NLEN Conference: How to Build a Green Platform

The NLEN AGM, Luncheon and Conference is an annual provincial gathering of people and organisations interested in seeking solutions to the environmental issues facing Newfoundland and Labrador. With federal and provincial elections on the horizon, we have asked leaders within the environmental community to present “green policy recommendations” on a variety of issues – climate and energy, environmental health, and land and marine resource management. All interested individuals and organisations are invited to join the discussion “How to build a green platform”! This is a free event.

The purpose of the event is to:
1. Facilitate networking and partnership building amongst groups
2. Raise public awareness of environmental issues facing our province and explore and promote solutions to those problems.


1:00-4:00 pm   CONFERENCE – “How to Build a Green Platform”
1:00-2:30 pm HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – HEALTHY LANDSA province-wide ban on cosmetic pesticide use
Councillor Sheilagh O’Leary (Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides – NL)

Mine / mill waste and freshwater ecosystems
Dr. John Jacobs (Sandy Pond Alliance for the Protection of Canadian Waters)

   >> Questions and discussion 

Ecosystem-based forest planning
Dr. Ian Goudie (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – NL)

Conserving our Land
Doug Ballam (Nature Conservancy of Canada)  

   >> Questions and discussion 


15 minute break
2:45-4:15 pm ENERGY & CLIMATEStrengthening environmental oversight of the offshore oil sector
Dr. Ian Jones (Seabird Ecology Research Group, Memorial University)

Certifying “green” energy initiatives
Roberta Benefiel (Grand Riverkeeper Labrador)  

   >> Questions and discussion 

Opportunities for emissions reductions, and green energy production
Dr. Fred Winsor (Sierra Club Atlantic)

Northeast Avalon regional sustainable transportation initiative
Nicole Renaud (Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition / Sierra Club Atlantic) 

>> Questions and discussion

Who should attend?
– Community groups and individuals
– Educators, Students & academic community
– Government officials
– Newfoundland and Labrador businesses pursuing sustainability

Contact for more information:
Chris Hogan
Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network