Video: Vaclav Smil – Drivers of environmental change: focus on energy transitions

An engaging webcast entitled “Drivers of environmental change: focus on energy transitions” sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by St. John’s College.

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Sustainable municipalities snapshot – GCNews #731

731: 7 June 2011 – Publised by Green Communites Canada ONTARIO WALKOLUTION FUNDING. Green Communities’ Canada Walks has been awarded two project grants from the Ontario’s Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport’s Healthy Communities Fund : Walking and Wheeling: Healthy, Happy, Active School Travel received $171,830; Ontario Walk Friendly Communities Designation Development received $264,480. Both…

Energy auditors applaud $400 million ecoENERGY extension

Vancouver – Supporters of the Save ecoENERGY Coalition applaud the Harper government’s $400 million extension of the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit program, but say the one-year timeline is not enough to help the energy savings industry transition to self-sustainability.

Global Landscapes: Oil April 7th till May 8th, 2011

Museum London Art Rental Gallery, located in London, Ontario will be presenting new works by Jill Price, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario visual arts. Her series entitled Global Landscapes: Oil consists of gestural landscapes designed to visualize how oil consumes our lives politically, economically and environmentally.

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

From June 5 to 9, 2011, the inaugural Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 will bring together leading international scientists, as well as exceptional young leaders in politics, policy making, civil society and business, to work together to tackle today’s energy challenges.

Kids’ World of Energy Festival: Call for volunteers

The Kids’ World of Energy Festival brings together over 4000 students, youth, volunteers and families to engage with hands-on learning about renewable energy. Taking place at the Evergreen Brick Works, this festival will feature 3 curriculum-linked days designed specially for grade 5 and 6 classes, and 2 public days open to the community.

Climate policies are good for employment, shows Pembina – GCNews #720

GREEN JOBS. Pembina Institute’s new report, Reducing Pollution, Creating Jobs: The effects of climate policies on employment, finds that Canada’s governments could create more jobs by implementing strong climate policies than by continuing with business as usual. “Renewable energy [and energy efficiency] is the pro-job (more labour intensive) choice, creating more direct jobs than fossil fuel alternatives [including carbon capture and storage]. The federal government’s economic stimulus funding for infrastructure could have created nearly three times as many jobs if it had been invested entirely in clean energy” … Germany created 300,000 jobs in 10 years with solar and renewable energy.

BC Housing: Energy Specialist

BC Housing – one of BC’s top 55 employers—is the provincial Crown agency that develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options and programs for those most in need across the province. Creative and responsive to changing social pressures, BC Housing is recognized as a well-managed organization where people are passionate about their socially relevant work….

Still questions in the Weyburn carbon dioxide leak: Ecojustice

A Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) report released last week, which attempts to rule out the possibility of a CO2 leak near Weyburn, Saskatchewan, omits critical information and fails to provide concrete answers, Ecojustice said today after reviewing of the document.

Ecotechnic Future

Ecotechnic Future
John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer’s Ecotechnic Future provides a sobering account of human society­ in the Industrial Age, and speculates on whether our culture can survive the coming peak-oil crunch. While predictions of a world lacking cheap and abundant energy may seem bleak, survivalists will appreciate the book’s outlook. But Greer perhaps relies too much on North American perspectives without focusing enough on some enlightened European nations that are actively working to decrease their oil dependence. Ecotechnic Future is a recommended­ read for survivalists­, politicians­ as well as any parents or teachers­ of our future generations.

Ontario to spend $8 billion on renewable energy

Whitby, ON — The Green Energy Act Alliance, a diverse coalition of Ontario groups committed to furthering green power, celebrated today as the McGuinty government announced nearly 2,500 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy projects. The news was the latest in a series of announcements related to the new feed-in-tariff program (FIT), which guarantees a…