Climate Action

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is pleased to announce a redesigned climate action engagement process based on feedback we received from the community. The postponement of the public engagement meetings has allowed the RDCK time to reconvene and reconsider how best to work with residents to address concerns and provide information about RDCK Climate Actions.


The RDCK community has emphasized the need for transparency and open communication. We have heard you. We have streamlined the ways the public can get involved, both in-person and online, to provide feedback and influence the proposed Climate Action Plan. From July to October, the mix of in-person and online engagements are an opportunity for residents to review all the information and actions, provide feedback, and interact with RDCK staff on how best to strengthen community resilience throughout the RDCK.


Visit our new page - Get Involved for dates, registration links and more information about how you can join the conversation. 


NOTE - OCTOBER 31st, 2023 is the deadline for this round of engagement. Please submit your feedback using the channels outlined here Get Involved

In April 2019, the RDCK declared a climate action imperative for all orders of the government to apply a low carbon resilience lens to decisions on building construction, energy systems, resource recovery, land use and transportation. This imperative obliges the RDCK to pursue opportunities that will further catalyze the RDCK as a climate action leader.

In response to the Board`s directive, RDCK climate action strategy was drafted to support clear and deliberate action. The strategy includes 3 pillars: 

  1. Inform with good data (reporting and tracking);
  2. Guide with systems to influence, understand and support decision making; and,
  3. Action – bold and responsive to rural communities

The intent of RDCK Climate Actions is to identify actions that build on existing successes in our communities and take advantage of current initiatives while advocating for and creating opportunities focused on rural areas through pilot projects, programs, policies, and incentives. As well, RDCK Climate Actions will work with member municipalities to support the reduction of their carbon pollution through collaboration and partnership. The strategy of designing the Plan with a 4-year lifespan aligned with the electoral cycle is to ensure the RDCK’s climate action work stays dynamic and is able to integrate new and emerging policies and technologies.

RDCK Climate Action Targets

  • 2019-2020: Participated in the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan process
  • 2022: With the ultimate goal of creating climate resilient communities, reducing risks of climate change, while holding the organization accountable, the RDCK Board adopted progressive science based carbon pollution (greenhouse gas emissions) reduction targets of 50% below 2018 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
  • 2023 - 2026: Staff are currently preparing a 4-year climate action plans as a pathway to 2030 climate action targets. The climate action plans form an important part of the 3-pillar Climate Action Strategy – inform, guide and act.
    The proposed first 4-year guidance plan is focused on identifying supports that reflect the diverse needs of RDCK residents. REVIEW the two documents – Draft RDCK Climate Actions and the accompanying draft Climate Action Workbook For more information on the plan, including frequently asked questions, go to If you have any feedback on the RDCK Climate Actions, please click here to submit your response or email

The content on this page was last updated October 23 2023 at 3:27 AM