TODAY TOMORROW TOGETHER

The Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council is a not-for-profit BC Society dedicated to protecting and restoring our natural ecosystems while building healthy, resilient, connected communities throughout the Valley.

KEY INITIATIVES

The Council has identified the following priority initiatives, which are core to its mission, vision and values.

Country Road

Zero Waste Valley

The purpose of this initiative is to develop programs and initiate projects throughout the Valley that can utilize the organic and inorganic waste currently being burned or buried in our landfills and turn it into commercially viable products. Forest waste…

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City by Lake with Bridge

Intelligent OKGN

The purpose of this initiative is to promote the values of connectivity, shared mobility, social equity and resource efficiency in the planning and development of our region.  It was launched on October 10, 2019 at a leadership conference organized by…

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Group Hugging

Connected Communities

From our very first planning sessions, the OSLC believed that it was essential to involve community activists, civic leaders, researchers and academicians, business and industry partners, and First Nations representatives in our mission. We vowed to foster a culture of…

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Okanagan

Healthy Ecosystems

The Okanagan is a unique zone of ecological wealth and biodiversity, but it is increasingly challenged by rapid growth and climate change. How can we incorporate best practices and indigenous knowledge to protect and restore our valuable ecosystems?

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“Ecology and economy are two sides of the same golden coin. We don’t need to flip it, we need to save it for future generations.”

- David Saltman, Chairman
Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council

Resources

Climate Projections for the Okanagan Region

This work offers climate projections for the Okanagan region, which is located within the Traditional Territories of the Syilx Okanagan…

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Global Goals, Local Action: Kelowna’s Voluntary Local Review

While the Sustainable Development Goals are often framed as a global agenda, the priorities outlined in the agenda often require…

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Okanagan

A New Future for Old Forests: What We Heard

In July 2019, government appointed panel members Garry Merkel and Al Gorley to lead an old-growth strategic review. They gathered…

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Keeping Nature in our Future A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan Region

Keeping Nature in our Future, ‘A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan Region’ (the Strategy) is an environmental policy framework that…

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Doug Gilchrist

"I am fully supportive, and in fact, excited about the work of the Okanagan Sustainable Leadership Council. As we prepare for a dynamic future and take action on sustaining our valley, it will be through meaningful partnerships that the largest gains will be realized.”

Doug Gilchrist, City Manager – City of Kelowna