We Believe

NEAT is a non-profit group dedicated to helping residents, schools, and businesses of Northern British Columbia live greener lives.  NEAT primarily provides environmental education, but also assists organizations and institutions to develop strategic plans for reducing waste and conserving resources.

NEAT was formed in 1989 as a volunteer community group with the original mandate to lessen the environmental impacts of the local waste-stream.  Since then, NEAT's mandate has expanded from our original focus on solid waste reduction to encompass all aspects of the urban environment with the broader goal of developing sustainable communities. 

NEAT is an award winning organization with a very positive public image.  As a grassroots, not-for-profit organization, NEAT enjoys strong community support.  This is demonstrated by public participation in its environmental education initiatives.  NEAT's programs are designed to inspire personal involvement and engagement, while fostering sustainability our communities.   

NORTHERN - Where we live and work.
ENVIRONMENTAL - What we care about.
ACTION - We don't just talk, we do!
TEAM - We work together to reach our goals.

NEAT’s Vision:

A healthy, vibrant community, whose members adopt environmentally sustainable actions in their daily lives.

NEAT’s Mission:

Empowering individuals, businesses and institutions to engage in environmentally sustainable practices.  We lead by example, creating awareness, educating, inspiring and demonstrating innovative solutions.

NEAT's Core Values:

Integrity – We value treating people and the earth with respect as we advocate for the environment.
Sustainability – We are committed to using a balanced approach in our decisions as we work towards resource conservation.
Collaboration – We foster an enthusiastic and positive approach in our actions.
Leadership -We are leaders in our field of environmental education.  We encourage conservation by providing information and knowledge to people of all ages, so we can make informed decisions.
Teamwork – We work collaboratively to motivate individuals, businesses and institutions to adopt sustainable practices.

Principles (We believe that...)

  • We recognize that change happens when people are engaged.
  • We know that outreach is the most effective and valuable means of sharing NEAT's mission with our communities.
  • We lead by example, creating awareness and demonstrating solutions.
  • We are integral partners in the communities in which we live and conduct business.

NEAT has a contract with the Peace River Regional District to offer Waste Reduction Education and Promotion for the entire regional district. For more information on this program, go to the PRRD Waste Reduction Program.

(revised and approved by NEAT Board of Directors January, 2012)