THREE-QUARTERS WINDS UP IN LANDFILL - BY PHIL TANK
Nearly three-quarters of the material sent to the landfill from four summer festivals in Saskatoon could have been recycled, suggests a new report.
The report, prepared for the city's environmental advisory committee, studied waste samples from the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, the Pride Festival, Canada Day celebrations and the Fringe Festival. It found that 71 per cent of the material sent as waste to the landfill could have been recycled.
Held on the last Friday in November, Buy Nothing Day coincides with the start of the Christmas shopping frenzy. This year, Buy Nothing Day lands on November 28, 2014. It is an international, informal annual event dedicated to raising awareness of overconsumption. Participate by not participating!
North Americans have an over-sized ecological footprint. Just think of the resources that go into making, shipping, packaging, advertising, selling, using, and disposing of all the things we buy. Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental, social, spiritual, economic, and political aspects of overconsumption, and asks what it is we really want and need. Read more
The online survey conducted in March this year looked at feedback from 57,000 Agoda customers about their attitudes to environmental efforts by the hotel industry.
Travellers from China proved to be the most enthusiastic about choosing a hotel by factoring in the environmentally friendly inclusions. When it came to opening their wallets though, the survey found that only 22 per cent of respondents would pay $10 or more per night to stay in a sustainable hotel. Read more
CP14-147 SASKATOON'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SUSTAINABILITY
The first edition of Our Environment: The City of Saskatoon's Environmental Leadership Report has been released. The report provides an overview of Saskatoon's environmental health and establishes baselines for the strategies and priorities identified under the City's Strategic Goal of Environmental Leadership. Read more
The 2015 Saskatchewan Living Green Expo is currently looking for exhibitors and sponsors. Exhibitor and sponsor information is available on the webiste at www.sklivinggreenexpo.ca.
"We work sustainably and responsibly in support of our corporate values, which are guided by our cooperative's members," said Vic Huard, FCL's executive vice-president of strategy, in a news release. "We're honoured by this recognition, which is the result of engaged employees driving innovation and sustainability initiatives across our operations in Western Canada."
Green Stem: Saskatoon Tourism promotes a green city.... click here to read the full article.
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society and its community partners, the School of Environment and Sustainability Students' Association, the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon, and the U of S Environmental Studies Students' Association, invite you to join us in celebrating Earth Day 2014 on April 22, 2014. from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market, 414 Avenue B South.
Food will be available from market vendors. Activities for all ages will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., including eco-crafts and face-painting. Weather permitting, there will be outdoor activities, including a nature walk, yoga, hula hooping, and drumming. The evening will be topped off with a carbon-reduced and licensed concert featuring local musicians from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Please bring your own reusable dishes to help reduce waste and a blanket for your family's indoor picnic. Admission will be by a suggested donation of $2 per person and $5 per family.
There will also be a silent auction and a 50/50 draw, proceeds going to SES.
We hope you will help us celebrate Earth Day 2014 and promote the work of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information on the event, please call 306.665.1915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
March 13, 2014 - By: bhaugen
The Canadian Solar Cities Project board of directors is pleased to announce that The City of North Vancouver has been selected as an official Canadian Solar City by meeting each of a 10-point set of criteria established to recognize the most sustainable communities in Canada. The award was presented to His Worship, Mayor Darrell Mussatto, and council members at the March 3, 2014 City of North Vancouver council meeting.
Some of the highlights of the City of North Vancouver are:
District Energy Heating System
The Lonsdale Energy Corporation (LEC) is the City's cutting edge district energy heating system. Not only does LEC currently provide heat from high efficiency natural gas boilers, but energy is supplemented with a number of green living alternative energy demonstration projects.
The LEC district energy heating system optimizes heating efficiency by circulating hot water through a network of well-insulated pipes, providing customers with dependable, clean, competitively priced energy. While currently mostly using natural gas boilers to generate the heat, the efficiency of the LEC system provides an estimated 15% gas consumption and GHG emission saving compared to stand-alone boilers typically installed in multi-unit residential buildings. LEC is expanding City-wide, and a new City Bylaw requires most new multi-family residential, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings to have a connection to LEC.
The City Library currently features one of the largest solar thermal panel arrays in BC, and this energy supplements heat from the natural gas boilers. Further, in collaboration with North Vancouver School District No. 44, heat pumps and a geo-exchange system for heating and cooling were integrated into the district energy system. LEC is continually exploring ways to use waste heat from buildings and industrial processes located adjacent to the district energy system, and switching to alternative and renewable fuels.
Building Energy Efficiency Policy
The City of North Vancouver is the first municipality in British Columbia to implement a strategic policy in which new zoning amendments will give new buildings a density bonus in return for energy efficient design. These zoning amendments do not increase the allowable density on a property, but will permit additional floor area over a base threshold of permitted density, up to Official Community Plan maximum densities. In order to qualify for the density bonus, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential buildings over 5 stories must meet the ASHRAE 90.1 2007 design guidelines; similarly, residential buildings four stories and under are required to meet the EnerGuide 80 standard in order to qualify. This proactive policy will allow for a legacy of building energy efficiency in the City.
To view the full news story visit: Solar Cities Canada