Krista Byrne-Puumala has an extended record both academically and professionally in environmental stewardship, with a focus on sustainability in food security, real health and renewable energy generation. Krista is an Environmental Practitioner in training with Eco- Canada, the author of the forthcoming book “Farming The Rock”, an Entrepreneur and a Director of Sustainable Energies Inc. and host and coordinator of St. John's Green Drinks.
Krista holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours, in Environmental Studies and Geography from Lakehead University, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University.
Krista was born Newfoundland, growing up in St John’s and Mount Pearl. She moved to Thunder Bay in 2009 to complete her undergraduate degree with her husband Kevin Puumala. Through the academic experiences, cultural exposure and new perspectives she gained from extensive travels, Krista began to witness ways other cultures and countries are working towards greater sustainability. During their university studies, Krista and her husband Kevin started a renewable energy company installing solar panels in Ontario to generate green energy. With both academic and professional experience working in renewable energy, Krista came to see major differences throughout the country and decided to help develop Newfoundland and Labrador into a more sustainable Province.
After completing her Honours Degree, Krista and her husband Kevin became motivated to see the island of Newfoundland take advantage of the economic and ecological benefits of renewable energy. Harnessing the sun and wind as a fuel source, rather than fossil fuels, became the major motivating factor behind Sustainable Energies Inc. With a new company in tow and driven, dynamic directors, Krista and Kevin seek to bring change and make a difference in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Krista was Mount Pearl's Environmental Coordinator for a six month internship, and within that time frame she helped develop ways to bring local business waste to zero, and create a business community network of resource sharing. Krista believes strongly that community equals cure, and she set this ideology into motion to great success over her term with Mount Pearl.
Krista believes that sustainability is something necessary for each and every one of us. It is not competition but cooperation that will lead us into the future.
The Green Party of Canada is excited to have Krista Byrne-Puumala as our candidate in the riding of Avalon.