Nelson Nest Lab: Collaborative Climate Solutions for Nelson has completed its second phase of operation. Twenty-two community members have been participating in our second year of the Nest Lab. They are part of a supportive community of change makers developing skills to more effectively take collaborative action and work on participant-led initiatives.

This portfolio of participant-led initiatives surfaced from sessions where ideas for local action were generated once a better understanding of climate change in the Nelson context was gained. After initial brainstorming took place, participants evaluated the ideas based on impact (GHG reductions, adaptation, economic and health co-benefits) and feasibility (personal commitment level, resources and relationships needed, scaleability).

Throughout the summer and fall, teams rapidly tested their initiatives to learn, probe and test their concepts to better understand the complex system in which they are operating and/or trying to change, and to see if the initiatives have the potential to take hold and be implemented.

Go to the Nest Lab website to find out more and see short videos about the four initiatives: Nelson Neighbourhood Low-Speed Electric Vehicles, Small-scale Hydrokinetic Turbines, Low Impact Transportation Map, and iCAN Business Climate Action Nelson      Click here 

Nelson at its Best is working with other Nest Lab convening partners from City of Nelson, Interior Health and Selkirk College’s Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute to plan and conduct the lab.