New Dawn CEO talks climate-friendly living in National Observer

Erika Shea shares New Dawn's goal of becoming a net-zero organization.

As the head of a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to support a culture of self-reliance in Cape Breton, backing a huge solar project to power an affordable living community was daunting for Erika Shea, but still made perfect sense.

An array of 1,800 solar panels at a former military radar base in Sydney is now providing electricity to Pine Tree Park Estates, a community of 28 homes, a curling club, an office and a 30-bed residential facility for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities, all of which are also located on the former base lands.

“Through the solar and the building retrofits, we’ve been able to remove all fossil fuels from the property,” says Shea, president and CEO of New Dawn Enterprises, which owns and operates Pine Tree Park.

Read more:

New Dawn’s new day for climate-friendly living