What is FBC?

Falls Brook Centre is an education-based environmental non-profit and registered charity that works to foster thriving local communities by educating and inspiring people to adopt environmentally sound practices. Through partnerships, recreation, and education that support the creation of a balanced, sustainable way of life, FBC seeks to explore and promote practical solutions to today’s environmental, social, and economic challenges.

 

History

In the two-year period leading up to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, FBC’s Founding Executive Director, Jean Arnold, participated in an NGO Steering Committee working at all levels of policy dialogue with the United Nations Environment Programme. Since then, FBC has worked tirelessly towards the goals set at the Earth Summit, as well as some more that have been set along the way. In 2013, FBC moved its demonstration site to newly acquired property in West Glassville, New Brunswick. In 2015, FBC opened a satellite office at The Ville Cooperative in Fredericton, New Brunswick. A the end of 2017, FBC took a more decentralised route which saw the completed transfer from Glassville to The Ville Cooperative in Fredericton and the closing of our rural demonstration site. This move was taken to allow us to more available to other rural communities. It seems counter-intuitive but we have already noticed an increase in our operational flexibility and our impact across wider and more diverse areas in rural New Brunswick.

At FBC, we strive to put our values into practice. We still hope to show that it is possible to reduce human impact on the environment while contributing positively to local communities and economies. We work on a range of successful education programs that support and enable the transition to a sustainable future. For more about our current initiatives, check out our blog or sign up for our quarterly newsletter. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

Vision

Local communities working together to create and celebrate a world with strong relationships, a healthy natural environment, and vibrant local communities.

 

Mission

Falls Brook Centre is a leading education non-profit and registered charity that inspires people to work together, using environmentally sound practices to create thriving local communities.

 

Guiding Principles

We have a demonstrated commitment to sustainability. While we are not 100% socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable yet, every new decision we make will move us closer to that goal.

We are enthusiastic, passionate professionals. We use proven expertise and tools to promote practical solutions to problems in our four focus areas: local food, renewable energy, biodiversity, and thriving communities.

We are innovative. We are not afraid to experiment and be creative in order to identify the best solutions and new projects.

We celebrate and share nature’s beauty. We promote the marriage of sustainable and efficient technologies with the beauty and magic of nature.

We are welcoming. Whether you’re a staff member, taking a workshop, or just stopping by for a visit, you will be impressed by our openness and accessibility.

We focus on community-based solutions. Regardless of your address, our work has relevance for both rural and urban contexts.

We consider financial visibility to be critical. We maintain a balanced portfolio of programs that, as a whole, enable us to generate a modest surplus to invest in our future. You can find more information on our Financial Information page.

Local communities working together, to create and celebrate a world with strong relationships, a healthy natural environment, and vibrant local economies.