Climate Minister visits the Energetic City


Photo: John Yap (far right) listens to Kimmie Gulevich (second right) as she explains her science project on Wednesday afternoon, and Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm and Executive Director for Sci-Tech North, Lori Ackerman, listen-in – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

The Minister of State for Climate Action was in Fort St. John on Wednesday afternoon.

It was John Yap’s first visit to the Peace Region. On Tuesday, Yap met with the Citizens Conservation Council in Dawson Creek.  He decided to travel to Fort St. John and meet with mayor and council on Wednesday.

Yap says he is impressed with the dedication and desire from city staff to reduce the Fort St. John’s carbon footprint.

And, he says there is plenty of opportunity for the Energetic City to profit from the ‘green economy.’

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He says the province wants to take advantage of the opportunities whether it be wind power, ‘run of the river’, or biomass power to generate clean, green energy.

Meanwhile, 17-year old Kimmie Gulevich got the chance to present her science project to Yap on Wednesday.

Gulevich designed a small-scale methane capture on her parent’s household lagoon. She wanted to see if she could harvest alternative energy for household use. Gulevich was the third place winner at the Taiwan International Science Fair in 2008.

She says she was honoured to present her project to the Minister.

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Yap was impressed with her presentation, and encouraged Gulevich to pursue her goal of becoming an Environmental Engineer.