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Educate

YCS helps people get outside and promotes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the Yukon’s ecosystems.

Research

YCS supports the conservation and protection of Yukon wild places.

Sustain

YCS supports humane, sustainable and responsible management of wildlife.

Advocate

YCS is a watchdog for industrial development and researches smart solutions for our territory.

Programs

Click on one of the following active YCS programs for more information:

Electric Thermal Storage (ETS)

YCS has an exciting new energy pilot project. Electric thermal storage, or ETS, involves heating something up – typically ceramic bricks – overnight using electricity, then releasing that heat gradually throughout the day to keep a space warm. The same amount of electricity is used as if the space were heated with electric baseboards or an electric furnace. What’s important, however, is when that electricity is used. Shifting a home’s electricity demand for space heating from daytime to nighttime reduces fossil fuel usage and makes the local electrical grid more stable.

Wetlands

YCS has been advocating for wetlands protection in the Yukon.

We led a workshop to educate lands managers around wetlands issues in the fall of 2019.

In February 2020 we held an event to inspire Yukoners to  value and protect wetlands. 

See our presentation on our Programs - Land Use Planning page!

Road Ecology

YCS has developed a presentation on Road Ecology- the study of the ecological impacts of Roads in the Yukon.

Go to our Land Use Planning page to view the presentation!

Energy

We promote energy conservation and efficiency to reduce energy use and waste. We believe that instead of developing a Yukon oil and gas industry, the Yukon must replace imported fossil fuels with local, low-impact renewable energy sources for thriving, resilient communities.

Mining

In the future we envision, mining in the Yukon occurs only in places where such activities are ecologically and culturally acceptable. Where mining occurs, it will be based on need for the metal, on sound economics, and it will be done in a way that ensures that perpetual treatment is not necessary. Abandoned mine sites will be cleaned up.

Land Use Planning

Land use planning is critical in the Yukon. It is a collaborative way that the Yukon people can use social, environmental, economic and cultural information and knowledge to collectively determine what and how land should be protected, developed and managed in the territory.

Wildlife

We work to ensure that Yukon's fish and wildlife have safe habitat and healthy populations, despite pressures from human development. We supoprt humane, sustainable and responsible harvesting.

Get Outside!

We believe in getting people outside to connect with nature. We offer free, fun interpretive programming for all ages throughout the summer at Whitehorse parks - from guided hikes to Kids' Ed-Ventures.

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