Today is Earth Day, a day to reflect on the environment, and on how we can lesson our impact on the natural world that sustain us.
But for too many in our province, it’s also ‘try to find a job’ day or ‘watch your child move out west’ day.
The stats are alarming. A shrinking population and tax base. A stagnant economy. Traditional industries in decline. Rural towns decorated with out-of-business signs.
These stats have a human face. Sons and daughters going down the road because of a lack of employment. First Nations’ youth not offered the chance to unlock their potential. Immigrants not finding opportunity here so they continue their journey elsewhere.
We’ve heard the warnings of the One Nova Scotia Commission – change our way of thinking, and do it now or never because soon it will be too late. Nova Scotia needs entrepreneurs and business start-ups. We need revenue to maintain our schools and our hospitals. We need a deeply welcoming society.
As an environmental organization with over 25 years of experience, the Clean Foundation also knows we need to better manage our natural resources. We need to clean up our waterways, and reduce our waste. And most of all, we need to confront the realities of climate change, to help stave off the devastating consequences of too many greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.
Those stats are also alarming, and they too have a human face. There are economic and social costs to climate change that we – and our children and grandchildren – will pay, one way or another.
As we chart a course to the new economy, let’s also tackle the challenge of climate change. We can use economic levers to create incentives for industries to transition away from fossil fuels. We can create the green collar jobs that keep future generations believing that this future is possible here. We can create the healthy environment and vibrant society that attracts newcomers.
But we have to take risks, be creative, and engage in smart and bold conversations that are not immediately dispersed by the prism of politics.
In practice, this means a moratorium on shale gas fracking is not the end of a debate, but another chapter in an ongoing discourse about energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
It means adding value to our natural resources. It means taxing the bad stuff – pollution and greenhouse gases – instead of just the good stuff like jobs and wages.
It’s time for our province to move beyond the ‘versus’ economy. Jobs vs the environment. City vs countryside. Nova Scotians vs come-from-aways.
We need a strong equitable economy that is rooted in a healthy environment. We know it won’t be easy. But we’ve been innovators before. Nova Scotia led the way with a system that diverted 50 percent of waste from our landfills. A quarter of our electricity will come from renewables by the end of this year, and over 40 percent by 2020.
And we’ve become a leader in energy efficiency. For our part, the Clean Foundation has helped prevent 110,000 tons of greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to removing the annual energy consumption of over 14,000 homes from Nova Scotia’s electricity grid.
Energy efficiency not only saves money and reduces our carbon footprint, it also supports local businesses doing this work – a green industry that will continue to grow.
There is now more employment in Canada’s clean energy sector than in the oil sands. That’s the future. That’s jobs and the environment.
Two of Clean Foundation’s senior managers will attend the Canadian Roundtable on the Green Economy in Quebec City on April 13th.
Gina Patterson, Director of Policy and Strategic Relations, and Erin Burbridge, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, will be part of discussions on how to create an economy that considers the environment.
The Roundtable comes a day before the Québec City climate summit, to be attended by the provincial and territorial premiers. The Alliance for a Green Economy in Quebec is hosting the Canadian Roundtable on the Green Economy.
The forum will bring together over 150 decision-makers from different economic, non-profit and environmental sectors to discuss actions that can be taken to accelerate the shift towards a green economy in Canada. Specifically, discussions will deal with the most effective ways to adopt carbon pricing and to promote sustainable and innovative urban development.
“We play an important role in Nova Scotia’s environmental movement and we want to bring an Atlantic Canadian perspective to these conversations,” says Clean’s Patterson.
“Nova Scotia has been an environmental leader in the past – and we want to be again. Nova Scotia led the way when we designed a system that diverted 50 percent of waste from our landfills. We are the only province on track to meet our emissions targets: a quarter of our electricity will come from renewables by the end of the year, and over 40 percent by 2020.”
The Clean Foundation has played an important role in this environmental work. From both our grassroots work and our involvement in policy, Clean has a unique perspective on the roles individuals, community groups, governments and industry can take on climate policy and emissions targets.
The Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up – Nova Scotia’s largest litter reduction initiative – launches this spring. Registrations are now open for teams across the province at www.nspickmeup.ca
Spring weather will eventually arrive, and with it the litter and garbage underneath all that melting snow. After a particularly long winter and an unprecedented amount of snow, litter will make an unsightly appearance as never before. The Clean Foundation has a solution and is inviting all Nova Scotians (families, youth, individuals, businesses and schools) to take part in the Great Pick-Me-Up, our long-standing anti-litter program and one of the largest volunteer initiatives in the province.
With support from municipalities, Clean will provide teams with everything they need to run a successful litter clean-up event. Groups can register by calling (902) 420-3474 or by going online at nspickmeup.ca. Clean will send a free kit that includes supplies, information on how to coordinate your event and a data card to track results.
Litter is an eyesore, poses health risks, affects water quality, and is often mistaken as food for wildlife. Studies show people tend to litter in areas where there is already garbage on the ground. That’s why Clean wants Nova Scotians to pick it up and promote clean communities this spring – and throughout the year.
“Clean is proud to facilitate litter clean-ups. It brings groups and individuals together and helps them improve the quality of life in their communities, while also helping the local environment,” says Chris Morrissey, Clean Foundation’s Executive Director.
Clean is encouraging teams to post ‘before & after’ photos of their pick-me-up locations and post to social media using the hashtag #GladToCleanUp.
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The Clean Foundation’s Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps has officially opened the Call for Submissions for the Aboriginal Leadership program.
Clean is very excited to be able to employ ten post-secondary students for 15-week placements for the 2015 season, up from five during our pilot year last year. An integral part of the youth Conservation Corps is providing all students with intensive and meaningful training to prepare them for their summer placements and increase their overall employability in the work force.
Training camp for the Aboriginal Leadership students is taking place at Mount Saint Vincent University from May 13th to 15th and will provide training in areas such as communications, Occupational Health and Safety, project planning and budgeting, career development and networking.
Interested in applying? Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on April 19th. Clearly indicate which position and location you are applying for. Only successful applicants will be contacted.
Please circulate the NSYCC job opportunities throughout your own networks and stay tuned as the 9-week regular program postings will be made available mid-May.
Halifax Harbour is a functioning estuary that shelters numerous fisheries that are of recreational, commercial and aboriginal importance, including Gaspereau, American eel and Atlantic salmon. The rivers that flow into the harbour are essential watercourses for fish to access freshwater spawning grounds.
The Sawmill River, in downtown Dartmouth, is one such river that connects Halifax Harbour to some of the largest water bodies in the Dartmouth area. Forty-three years ago, a 700 meter length of the Sawmill River was buried in a pipe underground, creating a barrier that prevents fish from moving to their essential spawning grounds.
The barrier of the Sawmill River remains to this day. The Halifax Water Commission will soon be replacing this underground pipe along the length of the Sawmill River to accommodate elevated precipitation loads due to climate change. In this replacement, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is requiring that fish passage be restored.
Left: Clean’s Water Program Coordinator Christine Ward-Paige surveys one end of the pipe that regulates the flow of Sawmill river in Dartmouth
A variety of environmental, aboriginal and recreational organizations and local businesses are encouraging the city and the water commission to “daylight” the Sawmill River to bring economic, environmental, recreational, and social benefits to the community of Dartmouth.
Daylighting describes projects that deliberately expose some or all of the flow of a previously covered river, creek, or stormwater drainage. Daylighting of the Sawmill River will also complement the extensive work and investment of the City of Halifax to clean up the Harbour through improved sewage treatment in recent years.
Clean Foundation has worked to restore adjacent watersheds such as the Cow Bay River, Little Salmon River, Smelt Run, Hornes Brook, and Gammon Lake Brook since 2006. Our watershed restoration team has developed expertise in watershed restoration and community engagement, stewardship and education about the benefits and requirements for healthy watercourses. The Sawmill River is literally in Clean Foundation’s backyard, and we see the value in daylighting this river, as it should be greatly beneficial to the fish that reside in Dartmouth area watercourses, Halifax Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, while bringing urban renewal by bringing water and nature back into the heart of the city, and provide an excellent opportunity for community education and outreach in the benefits and services of clean and restored watersheds.
Clean Foundation supports the initiative to daylight the Sawmill River and commits to assisting the city of Halifax and Halifax Water Commission in maintaining exposed sections of the river. Maintenance support from Clean Foundation could include habitat restoration, erosion control, debris clearing and removal and litter clean ups.
Clean Foundation is hosting a series of FREE community stormwater workshops in New Glasgow, Yarmouth, Halifax and Wolfville. Spaces are limited! Workshops will cover:
- Rain Gardens & Native Plants
- Downspout Planter Box Construction Workshop
- Build Your Own Rain Barrels
Clean is now accepting applications for the 2015 Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (NSYCC). The NSYCC provides funding to community partners in Nova Scotia to employ students aged 15-30 to work on environmental projects. Deadline for applications is January 9th, 2015.
The application guidelines and template can be found on the NSYCC page
This past weekend, 110 delegates of Living Waters Rally 2014—representing recreational, indigenous, cottage association, faith, philanthropic, environmental, business, academic, and arts and culture groups from across Canada—came together to discuss the future of Canada’s freshwaters.
The people of Canada deserve to know the health of their home waters and that many are increasingly at risk. We need regular, independent public assessment of and reporting on the health of our waters. Protecting and restoring the health of our waters will require leadership. Canada needs a legal and policy framework that sets a high standard of accountability and transparency.
NS Minister of Energy Andrew Younger (at right in photo) recently joined Clean Foundation Executive Director Chris Morrissey (at left in photo) to announce a new pilot project to improve vehicle fleet efficiency for two municipalities in the province.
Did you know as many as 350,000 CFLs, and the mercury they contain, could be diverted from the landfill every year if the province moves ahead with recommended changes to Nova Scotia’s solid waste-resource management regulations? Check out this op-ed in the Chronicle Herald, written by Clean Foundation Executive Director Chris Morrissey, to learn more!
The Yarmouth Vanguard newspaper recently ran an article about the RainYards program in Yarmouth. The program provides homeowners with one on one advice and recommendations on how to make landscape changes and retrofits to their properties to reduce flooding and the environmental impact of stormwater. Check out the story or the clean.ns.ca/rainyards website to learn more!
June 11, 2014
The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation has used “Clean Nova Scotia” as our day to day brand name since we were first established in 1988.
Today, our environmental work often addresses issues that reach beyond our provincial borders. As a result, we updated our day to day brand name to better reflect our work. Although our official name, the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation, will stay the same, our shortform and brand name is now the Clean Foundation.
When citing the Clean Foundation in the media or other materials, please use the name “Clean Foundation” as our first reference, and either “Clean Foundation” or “Clean” as secondary references. We are no longer using the “CNS” abbreviation.
Please contact the Communications Manager at email@example.com with questions or for more information.
April 11, 2014
Nova Scotia Power and Emera to fund energy saving retrofits at no cost to customers
HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power and Emera today announced a community investment to help permanently reduce energy costs through energy saving retrofits for Nova Scotian homes.
The donation of up to $3.4 million a year and renewable for up to 10 years, will fund energy saving upgrades for low income customers with electrically heated homes. The investment being funded will be made at no cost to Nova Scotia Power customers.
“Our customers are concerned about energy affordability – that’s why we are making this significant funding commitment,” said NS Power President and CEO Bob Hanf. “Nova Scotia Power and Emera are excited to partner with Clean Nova Scotia Foundation to support long term solutions to address electricity costs for Nova Scotia Power customers.
“Today’s announcement will help tackle root causes of high home heating costs for electricity customers and will build on the work we’re doing with low income advocates to provide relief on electricity bills,” said Hanf.
“Clean Nova Scotia Foundation is pleased to see NS Power and Emera provide a long term funding commitment for this group of Nova Scotians who use electricity to heat their homes. We gratefully accept this donation and look forward to working together,” said Clean Foundation Executive Director Chris Morrissey.
This community investment by Nova Scotia Power and Emera will help fund measures like better insulation and energy retrofits expected to help customers save more than $550 a year on their power bill, providing solutions for thousands of Nova Scotians.
About Nova Scotia Power
Nova Scotia Power Inc. is the largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX-EMA), a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides 95% of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 500,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,600 employees and $4.1 billion in assets. Learn more at www.nspower.ca.
About the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation
The Clean Nova Scotia Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit charity that provides education-based programs and services to help foster positive environmental change. Clean offers a host of programs, services, and resources, focused in the areas of water stewardship, energy efficiency, waste reduction, climate change, and sustainable transportation. Founded in 1988, the Clean Nova Scotia Foundation is proud to provide leadership and knowledge in environmental practices and sustainability development. To learn more, please visit www.clean.ns.ca.
Nova Scotia Power
(902) 233-6015 (NS Power media line)
Oct 29, 2013
Clean Foundation installs artificial reefs in Halifax Harbour
Dartmouth, N.S. - The Clean Foundation is expanding their restoration work beyond freshwater habitat and into marine coastal environments through the launch of the Atlantic Reef Ball Program. The program creates habitat for marine life in shallow coastal waters by placing cement structures known as Reef Balls on the ocean floor. Partnering with the Clean Foundation on the inaugural reef installation is Irving Shipbuilding, which has provided support for the construction and deployment of 100 Reef Balls in the Halifax Harbour. The first artificial reef will be installed on Tuesday, October 29, following an 11 a.m. announcement near Black Rock Beach, Point Pleasant Park.
We see this innovative program as a great opportunity to have a positive effect on Nova Scotia’s natural environment, in collaboration with community partners, says Chris Morrissey, Executive Director, Clean Foundation. Currently we are the only organization in Atlantic Canada capable of producing certified Reef Balls, and we are excited to offer this form of salt water restoration.
The Clean Foundation is currently capable of producing two styles of Reef Balls, Pallet and Layer Cake, to increase habitat diversity. They are also the first to install a Layer Cake Reef Ball in Canadian waters.
Irving Shipbuilding is in the midst of investing $300M into new facilities, equipment, systems and processes to ready ourselves to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s new combat fleet, says Kevin McCoy, President, Irving Shipbuilding. To do that, we needed to repatriate a portion of the harbour for a land level facility on which to assemble the ships. Our roots on Halifax Harbour go back centuries and we feel a real responsibility to our home. Supporting this Clean Nova Scotia habitat restoration project was the perfect way to ensure healthy, growing fish habitats well into the future. We encourage other organizations to do the same.
A key component of the fisheries protection regime is offsetting the impacts of habitat degradation where such impacts cannot be avoided or mitigated, says David Millar, Regional Director of Ecosystems Management for the Maritimes Region of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. In certain instances, Reef Balls such as the ones to be used in the Halifax Harbour can be an effective tool available to project proponents to help them meet the requirements under the Fisheries Act.
The programs first set of Reef Balls is scheduled for installation at 11:30 a.m. on October 29 along the coast of Point Pleasant Park, and will be visible from shore. Parking is available in the Point Pleasant Park lower lot, at the end of Point Pleasant Drive. Interview and photo opportunities will be available with representatives from both the Clean Foundation and Irving Shipbuilding.
Janet Stalker, Communications, Clean Nova Scotia
Deborah Page, Senior Advisor Internal Communications, Irving Shipbuilding
Are you in school, living off-campus and looking to save money?
Efficiency Nova Scotia‘s Direct Install Efficient Products program, delivered by the Clean Foundation, is offering free upgrades to current students living off-campus. Take advantage of this sweet deal and receive (where applicable):
- incandescent bulbs switched to CFLs
- low-flow showerheads installed
- faucet aerators installed
- hot water tank wrapped
To book your FREE home upgrades call (toll-free) 1-888-281-0004
Improve the energy efficiency of your home!
Efficiency Nova Scotia‘s Home Energy Assessment Program, delivered by the Clean Foundation, will help you make your home more energy efficient. Our certified energy advisors will provide you with a personalized list of energy efficiency improvements for your home plus potential rebates for the upgrades!
To learn more about the program and rebate eligibility, click here.
To book your appointment call: Clean Foundation at 1-800-665-5377 or 902-420-7941