Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives in Newfoundland
What is it that differentiates Newfoundland from all other Canadian provinces? Is it people with their awesome accents? Its sheer size? Its breath-taking sunsets? I’d say all of these are definitely up there, but the one major thing that stands out is their motivation to go green. After talking with many companies in Newfoundland, and lots of research on the Newfoundland’s sustainability gems, we found out the top 15 sustainable initiatives of Newfoundland.
If you believe you should be in Newfoundland’s Top 15, feel free to contact us and we will evaluate your sustainable initiatives in Newfoundland.
Artist Studios on Fogo Island
Fogo Island Arts Studios have grown to be quite popular with its magnificent landscape of the North Atlantic, on the North coast of Newfoundland, Canada. These artist studios on Fogo Island are modern, ecologically sound (completely solar-powered) and creative spaces complimenting the incredible surrounding architecture of ocean, rock and wildlife. What better place for an artist to go and find his/her inspiration?
Fogo Island Inn
Fogo Island Inn has a concrete and accredited environmental strategy, works with ethical suppliers, and think forward to protect the environment. Local suppliers are always prioritized, and energy-efficiency tactics were implemented in the design of the inn. For example, the Inn’s steel frame is highly insulated, and the windows have the equivalent rating of triple pane glazing. Rainwater from the roof is collected into two cisterns in the basement and subsequently filtered for use in toilets, laundry, and kitchen appliances.
Sustainable Energies Inc.
Sustainable Energies Inc. is owned and operated in Conception Bay South, NL and specializes in the most efficient heating and highest output renewable energy products on the market. They service the residential and commercial markets and offer products that combine renewable energy and heating such as solar air heaters, solar hot water, solar assisted heat pumps and solar mini-split systems.
Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador
Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with training and employment in environmental and cultural heritage conservation.
Climate Change Education Center – This program helps youth learn about climate change and how to help solve the issue.
Greener Futures – This program helps businesses “go green” by providing them with the necessary tools and education to make their establishment and business practices more eco-friendly.
Internships – The CCNL helps individuals secure internships in the field of sustainability, allowing for growing talent to invest themselves fully in a blossoming and increasingly important field.
Fishers’ Loft Inn
Fishers’ Loft Inn in Port Rexton is a leader in the use of local foods. Very local. The inn produces 40% of the vegetables consumed by customers on-site. In addition to its food and composting efforts, the the inn employs a number of sustainable strategies. For example, it uses fabric hand towels and table napkins eliminating the use of disposable paper products and saving on energy needs.
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium
The mission of the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium is to foster curiosity about local marine life and inspire action toward personal and global sustainability through display, interpretation and direct action. The aquarium puts fish on display for just four months, and after helping teach the importance of environmental protection to the locals, all the animals are returned to the ocean. This is the largest source of pride for this neat aquarium.
By d’Bay Cabins
By d’ Bay Cabins in Port Blandford has one of the most extensive waste management strategies for an operation of its size in the province. The management provide recycling containers in the cabins and on the grounds, as well as a kitchen composting program – complemented by information pamphlets to visitors to help them participate. The compost is then used in landscaping operations on the grounds. This business is a great example of how we can incorporate a full-cycle approach as a waste management solution.
Newfoundland & Labrador Environment Industry Association – NEIA
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in their region. Over the years they became an important factor behind the growth in sustainable initiatives in Newfoundland, providing tools for green businesses to succeed within their region.
Some of their annual events include:
The Newleef Social – This social brings together businesses of all sizes to converse and get to know each other. These types of events are great to foster new business relationships that can bring longterm sustainable change within the sustainability sector.
NEIA’s Annual Christmas Social – Every year NEIA provides its members and environmental sector stakeholders the opportunity to meet and network in a casual setting. Not only are members encouraged to attend, they are also encouraged to participate in formulating the event.
Bitters Pub & Restaurant
Bitters Pub & Restaurant, owned and operated by GSU MUN in St. John’s, has completed Level one L.E.A.F. certification. Students can feel good about grabbing a bite in an eco-minded establishment were waste is composted, recycles get picked up, windows have been resealed to improve energy efficiency, and they have increased purchases from local food sources.
Keep up the great work guys!
TakeCHARGE NL combines the expertise and customer reach of Newfoundland and Labrador’s two electricity utilities: Newfoundland Power Inc. and Newfoundland Labrador Hydro. They work together to bring energy efficiency awareness and rebate programs to everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador. Energy efficiency is important for the whole province, as it helps reduce the demand on the electricity system, which also lessens the costs to produce energy.
Multi Materials Stewardship Board
The Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) is guiding Newfoundland to a greener future through waste reduction education programs and waste diversion programs! Some of these include composting programs, recycling programs, and even funding programs.
The MMSB is a Crown agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, reporting directly to the Minister of Environment and Conservation. It is great to see that the government is also involved in making Newfoundland a more sustainable ecosystem.
Jumping Bean Coffee
Jumping Bean Coffee is a premium coffee roaster based in St. John’s. Their Eco2 Roast coffees mix the perfect blend of sustainability with premium beans, selected from fair trade growers around the world and handcrafted in small batches for the perfect, consistent cup. It produces 85% less Co2 emissions during roasting. For every 1lb. (454 g) of ECO2 ROAST Coffee your carbon footprint reduction is equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb burning for 17 days. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me!
They even sell their coffee beans online so be sure to check them out!
Food First NL
Food First NL‘s mission is to actively promote comprehensive, community-based solutions to ensure access to adequate, healthy food for all. With many projects in hand, they are demonstrating the importance of buying local food and investing in your local farmers.
One of the coolest features of their website and services are their heartwarming stories. With this organization, you truly feel how close they are to their community and how much they have helped over the years.
Empowered Homes provides residential energy audits to help homeowners learn how they can make their homes more energy efficient. For example, their comprehensive recommendation reports detail all of the energy saving measures identified during the energy audit. The energy saving measures are prioritized based on their energy savings to make it simple for homeowners to decide which upgrades they should complete first.
If you are a resident of Newfoundland then this is a service you should certainly use.
Resource Innovations Inc.
Resource Innovations Inc. is an international consulting firm providing forest and environmental management and planning services that promote healthy forest ecosystems, sustainability and environmental stewardship!
Some of the services they offer include:
- Forest Resources Inventory
- Ecological Land Classification
- Geographic Information Systems
- Unmanned Aerial Systems
- Environmental Consulting services
This is a great company to work with if you have the next big sustainable initiative in mind!
And there it is! The Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives of Newfoundland
This was the third 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 Newfoundland that you believe should be part of the top 15, 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
- Top 15 Sustainable Initiatives in New Brunswick
L’Autre Couleur Team