Community Partners

Part of our dedication to promoting environmental awareness and preserving Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique environment involves building and cultivating partnerships with other agencies and organizations.

Combining our people and financial resources, these partnerships allow us to work together to achieve common environmental objectives and maximize the knowledge and experience needed to make sound environmental decisions.

Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador
We have a long-standing relationship with the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL). Focused on the environment, conservation, education, and community, the CCNL’s Green Team initiative is an ideal environmental and community investment partnership for us. Since 1996, we have supported 15 Green Teams through CCNL’s Green Team Program, employing 60 youth and contributing more than $200,000 to support youth employment opportunities throughout the province.

Nature Conservancy of Canada
We also support the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), a conservation land trust organization that protects the country’s most ecologically significant land. Since the early 1990s, NCC has protected 22 properties encompassing 2,549 acres of Newfoundland’s natural habitat, including Sandy Point and Lloyd’s River Escarpment. Our financial support over the last five years has helped NCC acquire 145 acres of land in the internationally recognized Grand Codroy Estuary.

Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook
In July 2007, Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook (GBS) became the first community in Canada to take on the David Suzuki Nature Challenge to identify the most effective ways to conserve nature. Components of the challenge, including one focused on reducing home energy use, were incorporated into the town’s implementation strategy.

In 2008, we partnered with the community of GBS to provide residents with a new safety and energy efficiency initiative. Working with the Bonne Bay South Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chiefs, we created a home energy efficiency workshop for fire brigade volunteers that provided them with the necessary information and resources to help homeowners identify major energy uses and increase energy efficiency.

The workshop helped them conduct fire safety and energy conservation walkthroughs of 200 homes and, through a partnership with the Woody Point Fire Brigade, they expanded the initiative to reach an additional 200 homes. We provided each of the 400 homes with compact fluorescent lights, a water conservation kit, and information about energy efficiency.