Tuesday 30 August 2011

EcoSask News, August 30, 2011

Salt Cedar Surveys, September 8 & 15
Help the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan search for invasive salt cedar at two different sites on two different dates.

Findlater, SK - Thursday, September 8, 10 am to 4 pm (meet at the junction of Highway #2 and #11 just northwest of Findlater)

Cadillac, SK - Thursday, September 15, 10 am to 4 pm (meet at the junction of Highway #4 and #43 just north of Cadillac)

To register for either of these events, please contact Chet Neufeld at (306) 668-3940 or e-mail info@npss.sk.ca

Saskatoon Green Energy Park, 7 pm, September 14
Kevin Hudson, Alternative Energy Engineer, will speak at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 14 at the Saskatchewan Environmental Society meeting (Cliff Wright Library). Hudson will discuss the City of Saskatoon’s plans to develop a world-class energy park at the landfill with the potential to power over 5,000 homes using only local renewable energy supplies and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the City by over 115,000 tonnes CO2.

The green energy projects feature renewable power generation technologies using landfill gas, a turbo-expander pressure reduction application with SaskEnergy, a tall wind turbine on top of the landfill, with possible future consideration of utility-scale solar and heat recovery applications. A five-minute video on the Green Energy Park is available on YouTube.

SK Waste Reduction Council Forum, September 15 & 16
The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council Forum to be held on September 15 and 16 in Swift Current will look at recycling and waste reduction from various different angles: art and culture, lifestyle changes and curbside recycling, phasing out incandescent lights, markets and end uses for recycled materials, wind power, and lessons from local communities.

Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson
Eco-Pirate, the story of a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans is being shown at the Roxy Theatre on 20th Street from August 26 to September 1.

Outter Limits Fun Run
Participate in the Outter Limits Fun Run (10 km run or 5 km walk/run) at Elk Ridge Resort on Saturday, October 1, 2011. The money raised at this year’s event will be given to the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Scholarships for Students in Need. The entry deadline is September 1, 2011.

Local Food at Local Events
The municipality of Saanich on Vancouver Island plans to serve local food at all its events, eventually moving toward having local food in all its food services. What a great way to support local farmers.

This follows the example of the University of Victoria whose Green Purchasing Policy estimates that 46% of their produce comes from Vancouver Island farms and 36% of the meat and poultry comes from BC producers. All the baked goods and pizza come from bakeries in southern Vancouver Island.

Choices Cafeteria in St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, serves local organic meats, vegetables, breads and free trade coffee.

Pocket Mulch
Tune in at 6:30 pm every Wednesday to 90.5 FM CFCR Community Radio for news on environmental happenings around the world and in Saskatoon.

David Suzuki Foundation Book Club
Did you know that the David Suzuki Foundation website includes a book club? The book club site includes a reading guide, video and comments from the author, related news story, and online discussion.

The book club site includes a reading guide, video and comments from the author, related news stories, and online discussion. The book club is currently discussing Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature-deficit disorder by Richard Louv and includes an excerpt from Louv’s latest book, The Nature Principle.

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