Ecology Action Centre fonds

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Ecology Action Centre fonds

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  • Graphic material
  • Moving images
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  • Textual record

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8.7 m of textual records. - 115 video cassettes.. - 53 audio cassettes.. - 43 photographs. - 1 negative. - 1 slide.. - 1 audio reel.

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The Ecology Action Centre is a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based environmental activist organization founded in 1971. The organization has worked with communities on environmental issues including recycling, transportation, urban development, energy, agriculture, forestry, uranium mining, and other pressing concerns. Currently, it focuses on marine, coastal, and energy issues, built environment, wilderness, food, and transportation. The EAC works closely with scientific communities and incorporates scientific data into its messages and policy recommendations.

The EAC's small operational staff is directed by a board of elected indivuals from across the province. The board originally was composed of five directors, and later had as many as twenty-three. All are closely involved in fundraising, participate in setting general policy, and act in advisory capacities. Prominent members include Halifax-Chebucto NDP MLA Howard Epstein, who served as director from 1991-1994. Directorial core staff includes Carla Vandenberg, Maggy Burns, Louise Hanavan, and Mark Butler, who serve as Financial, Managing, Internal, and Policy Directors, respectively. The 2012/2013 volunteer board of directors is co-chaired by Karen Hollett and Jeff Torbert.

Committees are an integral part of the EAC's administrative structure. Each committee addresses a particular subject and acts fairly independently within the organization, holding meetings and organizing public events for educational purposes. The committee structure has evolved over time, with new committees or sub-committees being formed in response to needs.

Custodial history

The fonds was acquired from the Ecology Action Centre in 2011. Materials previously held at the Nova Scotia Archives were transferred to the Dalhousie University Archives under the Provincial Cooperative Acquisition Strategy.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records spanning the entire history of the Ecology Action Centre. The records document the organization's internal and external activities and include correspondence, annual reports, administrative records, committee files, subject files, and an extensive library of audiovisual materials on a variety of environmental and ecological topics.

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The fonds has been arranged to reflect the organizational structure of the Ecology Action Centre. A portion of the fonds was previously held by the Nova Scotia Archives. The arrangement of these materials has been retained. The donation made by the Ecology Action Centre in 2011 was integrated into this arrangement structure, with the exception of the committee records, which were broken into separate series.

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  • English

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General correspondence is closed for five years from the date of creation. Sensitive correspondence is closed for twenty years from the date of creation. Membership and donor records are closed for fifty years from the date of creation. All other records are open.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Associated materials

See Movement for Citizens Voice and Action (MS-11-1) fonds for related material.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Ecology Action Centre fonds, MS-11-13, [Box number], [Folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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This fonds description comes from the Dalhousie University Archives Catalog. The complete, original description is available there.

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