For Immediate Release
October 29, 2012
ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment and the Economy Forum (NewLeef) 2012 wrapped up on Wednesday evening, but the concepts and ideas explored by its speakers and attendees ensures that the effects from the conference will be felt for some time to come.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) opened NewLeef 2012 on Tuesday morning at the Johnson GeoCentre in St. John’s with the CBC’s ‘Quirks and Quarks’ host (and environmental journalist) Bob McDonald speaking to a group of almost 150 students from the St. John’s area. McDonald’s presentation, along with those that followed from young entrepreneurs and employees in the local environmental sector, explored the wide range of options available to youth in Newfoundland and Labrador in pursuing a career relating to the environment.
Conference attendees from the public and private sectors arrived bright and early on Wednesday morning to participate in the NewLeef 2012 conference. The forum included an analysis of the Newfoundland and Labrador ‘green economy report’ – recently published by GLOBE Advisors and AMEC – along with presentations and break-out sessions on three areas outlined by that report as presenting the greatest opportunity for economic growth in the province: waste management and recycling; green building; and sustainable resource management.
The afternoon was highlighted by the keynote address from former British Columbia Premier and Vancouver Mayor Mike Harcourt. Known for playing a critical role in developing British Columbia’s green economy – one of the strongest in North America – Harcourt related his experiences to the opportunities which are now facing Newfoundland and Labrador.
NEIA staff will spend the coming weeks processing and analyzing all of the ideas and recommendations generated by conference attendees during the three break-out sessions. Stay tuned for a detailed report on their findings which will help to further define the environmental sector’s path towards growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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Kieran Hanley: 709.772.3342