Hydro is dedicated to the promotion of environmental awareness and preservation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique environment. A priority for Hydro is to build and cultivate partnerships with other agencies and organizations to achieve common environmental objectives. These partnerships maximize human and financial resources to generate a body of knowledge and experience that can be used for environmental decision-making in a variety of applications.
Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL)
Hydro has a long-standing relationship with the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador. Since 1996, Hydro has supported 15 Green Teams through CCNL’s Green Team Program, employing 60 youth and contributing over $200,000 to support local employment opportunities for youth throughout the province.
The Green Team initiative is focused on the environment, conservation, education and community, making it an ideal environmental community investment partnership for Hydro.
Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
Hydro also supports the Nature Conservancy of Canada, a conservation land trust organization which protects the country’s most ecologically significant land. Since the early 1990s, NCC has protected 22 properties encompassing 2,549 acres of Newfoundland’s natural habitat, such as Sandy Point and Lloyd’s River Escarpment. Hydro’s financial support over the last five years has helped NCC acquire 145 acres of land in the internationally recognized Grand Codroy Estuary Ramsar site.
Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook
In 2008, Hydro partnered with the community of Glenburnie-Birchy Head-Shoal Brook (GBS) to deliver a new safety and energy efficiency initiative to its residents. In July 2007, GBS became the first community in Canada to take on the David Suzuki Nature Challenge as an entire community. David Suzuki’s Nature Challenge identifies the most effective ways to conserve nature. Energy conservation is one of the four ways identified to achieve this goal. Components of the challenge were incorporated into the town’s implementation strategy, including one which focused on reducing home energy use.
Hydro worked with the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chiefs to deliver a home energy efficiency workshop to 25 Bonne Bay South Fire Brigade volunteers to prepare them for their fire safety and energy conservation walkthroughs of the 200 homes in their community. Through a partnership with the neighboring Woody Point fire brigade, the initiative has expanded to reach an additional 200 homes. The workshop provided the information and resources necessary to identify the major energy uses in the home and provide homeowners with suggestions for increased energy efficiency. Hydro provided each home with compact fluorescent lights, a water conservation kit and information about energy efficiency.