Ecology Action Centre.

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Ecology Action Centre.

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The Ecology Action Centre is a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based environmental activist organization founded in 1971. The organization has worked with communities on environmental issues including recycling, transportation, urban development, energy, agriculture, forestry, uranium mining, and other pressing concerns. Currently, it focuses on marine, coastal, and energy issues, built environment, wilderness, food, and transportation. The EAC works closely with scientific communities and incorporates scientific data into its messages and policy recommendations.

The EAC's small operational staff is directed by a board of elected indivuals from across the province. The board originally was composed of five directors, and later had as many as twenty-three. All are closely involved in fundraising, participate in setting general policy, and act in advisory capacities. Prominent members include Halifax-Chebucto NDP MLA Howard Epstein, who served as director from 1991-1994. Directorial core staff includes Carla Vandenberg, Maggy Burns, Louise Hanavan, and Mark Butler, who serve as Financial, Managing, Internal, and Policy Directors, respectively. The 2012/2013 volunteer board of directors is co-chaired by Karen Hollett and Jeff Torbert.

Committees are an integral part of the EAC's administrative structure. Each committee addresses a particular subject and acts fairly independently within the organization, holding meetings and organizing public events for educational purposes. The committee structure has evolved over time, with new committees or sub-committees being formed in response to needs.

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