Karen Mason-Bennett MEB

Program Coordinator
Member for:
6 years 14 weeks

Karen moved to Fort St John in the November 2007 and has explored much of the city on foot, children in tow. Growing up in South Western Ontario, she feels that recycling, composting and water conservation are part of our responsibility to provide a better environment for the next generation. But maybe more importantly, it’s the simple everyday choices that really tip the scale. Packing a garbage-less lunch, cleaning with vinegar or committing to cloth diapers are all easy choices to make and stick to and they truly make a difference. 

The past five years she has spent working with NEAT have solidified her belief that environment and economy can coexist in a mutually respectful relationship. Karen has worked extensively analyzing stewardship/EPR programs within the province and has started food security programming that takes place throughout the region. 

Karen went to Trent University in Peterborough Ontario, where there are 3 recycling bins for every garbage can. In between sorting her paper & plastics, she got a BAHons in International Development Studies and Cultural Anthropology. (If you know what that means, call her, she wants to do lunch!) She recently completed her Master's Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo and is looking forward to the next challenge.


Recycling: It's Not Free

One of the biggest misunderstandings about recycling is the cost of those services. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "I moved from <insert town> and recycling was free!" Now, please do not get me wrong. I like free stuff as much as the next person, but when we...

Mattresses and Illegal Dumping

The other day I saw this article on the illegal dumping of mattresses in Vancouver. Now, mattresses are a bit of a soap box issue...

Position Filled - 2016 Summer Outreach Educator

NEAT is hiring for an energetic and organized student to help us do all of our summer programming. We've got tonnes of opportunities for you to learn new skills, practice public speaking, organize events and make a difference in your community.



#BinHalfFull Garbage Can into a Rain Barrel

Our fifth article in the #BinHalfFull series provides some inspiration on what to do with your leftover garbage can!

Now that you have the fancy garbage can on wheels, some of you have an old can that you may not be sure what to do with.  If you are a little bit handy, we have a...

#BinHalfFull Dawson Creek Has an APP!

The fourth installment in our #BinHalfFull series dives deep into all the features Dawson Creek's Waste App has to offer! 

Have you downloaded the Dawson Creek Waste App to your smartphone yet?  This app can remind you when to put out your new garbage cart and can give...

#BinHalfFull The Switch

In our third #BinHalfFull installment, we explore the benefits of moving to the automated cart system.

In October, the City of Dawson Creek switched its residential garbage collection service from a manual system to a fully automated system, which was intended to reduce environmental...

#BinHalfFull Where Does the Recycling Go?

In the second installment of our #BinHalfFull articles, we explore where the recycling goes.

You have taken the time to sort out all of those recyclables that come into your home. You have rinsed, washed, and squashed.  All of these items have been loaded into your vehicle and...

#BinHalfFull Can Placement

In our first installment of #BinHalfFull articles, we discuss proper garbage cart placement and some other tips for making the whole system work properly.

In October 2015, the City of Dawson Creek switched its residential waste collection service to a fully automated system. This move...

Students Present Energy Plan to Council

As part of the Energy Mix, NEAT has been working with Ms. Freer's grade 9 class at Bert Bowes in Fort St John. Students have been testing out energizing theories and exploring all of the ways that we use energy in our daily lives. 

Conserving energy and planning for the...

Energy Mix Comes to Bert Bowes School

NEAT has been working with TransCanada Corporation over the past couple of years to develop The Energy Mix.

This program tasks science students with creating a long term community energy plan for Fort St John. The plan has to span 100 years and provide enough energy for both the...