Energy and Air Quality Focus Area

Desired Future

Rossland is a leader among small mountain communities in the generation and use of clean, renewable energy that fulfills a major portion of the community’s energy needs. Rossland’s diverse energy systems make the town energy self-sufficient and reduce harmful impacts on air, land, water, and the climate. The town conserves energy through an increasingly energy and resource efficient building stock, and residents generally get around by walking, cycling, and using public transit. The town maintains its carbon neutral status with the cooperation of residents and businesses who work to conserve energy in their daily lives and operations.

End-State Goals

End-state Goal 1: The basic energy needs of residents, visitors, and businesses are met reliably, affordably, efficiently and equitably.

End-state Goal 2: The majority of the town’s total energy supply for transportation, electricity, and heating is derived from renewable sources that maximize the use of local energy sources.

End-state Goal 3: The transformation to carbon-neutral energy systems has provided a leading case study for small alpine communities in North America.

End-state Goal 4:  Every building meets or exceeds minimum standards for green buildings and a threshold for energy efficiency.

End-state Goal 5: Air quality is good and no minimum standards for air contaminants are exceeded.

 

What is New in Energy and Air Quality?

An Energy Task Force was struck in 2009 and completed a Community Energy Survey of residents' energy use patterns.  See the results of the survey on the Energy Task Force page.
 
The City has also been actively inventorying their own energy consumption as part of the requirement for municipalities to be Carbon Neutral by 2012.