>> Environmental Youth
EYA is a community development organization dedicated to improving our
physical and social environment through hands-on community projects that
involve, train and employ young people. - EYA web site
In 1989, a
group of young people concerned about environment degradation formed a
non-profit group called the Environmental Youth Alliance. In its early
days, the group took part in wilderness protection campaigns in areas
such as Carmanah Valley and Clayoquot Sound. Gradually, however, the EYA
shifted focus to the creation of sustainable urban environments. The main
goal of EYA is to build an environmentally and socially just community
through sustainable development. Its primary method for meeting this goal
is the empowerment and participation of local community youth in all its
activities. Over the years, its many training programs have provided numerous
youth with skills training in areas such as construction, permaculture
and business development.
Some of EYA's ongoing projects include:
- The Youth Garden, a space in Cottonwood Community Garden where youth
can learn about urban farming techniques and habitat restoration from
peers in a supportive environment. Features of the garden include a
passive solar greenhouse, demonstrations of composting and permaculture
techniques, fruit tree espaliers, a herb garden from which traditional
personal care products are produced, a native plant garden, a mushroom
house, a restored wetland area, and art projects.
- Biodiesel Initiative, a joint initiative with UBC that converts used
cooking oil produced on campus into fuel for use in the university vehicle
- Green Workplace Program, which provides energy and waste audits to
small and medium-sized businesses.
- Awareness and empowerment programs, including workshops on food security
and youth governance.
- Curriculum materials development, providing teachers with resources
for environmental education.
- Seed Propagation Program, which produces and sells fruit, vegetable
and flower seeds suited to the local climate.
The Environmental Youth Alliance has been recognized as the “Most
Outstanding Youth Environmental Organization” at both the provincial
and federal levels.
The biodiesel project converts used cooking oil
into fuel for UBC vehicles
Category: Environmental Education
Organization: Environmental Youth Alliance
Phone: 604 689 4463 Fax: 604 689 4242
Mail: P.O. Box 34097 Station D Vancouver BC V6J 4M1
Office: 305 - 119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, B.C. V5Z-1S5
Web site: http://www.eya.ca/index.php?id=2