Powering Generations:
Legacy to the Future

June 4th-6th

Renewable Energy & Sustainability Explored 101 Workshop

Montana Burgess

Montana Burgess is the Executive Director of the West Kootenay EcoSociety. She has over 12 years of experience in the climate, energy and environmental non-profit sector in BC, Ottawa and internationally, including coordinating civil society at over 25 UN conferences.

Montana is currently leading the West Kootenay EcoSociety’s 100% Renewable Kootenays initiative that engages communities, businesses, and local governments to transition the West Kootenay region to 100% renewable energy at the community-level, in heating, cooling, transportation, electricity, and waste management by 2050. This initiative has worked with over 9,000 residents and over 65 businesses to support five local governments to say yes to 100% renewable energy, green jobs, and healthy communities. The EcoSociety is now working with these local governments to draft a regional-municipal joint strategy to map out how to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Montana is passionate about community organizing and partnership development to tackle big global issues in each person’s own backyard. She hopes this citizen-driven local government-focused renewable energy work being led by the EcoSociety will build a model for other communities across BC, Canada and the globe to adapt in their communities to achieve clean energy, and safe and healthy communities.

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