The Cape Breton Partnership is establishing the Green Energy Engagement Program to focus on meaningful community engagement, creating ongoing dialogue and equitable knowledge exchange that helps communities build capacity and make informed decisions about future green energy projects, including wind energy and green fuels.
The key objectives of the Green Energy Engagement Program are centered around ongoing dialogue with communities across Unama’ki – Cape Breton and building organizational capacity within the Partnership. The key objectives are as follows:
Provide the people of Unama’ki – Cape Breton with information related to green energy through different forms of media, to keep communities informed and involved in any future development tied to green energy, namely onshore wind, offshore wind, and green fuels production.
Build capacity within the Cape Breton Partnership to undertake larger-scale engagement efforts to work toward social acceptance and support for future development.
Establish a Community Of Practice (COP) with organizations conducting education and engagement throughout Unama’ki – Cape Breton and develop strategic and coordinated engagement strategies that reach all communities across the Island.
Focus on relationship development with First Nations’ Communities, fishers and ocean users, local businesses, academic leaders, environmental groups, non-profits, tourism operators, and individual community members to account for all voices in Unama’ki – Cape Breton when considering the potential benefits and impacts of future offshore wind and green fuels production.
Participate in the ongoing Regional Assessment for Offshore Wind Development in Nova Scotia to provide the Unama’ki – Cape Breton perspective that will help inform the regulatory requirements for future offshore wind development.
About the Assessment:
The Regional Assessment will be conducted for areas offshore Nova Scotia. The Committee will engage Indigenous groups, federal and provincial authorities, non-government organizations and the public during the conduct of the Regional Assessment. The Regional Assessment will help inform future project-specific federal impact assessments and decisions for offshore wind projects in these areas.
To learn more, visit: https://iaac-aeic.gc.ca/050/evaluations/proj/83514.
Jennifer MacNeil, Green Energy Engagement Coordinator
Cape Breton Partnership