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Energy Issues People

 

For general energy inquiries call (902) 442-0199.

Energy Campaign Coordinator

Stephen Thomas
stephen@ecologyaction.ca

Stephen Thomas joined the Energy Action Team as a volunteer in 2012 and was hired as the Energy Coordinator in July 2016. Stephen works to support the work of the Ecology Action Team with a focus on energy policy issues in Nova Scotia. With a keen focus on a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy and the community-based aspects of renewable energy development, Stephen is excited to be working with the Energy Action Team.

Stephen has a mechanical engineering degree and specialized in energy systems analysis during his studies at Dalhousie University. Before joining the Energy Action Team staff, Stephen worked as an engineer and project manager with two of the leading renewable energy developers in Nova Scotia, developing 40 MW of community wind energy under the COMFIT program and helping to manage a development portfolio of over 300MW of community-focused projects across North America.

Stephen attended the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris as part of the Canadian Youth Delegation, is a founding member of the fossil fuel divestment campaign at Dalhousie University, and a member of various justice organizations in Halifax and throughout Canada.

Stephen is also a founding member of If You Build It - stay tuned for a variety of Solar-Powered Concerts around Halifax when the weather is right!

Energy Conservation Coordinator

Emma Norton
enorton@ecologyaction.ca

Emma Norton is a graduate of the University of King’s College, Halifax with a combined honours degree in Environment, Sustainability, and Society and International  Development Studies. She was awarded the University Medal in Environment, Sustainability, and Society. Motivated by social justice and climate change, she strives for a fossil fuel free electricity grid in Atlantic Canada, where energy is affordable for all. She works to create grassroots momentum to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and to increase energy literacy.

During her years in university she worked as the Sustainability Officer for the Student's Union and successfully started a campaign to help students reduce their carbon emissions by travelling by train instead of by plane.  At the Ecology Action Centre, Emma has been coordinating the Culture of Efficiency Project since 2012. She is currently pursuing her interest in Building Science and Net Zero Building Design through certifications, while simlultaneously using her skills, passion, and knowledge in the Culture of Efficiency Project.  Its current iteration focuses on coaching local non-profits through energy efficiency retrofits in order reduce carbon emissions, energy bills, and increase resources to their services and building comfort. Emma was also the Materials and Volunteers Manager for the Ecology Action Centre's showcase green renovation project in 2015. 

She believes that the Maritimes can become a world leader in sustainable energy and is motivated by the knowledge, talent, and hard work she has seen in Nova Scotia. 

Community Energy Campaigner

Rebecca Moore
rebecca@ecologyaction.ca

Rebecca Moore is a Mi'kmaq woman who is the new Community Energy Campaigner, after doing some consulting work for EAC around diversity and inclusion in early 2017.

She has a strong work ethic and dedicaiton to working with Indigenous, African Canadian and settler communities that provides a solid network for energy campaigning.

Rebecca is a drummer/singer and has performed at and opened for event such as David Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour, and Walking With Our Sisters Art Exhibition Opening Ceremony, and has extensive extensive experience campaigning and advocating for various organizations such as Idle No More, Kiptu Youth Centre, Youth Art Connection, The Voice Youth in Care Newsletter, iMove Project, and the 2nd National Roundtable for the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Rebecca has been acknowledged for her community efforts by receiving the Premier's Power of Positive award, Leadership in Crime Prevention Award from the Minister of Justice, and the Barry Logan Memorial Award for Volunteer of the Year from the Kiptu Youth Centre. She was also a torch bearer for the winter 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games as well as the 2011 Canada Summer Games.

Rebecca's healthy lifestyle, commitment to her community and connection to Mi'kmaki territory makes her dedicated to progress and sustainability in the energy sector. She is grateful to be part of the EAC's collective effort towards making diversity a priority in the development of community Energy Strategies.

Renewable Energy Coordinator

Wayne Groszko
solargain@ecologyaction.ca

Wayne Groszko has a long history of environmental work, beginning as a volunteer with the Ecology Action Centre. Wayne is excited about meeting the challenge of climate change through a transition to sustainable energy in the built environment and at the community level. He's now working on helping community organizations figure out how to get solar power for their buildings, and also helping develop a vision for 100% renewable energy supply for Nova Scotia. 

Wayne has worked as a consultant, researcher, and teacher, with 13 years of experience in sustainable energy, including teaching at Dalhousie University and the Nova Scotia Community College. Wayne holds a B.Sc. (Hon.) from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. from Dalhousie University.

Committee Chair

Naomi Hill   
naomi.hill@mail.mcgill.ca 

Naomi is passionate about engaging diverse communities to address pressing environmental and social challenges, most notably climate change, through a combination of policy development and behavious change.

As a French-American having grown up in Berkeley, California, Naomi brings an international perspective to her work. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science, geography and economics at McGill University and joined the Energy Action Team as a volunteer shortly after moving to Halifax in 2015. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the Energy Action team and leard from the team's dedicated and knowledgeable staff and volunteers while working towards a more sustainable, just and modern energy system in Nova Scotia.

In addition to her role with the Energy Action Team, Naomi works in communications and volunteers her time as Director of Sustainability with Fusion Halifax and as a Climate Leader with the Climate Reality Project Canada.

 

Board Representative

Jacob Thompson

Jacob ThompsonJacob is passionate about regional energy issues, from the technical side, and has been a volunteer on and off with the Energy Action Team for nearly a decade. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Science from Acadia University, and will graduate with a M.Sc. in Applied Science at Saint Mary’s University in 2015. One of his main hobbies is adding features to his Nova Scotia Energy Map. He recently became vegan to reduce his personal FoodPrint by 1 tonne eCO2 annually, as a preventative step towards climate change impacts and species loss, and out of compassion for the animals. He intends to run his first full marathon in the following year. Work wise, he enjoys anything from tree planting, to programming, research or construction.

 

 

 

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