Tuesday 18 June 2013

EcoSask News, June 18, 2013


Film Night, June 18/20
The Saskatchewan Eco Network hosts a monthly film night in both Saskatoon and Regina:

Saskatoon, June 18: Shattered Ground, a movie by a Saskatchewan filmmaker about hydraulic fracturing, will be shown at 7 pm on Tuesday, June 18, at PAVED Arts. Peter Prebble will be on hand to answer questions about fracking in Saskatchewan.

Regina, June 20: The World According to Monsanto will be shown at 6 pm on Thursday, June 20, at the Creative City Centre.

Urban Agriculture, June 20 
Join Rachel Engler-Stringer and Denise Kouri for an interactive session on the topic of urban agriculture on Thursday, June 20, from 4 - 5:30 pm at Station 20 West.

Permaculture Potluck, June 20
Kjelti Anderson will talk about the Allan Sapp Gallery Healing Garden at the Permaculture Research Institute’s monthly potluck.

Memories of a Naturalist, until June 21
The Memories of a Naturalist exhibit at PAVED Arts features 3 video installations and an array of photographic works that are provocative and critical around constructions of knowledge concerning “Natural History.” The exhibition continues until June 21.

Regina’s Solar Tour, June 22
Take a bus tour of homes and businesses powered by solar energy in Regina on June 22.

Permaculture Design Certificate Course, July 14-28
Rene Michaluk of Phoenix Fire Permaculture will be leading a permaculture design certificate course at Craik Eco-Village from July 14-28.

Northeast Swale
The RBC Blue Water Project has contributed $30,000 to support a program called Nature by Design. The program includes wetland restoration and raising awareness of the issues surrounding preservation of the Northeast Swale. Other contributing partners are Eco Action (Environment Canada), Meewasin Valley Authority, and the City of Saskatoon.


Smart Meters
Saskatoon Light and Power wants to switch over to smart meters. The meters would electronically transmit actual readings as well as other information, such as power outages.

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy studied more than 36 residential smart metering programs and concluded that, “To realise potential feedback-induced savings, advanced meters [smart meters] must be used in conjunction with in-home (or on-line) displays and well-designed programmes that successfully inform, engage, empower and motivate people."

Be Water Wise
The City of Saskatoon is asking us to be aware of how much water we use. Check out their tips for using less water when you water your lawn or wash your car.

Greening LEDs
LED lights are more energy-efficient than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, but they are made from rare-earth elements that are expensive and hazardous to extract and process. Researchers have come up with an alternative that more closely mimics natural sunlight at a fraction of the cost.

Interesting Reading
Climate change is happening, but we can take a stand to stop further damage

Check out the birding blog from Shelley Banks, Regina

Does media content mirror or move society? Should the sector actively seek to shape public debate on sustainability?

Fostering wildlife in the city requires an understanding of the benefits and risks

Distributed energy generation will lead to greater efficiency and lower costs

Can mass consumption be green? Ikea is trying

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