Tuesday 26 July 2011

EcoSask News, July 26, 2011

ecoEnergy Retrofit Program Returns
The ecoEnergy Retrofit Program has been renewed by the federal government. Homeowners have until March 31, 2012 to complete an energy efficiency audit and qualifying fixes.

The Natural Resources Canada website outlines how to apply for the grant. (via Green Living)

Designated Sacred Space, Craik Eco Village
Multi-Faith Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Craik Sustainable Living Project, is hosting the grand opening of the Designated Sacred Space, adjacent to the Craik Eco Centre on Saturday, July 30 at 1 pm.

The program will include an opening prayer, greetings from the Hon. Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, and other officials, as well as cultural dance performances, a travelling art show, displays, and ethnic food at the Solar Garden Restaurant.

Ed Spratt Memorial Trail, Craik Eco Village
Canoeists, hikers and bird lovers will honour the memory of Ed Spratt, who played a leadership role in the Three Rivers Trails Association and Sask Trails, by inaugurating the Ed Spratt Memorial Trail at the Craik Eco Centre on Sunday, July 31.

Canoe participants will leave the Wilkin’s Wildlife Refuge at 9 am for the Birding Site. Trail enthusiasts will start a personal exploration of the trails at 12:30 pm, and the official opening of TRAILS will be held at the TRTA staging area (located at the bridge below the Craik Eco Centre) at 2 pm. This pamphlet provides more detailed information.

Trash Dashers
Get your exercise and clean up your neighbourhood by joining Trash Dashers. Sundays at 9 am they run/jog around a park, picking up litter, and collecting recyclables.

July 31 - cancelled for long weekend
August 7 - Kiwanis Park, 501 Spadina Crescent East (meet at Vimy Memorial Bandstand)
August 14 - H.S. Sears Park, 222 Pendygrasse Road
August 21 - Glacier Park, 41 Cambridge Crescent
August 28 - Wilson Park, 920 10th Avenue N
September 4 - cancelled for long weekend
September 25 - Rotary Park, 225 Saskatchewan Crescent E (meet at the Peace Flame)

Trash Dashers will also meet at 5 pm on Monday, September 12 at City Hall Square, 222 Third Avenue North.

Summer Day Camps at the YWCA
Eco-Uniquo is one of a number of summer day camps offered by the YWCA Fitness on 25th. The camp explores the environment through guest speakers and hands-on activities - plant a garden, get dirty with compost, outdoor games, and swimming. (every week from July 4 - August 26, ages 8-12) For more information, call 244-0944 ext. 100 or stop by the YWCA front desk.

Women’s Outdoor Weekend
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is hosting a Women’s Camp September 10 and 11, 2011 at Lumsden Beach Camp. Participants will learn skills such as canoeing, wildlife and birdsong identification, and archery. (PCAP newsletter)

Saskatchewan Eco Network
The Saskatchewan Eco Network promotes active networking among environmental associations and is a member of the Canadian Environmental Network. Check out their Green Directory and sign up for the SEN Bulletin, a provincial electronic environmental news bulletin.

Edmonton’s Environmental Action Plan
The City of Edmonton has passed The Way We Green, an environmental strategic action plan covering everything from food to land, air, and energy.

What We Can Do
  • Visit Craik Eco Village
  • Pick up litter around your neighbourhood
  • Go camping

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