[Green Communities News] GCNews #583: 26 May 2008
TOUR. Peterborough Green-Up first Green Home and Garden Tour
highlights examples of green lifestyles: off grid home, hot water
heating, solar and wind energy, and natural gardens. 7 June.
FESTIVAL. Don’t miss Windfall Centre’s Ecology
Festival and pre-festival events. Green Ideas
Conference, Exhibits, Kid’s Eco Activities, Trash Fashion Show,
Green Films. 3-8 June.
Conservation Manitoba promotes the Seven Habits of Ecologically
Conscious Manitobans as part of its new on-line guide for
sustainable living: Travel car-light, Save energy and money, Buy
local, Be garbage-free, Shop smart, Choose clean living, Get
together with others.
SECURED. Lynda Bausinger, Elora Centre for Environmental
Excellence, obtained $20 000 from Bruce County to enhance Well
Aware activities in the area.
MOVING DAY. Peterborough Green-Up‘s new
location is environmentally-friendly, says Executive Director Sue
McGregor-Hunter. The space has been decorated with low VOC paint and
the most environmentally-friendly carpeting available. Interior
windows allow natural light penetration. As a result of the move,
staff won’t be able to access emails or telephones until 4 June. An
open-house will be held in the fall (17 September).
PESTICIDES. Experts from the International Agency for Research on
Cancer, World Health
Organization and the U.S.
National Cancer Institute discuss adult and childhood exposure
to non-cosmetic pesticides at the Canadian Cancer
Society Pesticides and Cancer conference. 12-13 November.
BUILDING. Follow the link (lower, right) for the
Green the Building
game: “click on buildings to make them energy efficient and avoid
global warming.” Hours of fun.
CHALLENGE. Buildings account for nearly half the
greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and emissions are increasing
rapidly, according to the Royal
Architectural Institute of Canada. RAIC has adopted ambitious targets
for reduction in fossil fuels to construct and operate new and
renovated buildings: 60% by 2010; 80% by 2020; carbon neutral by
2030. Reforms needed to achieve targets include stronger building
codes and incentives.
ACTION. Non-profits, neighbourhood groups and
community advocates from across the country share their most
effective tools, strategies and newest models of community
engagement at the Communities
in Action conference. Organized by Guelph Civic League and
Institute. 14 June.
GREEN WORK. A
labour sponsored report, Work isn’t Working for Ontario
Families, suggests turning vanishing blue-collar manufacturing
jobs into green-collar employment to poverty-proof the province. See
Toronto Star article.
DISAPPROVES. American magazine Mother Jones
latest issue focuses on The Future of Energy.
OPPOSITION. Bill C-33, which enables the federal
government to mandate a minimum amount of biofuel content in
gasoline, is coming up for 3rd and final reading. Rightoncanada.ca, a campaign
of the Rideau
the bill considering world food
MIGHTY. The Sunlight
Eco-Action Kids Awards is a nation-wide program that recognizes
kids between the ages of six and 12 who are working to make an
environmental difference in their communities.