Clean Nova Scotia seeks to create a cleaner, healthier environment by informing, enabling and inspiring Nova Scotians to respect and consider the environment in all their choices. Within these pages we hope you find the information to empower and enable you to make a positive change right now.
Do you have a great project idea for your community that demonstrates a commitment to the environment and to sustainable living with a lasting effect for years to come? Are you seeking financial assistance to realize this project? To celebrate our 25th anniversary, Clean Nova Scotia is investing a total of $25,000 towards multiple community projects.
Please note that our application process will remain open until Friday, June 28, 2013. Please ensure that your completed application has been received by Clean Nova Scotia prior to this date. All successful applicants will be notified by Friday, July 10, 2013.
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Dartmouth, N.S. – On April 19 and 20, 2013, communities of all sizes will unite with Clean Across Nova Scotia in an unprecedented province-wide cleanup event. A program of Clean Nova Scotia, Clean Across Nova Scotia engages communities to organize litter cleanups over the Earth Day weekend, with over 230 cleanups and 14,000 participants already registered.
As part of the global Let’s Do It!: World cleanup movement, Clean Across Nova Scotia is working to create change within and beyond our province. Nearly 100 countries worldwide have joined the global call to action, to create a sustainable world through education and lasting waste management strategies. In Canada, Nova Scotia is leading the charge as the only province currently in partnership with Let’s Do It!: World, joining the movement in 2012.
“We’re eager to build on the successes of last year, keeping in mind that our actions are not happening in isolation,” says Neil Bailey, program coordinator for Clean Across Nova Scotia. “Thousands of Nova Scotians and millions of volunteers worldwide are contributing to the same vision.”
Being one of the biggest collective volunteer actions in the province, Clean Across Nova Scotia highlights the importance of taking care of the places we live, work and play. Through the act of cleaning, the program works to engage in deeper discussions about why we have so much waste, what we can do to live more sustainably, and how to reduce our waste output.
“To find lasting solutions to the issue of litter, there first has to be a shift in the mindsets of how Nova Scotians view the impact of littering,” says Judy McMullen, Executive Director of Clean Nova Scotia. “By cleaning our communities, we can connect the act of littering with the direct effect it has on us.”
In days prior to the cleanup event, people are encouraged to join a cleanup in their area. To find a cleanup near you, visit our online interactive map or view the list of cleanup teams, arranged by municipality: cleanacrossns.ca.
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Check out some of the Clean Across Nova Scotia media coverage we’ve gotten so far:
Clean Nova Scotia is pleased to present a variety of sustainability education and engagement programs for children and youth. We have something to offer ages 5 to 30 years, both inside and outside of the classroom in hopes of inspiring positive environmental change.
To learn more about our curriculum aligned workshops please view our electronic 2012-2013 guide to Sustainability Education & Engagement Programs for Youth.
Or if you would like to learn more about each individual program, please visit their webpage:
Are you seeking ways to reduce your water bill while conserving water? Listen to our French interview on CBC Radio-Canada under the heading “Conservation d’eau” where CNS program coordinator Cathy Trafford highlights areas where homeowners can maximize every drop!
For those who don’t speak French, here are some key points to take away:
- Traditional toilets use 12 L per flush whereas low-flow toilets use 6 L or less. Purchasing a low-flow toilet costs between $100-$250 but can save you over $100 annually on your water bill, resulting in a positive long-term investment and a payback after two years. (A low-flow toilet can reduce annual household water consumption by 80,000 L.)
- If your traditional toilet continues to run after you flush that will also increase your water consumption. A running toilet can waste up to 750 L of water per day. To identify whether your toilet is running, add some food colouring to the water in the back of your toilet bowl, without flushing and wait to see if the bowl water becomes coloured.
- Installing a rain barrel can help manage rainwater on your property. This water can be used to wash your car or water your plants/garden through drip irrigation. An average rain barrel holds between 200-400 L of water and can cost upwards of $50. For more information read about our RainYards program which provided rain barrels to 100 homeowners last summer through a pilot program – something we hope to continue in future.
- Additional household retrofits that reduce water consumption include low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. For more information on programs available to help homeowners with these retrofits please contact Efficiency Nova Scotia.
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Clean Nova Scotia wins $100,000 for sustainable transportation programming
Dartmouth, N.S. – Clean Nova Scotia has been awarded $100,000 through the Shell FuellingChange national grant program for their DriveWiser – DriveLess initiative.
“Helping people travel efficiently while reducing fuel consumption yields positive results for the traveler, their wallet and the environment,” says Andrea MacDonald, Transportation Manager for Clean Nova Scotia. “Clean Nova Scotia is incredibly excited to be a top grant recipient from FuellingChange which will enable us to develop our new DriveLess initiative; encouraging Nova Scotians to discover sustainable transportation options available to them.”
This is the first time Clean Nova Scotia has participated in the FuellingChange grant program. Projects are categorized based on three environmental categories including land, air or water, with recipients selected through a public online voting system. DriveWiser – DriveLess highlights the benefits of commuting sustainably, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide emissions entering the atmosphere and improving air quality.
“On behalf of Clean Nova Scotia we would like to thank the community and our volunteers for their overwhelming support for this initiative,” says Judy McMullen, Executive Director of Clean Nova Scotia. “Coming from a small province like Nova Scotia, it was challenging to compete against provinces with considerably larger populations. Overcoming this obstacle has helped to make our success even more meaningful.”
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Contact: Leann Grosvold, Clean Nova Scotia, Communications
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Clean Nova Scotia
Clean Nova Scotia seeks to create a cleaner, healthier environment by informing, enabling and inspiring Nova Scotians to respect and consider the environment in all their choices. Founded in 1988, CNS is an independent non-profit and the largest environmental education organization in Atlantic Canada. Committed to making our province a better place for ourselves and future generations, CNS programs educate the public on ways to protect our streams, reduce waste, save energy and more.
To learn more visit www.clean.ns.ca
Clean Transportation promotes a shift toward sustainable transportation solutions in an effort to support healthier communities while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Current programs include FleetWiser, DriveWiser, Bike Valet and (in development) DriveLess which encourages people to find alternatives to driving solo.
FuellingChange is Shell’s social investment program that grants $2 million annually to environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the state of Canada’s land, air and water. Launched in 2010, the program is already in its fourth cycle where grants are awarded to projects and organizations selected by voters across Canada. FuellingChange empowers Canadians to make a difference by selecting and supporting environmental projects that matter most to them.
Are you in school, living off-campus and looking to save money?
Efficiency Nova Scotia‘s Direct Install Efficient Products program, delivered by Clean Nova Scotia, 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
Congratulations to our Ship to Shore program on receiving the Resource Recovery Fund Board 2012 Mobius Award in Waste Reduction Education.
The Ship to Shore program has empowered an entire Nova Scotian industry to clean up its act, addressing the issue of waste in the ocean. The program has been tackling three issues at once: ocean-based dumping, land-based disposal practices, and the lack of waste sorting facilities available to our commercial fishing industry. Already the program has reeled in more than 3,000 kg of waste in the last 12 months alone!
Media Coverage – June 15, 2012
Source: Resource Recovery Fund Board, 2012 Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence Winners
Improve the energy efficiency of your home!
Efficiency Nova Scotia‘s Home Energy Assessment Program, delivered by Clean Nova Scotia, 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 Nova Scotia at 1-800-665-5377 or 902-420-7941
Call for applications!
In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we are offering $25,000 in funding for innovative environmental projects to benefit Nova Scotian communities.