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

Heather Corkum
National Servicing Representative/Staff Adviser, Local Staff-BCRO/Div
Aaron Geck
Local 338
Shane Johnson
Local 2081
Chloe Martin-Cabanne
Local 2950
Kevin McPhail
Local 1767
Debra Merrier
Diversity Vice President Indigenous Workers, Local 728, CUPE BC Executive Board
Anita Mori
Local 900
Karen Nicoletti
Local 728
Carol Nordby
Local 389
Sherrene Ross
Local 5101
Carlo Sia
Local 3500
Janet Thorpe
Alternate Regional Vice President, Kootenays, Local 2098, CUPE BC Executive Board
Bernice Way
Local 1936
David Wieler
Local 1048