Green Communities News – GCNews #612

612: 22 December 2008

ON THE RIGHT
PATH.
Environment Network offers a Trails for
Vibrant Communities presentation
, in collaboration with Walk
& Bike for Life’s Trails for Active Transportation initiative.
The goal is to provide communities with the tools necessary to
promote and support trails as low-cost, readily available means of
transportation and recreation. 6 February.

LOW-INCOME
POWER.
Social Development Council of
Cornwall & Area
examines the issue of energy
poverty
at its first Energy & Environmental Fair, 17
January.

RETROFIT
BOOST.
A Winnipeg-based non-profit, BUILD,
expects to double its home retrofit staff of 26 follow an
announcement that the Manitoba
government will spend $48 million over the next three years to
retrofit public housing
. Retrofits are also being delivered by
Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal, a
Green Communities member organization.

INDEPENDENT
REVIEW.
See Environmental Commissioner of
Ontario’s report, Progress
in a Climate of Change: Measuring the success of the government’s
climate change commitments
. “Future GHG emission reductions may
be attributable to a decline in economic activity […]. It will be
important that […] measures contained in the 2008 Action Plan
Report be additive to produce even lower actual GHG emissions in
2014.”

COMMUNITY
ACTION.
A
Community Guide to Environmental Health
gives examples of how
international communities have organized to improve their
environment and their lives. Chapters include: Promoting
Environmental Health; Protecting Community Water; Preventing and
Reducing Harm from Toxics; Clean Energy. By the Hesperian
Foundation
.

SUSTAINABLE
GRUB.
Growing Power, a US
nonprofit and land trust, helps people grow, process, market and
distribute food in a sustainable manner … Check Healthy Living
Brant resources on school
food gardens

AWARDS. 2009
Sustainability Awards,
offered by the Fraser Basin Council.
Categories include Understanding Sustainability and Caring for
Ecosystems. Deadline 19 January.

ROOM TO
PLAY.
Urban green spaces makes children
slim and healthy and relieve the symptoms of Attention-Hyperactivity
Deficit Disorder, shows an Illinois study.

350
PPM.
See 350.org,
named for the concentration in parts per million of carbon
dioxide in our the atmosphere that is considered the safe upper
limit to avoid runaway climate change. Current level: 385 ppm and
counting.

CARBON
PAWPRINT.
How big is Fido’s pawprint?
Cats and dogs produce approximately 1.5 tonne of greenhouse gas
emissions yearly … An Irish supermarket plans to
turn food waste into pet food
… An Ontario company sells biodegradable poopy-bags.

E-JUNK. Visit Call
2 Recycle
website and type in your postal code to locate a
depot for your used cellphones, computers, cameras and toy batteries
… Photo story: follow the journey of a shipment of e-waste from
Europe to Pakistan.

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