Top Sustainable Initiatives in New Brunswick
Did you know New Brunswick boasts some of the highest and wildest tides in the world? The Bay of Fundy’s tides are so strong they force the Saint John River to flow upstream twice a day, every day! Furthermore, Did you know that New Brunswick is the world’s second largest exporter of peat moss? If you have ever planted a garden, then you probably know or have heard of peats moss. This is due to their incredibly moist climate and their flat plains. If we want to continue having such great natural reserves in the province, we have to make sure we do business sustainably. Therefore after careful consideration, we present you L’Autre Couleur’s Top Sustainable Initiatives in New Brunswick.
There are many more sustainable initiatives that we may have missed, so if you believe you should be in the Top Sustainable Initiatives of New Brunswick, feel free to contact us and we will evaluate your sustainable initiative.
Top Sustainable Initiatives in New Brunswick
1) Fundi Region Solid Waste
Fundy Region Solid Waste is committed to waste management in the Fundy region of New Brunswick. Their order of priorities for waste management is reduce, reuse, recycle, and recover. They also give material and seminars to schools in order to educate students of all ages the importance of waste management!
Why is responsible waste management so important?
As most of us know, poor waste management can lead to social, health and economic problems for communities. Back in the olden days, plagues ravaged the lands due to vermin infestation, which most often comes from poor waste management systems. Yet today, in modern-day 2016, we now have a new set of factors we have to take into consideration if we want to keep our earth healthy. Even if you have a great waste management system in place that is keeping your community healthy, the current methods of disposal include the burning and/or dumping of waste into landfills. This is creating an abnormally high level of CO2 in the atmosphere, which in turn is leading to problems on a global-scale.
Our ancestors did not have to think about this, but we definitely do if we want the human race to continue living as comfortably and safely as it currently is, all the while keeping our planet in check. Fundy Region Solid Waste Company is making a huge difference and showing the other large waste management companies how to take a responsible approach to waste management.
2) Forest NB – The voice of New Brunswick’s forests
Forest NB has been the voice of New Brunswick’s forest industry since 1957. They are a non-profit organization dealing with industry matters relating to trade regulation, government, public and environmental affairs. Sustainable forest management is their cornerstone! They provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and issues facing the sector and New Brunswick communities.
This company is a great example of a tri-sector athlete. It is bridging the gab between the community (and nature), the forest industry (the private sector), and the governmental organizations (public sector). To learn more about tri-sector athletes, we recommend you read about the burgeoning concept on the Harvard Business Review.
Another company that is working with waste management will be reviewed in Quebec’s Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives. Its name is Electrobac, and they focus solely on electronic waste, or e-waste as we call it. More to come in the next article.
3) Nature NB
Nature NB was established in 1972 and is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is to celebrate, conserve and protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage through education, networking and collaboration. Check out their website to learn more and get involved!
4) Community Forest International (CFI)
Based in Sackville, Community Forests International (CFI) is an environmental start-up, working to connect people and their communities to the forests that sustain them. CFI believes that rural communities have the skills, work ethic, compassion and inspiration necessary to innovate solutions for a better tomorrow.
One of their largest ongoing projects has to do with the small island of Pemba. They have provided this community with countless help, providing access to clean water, as well as giving hope to their community.
Another awesome initiative that Community Forest International is working on is tree planting. They have already planted over 1,000,000 trees!! This makes me think CFI could potentially work with Ecosia, to bring even more trees to be planted.
5) Fundi Biosphere Reserve
Fundy Biosphere Reserve and its adjacent landscapes form a unique region in its geological formations, terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and cultural heritage, as well as its variety of rural communities and urban areas. In the UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve, communities are working together to achieve a greater level of sustainability, while conserving the area’s natural heritage.
This awesome organization even offers educational videos, such as the one above.
6) GreenFoot Energy Solutions
Based in Moncton, GreenFoot Energy Solutions was founded by a team of energy advisors looking to share their knowledge to the Atlantic provinces. Theuy have conducted over 3,000 energy audits combined through government retrofit programs. Complementary to this, with the uncertainty of the programs in place, they decided to branch out and offer a “one stop shop” for energy saving upgrades to homeowners!
7) Simptek Technologies
SimpTek Technologies provides intelligent power management solutions to deliver knowledge, convenience, and control to consumers to provide insights about power usage and utilities. They have created a process of saving energy in an interactive and fun way with their socially integrated energy saving dashboard.
8) The GAIA Project
The Gaia Project is an awesome initiative that aims to educate students about sustainable development through science and other means. With funding from the New Brunswick government and other influencers, they are carrying out their mission of empowering informed decisions about energy and its impact on the environment! Great job guys keep up the good work!
9) Anointment Natural Skin Care
Owned by former civil engineer and DONA-trained postpartum doula April MacKinnon, Anointment Natural Skin Care, began building their reputation for high-quality handmade soap and skin ointments with a particular focus on pregnancy, postpartum and new mom & baby care, Anointment uses traditional herbal knowledge combined with scientific research to formulate products that are gentle and effective.
10) Therma Ray
Based in Fredericton, Thermaray is one of only a handful of North American companies offering a full-range of radiant heat systems for commercial and residential buildings – and their products are showing up around the globe. Their home-grown heating systems are being used to heat a hot yoga studio in Los Angeles, the luxury skyboxes of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, a cathedral in Croatia, a grocery store in Lebanon, and even the science labs of McGill University!
11) Fundy Trail
Fundy Trail on the Upper Bay of Fundy is presently an 18-kilometre network of hiking and biking trails and low-speed road ways that offers panoramic views of the coastline that were previously inaccessible to visitors. It has won numerous awards, including the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award! Before this parkway existed, these regions were not accessible to the average person, so this has enabled countless tourists to appreciate the natural beauty of New Brunswick.
12) Envirem Organics
In resource-rich industries like forestry, fishing and agriculture, harvesting and processing leaves behind useful organic waste that is usually relegated to landfill. Based in Fredericton, Envirem Organics takes this contaminant-free waste from these industries—waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill site—and converts it into composts, organic soils, bark mulches, potting mixes and organic fertilizers. If you are interested in becoming a bulk buyer, you should contact them via their website.
13) Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation
Every year, the Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation processes over one million tires (that’s 13 million pounds of rubber!) into a kind of “crumb” that is then used to make new and specialized consumer products from specialized anti-fatigue rubber mats, imitation patio blocks and barrel bottoms, to landscaping mulch, snow guards and even playground material!
14) Picaroons Traditional Ales
And last but most definitely not least, Picaroons Traditional Ales is a local favorite. With seasonal beers that are brewed when the right time comes, and a local ambiance that promotes sustainable growth. They have often influenced their community to begin growing their own fruits and vegetables. If you ever have a chance to go to Fredericton, we strongly suggest you make a stop at Picaroons!
And there you have it! L’Autre Couleur’s Top Sustainable Initiatives in New Brunswick
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This was the fourth of ten posts; one for every Canadian province. By the end of 2016 you can expect a Top Sustainable Initiatives article for every province of Canada! To stay updated on the up and coming initiatives subscribe to our monthly newsletter and like us on Facebook. Also please comment if we have left out any important sustainable initiatives in New Brunswick that you believe should be part of the top sustainable initiatives, or if you have any thoughts/ comments on the article.
Check out our other provinces:
- Top 10 Sustainable Initiatives in PEI
- Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives in Nova Scotia
- Sustainable Initiatives in Newfounland