DARTMOUTH ORIGINAL – MEET SCOTT
Scott Skinner is President and CEO of the Clean Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that seeks to improve the environment. Presently, Clean’s efforts are laser-focused on supporting our community in the transition to a low-carbon economy. In a nutshell, that means a green economy based on low energy consumption and low pollution.
The shift to a low-carbon economy requires significant changes in thinking and behaviour on a global scale, such as replacing non-renewable energy sources like oil, with sustainable alternatives. Scott and the dynamic team at Clean Foundation run numerous programs to help get folks where they need to be. These programs are rooted in Nova Scotia, but have an impact across Canada and beyond in areas including energy, climate, coasts, workforce development, education and transportation. Few people realize just how much groundbreaking work is happening at Clean’s headquarters on Portland Street every day.
We are thrilled to have Scott as a director on the board of the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission. He brings a valuable perspective to our team, as sustainability is one of the core values that drives all the work DDBC does to champion the vitality of downtown Dartmouth. Scott says it makes good business sense to make environmental sustainability a priority – for organizations and entrepreneurs.
“There’s incredible opportunity for businesses willing to embrace a greener perspective, sooner rather than later. The low-carbon economy is the greatest economic opportunity we will see in our lifetime!”
Scott is a sought-after leader in his field because he approaches environmental challenges from a business-minded perspective. He started to bring both worlds together about 15 years ago, while doing his MBA at Dalhousie University. Scott says, since then, there has been a global movement toward a low-carbon economy, and politics are just starting to catch up.
“Many allies and partners coming together that you might not expect, there is a lot already happening. Halifax has put a stake in the ground on one of the most ambitious climate change plans anywhere.”
Scott says he is proud to live and work in a community that is committed to environmental transformation. It’s also the place where he was born and raised. Scott grew up Westphal, graduated from Prince Andrew High School and did both of his university degrees locally. His mother was a crossing guard around Dartmouth for decades and most recently at the corner of Prince Albert Road and Hawthorne Street until she retired last year. She still lives in the family home, while Scott now lives at Kings Wharf in downtown Dartmouth.
“I’m a proud Dartmouth resident. I played with the Dartmouth United Soccer club both as a youth and at the masters age level. I am a Brightwood member and an evangelizer of community ties in Dartmouth.”
Back when he was a teenager himself, Scott coached a young volleyball player named Doug Townsend. Doug is now co-owner of The Canteen and Little C Take-out and chair of the DDBC board of directors. It’s Doug who approached Scott to join the board.
“Doug knows I am passionate about the area. I jumped at the chance to join the board because I want to be in the conversations about what’s happening directly. I love the place and I want to contribute to it being better.”
Scott says business improvement districts play an important role in activating change at the community level. Creating meaningful change is Scott’s overarching goal for all the work done through the Clean Foundation. To amplify the organization’s impact, Scott is currently collaborating with several like-minded allies, many who live across Canada and around the world.
“I often think about where I could go that would have more impact, and I have hard time thinking there is a better place than here.”