2018 #SFTop25 finalist - Emily Lowan
HOMETOWN: Victoria, British Columbia
TRADITIONAL TERRITORY: Unceded Lekwungen (now known as Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations) territory.
Emily shows her dedication to protecting local and global communities from climate change through local leadership. She believes that taking climate action with the involvement and engagement of the community is essential to protecting the livelihoods of the future generations.
In July 2017, Emily and a friend revitalized Community Earth Project, an organization that helps local youth and business owners work together on improving sustainable business practices. Community Earth Project integrates sustainable solutions into youth culture and provide young people with a deeper understanding of their potential influence. This project gives them the tools they need to make a meaningful impact on the world around them.
They created a full-circle program that takes coffee grounds and produced by local cafes and distributes them to local farms to create nitrogen-rich compost. They are generating a student-powered volunteer team from high schools in Victoria to support the project, all while educating elementary students by delivering coffee grounds and education school garden club members on sustainability and farming practices.
In March of this year, Community Earth Project collaborated with a youth food network, hosting workshops with guest speakers and activities based on food waste and sustainable living.
Emily manages much of the organization by facilitating projects, collaborating with local businesses and nonprofits, co-ordinating the student volunteer team, and organizing events and workshops. Like many non-profit workers, she dabbles in various elements of making the organization function smoothly - grant-writing, marketing, social media, financial management and website design.
Emily has great plans for the future, which include completing her Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Economics, and continuing on to a Masters of Management at UBC. Emily goal is to be running an environmental-oriented social enterprise that strengthens rural and urban communities against the climate crisis, specifically focused on the development of clean energy and a circular economy.