For Immediate Release
June 4, 2014
ST. JOHN’S, NL – June 5, 2014 is World Environment Day and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) wants to hear what your environmental concerns are in the province through an online tool.
“We want to help ensure that decision-makers have a better understanding of the environmental issues that are important to Newfoundland and Labradorians,” says Ted Lomond, Executive Director of NEIA. Lomond explains that what some see as environmental problems, others can view as economic opportunities. “Many of NEIA’s member-firms started with a single individual who identified an environmental challenge – and then created or modified their firm to provide a solution to that challenge.”
That is why being able to identify the problems we face is so critical, says Lomond. “What environmental issues are we experiencing in Newfoundland and Labrador? And the next question should be: Where are the opportunities?”
The online tool available on NEIA’s website will capture your individual concerns and visually represent them – along with every other submission – in real-time through a ‘word cloud’. A word cloud weighs the frequency of words or ideas by representing them at varying sizes.
NEIA is hoping that the collection and sharing of results may promote entrepreneurship in the sector. “NEIA’s members are forward-thinking businesses which provide sustainable products and services globally,” says Lomond. “With the environmental problems we face today and will face in the future, we need to ask ourselves what the businesses opportunities are for Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Visit www.neia.org/environment to express any or all of your concerns.
World Environment Day was designated by the United Nations in 1972 to stimulate action on the environment and empower people from every corner of the globe to become agents of sustainable and equitable development. June 1-7, 2014 is Canadian Environment Week.
NEIA is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. The organization offers a diverse range of expert knowledge and support services for members working to grow economic opportunity while respecting the natural environment. NEIA is The Business of the Environment, and has over 160 members.