Ecodriving, Food and Grains, Mulch Mooching – GC News#635

635: 8 June 2009 – published by Green Communities Canada

NEW AWARD. Seven Ontario municipalities delivering Green Communities Canada’s Well Awareprogram are joint winners of the 2009 Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Awards. "By helping to protect wells, the program also allows municipalities to postpone the expansion of existing municipal water and wastewater systems or the development of new systems."

GREEN HOTLINE. Elora Environment Centre’s new Green Hotline helps 140,000 Wellington/Dufferin residents get better information about water safety, non-toxic garden maintenance, green cleaning products, air quality, real vs. artificial Christmas trees and composting. "This environmental resource will also assist Canadian companies marketing green products because we’ll provide a list of Ontario made products", says Lynda Bausinger, Project Manager. 1-877-354-5006.

MEMBERSHIP. Executive Director Clifford Maynes recently presented to potential new Green Communities Canada member organizations in Sudbury, Welland, and Cobourg. The Cobourg group is debating whether to focus on advocacy or "services" (program delivery). Agreed: one or the other needs to take precedence, or the group must split into two.

ECODRIVING. Windfall Ecology Centre hired a new ecoDriver coordinator to focus on securing additional funding and workshops. Toronto native Ron Groves has a BA in Geography and worked in the auto rental industry. In 2008, Ron managed Smart Commute Central York’ transportation demand management sector … Six teams competed in EcoSuperior 2nd Annual ecoDriver Rally. A scan gauge measured each team’s fuel rating which was then compared to each vehicle’s NRCan rating. Winning team beat its rating by over 20% … Car Heaven program has changed its name to Retire your Ride … Car manufacturers ask that car scrappage incentive be increased to $3,500.

WALK TO SCHOOL. Kenner Collegiate won the Peterborough Green-Up’s Shifting Gears High School Transportation Challenge with 72% of its students walking, biking, taking the school bus, using public transit or carpooling to school last May … "Walking school buses are a back-to-the-future idea, but with a more modern, structured approach," says London, ON, article.

MULCH MOOCHING. Bring containers and pick up Christmas tree mulch at Clean North’s Move That Mulch! event. Hardy native trees, rain barrels, worm composter kits, bat houses, t-shirts and coir blocksfor sale. 13 June.

D.I.Y. RAIN BARREL. Increase your resourcefulness at Environment Network’s Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop. Barrels are 200 litres in size and fitted with steel and iron components, and insect proof screens. 13 June.

GREEN PRODUCTS. Clean Calgary ecostore’s product of the month is an eco-alternative to disposablecups, plates and cutlery. Preserve Tableware is made from 100% recycled plastic, durable, reusable and recyclable.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE. Webinar on Sustainability and Organizational Change, with Bryan Smith, 23 June. Hosted by the Natural Step. Registration.

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS. Friends of the Earth Canada assessed the rights available to individuals to take action to protect climate, water and environmental assets in its first Score Card of Environmental Rights … Quebec adopted an anti-SLAPP bill on 3 June (strategic lawsuit against public participation).

FOOD AND GRAINS. A Canadian student is in competition for the Young Reporters for the Environment International Award with an article about the effects of global warming on the world’s food supply …Deconstructing Dinner’s Jon Steinman presents The Local Grain Revolution: Canada’s First Community Shared Agriculture for Grain. June 9.

JOBS. Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Education Technician. Due 22 June … Peterborough Green-Up, Water Program Coordinator. Due 19 June … Ecology Action Centre, Idle-Less Program Developer. Halifax, due 12 June … TransFair Canada, Responsable de l’engagement communautaire. Ottawa, due 21 June … Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform, Communications Specialist. Vancouver, due 19 June.

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