This committee gives CUPE members information about environmental problems and new methods of protecting the environment. It also does community education work on environmental issues.

What we are working on

Protecting whistleblowers

The environment committee is working with the Labour - Environmental Alliance to raise awareness about the need to support and protect whistleblowers - those employees with the courage to speak out against injustice, criminal acts, and/or corruption.

CUPE BC Environment Committee top ten list of things CUPE Members can do to reduce our carbon footprint

  1. Local Economy - Shop locally, products made or grown locally stimulate local economy and employment while contributing less carbon emissions. GO ORGANIC!
  2. Grow a Garden - The food tastes better.
  3. Reduce - Reuse - Recycle.
  4. Alternatives - Find alternatives to toxic chemical cleaners - Purchase a CancerSmart Guide from LEAS.
  5. Foot Power - Cycle or take public transportation.
  6. Avoid plastic shopping bags - bring your own cloth shopping bag. It is a great way to show off all those great looking CUPE bags you have accumulated from conferences and conventions.
  7. Solar Power - Use a clothesline.
  8. Tune in, Turn on & Turn off electricity when not in use.
  9. Read a book – Rather than watching television.
  10. Get a bright idea – Install energy efficient light bulbs.
  11. Rain barrel – Catch and store rainwater for use in the garden.

Okay…we came up with an extra one…there are many more things we can do. Feel free to add to the list.

Committee members

Michelle Baski
Margot Croft
Local 1858
Toby Daniel
Local 402
Kathryn Davies
Communications advisor
Michele Favarger
Local 951
Nancy Fee
Local 5101
Ian Mclean
Staff Advisor
Ian McLean
Staff Advisor
Lisa Mead
Local 116
Carol Nordby
Local 389
Erik Sagmoen
Local 1
Carlo Sia
Local 3500
Janet Thorpe
Local 2098
Ken Vaughan-Evans
Regional Vice President Kootenays, Local 1
David Wieler
Local 1048