NorthMart Partners with the City of Iqaluit as part of Greener Tomorrow Campaign
As part of the successful Greener Tomorrow campaign, NorthMart was pleased to partner with the city of Iqaluit on a wide array of community environmental initiatives in 2012. These initiatives were aimed at promoting recycling and youth education.
Among the initiatives supported by the Greener Tomorrow program was the diversion of cardboard from the Iqaluit Landfill to a recycling depot in Lassalle, Quebec. The NorthMart Iqaluit coordinated the bailing, shipping and recycling of 46 tons of cardboard. The cardboard was transported by R. L. Hanson Construction Ltd. to NEAS where it is shipped to the recycling depot, Recuperaction Marronnier, for reuse and recycle. NEAS provided a lower container fee enabling NorthMart Iqaluit to support more community initiatives with the Greener Tomorrow funds.
In addition to the cardboard recycling program, revenues from the Greener Tomorrow campaign were used for a community clean up. Working with the Government of Nunavut, the NorthMart Iqaluit Greener Tomorrow program supplied the required garbage bags, gloves, snacks and volunteer items for the Annual Spring Clean Up in June. Greener Tomorrow funds were also directed to a litter and waste removal program initiated by NorthMart staff in August at the Elder Centre and Iqaluit Square.
Youth environment education remains another another key initiative of the NorthMart Iqaluit Greener Tomorrow program. Teaming up with the Iqaluit RCMP, the Greener Tomorrow fund helped launch and sustain a youth on the land program, aimed at educating youth about the environment and traditional ways of the land. Ten students from Aqsarniit Middle school, local RCMP and community volunteers worked together throughout the summer helping to keep the city of Iqaluit clean and free from litter. The program ended with a three day on the land camping trip.
In April, revenues from the Greener Tomorrow program helped send Nunavut Arctic College Environmental Technology students Tom Williamson, Sammy Angnaluak and Sileema Angoyuak to the International Polar Year conference in Montreal where they worked alongside 2,000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy-and decision-makers to discuss their ideas and discoveries about the Arctic.
In the fall 2012, two students attending Nunavut Arctic College, will receive Green Fund scholarships, which will provide funding and supplies to further their studies in the Environmental Technology Program.
All the financial support for the above programs were funded from revenues raised by the Greener Tomorrow initiative. Launched in 2011, the Greener Tomorrow initiative was created in an effort to encourage customers in Nunavut and Nunavik to switch to environmental friendly reusable bags. As part of the program, Northern/Northmart provided each household with two free reusable bags, and began charging a 25 cent fee for disposable plastic bags. All proceeds from plastic bag sales are directed back into the community for environmental programs.
The Greener Tomorrow program in Iqaluit truly reflects the power of partnership in working together to accomplish great things and make a sustainable difference. Northern/NorthMart stores in Nunavut and Nunavik are planning a second round of fund distribution in February 2013, working with each community within the two regions to determine programs and initiatives that support a greener tomorrow.