To the editor, In “Rodney’s economic advisors” (Dec. 12, Reality Bites blog), Tim Bousquet lists “outside the box” thinkers who should have been appointed to the premier’s Advisory Council to help restructure our economy. I’d like to suggest one more person who Tim and the premier failed to nominate: professor Ray Cote. There is no one in Nova Scotia who can match Ray’s 30-year record trying to get industry, academia and government to be more environmentally responsible and energy efficient, and his influence cannot be overstated. Ray Cote is a recently retired professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. He founded the Eco-Efficiency Centre in Burnside and the North American Eco-Industrial Development Council. Ray is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cleaner Production and has written many articles and books on the topic including Business Meets the Environmental Challenge and Linking Industry and Ecology: A Question of Design. He is on the National Advisory Council on Energy Efficiency and chairs the Minister’s Roundtable of the Environment and Sustainable Prosperity. In 2004, he won the National Pollution Prevention Award and the Nova Scotia Award for Education in Waste Reduction. Finally, Ray taught thousands of students, including myself, to understand the links between the environment and the economy and to do things in a more sustainable way. Ray Cote is the province’s most important leader in sustainable development and he should be appointed post-haste to the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council.

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