Tuesday 2 October 2018

EcoSask News, October 2, 2018


Upcoming Events
Bees & Pathogens, Oct. 9 (webinar)
Kirsten Palmier, MSc candidate at the U of R, will discuss bees and pathogens in a noon-hour webinar on Oct. 9.

Campus Sustainability Week, Oct. 9-12 (Saskatoon)
The U of S Office of Sustainability has a whole range of activities (art, food, cycling, waste, and more) planned for Campus Sustainability Week, Oct. 9-12.

Waste & Recycling, Oct. 10 (Regina)
Learn what happens to waste and recycling from 7-8 pm, Regina Central Adult Public Library.

Library of Things Fall Meeting, Oct. 11 (Saskatoon)
Find out more about the Library of Things and ways to get involved at their fall meeting and potluck supper at 6 pm, Oct. 11.

Wascana Waterfowl, Oct. 13 (Regina)
Join Regina Nature for a field trip to Wascana Marsh and Lake from 9-11 am, Oct. 13.

Falcons, Oct. 14 (Saskatoon)
Wild Birds Unlimited is hosting a trip to observe falcons catching their food. Meet at 3:30 pm, Oct. 14.

Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards Dinner, Oct. 15 (Saskatoon)
The 2018 Rob Dumont Energy Management Awards Dinner will be held on Oct. 15. Tickets are available on Picatic.


Looking Ahead
Just Transitions: Building Saskatchewan’s Next Economy, Oct. 27 & 28 (Regina)
Attend Just Transitions in Regina Oct. 27 & 28 to discuss the possibilities and pathways for transitioning Saskatchewan's economy to renewable energies.

Teaching Energy Transitions, Oct. 28 (Regina)
The teacher-focused breakout group will discuss possible frameworks for teaching about a just transition using the Saskatchewan curriculum from 1-2 pm, Oct. 28, during the Just Transitions conference.

Building Enclosures for High Performance Buildings, Nov. 15 (Saskatoon)
Building Enclosures for High Performance Buildings is a one-day course offered by Passive House Canada on Nov. 15.

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

In the News
The City of Saskatoon's Green Strategy is long overdue, but action must match policy. It's fine to talk about conserving biodiversity and increasing interconnections, but it falls flat in face of City Council's refusal to lower speed limits through the Small Swale.

The City of Saskatoon has adopted Vision Zero. The challenge now is to make sure it works by designing streets to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

Could we use LED lights to avoid bird collisions with planes, buildings, etc?

“Ultimately, bringing our civilization back within planetary boundaries is going to require that we liberate ourselves from our dependence on economic growth—starting with rich nations. This might sound scarier than it really is. Ending growth doesn’t mean shutting down economic activity—it simply means that next year we can’t produce and consume more than we are doing this year. It might also mean shrinking certain sectors that are particularly damaging to our ecology and that are unnecessary for human flourishing, such as advertising, commuting, and single-use products.”

And, for the techies in the crowd, how and why to build a low-tech website.

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