Northern Environmental Action Team Creates Jobs While Promoting Conservation

Northern Environmental Action Team

2012- The Northern Environmental Action Team is a non-profit society dedicated to helping residents, schools, and businesses live a greener life in British Columbia. Primarily, the Northern Environmental Action Team provides environmental education but also assists organizations and institutions in developing strategic plans to reduce waste and conserve resources.

With funding support through the Government of Canada's Community Adjustment Fund, delivered by Northern Development, the Northern Environmental Action Team was able to create a project coordinator position, expand their Eco Educator positions to be more comprehensive, and engage a wider audience of residents and businesses to complement the active school programs. Not only did the Northern Environmental Action Team expand their programs, they expanded their reach to include Fort Nelson and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.

"Our programs are designed to convert awareness into action and, with this funding from Northern Development and the Government of Canada, Northern Environmental Action Team increase the public's awareness and desire to be a part of the solutions to many environmental issues such as climate change, solid waste management and idle reduction of automobiles in the Northern Rockies and the Peace region."

Sally Emory, former Executive Director, Northern Environmental Action Team

Positive Economic Impacts in Fort Nelson

The expansion of the Northern Environmental Action Team led to the development of five new positions within the organization. In a region that was hit hard by the economic downturn, these jobs in strong demand and filled within the communities of Fort Nelson and Fort St. John.

Northern Environmental Action Team plans to continue to improve and develop outreach programs that serve the general public, schools, industry, and all levels of government, and that meet their ever-changing environmental demands and concerns. This program has not only resulted in benefits to the economy, but to the environment as well. This project is leading to reduced resource consumption in the communities, reduced waste going to landfills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

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