Roger’s Pass on July 14th.
Web link about this group www.kyotoplus.ca
The Pedal for the Planet’s statement reads:
A new climate treaty will be negotiated during international climate talks in Copenhagen, Denmark, December 7-18, 2009. Canada now stands out as one of the last major industrialized countries opposed to targets for deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and one of the biggest blockers of climate change negotiations.
Take action on climate change
Pedal for the Planet is our chance for individuals, organizations and communities to join together, to ensure that Canada does its fair share to tackle the climate crisis. Starting on July 3, people across the country will join rides and walks leaving the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Using bikes, trains and other modes of green transport, we will demonstrate our personal commitment to change, and relay our expectations for a Copenhagen climate treaty on to Ottawa.
Chickadee Nature Festival
May 29/30, 2009
The North Columbia Environmental Society and other local groups participated in this event to explore and appreciate the nature around us. We presented a watershed model to help show how pollutants flow and eventually end up in our water systems. A fun and interactive learning experience.
Martha Creek Tree Planting Party
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
We planted willows, cedar, hemlock, and cottonwood along Martha Creek on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Thanks to Nomad for providing delicious lunches. Look for more similar projects next spring.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Neil Klassen is the Watersmart coordinator with the city of Kelowna, and he came to Revelstoke to discuss water efficiencies and conservation initiatives that Kelowna and other dry cities have implemented. His talk covered bylaws, policies, and programs that have been effective in decreasing the demand for water and costs for municipalities.
CSRD Recycling Fair
Sunday May 3rd, 2009
NCES was at the recycling fair to help with recyclables. Here are a few photos from the fair.
Revelstoke’s 2009 Home, Garden and Leisure Show
April 24th – 26th, 2009
The NCES teamed up the Revelstoke Car Share and Comfort Zone Deliveries and had the most fun booth at the show. There were displays of the winners of our Earth Day colouring and carbon-footprint contests, as well as the winners of NCES’ Green Business Awards. There was lots of enviro information, including NCES’ facts on IPPs and our eco-fact sheets.
Pesticides, Revelstoke, Health, and Cancer Presentation
Thursday, April 16th, 2009
A panel of physicians and experts from the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Physicians for the Environment, Canadian Medical Association, Toxic Free Canada, and Interior Health, spoke on cosmetic pesticides in our community. This panel presentation was very interesting, scientific, thought provoking, and informative.
Earth Hour, 2009
Saturday, March 28th, 2009
8:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. This year, turning your lights off for one hour was a vote for the Earth to urge world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (2009) to take dramatic action against climate change. The goal was to get 1 Billion people to participate. The City of Revelstoke and many citizens participated this year. Find out more at the Earth Hour Website.
NCES Movie Night: Food Security – Hijacked Future
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
This movie gave an overview of our food production system and how it is quickly becoming big business for corporations. Ownership and patents on seeds are threatening to take ownership out of the hands of growers and put them into the hands of businesses, leading to a potential food security issue. Visit the Hijacked Future Website for more, or contact us to borrow the movie from NCES.
Changing Climate, Changing Revelstoke
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
The two presentations presented scientific information & practical advice to prepare for climate change in the Columbia Basin. Panel presentation with Michelle Laurie, a specialist in the areas of sustainable development & climate change adaptation, & Dr. Mel Reasoner, Advisory Board of the Columbia Basin Trust’s Communities Adapting to Climate Change.
Rivers At Risk Presentation
Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Joe Foy of the Western Canada Wilderness Committee delivered a presentation on Independent Power Projects throughout BC. The presentation focused on the importance of local decision on cumulative environmental effects and climate change.
What a Way to Go, Life at the End of Empire Film Screening
Thursday, February 26th, 2009
A middle class guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle. This documentary brings hope for the future of humanity by awakening and informing in the most profound yet lucid way imaginable.
Rivers at Risk: MLA Norm Macdonald, Films Power Play & 49 Megawatts.
About 200 people attended this information session and film night. Norm Macdonald answered questions from the audience. The focus was on the recent gold rush in application for water licences for Independent Power Projects on BC rivers. At the time of this meeting there were over 70 such application on local rivers. Educational Focus: energy and IPP’s. Demographic targeted: all interested members of the public. Partner Organizations: Wildsight. November. 2009.
Polar Regions and Climate Change Bernice Notenboom presentation.
Bernice Notenboom is a National Geographic Photographer and writer who presented her trip to the North Pole. She did the entire trip without the aid of fossil fuels and then made a documentary about the impacts of climate change that she witnessed on her trip. About 100 people attended. Educational Focus: climate change education. Location: Roxy Theatre. December 2009.
What a Way to Go Film on Human Impacts on our environment.
An independent film about predictions of the decline of western civilization due to climate change and peak oil. About 50 people attended. Partner Organizations: CBT. Educational Focus: over consumption, climate change, fossil fuels. February 2009.
Food Security film and Patrick Steiner from Stellar Seeds, discussed industrial agriculture and impacts.
About 40 people came out to a film about the importance of heritage seeds and diversity in seeds. The film discussed Monsanto, Cigenta, and other multinationals and their practice of limiting seeds used and the development of GMO’s. Educational focus: Food Security, seed, Geneticaly Modified Organisms. Partner Organizations: CBT. March 2009.
Climate Change, Dr. Mel Reasoner and Michelle Laurier two speakers to the public and city council.
The NCES brought two speakers to Revelstoke to talk about climate change adaptation and mitigation. About 50 people came to the event for the public and city staff and council attended the presentation at City Hall. These two speakers were from Nelson and Rossland, respectively and spoke about issues relevant to the Columbia Basin, notably snow pack, precipitation, predicted changes in the local biome. March 2009.
Water Conservation, Neal Klassen, city of Kelowna, spoke to city council and the public.
Neal Klassen is an expert on water metering, employed by the City of Kelowna. He spoke about the different types of water meters available, the benefits of metering, the challenges and results of metering in Kelowna and a variety of towns in Alberta and BC where he has worked, the meter options for installation, and different ways to fund this expensive proposition for municipalities. The presentation to the public had no-one attend, but when Neal presented at City Hall, all of council and city staff were present, interested, and asking a lot of questions. April 2009.
Cancer & Pesticide forum- Dr. Warren Bell, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & Jerilynn Maki, Canadian Cancer Society, to City Council & public.
As part of the NCES’s work to have a cosmetic pesticide bylaw we organized a presentation by these two experts on Cancer and the link to cosmetic pesticides. Maki has helped many BC communities develop strong bylaws, and Dr. Bell is a well known expert on the topic. About 80 people came to the public talk, and city staff and council listened at city hall. There were excellent questions and discussions at both events. Educational Focus: cosmetic pesticides, their link to cancer, and strong bylaws to prohibit their use in cities. Partner organizations: CBT, Canadian Cancer Society, CAPE. May 2009.
MLA Norm Macdonald and John Horgan, NDP Energy Critic, Independent Power Projects (BOD)
Public Meeting regarding the high number of creeks and rivers with water licence applications on them for Independent Power Projects. June 2009.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort President Paul Skelton presents to NCES
The NCES and the general public in Revelstoke were concerned about the rate of expansion of the resort, lack of compliance with municipal building requirements, Riparian Area Protection orders, and other general issues with the RMR development. About 40 NCES members attended this meeting with Paul. The NCES gave Paul a list of questions that he answered, and then general questions that followed. September 2009.
BC Ministry of Environment Cory Legebokow
About 30 NCES members attended this information session with Cory. He answered questions about his job, recent cuts to his position, and issues that he
deals with in our area. November 2009.
Revelstoke City Planner John Guenther presents to NCES
About 30 NCES members came to hear about current issues within the local planning department that concern the environment. Topics included resort
development, RAR, motorized use of the Columbia River, cosmetic pesticides. January 2009.
Revelstoke Forest Worker’s Society Angus Woodman and Mike Copperthwaite presents to NCES
About 20 NCES members came to hear about what current government practices are in our region. We also learned about the Revelstoke Community Forest,
sustainable harvest, and how climate change may be addressed in terms of wildfire protection and current interior rainforest tree species survival.
Screen Smart Week- Nature Scavenger Hunt and Scrabble Run
This annual event takes place each spring in Revelstoke. Children and families are encouraged to take time to be together in play instead of being in front of screens such as the TV, Wii, computer, Gameboys, etc. This year about 50 children and families took part in the two events that the NCES organized to facilitate enjoyable experiences in nature. The Nature Scavenger Run’s goal was for children and families to find a list of things in nature, such as a bed for a fairy or a bathtub for a bumblebee. The Scrabble Run saw children run on a marked course through local trails, picking up scrabble letters en route, and then making words at the finish. Partner Organization: SD19. April 2009.
Chickadee Nature Festival participation, Columbia Basin interactive model
Chickadee Nature Festival is an event organized by Friends of Revelstoke and Glacier National Park. The NCES provides an activity at this one day event. This year we created a large 3D model of the Columbia River Basin. Children were able to participate in an investigation of water and water pollution in our area. Different pollutants and their sources were experimented with, as well as how the natural system absorbs these pollutants. About 50 children and their families enjoyed this event. Location: The cabin on Mt Revelstoke near the Nels Nelsen ski jump May 2009.
Martha Creek rehabilitation willow tree planting session
NCES members went to Martha Creek to plant willow trees as part of remediation for habitat loss from the construction of the Revelstoke Dam. Trees were planted on an area of the Martha Creek that had been rerouted. About 30 people helped at this excellent conservation event. Approximately 300 volunteer hours were contributed to this project! June 2009.
The NCES advertised through social media and postering the challenge to turn off all electrical appliances and lights for one hour. April 2009.
Climate change and conservation education in local schools
Through funding by the CBT, the NCES has done hands on presentations in grade 4/5 classrooms for the past 6 years. We try to focus on different topics each year. We have done climate change education, food security, and water conservation. We continued to speak to the RSS Alternate classroom as well. Educational focus: all 8 to 10 year olds. Demographic targeted: 30+ year old citizens. Location:CPE, RSS, MVE, MBE, AHE. Partner Organizations: SD 19, CBT
Reusable mugs for The Modern Bakeshop and Cafe
NCES members often purchased reusable mugs at local thrift stores and gave them to the Modern Bakery so that people needing disposable cups had a more environmentally friendly option. This service is no longer provided because the NCES volunteers were stay at home mothers, and they are now back at work. Educational focus: waste reduction
Green Business Awards & article series in the Times Review
The NCES has recognized and highlighted local businesses that are doing innovative initiatives in order to reduce their impact to the environment. Educational Focus: waste reduction, sourcing local products, organic products, etc. Partner Organizations: CBT, Revelstoke Times Review
Independent Power Project Petition asking for local input into decision process
The NCES wrote a petition to the provincial government asking for a moratorium on IPP’s until meaningful local government input has been restored, cumulative impact assessments are achieved, and that the provincial energy plan would be revisited. Norm Macdonald delivered the petition of over 300 signatures to the provincial legislature. We heard nothing back from the premier or any of his deputies.
Rivers at Rist letter Writing Campaign
The NCES urged our members and local citizens to write letters and call the minister of energy and the minister of environment to express our deep frustration with the flawed provincial energy plan, the lack of cumulative impact assessment and loss of meaningful municipal government input.
NCES Library: Environmental Awareness videos and Books
Our members and the general public have access to a small lending library of books and videos about environmental issues. Now located at Sangha Bean.
Wildsight Movie Night & NCES Fundraiser
December 3rd, 2008
A slideshow presentation about polar explorer Bernice Notenboom and her travels through the Arctic and Antarctic. The presentation was organized to raise awareness about global warming and the effects already being seen in the polar regions.
CBT Environmental Initiatives Program: Evaluation Workshop
November 17, 2008
An evaluation workshop to assess the effectiveness of the Columbia Basin Trust’s Environmental Initiatives Program
Revelstoke IPP Forum
November 5, 2008
Movie – Powerplay: The Theft of BC’s Rivers
MLA Norm MacDonald attended to provide information/discussion
October 26, 2008
NCES booth with information on the environment and human health
October 26, 2008
Recycling for plastics, batteries, toxic materials, etc.
NCES Movie Night
November 7, 2007
Resorting to Madness: Taking Back Our Mountain Communities
Urban Forestry Plan Feasibility Study 2002
The North Columbia Environmental Society (NCES) has initiated an Urban Forestry Plan Feasibility Study in Revelstoke. The objective of the project is to complete a study and public consultation/information delivery process that will set the stage for the development of an Urban Forestry Plan for Revelstoke, to preserve and enhance our local trees and green spaces. The feasibility study has been funded by the Columbia Basin Trust through the Columbia-Kootenay Fisheries Renewal Partnership and will be completed by March 2002. Click here to learn more.