Tuesday 15 November 2011

EcoSask News, November 15, 2011

Design Week, November 14-18
Take a look at the schedule of events during Design Week. Nearly all the activities are free and include a  talk by Bernard Flaman about his new book, Architecture in Saskatchewan and on design thinking by Valerie Elliott, the launch of the Northeast Swale Bioblitz video, and a film night. You can also view the design competition entries or attend the Design Awards Gala. The events take place at various locations around town.

Native Prairie Speaker Series, Swift Current, November 16
The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan (SK PCAP) is hosting two presentations in Swift Current on November 16. There will be a technical presentation at 12:10 pm on New Invasive Plant Species Creeping into the Swift Current Area. At 7 pm, there will be a public presentation on Greater Sage Grouse Research in Grasslands National Park. The presentations will also be streamed live.

Forest Field Guide Training Session, November 17
Training is now scheduled to support the use of the Field Guide to the Ecosites of Saskatchewan’s Provincial Forests. The workshops will be held in Hudson Bay (November 15), Prince Albert (November 16), Saskatoon (November 17), La Ronge (November 22), Creighton (November 23), and Meadow Lake (November 24). Contact Sharon.Kent@gov.sk.ca (306.953.2221) to register.

Build Saskatchewan Green Conference, November 18
The Saskatchewan Green Build Conference will take place on November 18 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. The keynote speaker is Auden Schendler, Sustainability Director, Alpine Skiing Company and author of Getting Green Done. There will be additional sessions on Integrated Project Delivery, Why Green Homes are not Mainstream and Architectural Projects in Saskatchewan.

Resiliency: Cool Ideas for Locally-Elected Leaders, November 23
Join Dr. William Rees, Dr. Ryan Walker, and other contributors for the launch of Resiliency: Cool Ideas for Locally-Elected Leaders at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, November 23 ,in the Art Alcove at McNally Robinson Booksellers. Resiliency highlights the bold and creative ways in which leaders and communities are responding to the major environmental challenges of our time.

Ecological Economics, November 24
Dr. Rees will speak on Panarchy, resilience and societal collapse: What role for ecological economics? on Thursday, November 24, from 10:30 am to 12 pm in the Prairie Room, Diefenbaker Building, University of Saskatchewan campus. The presentation will evaluate the relevance of ecological economics in enhancing societal resilience in an era of accelerating global change.

Introduction to Permaculture Design, November 24
The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan (PRI Sask) is hosting a showing of the film, Introduction to Permaculture Design, at 7 pm on November 24 at Broadway Theatre. It will be followed by a discussion led by PRI Sask members on why “you can solve all the world’s problems in a garden.”

RFQ – Plant and Bird Illustrations, November 30
The Stewards of Saskatchewan programs, Nature Saskatchewan, are creating a children’s colouring book of Saskatchewan species at risk, including both plant and bird species. The targeted age group is 5-10 years. They’re looking for an artist to prepare the illustrations (15 plant and 4 bird species). The deadline to apply is November 30.

Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop
The Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan is holding a Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation workshop on February 8 and 9, 2012 in Saskatoon. Themes include Bridging the Gap between Native Seed Providers and Users and Managing Restored/Reclaimed Native Prairie. Registration is limited to 300 participants. Early bird registration of $150 closes January 6.

Beaver Creek Conservation Area
The Beaver Creek Conservation Area is currently open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and closed on weekends. Weekday daytime group bookings are available throughout November and December by arrangement. Interpretive programs are $35.00/hour/interpreter.

VerEco Show Home in Evergreen
On November 7, 2011, Saskatoon City Council approved the sale of a lot in Evergreen neighbourhood to VerEco Homes in order to build a VerEco Home at 122 Roy Crescent to showcase the latest in green building techniques.

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