Concerned about climate change? Worried about water issues? Fervent about food security? Captivated by community building?
Then you should meet the NWEP! The New Westminster Environmental Partners (NWEP) is a local, environmentally–focused group of community members. Formed almost a decade ago by citizens concerned about local environmental issues, the NWEP is a registered non-profit society with an elected Board of Directors. The NWEP has previously engaged the community in discussions about the Pattullo Bridge replacement, hosted all-candidates debates with a focus on the environment, and advocated for the City to adopt greener policies.
We’re currently working on a number of different initiatives:
- Gardening Together – creating more and diverse community garden spaces, including a community garden on the front lawn of City Hall
- Green Developments – working to propose a green-space policy for new housing developments in the City
- Climate Smart with VanCity – a three-way partnership to get businesses signed up to reduce greenhouse gases
- Creating Cool Neighbourhoods NW with Cool North Shore – community coming together to support homeowners to reduce and conserve energy in their homes
In September, the NWEP will once again be leading the Shoreline Cleanup—an event that sees community members collecting garbage and pulling invasive species along South Dyke Road in Queensborough. This year we are partnering with the Queensborough Special Projects Committee. The more the merrier so come on out with your friends and family! The event will be taking place Sunday, September 18 starting at 9:30. The check-in booth will be on South Dyke Road at Carter Street.
We want to hear your ideas about how to make New Westminster a greener, healthier place to live! The NWEP is member-driven which means the membership creates projects and champions initiatives. The NWEP has spawned some notable groups in New West including the Community Garden Society and the New West Film Fest. Membership is only $5 annually.
If you’d like to learn more about the organization, join us on August 23 for a community picnic at Pier Park or at an upcoming meeting. Or check out our AGM on October 6 from 6:30pm – 9pm in the Plaskett Room at the New Westminster Public Library. If you’re interested in joining the board, shoot us an email at the.nwep (at) gmail.com.