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 combined with municipal solid waste can be bio-digested to create biofuels to heat our homes and power our transportation systems.  Residential and commercial food waste combined with green agricultural waste can be composted to replenish our soils.  Recovered plastics can be combined with cellulosic fiber to create bio-composite building materials.

These solutions and many others are proven technologies deployed by municipalities in Canada and around the world.  Turning our waste streams into valuable resources will save money, create jobs, and add to the circular economy of our region.

The OSLC is currently developing an inventory of available waste streams and assessing technologies to utilize them.  Public private partnerships and the cooperation of cities, regional districts and the Bands will be essential to bringing these projects to fruition.

Zero Waste Valley Resources

BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP REPORT – IPBES-IPCC CO-SPONSORED WORKSHOP

In December 2020, 50 of the world’s leading biodiversity and climate experts, selected by a 12-person Scientific Steering Committee assembled…

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Building Okanagan Flood Resiliency Utilizing Natural Assets

On October 21, 2020, the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council partnered with Entrepreneurship@UBCO to premier the documentary “Building Okanagan Flood Resiliency…

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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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