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Cowichan Energy Alternatives

Duncan, BC Best Community Impact:
Top 5 Finalist
Employees: 8 In Business Since: 2008

This organization is reducing carbon by connecting small businesses to small governments, and filled with great people. They empitomize grass roots change, and make us believe in the power of small businesses to change the world.

The Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society is a Non-profit organization # S-54795 empowering local citizens to actively adopt sustainable energy practices and technologies that will not only encourage better living but will also reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG). Our first project is a bio-diesel production and distribution facility at Bing’s Creek in partnership with the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and the Cowichan Valley Regional District. CEA is also working on an online Community Carbon Marketplace (CCM). The CCM is an innovative new approach that supports credible, ethical community-based Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction projects by ensuring community dollars are transparently directed to local organizations and small-businesses that have a true need to fund their green initiatives. CEA has also been involved in passive solar projects and is exploring new projects in other alternative energies.

CEA seeks to start non-profit ventures in co-operation with community partners that are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable. CEA also seeks to be the catalyst that helps individuals, grass-root organizations and small businesses take advantage of opportunities arising from the emerging renewable energy sector.

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