Tuesday, 3 June 2014

EcoSask News, June 3, 2014

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Events
Bike To Work Day, June 4
Wednesday, June 4, is Bike To Work Day. Shift from four wheels to two and be sure to stop for refreshments and a little fun at one of the many commuter stations around the city (e.g. Night Oven Bakery, Earth Bound Bakery).

Kindersley Waste & Recycling Workshop, June 11
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is hosting a one-day Regional Workshop in Kindersley on June 11. Topics include options for setting up a waste region and organic waste management options for smaller communities.

Zoo Visits
This is a great time to visit the Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm Park as there are so many adorable baby animals. School classes can enhance their visit by renting a Biofact Bag or Pond Dipping Kit from the Saskatoon Zoo Society.

Individuals can print off a copy of the Society’s Scavenger Hunt questions, which will have you trying to identify the colour of a swan’s foot or the smallest bird of prey.

Urban Transportation and Design Forum Report
Recommendations from the Urban Transportation and Design Forum held in January of this year include:
  • Increase public awareness about transportation 
  • Provide mobility education 
  • Discourage the use of single-occupant vehicles and towards use of public transit 
  • Introduce full costing price mechanisms for infrastructure 
  • Utilize smart and inclusive community and urban designs 

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EcoFriendly Action Grants – May 2014
The following organizations received an EcoFriendly Action Grant in May:

Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Centre West (Regina) - $500 for the construction of outdoor enclosures for injured wildlife

Craik Sustainable Living Project - $500 for permaculture landscaping using fruit trees in front of the Eco-Centre

Biology 20 class, Aberdeen Composite School - $500 for planting trees in Aberdeen

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Dramatic improvements in solar energy technology point the way to a bright future

Buy nothing new: Could this sustainable lifestyle experiment transform cities?

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Critics say that the National Conservation Plan ignores national parks and wilderness areas

EcoSask News is a weekly round-up of local news and events. Email us if you have items you would like us to include. Additional upcoming events can be found on our Calendar.

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