Nova Scotia Backgrounder
One of the first things most visitors notice about Nova Scotia is the colour.
Green predominates most of the year. In the deep forests and tidy farms.
Reflected in hundreds of lakes. Ever-present in the sea s many moods. Trees
and parks abound in cities and villages. Green is also a state of mind in Nova
Scotia. In a world increasingly under the stress of too much humanity, this
province is often viewed as a place where it is possible to live and work in
surroundings that are still clean and uncrowded and, at the same time, very
much attuned to the 21st century.
keeping Nova Scotia green
Nova Scotians are well aware of the economic and aesthetic value of their
province s natural assets, and of the need to safeguard them for the future.
Federal and provincial agencies devote considerable time and resources to
that end. Progressive legislation and agreements protect vulnerable sectors
such as fish stocks, forestry resources, beach areas and wetlands. New
environmental regulations are helping keep the land and waters beautiful.
Where problems exist, answers are being sought. Where Nova Scotians use
resources for human good, they are increasingly working hard to ensure that
this use is not at the expense of wildlife habitat, long-term sustainability or
Not surprisingly, an entire industry has grown up to sustain and protect vital
resources. It is expected to be one of the province s fastest growing sectors.
The reputation of the local universities and research facilities, together with
the quality of life, has attracted some of the best scientific minds in the world.
Expertise combined with modern research facilities has launched stimulating
and profitable partnerships among business, government and industry.
Throughout the world demand grows for higher environmental standards and
environmental clean-ups. The provincial government has recently established
an Environmental Industries and Technology Program to assist the private
sector in promoting its environmental technologies, products and services.
Some entrepreneurs are transforming natural and recyclable materials into
the basis of a thriving business. Others have developed innovative
technologies as diverse as remote sensing and digital mapping, emission
controls, organic landscape management and wastewater handling systems.
Nova Scotia is committed to becoming a world leader in the development of
environmental technologies and services.
Government institutions involved in environmental research:
Atlantic Centre for Remote Sensing of the Oceans
Local environmental management
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Nova Scotia CAD/CAM Centre
Atlantic Geoscience Centre
Atlantic Research Laboratory
Technical University of Nova Scotia
University research programs in all fields including agriculture
environmental impact assessments
The following are several Nova Scotian environmental technology companies
which work internationally with clients and partners in other G7 countries:
facilities design and operation
marine and land-based geotechnical engineering
water and wastewater management
solid waste management
Aquatex Corp., water treatment systems (USA)
Castle Capital Inc., waste to energy technology (Governments and power
generation companies around the world)
Devtek Applied Electronics Inc., acoustics and sampling (UK, USA, France,
Jacques Whitford, environmental impact assessment (oil and gas companies
on all continents)
Maritime Scientific Services Ltd., laser sampling and fluid analysis (USA,
Seimac Inc., marine and military data acquisition systems and software (USA,
Synmap Information Technologies Ltd., applied information technologies
Trihedral Engineering Ltd., software for industrial control (UK)
Environmental Design Management, interdisciplinary environmental
B.G. Roberts Chemicals Inc., waste water treatment (USA, France)
Canadian Seabed Research, marine and ground geophysics and geology