Accountability to Sustainability:
My very first day on the job was a response to a horrific train derailment that contaminated my own local lake. I saw ducks caked in oil, it was disgusting. We had booms and pads ready to go, but the train company wanted to wait a day or so for some cheaper, less quality product. I tried really hard to at least get the pads and booms back so that the company I worked for could extract, recover and recycle what they could of the oil, but again the rail company chose some other poor, less environmentally preferable option. If they would have chosen us, they would have used less product and paid less in disposal. Our goal is to educate people on this, so that everyone benefits.
-Katrina Patel, ProEnviro Founder
Our company aims to improve the reaction time and efforts to emergency spill response events. We create programs that teach – clearly, simply, and effectively – how to respond to a spill in an emergency situation. We strongly believe in the importance of increasing the number of prepared personnel for such emergency situations. We empower workers and companies to assist and reduce the impacts to the environment.
Spills cost companies more money than due diligence and preparation do – and the cost of spills to the environment can be irreparable. While evaluating these costs, and the resources available to assist in reducing impacts to the environment, we at ProEnviro felt it was important to make the Basic Spill Response education available to everyone and anyone who could benefit from it. We also create custom courses for companies looking for that extra specialization in their training programs.
When evaluating actual spills, we often hear complaints about “not knowing what to do” or “not knowing who to call” from first responders – which proves that there are major missing pieces in spill response training and certification.
Utilizing the Alberta Spill Response Association allows ProEnviro to instill procedures that are peer reviewed. Our courses are the product of industry review and professional experience.
Our team of professional experts provides the direction and networks for successful marketing and implementation. First Nations’ concerns for their land will allow a preference to companies on their land that have training in spill response. In the near future, we plan to provide the courses to transportation clients as well as to insurance clients to establish a potential decrease in premiums or deductibles.