[Green Communities News] GCNews #584: 2 June 2008

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD.
In a Toronto school last week, Ontario Minister
of Health
Promotion
Margaret Best presented a Guinness World
Record
certificate to Green Communities
Canada
, recognizing our record-breaking walk on 3 October 2007.
World Record Walk
organizer Harry Sawchuk accepted the certificate on behalf of Green
Communities. 231,635 Canadians smashed the existing record of
100,915 set in 2006 by Western Australia. Pending funding, the next
walk is scheduled for October 2010.

REAL
NEWS.
Rideau
Environmental Action League
‘s AGM, 18 June … Renovations at
the REAL Deal
enviro-store are almost complete. Donations of materials welcome …
209 bags of garbage and 35 bags of recycling were collected by 1047
people during Pitch-In Smiths Falls 2008.

GREEN PUPILS.
EcoSource
(Peel Region) presents a professional development course in
Sustainable Environmental Education for teachers. Led by Anthony
Shallcross,
leader for International Education at Manchester Metropolitan
University.
14-18 July, York University. Email or call 905-274-6222

ECO-VEGGIE.
Environmental organizations including the Union of Concerned
Scientists
recognize that raising animals for food damages the
environment. Top 10
reasons
why it’s green to go veggie.

WASTE NOT. Reducing our
Footprint – Sustainability Tools for the Food Industry

conference. Presented by Recycling
Council of Ontario
(RCO) and Guelph Food
Technology Centre.
4-5 June … Nominations are open for the RCO
2008 Ontario Waste
Minimization Awards.
Categories include
Not For Profit,
Promotions and Sustainable Technology. Due 13 June.

ECO GRASS.
Climate Action
Now
(St.Catharines) offers Eco Grass, which grows at 1/4 the
rate of regular grass, has 6″ roots and crowds out existing grass
and weeds. 5 lb seeds/$30. 905-938-8882

GREEN
BOOKS.
Win four environmental classics – Silent
Spring, Small is Beautiful, Our Common Future and The Ecology of
Commerce – by entering Alternatives magazine’s What
environmental books have most influenced you?
contest
before 5 June.

SUV
PLIGHT.
Laugh at high gas prices thanks to the
animated
song
HELP. Even has a karaoke feature for your convenience.

YOUTH
SUMMIT.
Let’s Invite the Elephant into the
Room
is the theme of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition’s National
Youth Climate Summit
. “We will focus our collective energy on
solving the biggest energy quagmire in our country, the Alberta Tar
Sands.” Edmonton, 4-6 July.

SHARING
SPACE.
Collaboration
through co-location: strategies for sharing resources and building
community
workshop. Presented by Eli Malinsky, Program
Manager at the Centre for
Social Innovation
, which shares space with over 80 social
mission organizations. Toronto, 20 June.

CAR-FREE
CITIES.
Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of Walk & Bike for
Life
will talk at the World Carfree Network‘s
eighth annual Carfree
Cities Conference
in Portland, 16-20 June.

GREENWASH
SAAVY.
Participate in the Greenwashing Index, an
online interactive forum evaluating real advertisements that make
environmental claims. Criteria: The ad misleads with words, with
visuals and/or graphics, makes a green claim that is seemingly
unprovable, overstates how green the product/company/service is and
masks important information, making the green claim sound better
than it is.

PLASTIC
SOUP.
Once upon a time, there was an island made
of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean. It was called the Pacific
Ocean Garbage Patch
and was expected to double in size every 10
years. Oh … this is actually true!

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