Eco-Surprise, Cap and Trade, & Toxic Creams – GC News #644

644: 17 August 2009 – Published by Green Communities Canada

WALKING FORUM. Planning for People and Places forum is a professional development and networking opportunity focusing on creating sustainable, liveable communities and inclusive spaces. Speakers: Cynthia Nikitin, Project for Public Spaces, and Catherine O’Brien (Sustainable Happiness). Organized by Brantford Walkability Taskforce and Central West walkON, 10 September.

ECO-SURPRISE. A Collingwood’s car dealer dropped in at Environment Network to give executive director Michele Rich a brand new hybrid to drive for a couple of days. "It’s fun to drive with that little tree lighting up on the dash – the only trouble is we are watching the dash a little more than watching the traffic!" says Michele.

POPULAR WORKSHOP. Smart Commute Durham survey shows that ecoDriver Lunch n’ Learns were the most well-received workshops they offered. Smart Commute Durham is sponsoring EcoDriver Durham‘s Think Outside the Car contest.

NEW TEAM MEMBERS. Clean Calgary has four new employees: Jenna Pfoh , Residential Environmental Services; Mike Unrau, Environmental Education; Heather Hendrie, Community Organizer; and Rob Roy, Commercial Environmental Services.

SCHOOL TRAVEL. Jacky Kennedy, director of Green Communities Canada Walking Programs, will speak about School Travel Planning at Safe Routes to School National Conference in Portland, Oregon. 19-21 August.
WEBINAR. Resource Conservation Manitoba offers a free webinar on Safe Routes to School International Best Practices and Tips. 19 August. RSVP.

MUSICAL DONATIONS. ACAP Cape Breton Instrument Recycling Program collects unwanted musical instruments for a local youth music program.

CAP AND TRADE. Report Sustainable Prosperity’s eight key principles to effective carbon pricing evaluates and ranks existing carbon laws and proposals across the country … Moving Forward: A Greenhouse Gas Cap and Trade System for Ontario compares three leading cap and trade systems: the proposed U.S. Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, the Western Climate Initiative, and the Canadian federal proposal, Turning the Corner.

POISON PLASTIC. Environmental Defence’s PVC-free school supplies guide helps parents make informed choices and suggests alternatives … Green Students Fundraising encourages schools to sellKlean Kanteen products instead of chocolate.

CASINO FUNDRAISING. Clean Calgary is looking for volunteers for its annual casino event, a major fund generator for the association. 30 September.

ONLINE SEMINAR. Webinar provides tips, advice and ideas to make The Giving Season (the weeks between October 1 and New Year’s Eve) a fundraising success. By CanadaHelps, 23 September.

ZERO ENERGY DINNER. Six-course, gourmet meal, local and organic, all smoked or raw, with complimentary biological wine. Vancouver, 25 August.

CLIMATE CHANGE. The Age of Stupid stars as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: "Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?" … Arctic temperatures rose to 30 degrees Celsius in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. "The water was really warm. The kids were swimming in the ocean" … Pembina Institute’s report provides a summary of current climate plans and emission reduction measures for Canada’s four largest provinces.

TOXIC CREAMS. Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry looks at personal care products and the history of U.S.-based Campaign For Safe Cosmetics … Clean Calgary’s Ashley Lubyk writes about scent-free environments.

JOBS. City Green Solutions, Program and Development Assistant. Victoria, due 24 August … Clean Calgary, Environmental Educator. Due 24 August. … Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Green Cities Program Assistant. Due 28 August.

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