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

Toby Daniel
Local 402
Kathryn Davies
Communications advisor
Douglas Elford
Local 15
Michele Favarger
Local 951
Larry Oakley
Local 338
Lisa Randazzo
Local 454
Amber Sadgrove
Local 2950
Sophia Salem
Local 718
Justin Schmid
Staff Representative, Local 1004
Janet Thorpe
Local 2098
Ken Vaughan-Evans
Regional Vice President Kootenays, Local 1
David Wieler
Local 1048