Walkability Case Study, On-Bill Financing, Time to Vote – GCNews #781

781: 16 July 2012 – Published by Green Communities Canada

WALKABILITY. The case studies from the Alberta 2011 Walkability Roadshow are now online. A Walkability Roadshow provides a framework for the participating communities to create locally endorsed pedestrian strategies and realistic action plans. Green Communities and Walk21 partnered with Alberta Health Services and five communities participated: Lethbridge, Red Deer, Strathmore, Carstairs and Plamondon … See article It’s healthy to walk to school. “Pretty much what our society has done, over the last 30 years, is we’ve engineered physical activity out of our children’s lives,” Jacky Kennedy explains.

TIME TO VOTE. Green Venture submitted a project to Shell Fuelling Change: EcoDriver Activities in Hamilton-Where the Rubber Hits the Road in order to win a $25K grant that will allow them to deliver free public tire pressure clinics. Log on, type Green Venture into website search box, vote. See GV blog.

ON-BILL FINANCING. City Green has been contracted to perform energy assessments for Nelson Hydro’s on-bill financing program. The two-year program aims to reach 200 homes;  it already reached 75 homes in just over a month.

FUNDING FOR TEACHERS. EcoSource will be receiving a $9,700 grant from Earth Day Canada Community Environment Fund to develop and deliver Greening Your School Culture, a unique teacher education course designed to support teachers in the Region of Peel to implement environmentally focused action campaigns at their school.

NATURE QUEST. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Muskoka Heritage Foundation created a series of Nature Quests as an interesting way to learn about Muskoka’s plants, animals, and landscape: Stones, Bones, and Cones, 10 July; Invasive Species, 18 July; Paddle Quest, 25 July; Animal Adaptations, 1 August; Look-See-Paint, August TBA; Species at Risk, 22 August; Muskoka Mushrooms, 1 September; Introduction to Geocaching, September TBA.

FUNDING FOR CYCLING. Greening Nipissing received funding from Mountain Equipment Coop’s 2012 Access and Activity grants for its Public Bike Fix Station Project, a public work stand and bike pump. Access and Activity Grants support programs, initiatives and infrastructure projects that encourage backcountry, urban and near-urban outdoor recreation. Grants range from $500 to $15,000.

CONSERVATION NORTH. See Energy Conservation Projects Annual Report of the Government of Northwest Territories’ Department of Public Works and Services: biomass (wood pellets boilers), solar, heat recovery, energy efficient design and construction. “The NWT is highly dependent on fossil fuels as a primary source for heating and electricity. The desire to reduce GHG emissions from fossil fuels, along with the volatility in fuel prices and the potential for rising fuel costs, makes present energy saving initiatives a sound investment for the future.”

NON-PROFIT GOVERNANCE. Dalhousie University’s national online action-learning program, Improving Non-Profit Governance, is designed to assist nonprofit organizations improve their governance performance. Participants participate online primarily according to their own schedules. Starts September 2012.

ECO-PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. In The Blueprint: Averting Global Collapse (book), global strategist Daniel Rirdan offers highly detailed, planetary-wide blueprint that lays out a new course for technological and industrial engines and shows how to change people’s ways radically to save Earth ecosystem and man-made world.

U.N. ROUND THE CLOCK. UN Web TV Channel offers selected live programming of United Nations meetings and events as well as with pre-recorded video features and documentaries on various global issues, 24/7.

CITY FAUNA. Young woman installs a mason bee house in the middle of a roundabout …  ZooShare Biogas Co-operative – a non-profit renewable energy co-operative that is developing a 500 kW biogas plant that will turn Toronto Zoo’s annual manure output and food waste from grocery stores into electricity, heat, fertilizer and cash for the Zoo – is looking for investors and board members.

JOBS. ESSA Technologies Ltd,  Senior Climate Change Specialist. Ottawa or Vancouver, due 3 August … City of Markham, Energy Conservation Office Coordinator.  Due 31 July … Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Education Technician. Due 26 July … Green Workplace,  Environmental auditing assistant. Vancouver, due 20 July … Ministry of the Environment, Manager /Water Monitoring Section. Etobicoke, 27 July … Ecology Action Centre (Halifax) has two positions: Office Coordinator, due 19 July, and Outreach Coordinator, due 3 August.

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