Green Communities News – GCNews #579

GREEN IT.
Ontario Trillium
Foundation
has announced $205,100
funding
over two years for a project to strengthen the use of
information technology by at least 25 environmental organizations
across Ontario. The Green IT Collaborative, led by Green Communities
Canada
, will work with GCC member
organizations
and several umbrella organizations to harness the
power for our environmental work. Objectives include improved
productivity, functionality, communications, collaboration, and
outreach and marketing. We are also looking to improve value for
money. Other collaborative members are Conservation Ontario,
Federation of Ontario Cottagers
Associations
, Sustainability
Network
, Ontario Environment
Network
, Ontario Land Trust
Alliance
, and Conservation
Council of Ontario
. The Green IT collaborative project is one of
five projects supported by the $2 million Future
Fund
.

ECO-DRIVE. The
Ontario government is providing $120,000
over two years to Green Communities to engage drivers in reducing
our “ecological tireprint” by driving less, operating and
maintaining vehicles properly, and choosing more efficient vehicles.
Full community delivery will occur in Thunder Bay (EcoSuperior), Simcoe County
(Environment
Network
), York Region (Windfall), and Hamilton (Green Venture). “Seed
community” delivery will also occur in Muskoka (Muskoka Heritage), Severn
Sound (Severn Sound
Environmental Association
), and North Bay (Greening of Nippissing).
Support is provided by Ontario’s Community Go Green Fund.

AWARENESS TO
ACTION.
Green Venture (Hamilton) is
receiving $106,249 over two years from the Ontario Community Go Green
Fund
to work with local community groups, businesses, and
residents to improve climate change awareness and action. Program
participants will share their knowledge and experience.

CARBON COUNTDOWN.

Peterborough Green-Up is
receiving $100,374 over two years from Ontario’s Community Go Green
Fund
to engage citizens in reducing their GHGs in a number of
ways, including transportation, space heating, waste reduction,
greenspace, food purchases, and tree planting.

MURB TRAINING.
Eight Green
Communities
home energy advisors were trained on ecoENERGY audits of
multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) last week. This will expand
GCC’s market range.

GREEN
HOMES RATING.
US
Green Building Council
selected Green Communities
as one of five Certification Providers in Canada for LEED for Homes. Bhim Subba,
director of Home Performance Services, attended a retreat for new
and existing Providers in Washington, D.C., on 17-18 April.

EFFICIENCY
MAKEOVER
. Green Communities
Canada
has partnered with Organic Meadow for a
consumer promotion, You
Could WIN a $5,000 Green Home Makeover!

The prize will consist of a home energy audit supplied by GCC
plus a $4,500 cheque from Organic Meadow.

WALKING NEWS.
Watch Mandy
Jonhson
, GCC Walking
Programs
Consultant, talk about the World
Record Walk
on Perils for
Pedestrians
, a US webcast
series.

BRIGHTER,
LARGER.
Peterborough Green-Up is
emerging on May 26 from its present underground mall location to an
above-ground storefront space which will allow for boardroom,
private offices, workshop space and potentially a retail store. The
move will also give Green-Up greater public visibility. Hello
windows!

SOLAR DRYING.
Ontario municipalities can no longer prohibit the use of outdoor
clotheslines. The new
regulation
overrules existing municipal by-laws, real property
restrictive covenants or condominium by-laws. More inspiration about
the Right to Dry at Project Laundry List.

GREEN PROCUREMENT.
The Spring 2008 at
the source
, produced by the Canadian Centre for Pollution
Prevention
(C2P2), focuses on environmentally preferable
purchasing: goods and services that are less harmful to the
environment and our health. Also: 12th Canadian Pollution
Prevention Roundtabl
e, Edmonton, 11-12 June.

CANADIANS &
GHG.
Statistics Canada issued Human
Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics 2007 and 2008.
“In 2005, just over 23 tonnes of green house gases were emitted
for each person in Canada, an 8% per capita increase since 1990”,
says the report. “Canada has about 0.5% of the world’s population,
but contributes about 2% of the total global GHG emissions.” Read summary.

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