Green Communities News – GCNews #585: 9 June 2008

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MEMBERSHIP. Green Communities
Canada
has joined the Canadian
Association of Physicians for the Environment
. CAPE has grown
from 450 to 2,900 members since 2006 and is presently campaigning in
Canadian municipalities for more pesticide by-laws.

BHIM IS BACK.
Bhim Subba,
Director of GCC Home Performance
program, is back from a trip that took him to India, Thailand,
Cambodia and China. Bhim’s comments about his vacation? “I’m tired.
Being a tourist is hard work.”

ENVIRONMENTAL
ADVICE.
Tell Clean Calgary‘s columnist
Dear Ashley what’s troubling your green conscience. Sign-up
for the newsletter.

ECOSUPERIOR
REPORT.
Exchange household dead batteries for
free ones at EcoSuperior‘s
battery exchange fundraiser, Bring back the dead! 2-13 June
Stream
Monitoring Training Sessions
for families (21 June) and for
amateur scientists keen on contributing to a provincial database (28
June) … Over 10 000 volunteers participated in the Spring Up
to Clean Up 2008
event. Who’s up for a challenge between
communities in 2009?

AWARD
NOMINATION.
Severn Sound Environmental
Association
(SSEA) seeks nominees for the Bob
Whittam Environmental Award
. Nominees must have promoted a
healthy Severn Sound ecosystem in areas such as habitat restoration,
stewardship or environmental education. Due 12 June. Awards
presented 19 June.

WORKERS ON
WHEELS.
Registered cyclists can win fabulous
prizes on Winnipeg’s first ever Bike to Work Day, 20
June. This event follows Resource Conservation
Manitoba
‘s popular June 2008 Commuter Challenge week.

GOING
BANANAS.
Watch Équiterre‘s one-minute video
on fair-trade bananas and the Johnson Ohana Charitable
Foundation
will donate $1 per view to the Quebec environmental
group. … Équiterre’s invites you to sign a petition
against SLAPPs (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation)
which allow corporations to sue organizations and individuals for
criticizing their activities.

VOLUNTEERS
SURVEY.
Toronto Green Community is
conducting a survey
to find out more about its volunteers to enhance their volunteering
experience. Results will be posted on the website. Due 30 June.

GREEN VENTURE
NEWS.
Congratulations to Pete Wobschall, Green
Venture’s Executive Director, on the birth of his new baby girl,
Evelyn Leigh, born 14 May, 9 lbs 4 oz. Mom is making a speedy
recovery and big brother Sam is very excited. The baby (and family)
already sleeps through the night … Green Venture has been awarded
funding from the Sustainability
Network
for strategic planning and establishing standardized
staff policies and procedures, including up to date health and
safety policies.

BUSINESS
EFFICIENCY.
Green-Up signed a contract with
Peterborough
Distribution
to design and deliver the 2008 Electricity
Retrofit Incentive Program
(ERIP) funded by the Ontario Power Authority.
ERIP assists businesses with electricity demand exceeding 50 kW to
save power used for lighting and motors.

WASTE DIVERSION
BOARD.
Ontario
Environment Network
is calling for applicants to sit on Waste Diversion Ontario‘s Board of
Directors. Applicant
must represent a paid member group of the OEN. Due 27 June.

HIRING
GRANTWRITERS.
Blue Avocado examines the pros
and cons
of hiring contract grant writers versus hiring support
staff and growing your own grant writers. Modes
of payment
are also discussed.

VÉLIB’. In July 2007, the City of
Paris launched a new self-service bicycle hire system: Vélib’.
On average, 10 to 15 people a day use each of the 20,600 bikes
available 24/7 at the 1,451 stations located every 300 m (4.4 times
as frequent as Metro stations) See how
it works
.

RIGHT TO
WATER.
Sign a petition calling upon the United
Nations to add a 31st article to the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights, establishing access to clean and potable water as a
fundamental human right.

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