Tuesday, 4 September 2012

EcoSask News, September 4, 2012

Check it out! 
Bikes on campus, parks on the street, humans and nature, fruit trees, stars, and vultures 

U of S, Hike, Bike and Roll, Sept. 6 & 7
Get the university year off to a rolling start by participating in Hike, Bike and Roll on September 6 & 7. Get a free bike tune-up, buy a used bike from CNYC for as little as $10, visit the information booths.

Enviro Book Club, Sept. 11
The Saskatchewan Environmental Society has started an environmental book club. They’ll be choosing the first book at 7 pm on September 11 in The Common at The Two Twenty.

Royal Astronomical Society, Sept. 17
The Saskatoon branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will be meeting from 7:30-9:30 pm on September 17 in Room 175 of the Physics Building, University of Saskatchewan.

Park(ing) Day, Sept. 20 & 21
Walking, biking and hanging out in the park are way more environmentally friendly than traffic jams and parked cars. EcoFriendly Sask is throwing its financial support behind Saskatoon's first Park(ing) Day with two grants of $350 each.

Ken Greenberg, one of Canada’s leading urban designers, will be launching Saskatoon’s first Park(ing) Day at 6:30 pm on September 20 at the Broadway Theatre. Free tickets for this event are available on Picatic.

Don’t miss the September 21 Park(ing) Day activities on 20th Street at Avenue B and on Broadway in front of the Broadway Roastery.

Human + Nature Saskatoon, Sept. 24
Human + Nature Saskatoon is a proposed community‐animation initiative dedicated to the appreciation, enhancement and protection of biodiversity in the City of Saskatoon. A planning meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, September 24, in the CNYC meeting room (905 20th Street West). For more information or with regrets, email candace.savage@sasktel.net.

Biodiversity: Conservation Starts at the Local Level
ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability, has initiated a series of infographics that address the importance of cities and biodiversity action at the local level. Here’s the first: Biodiversity: Conservation Starts at the Local Level.

The ICLEI website also provides a number of case studies documenting municipal best practices on urban biodiversity management and protection.

A Car-Free Year
Congratulations to Jan Norris on a car-free year.

Out of Your Tree
Out of Your Tree, an urban fruit sharing group, now has neighbourhood coordinators in North Park, Riversdale, Eastview, and Nutana Park. Sign up online to become a harvest volunteer or to register a fruit tree.

We’ve been reading:
SK vultures attract diligent birdwatchers
How cities are using nature to cut pollution (natural ways to handle sewage, rainwater, and air quality)
Wasted: How America is losing up to 40% of its food from farm to fork to landfill

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