Tuesday 7 March 2017

EcoSask News, March 7, 2017


Upcoming Events
Preserving Saskatchewan’s Environment, Mar. 9 (Regina)
Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and environmental student groups at the University of Regina from 7-10 pm, Mar. 9, for a discussion of environmental issues in and around Regina.

SK Raptors: Hawks, Mar. 10 (Moose Jaw)
Dave Stymeist will present Raptors of Saskatchewan: Hawks at the Mar. 10 meeting of Nature Moose Jaw (7 pm, MJDS cardroom, Eaton building).

Jane’s Walk Regina, Mar. 12 (Regina)
Find out how you can lead a Jane’s Walk in Regina from 2-3:30 pm, Mar. 12, at the Central Library, Regina.

Our Ancient Prairie Land, Mar. 12 (podcast)
Join Jared Clarke at 11 am, Mar. 12, for a podcast entitled Our Ancient Prairie Land (PCAP-SK Ecological Goods and Services Week).

Education Responds to the Sustainability Agenda, Mar. 13 (Saskatoon)
Dr. Stephen Sterling will speak on How Far is Higher Education Responding to the Sustainability Agenda? Policy, Practice, and Change at 12:30 pm, Mar. 13, at the University of Saskatchewan (Sustainability Research Education Institute).

Escape into Nature, Mar. 14-16 (Regina)
Nature Conservancy of Canada is showcasing its properties and habitats for species at risk at the Art Gallery of Regina from Mar. 14-16.

Astronomy Night, Mar. 15 (Moose Jaw)
Youth are invited to attend an astronomy night as part of Moose Jaw Public Library’s Maker Series.

Saskatoon Nature Society AGM, Mar. 16 (Saskatoon)
The Saskatoon Nature Society is holding its annual general meeting on Mar. 16 at 7:30 pm in Room 106, Biology Building, University of Saskatchewan.

Valuing Ecosystem Services Provided by Native Prairie, Mar. 16 (Swift Current)
Sue Michalsky will discuss the importance of valuing the ecosystem services provided by native prairie at 7 pm, Mar. 16, in Swift Current (PCAP-SK Ecological Goods and Services Week).

Introduction to Biodynamic Beekeeping, Mar. 16 (webinar)
The Biodynamic Association is offering an introduction to biodynamic beekeeping webinar from 7:30-9 pm EST, Mar. 16.


Looking Ahead
Circular Economy Lab, May 17 (Saskatoon)
On May 17, The Natural Step will guide a discussion about a system where materials are not simply discarded but reused or recycled into new products in a pre-conference workshop for ReForum 2017.

A full list of upcoming events can be found on the EcoFriendly Sask Calendar 

Grant Opportunities
The City of Saskatoon is offering $25,000 worth of grants to community groups and agencies for new winter program or design initiatives. The application deadline is April 21.

The Regina Horticultural Society offers grants for projects that “promote the engagement of Regina citizens in gardening through education for the enhancement of their local environment and their quality of life.”

In the News 
"in these times of government cost-cutting and a view that oil companies should self-police rather [than] the Environment Ministry because that’s best for the economy, we are losing sight of the fact that we are talking about clean water. This has to be about more than ensuring an oil company pays all its bills for the damages it caused after the fact. . . . Why does commerce take precedence over regulation enforcement?"

A massive LED lighting retrofit is underway at the University of Saskatchewan and is changing the university's energy profile.

Edmonton’s Resilience Festival aims to inspire participants to help create a sustainable and promising future. Last year's workshops included Creating a Backyard Food Forest, Tiny Homes, Wildcrafting, Water, Pesticides, and Sustainable Living. Could we do this in Saskatoon? 

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