AEA & Ecology North Workshops

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Arctic Energy Alliance and Ecology North successfully teamed up to offer fun and informative Energy/Waste Reduction workshops in Hay River, Hay River Reserve, Kakisa, and Fort Providence to over 120 community members, Band office staff and students from Aurora College & Kakisa Lake School.

Teresa Chilkowich, AEA’s Energy Project Coordinator for the Dehcho region, enjoyed collaborating with AEA colleague Linda Todd (from Yellowknife) and Ecology North’s Kim Rapati (from Hay River) to organize a variety of community information sessions and workshops for Aurora College students. Linda Todd shared a variety of helpful home winterization tips and information on operating wood/pellet stoves safely and efficiently throughout the road trip.

Participants found the hands-on tips that were shown in various video clips and explained in greater detail by AEA to be informative and helpful. Community members were also encouraged to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and save money with the various incentive items that were given out as door prizes.

Kim Rapati also offered engaging and informative tips on backyard and worm composting, bottled water versus tap water, recycling options (Hay River & Yellowknife), reducing energy and environmental costs while doing laundry, and information on the GNWT's Beverage Container Recycling Program and Single-Use Retail Bag Program. Kim’s “worm factory” was always a highlight for participants of all ages at each of these events and many community members asked about ways to get their own worm composting bins started.

All in all, the collaborative community visits were a success and both the Arctic Energy Alliance & Ecology North look forward to undertaking similar collaborations in the future.

For more information on saving energy visit Arctic Energy Alliance’s website and for more information on composting visit Ecology North’s website.

Shown in the picture are AEA staff members Linda Todd and Teresa Chilkowich.