Congratulations to Newfoundland and Labrador 2009 Environmental Award Winners
Youth for Environmental Awareness (YEA!)
YEA! was founded by a group of young people in Baie Verte in 2006 and is dedicated to raising awareness of environmental issues in the community. Its most recent initiative is a campaign to make Baie Verte the first idle-free community in Newfoundland and Labrador, which involves businesses and organizations proclaiming their premises as idle-free zones. The group is committed to educating the public about harmful greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere from idling vehicles. YEA! has also partnered with a local grocery store to promote the use of reusable bags and teamed up with a local Sears outlet to help promote a catalogue recycling program. Other planned projects include household battery recycling drives, tire pressure clinics, and shoreline clean-ups.