Youth Projects, Copenhagen, and XMAS Regifting – GC News #660

660: 14 December 2009 Published by Green Communities Canada.

FRANCO-FUNDING. Green Communities Canada’s Écoliers actifs et en sécurité program received $99,000 from Ontario Trillium Foundation for Projet Tricycle (Project HEAT) over two years in partnership with Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne to work with young Francophones in Ottawa, Toronto, Sudbury and Windsor.

GREEN ENERGY GUYS. Two Green Communities Canada board members, Brent Kopperson (chair) and David Poch, were honoured last week by former Ontario Energy Minister George Smitherman for their leadership in supporting a Green Energy Act for Ontario.

MORE RETROFITS. Due to unprecedented demand under the ecoENERGY Retrofit- Homes program, the Canadian Government is proposing to allocate $205 million to finance up to 120,000 additional retrofits for Canadian homeowners … Faith and the Common Good won an award from Tides Canada for its cross-denominational work greening religious buildings.

NEW LOOK. See Conservation Corps of Newfoundland and Labrador new logo and interactive website.

SUPPORT NEEDED. Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) seeks support for renewed funding from Environment Canada. Partnership agreements end 31 March.

YOUTH PROJECTS. School video project focuses on Elora Environment Centre … Clean Nova ScotiaCampus Climate Action Guide includes: campus-wide lighting upgrades, compact florescent bulb exchange and Acts of Green Challenge… Clean Nova Scotia twitters … Tissue company offers free lesson plans on recycling … Focus on Forests bilingual teaching guide for elementary and high school teachers.

COPENHAGEN. Windfall Ecology Centre executive director Brent Kopperson is headed to Copenhagen. "Without an agreement in Copenhagen, many York Region residents […] will see disruptions in food supplies and energy costs."  See Brent’s COP15 daily blog … Former executive director of Clean Nova Scotia answers questions about Copenhagen in Globe & Mail blogElizabeth May  and UK columnistGeorge Monbiot challenge climate change deniers during 1 December Munk Debate … Scientific magazine Nature editorial on University of East Anglia’s emails: "Nothing in the e-mails undermines the scientific case that […] human activities are almost certainly the cause [of global warming]."

GHG EMISSIONS. "The large growth of GHG emissions for passenger transportation (34.8 Mt) is directly related to urban sprawl […] and to consumer preferences for SUVs, vans and pickups, which has resulted in a 123% increase in emissions from these vehicles since 1990", says Ontario Environmental Commissioner‘s 2009 reportPoll shows that 3/4 of Canadians are embarrassed about Canada’s lack of leadership in regards to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions …  Pollution from Alberta’s oilsands is nearly five times greater and twice as widespread as industry figures say, suggests independent study … US economists agree that carbon cap will help the economy … After The Story of Stuff comes The Story of Cap & Trade.

TOILET WATER. Toronto Thirsty City Walks’ Toilet to Tap tour is available online as a virtual tour or downloadable self-guided tour … UK water provider uses human feces as a source of renewable energyDung farms gain acceptance.

WALKING COMMUNITIES. Waterfront Linear Park project, developed by South Temiskaming Active Transportation Organization, is a leading contender in AVIVA Community Fund semi-finals. "STATO was enthusiastically involved in 2007 World Record Walk", reports Mandy Johnson, consultant for Canada Walks.  Votes taken until 17 December …  Planning Active Communities across Ontario report encourages land-use planners and public health professionals to design active communities … American Idle looks at social, moral and physical consequences of living in a sedentary culture … World Clockpresents statistics in real time, such as bicycles being produced more quickly than cars.

WEBINAR. Building Model Green Communities focuses on a Kansas town pursuing a green community vision after a massive tornado in May 2007. 15 December.

XMAS REGIFTING. Regifting is eco- and budget-friendly, says the author of Regifting Revival: A Guide to Reusing Gifts Graciously. Most common regifts: candles, knick-knacks, gift baskets.

JOBS. Sustainability Network/Environment & Diversity Project, six positions: Community Environment Alliance: Project Animator; Bay Area Restoration Council: Diversity Coordinator; Clean Air Partnership: Diversity Intern; Ecojustice: Communications Associate; Sierra Club Ontario: Grassroots Coordinator; Wildlands League : Ethnic and Cultural Communications Director. Due 31 December … Pembina Institute, Community Energy and GHG Planner. Due 31 December … Natural Step Canada, two positions: Communications ManagerJunior Advisor. Both due 15 January.

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