The Ecology Action Centre is the oldest environmental organization in Nova Scotia and has been in existence since 1971. It has 750 members, 150 active volunteers, and seven issue committees focusing on transportation, wilderness preservation and forestry, coastal issues, urban planning, renewable energy, agriculture and food, and marine conservation. Its aim is to encourage a society in Nova Scotia which respects and protects nature and also provides environmentally and economically sustainable jobs for its citizens.
Phase I of ADAPT (Association of Doctors for the Advancement of Physically Active Transportation) involved the association's establishment and outreach activities restricted to Halifax Regional Municipality.
In Phase II of ADAPT, Ecology Action Centre is "Taking ADAPT on the Road". They have identified four candidate communities outside of the Halifax Regional Municipality in which to expand the work of ADAPT. In the Taking ADAPT on the Road project, TRAX will select three of the candidate communities to:
In the long term, Phase III of the project will involve the creation and dissemination of a guidebook to assist other Maritime communities and provinces in replicating the ADAPT project.
The "Taking ADAPT on the Road" project responds to overwhelming evidence of the links between car dependent communities and air pollution and resulting respiratory and cardiovascular disease; and physical inactivity and obesity.