Building Green Communities through Personal Actions

Fort St. John ? Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is holding a spring workshop on how to build greener, environmentally and ecologically friendly communities by emphasizing personal responsibility. The free workshop will be held at the main campus of Northern Lights College on Thursday, May 18th at 7 p.m.

The workshop will demonstrate the effectiveness of small individual efforts in contributing to ecological sustainability through water and energy conservation, waste reduction and recycling. The presentation will include an action checklist for participants to assess their current practices at both home and work. Following the workshop, NEAT will host its annual general meeting and election of officers.

?NEAT?s vision is a healthy, vibrant community whose members adopt conservation, recycling and other sustainable actions in their daily lives,? said Sally Emory, Executive Director. ?Our programs are designed to give people the tools they need to lead more sustainable lives.?

Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is a not-for profit society that was formed in 1989. Initially it was established as a volunteer community group with the primary goal to lessen the environmental impacts of the local waste-stream. Since then, the focus of NEAT has broadened to include conservation of all resources and other facets of ecological sustainability through education and leading by example.

Membership is very important to NEAT especially as it moves forward towards the construction of the Environmental Education Centre. NEAT has developed two types of memberships: associate and active. Associate members show their support of NEAT?s activities just by setting an example through their actions. Active members volunteer their time to help get the message out through various outreach activities or help with one of our special events. Memberships will be on sale prior to the workshop ($5 individual, $10 family and $25 business/institution) and during regular office hours at NEAT?s office, 9917-104 Street.