Green Challenge Week on Campus, Virtual tour of new Centre for Sustainable Development – GCNews #748

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748: 11 October 2011 – Published by Green Communities Canada.

EFFECTIVE INCENTIVES. Article quotes Christine Foley, executive director of Hearthmakers Energy Cooperative, about how  reducing sustainable energy programs or killing the Green Energy Act is flawed. “[…] one energy grant program showed that for every $1 paid out by the government in incentives, roughly $6 was spent locally by the homeowner”  … See video featuring Rick Mercer, Mike Holmes, and David Suzuki about how the FIT program can benefit homeowners.

NEW HOME FOR EQUITERRE. Take a virtual tour of our Équiterre’s new home, the Centre for Sustainable Development, a demonstration green building with a social mission.

NAME THAT JUNK CONTEST. Six junk art panels are mounted at Rideau Environmental Action Alliance’s re-use store, the REAL Deal  since 29 September. People who can identify the materials diverted from landfill are eligible for prizes. Due 22 October.

GREEN RENO. Waterloo Green Solutions holds a Green Renovation Open House at REEP House for Sustainable Living every Saturday for the rest of 2011 and into the new year. A Certified Energy Advisor is on hand to answer home energy savings questions. Visitors enter a monthly draw for a free ecoENERGY Evaluation, Electricity Savings Audit, or Solar Potential Assessment. See also innovative water-focused workshops: Learn to Build a Rain Garden, Rain Water Harvest, Conservation and Reuse, Water Softening and Conditioning Options.

GRANT AWARDED. RBC Bluewater Project presented Peterborough Green Up Lakeland Alliance, a program providing free consultation services to shoreline property owners in the Kawartha, Haliburton and Bancroft areas, with a grant of $33,200 in support of its Shoreline Advisor Program.

STUDENT ACTION. Green Action Centre (Winnipeg) is calling post-secondary students to Drive Less, Waste Less, and Do More during the Green Challenge Week on Campus, 17-21 October.

LACKING. Commissioner of the Environment and of Sustainable Development’s  2011 October Report shows that Canada is not on track to meet its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol, and may be in violation of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. Report includes: Poor information leaves government unable to properly manage environmental change, Climate change plans don’t measure up; and Impacts of oil sands development on environment are not understood.

GREEN TERMS. Natural, environmentally-friendly, recyclable, water footprint…  UK report shows which terms are best understood and more meaningful to the general public. Report says that Energy efficient is one of the most familiar/meaningful of all terms tested.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP. TD Scholarships for Community Leadership awards 20 students across Canada who have shown leadership in many areas including environmental cleanup with up to $70, 000 for college or university. Due 31 October.

GROUNDWATER PROTECTION. New report looks at challenges facing groundwater protection: population growth and urbanisation, intensification of agriculture, remediation of contaminated sites, impact of energy and mining activity, impact of climate change on groundwater, transboundary water challenges.

KEEPING AN EYE ON CARBON. Visual Carbon website “tries to transform the invisible, tasteless and odorless threat of CO2 into something visual, understandable and immediate.”

TRADITIONAL FOODS. BC Nuu-chah-nulth Traditional Foods Toolkit shows how to use foods found in their natural habitat: Eelgrass, Drying and Smoking Salmon, Steam Pit Cooking, Low Tide Foods, Herring Spawn … The War in the Country (book) describes the demise of small-scale agriculture and its impact in eastern Ontario.

GREEN MOVIE FESTIVAL. Planet in Focus kicks off with Revenge of the Electric Car (sequel of Who Killed the Electric Car?) and The Polar Explorer, a documentary on the latest climate change discoveries in the Arctic and Antarctica (from the makers of The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning). 12-16 October.

EVERYDAY POLLUTANTS. Smart About Salt’s wording makes it ideal to slip into a municipal policy on educating snow removal contractors about road salt, says Sharyn Inward, manager of RAINStudy from Rodale advisor shows that carcinogenic chemicals found in vehicle exhaust are being released from household dryer vents when popular scented laundry products are used.

WINNING CARTOON.  Funny cartoon won Union of Concerned Scientists’ contest.

JOBS.  Jane’s Walk, Director. Toronto, due 24 October … Alternative Land Use Services, Project Manager. Vermilion (Alberta), due 17 October.

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