Why Engage?

Public engagement across all campuses is a critical component of Memorial University’s mission as a public university. Memorial is fulfilling its special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador through its university-wide Public Engagement Framework, a document that provides vision, values and goals, along with tangible objectives for Memorial students, faculty and staff who actively engage the public through their work and research.

The Environmental Policy Institute (EPI) plays an important role in fostering public engagement at Grenfell Campus by researching and facilitating debate on critical environmental policy issues within and beyond Newfoundland and Labrador. Through its external partnerships and collaborations, community-based research initiatives, and public-oriented events, EPI seeks to engage citizens of the region, the province, the country, and the world. Below you’ll find more information about what EPI has been up to, as well as how you can get involved.

EPI Public Engagement Initiatives

  • Reel Green Films Series

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    EPI coordinates an ongoing environmentally-focused film series that examines critical issues at the intersection of society, industry, communities, and the natural world.

    To kick off its 2013-2014 Winter season, Reel Green Films held public screenings of several films at Grenfell Campus and Corner Brook Regional High in partnership with the People and the Sea Film Festival and Reel Youth. For more information about our upcoming films, check out our Calendar of Events. And if you have a great idea for our next green film, please Contact Us and let us know!

  • Engage Memorial Week 2014 – Food for Thought: Engagement Fair at Colemans


    As part of Engage Memorial Week, EPI and Grenfell Campus partnered with Colemans to host an afternoon of Food for Thought at Colemans at The Gardens in Corner Brook on Feb. 15, 2014. With a focus on local and sustainable products, there were family activities, demonstrations, prizes and information related to Newfoundland and Labrador food and agriculture. Check out our News & Events post for more.
  • World Water Day Event


    March 22, 2014 is World Water Day. To celebrate, EPI is partnering with the City of Corner Brook and several other governmental and local organizations to host a series of family-friendly activities during the day followed by an evening event at a local theatre/music hall.

  • NL Nature Atlas


    EPI has partnered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) to deliver the NL Nature Atlas – a web-based mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) platform that allows users to find, interact with and share geospatial information about Newfoundland and Labrador’s natural environment. Initial data, maps and content are the results of NCC’s Labrador Conservation Blueprint, and the NL Nature Atlas aims to build upon and share this information in a way that is accessible, fun, and easy to understand.

  • EPI @ CU Expo 2013: Engaging Shared Worlds



    Several EPI faculty participated in the 2013 Community-University Expo (CU Expo) held on Grenfell Campus from June 12 -15, 2013. Dr. Kelly Vodden was involved in presentations on topics such as Community Development Education, Rural Sustainability, and Environmental Sustainability Health.

  • Grenfell Office of Engagement: GO Engagement






    GO Engagement is responsible for implementing Memorial’s Engagement Framework at Grenfell Campus, as well as for Community Education programming and the activities of the Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre. GO Engagement promotes engaged research and experiential learning among faculty, students and staff.

    GO Engagement was established to build a culture of collaboration within Grenfell and more generally within the western region of Newfoundland and Labrador.