Project work experience and services
Steve and Deborah Harder
Steve has 10 years' experience coordinating and managing environmental, energy, sustainability and community projects in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Waterloo, a certificate in community economic development from the Nova Scotia Community College and training in community-based social marketing. Deborah has a diploma in ecotourism from the NSCC and extensive experience in tourism and marketing. They previously owned an environmental communication and education business.
Services include project organization, research, writing, editing, presentations, report summaries, facilitation, and capacity building. For more information, please contact us.
Commitment to sustainability
Profiles & Projects Avalon is committed to operating in a sustainable way.
Environmentally, our focus is on reducing energy use and waste and supporting renewable energy. We do this by using compact fluorescent bulbs, driving an energy-efficient vehicle, using Forest Stewardship Council or recycled paper and two-sided printing, and purchasing a green power block from Nova Scotia Power. One of our employees is responsible for sustainability.
Economically and socially, we strive to purchase locally or regionally. Our Fundy Northumberland electronic marketplace and network increases awareness of regional businesses and organizations, so they can support each other.
Culturally, we want to bridge some of the gaps between rural communities and urban centres and increase awareness of our common natural assets. One way we do this is through Legacy Forest, which promotes voluntary land stewardship among private woodland owners. Legacy Forest, founded by Steve and Deborah Harder, helps people set aside forest lands and ecosystems that have a value beyond economics.
By doing so, woodland owners are also maintaining ecosystem services, such as air filtration by trees to improve air quality and carbon storage by forests and soils to help slow climate change, that benefit all Nova Scotians.
Steve & Deborah Harder
RR1 Scotsburn NS Canada B0K 1R0
ph 902-351-2214 / fax 902-351-2004