Green Tourism, Summer and Suds, and Green Roofs – GC News #634

634: 1 June 2009 Published by Green Communities Canada

GREEN TOURISM. Ecotourism and the G8 is the theme of Muskoka Heritage Foundation’s Environmental Lecture: principles for visitor and tourism management; best practices for ecotourism. 18 June.

ECO-ACTIVITIES. Peterborough Green-Up’s Green Home and Garden Tour features homeowners who have switched to renewable sources of energy or gone pesticide-free, 6 June … Thirty new volunteers joined Our Urban Forest program. For the first time, volunteer leaders will teach newcomers in the field …Peterborough Moves’ Cycle Smart courses make riding safer and more enjoyable … Bushel Community Food Co-operative is Peterborough’s first sustainably harvested, 100% local community-shared agriculture programme.

WINDFALL FESTIVAL. Windfall Ecology Centre’s 8th annual Ecology Festival presents live music, local foods, buskers, Kids Fun Zone, workshops and more. Newmarket, 13-14 June.

SUMMER AND SUDS. Environment Network’s Explorations Green Summer Day Camp follows the philosophy of Earth Education: hands-on environmental learning and dynamic outdoor activities. 29 June- 28 August … Environment Network store has expanded its selection of green-friendly products for everyday use. "The reason for opening the shop was because, as consumers, we were finding it difficult to find products in the community that we felt 100% comfortable with," says Michele Rich, Executive Director.

ACROSS CANADA TOUR. The Canadian Walking Master Class continues its journey across the country. Jacky Kennedy, Green Communities director of walking programs, was in the Kelowna area last week with her team of international walking experts. Interest from the local media remains strong with several radio interviews, newspaper and television coverage. Next stop: Whitehorse.

GREEN ROOFS BY-LAW. City of Toronto new green roof by-law sets a green roof construction standard and a mandatory requirement for green roofs on all classes of new buildings. It also requires up to 50%green roof coverage on multi-unit residential dwellings, schools, non-profit housing, commercial and industrial buildings.

CHANGING HABITS. EcoSuperior encourages people to walk to work on Wednesday, bring a cold lunch on Thursday, and enjoy dinner on Friday in natural light … Thunder Bay Earthwise‘s Net-Zero Business Guide is available at Ecosuperior … Canada Environment Week is a time to focus on changes that contribute to a greener future, such as buying locally grown food, turning off computers when not in use, and carrying a cloth bag or keeping one in your car. Until 6 June.

WHO’S THE BOSS? TD Friends of the Environment Foundation’s CEO Poll reveals that 52% of women are the Chief Environment Officer of their household compared to 36% of men. Children are the number one influence on environmental behaviour – with more than one in four respondents acknowledging that their children influenced them to be more environmentally responsible. Top three green activities: recycling (91%), reducing the home’s energy consumption (84%) and encouraging waste reduction (82%).

FILM FESTIVAL. Onghiara Environmental Film Festival presents environmental films – including One Man, One Cow, One Planet – international guest speakers and panel discussion celebrating sustainability, stewardship and solutions. Niagara area, 5-6 & 13 June.

LITTER GUY. Mark the Litter Guy sweeps Toronto streets for free, but makes a small living from donations.

JOBS. EcoSuperior, Active Transportation Coordinator. Thunder Bay, due 3 June … Clean Calgary, fourpositions: Commercial Waste Reduction Liaison & Assessor, Community Organizer, Coordinator of Environmental Education, Healthy Homes Calgary Team. All due 14 June. … Waterloo Region Green Solutions, Certified Energy Advisor. Due 13 June … RiverSides, Administrator/RainBarrel Enterprise. Due 11 June … Greenest City, Executive Director, Toronto, 11 June … Conservation Council of Ontario, Community Outreach Coordinator, due 5 June.

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