Solar Co-op, Green Investor, Love Your Lake – GCNews #803

803: 14 January 2013 – Published by Green Communities Canada.

SOLAR CO-OP. Windfall Centre manages York Solar Co-operative’s project development that offers York Region residents an opportunity to invest (Solar Bonds for $1000 each) in local community-owned rooftop solar energy projects. In order to apply for Feed-in-Tariff contracts, the Co-op needs 50 York Region homeowners to sign up for membership. Any landowner in York Region can become a member. Memberships are free until 18 January 2013.

YEAR IN REVEIW. Équiterre’s senior spokespersons, Sidney Ribaux, Isabelle St-Germain and Steven Guilbeault, take a look back at the highlights of 2012 and share some of the top issues on the radar for the coming year (video, in English) … See Équiterre`s environmental policy review of 2012, “Overall, in 2012, several environmental issues evolved favourably in Quebec while Ottawa amputated Canadian environmental laws and continued to lag behind almost every other industrial nation internationally.

PROMOTIONAL STRETCH. Facebook pages of Canada Walks and WALK Friendly Ontario are featuring websites and webpages that encourage walking and walk friendly communities this week. Please help by posting links to great examples in your province.

GREEN IN 2013. Green Action Centre’s Communications manager Josh Brandon joined Breakfast Television Winnipeg to talk about a few easy ways to go green. 2 January.

GREEN INVESTOR. It’s time to think about RRSP contributions: Green Calgary presents Socially Responsible Investing: Investments that make a Difference workshop. 16 January.

DEMO HOUSE FUNDING. EcoSuperior received $93,600 from Ontario Trillium Foundation over one year to start developing a resource centre (Net Zero House) that will showcase environmentally-conscious design for green living in Thunder Bay and present eco-friendly products and practices in use for home and office settings.

LOVE YOUR LAKE. GreenUP received $147,900 from Ontario Trillium Foundation over two years to hire staff and provide program support to deliver Love Your Lake program, which will increase knowledge and opportunities regarding lake stewardship in the Kawartha-Haliburton region.

MARCH BREAK CAMP. See Environment Network Exploration Greens’ March Break Day Camp for 6-10 year olds: discover how animals find food, water and shelter in snow, participate in unique winter-focused games.11-15 March,  $175 for the week.

GREEN PLAN. Green Action Centre has submitted an 83 page report with recommendations to Manitoba’s TomorrowNow Green Plan.

SHARE ELECTRIC. WWF-Canada and AutoShare make driving an electric vehicle easy : under the Green Traveller Program, you can register at AutoShare for only $29 (regularly $129) and use an EV for free until 30 January.

ONE HUNDRED SPONSORS. Green Calgary welcomes three new Corporate Members, for a total of 100 sponsors: Portionality, a Calgary-based corporate event catering company that focuses exclusively on providing healthy, fresh, whole foods made from scratch; Rocky Mountain Soap Company makes 100% natural bath & body products in Canmore; Suddwick Homes, a custom home builder and renovator based in NW Calgary.

CLIMATE ADVOCATE. New US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is among the most fierce advocates for climate action in the Senate, reports Mother Jones. “He’s been a champion of international climate action since 1992.”

CREATIVE CITIES. In this video, Gord Hume (Cultural Planning for Creative Communities) talks about the changing demographic trends facing local governments, why creative city concepts are an important economic development tool, and why municipalities must be moving now to change their processes and planning to create the kinds of communities that will attract the ‘CRINK economy’ (CReative, INnovative, Knowledge-based).

DISASTER CYCLING. Following Superstorm Sandy the number of bike riders on the East River bridges rose more than 130%. While non-bikers experienced double or triple their pre-Sandy commute time depending on where they lived, walkers and bikers added only nine minutes to their commute time on average.

WAKAWAKAWakaWaka Compact Solar Power Station & Light provides safe solar lights to Haitians still living in shelters; it can also charge phones and tablets. Funds are raised through a crowdfunding campaign.

SEX-CHANGE BURGERS. A team of US scientists looked at fish populations in Indiana streams downstream from confined-animal feedlot operations:  in CAFO-tainted water, 60% of minnows turned out male. In non-contaminated water, male ratio was 48%. The CAFO-exposed water also showed lower species biodiversity, and the fish in them had reduced fertlity.

JOBS. Peterborough GreenUP has two positions, Executive Directordue 28 January and Heritage Tree Book Writer/ Editor. Peterborough, due 9 January … reThink Green (Sudbury) has two positions, Consultant, due 8 February, and Event/Fundraising Specialist/Earth Day Festival. no due date … Greening Nipissing,  Fundraising Intern Position.  North Bay, due  11 January … Ontario Clean Water Agency, Energy Efficiency Manager. Toronto, due 22 January … Town of East Gwillimbury, Environmental Compliance Technologist/Water/Wastewate. Due 18 January … City of Toronto, Director Environment And Energy. Due 31 January … Sustain Ontario, has two positions: Acting Director, due 16 January, and Children and Youth Food Network Coordinator, due 10 January … Table Community Food Centre, Garden Program Coordinator. Perth, due 23 January … Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, Fundraising and Communications Manager. King City, due 1 February … Evergreen Brick Works, Project CoordinatoR. Toronto, no due date.

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