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Sustainable home (design and systems) - Eco-Sense tours for 2007

Tours led by Angela Evans - Angela Evans is a community planner with many years of experience in the public and private sectors. Her strong interest in environmentally appropriate design has led her to some interesting places including Swedish ecovillags, English permaculture farms, a Spanish desert research centre, US green buildings and community projects, and innovative sewage treatment plants in four countries. Angela likes to inspire people to take on practical projects that help them live more sustainably.

Building Environmental Systems Training (BEST), at Douglas College, for building operators and facilities managers

Building Environmental Systems

BESS 1100 Practical Overview of Building Systems

BESS 1100 CRN XXXX, Term XXXXX, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, starting May 22, 2007 and continuing to June 28, 2007.

The course will be offered at Douglas College, New Westminster campus. This course is a required pre-requisite for the BES program, and reviews basic building science required for trouble-shooting and analyzing heating, air-conditioning, air handling, electrical, plumbing and control systems. The goal of the course is to provide students with a “Continuous Commissioning” approach to sustainable operation and maintenance of existing buildings. The essential topics in the course all presented and discussed from the perspective of implementing Energy Management strategies and performing Best Practices Operations and Maintenance on existing buildings. Please see the web site for course details: http://www.douglas.bc.ca/faculties/science-technology/bes.html

Eco-Sense - April update - Raising the temperature

Raising the temperature (of our home not our planet) April 2007 Eco-Sense Update

Hey, drop the size of your supply line and stick an element in it; then raise your R value! Sounds a little rude, but this month has witnessed us with an element of uncertainty about how we conserve water, choose the best backup system to heat the water for the hydronic heat and domestic use, and stay well insulated. We put a few people on the hot seat, did some research and joined a local Bio-diesel co-op. NOW we are plumb(ed) hot!

Energizing Event Saturday: Why Sustainability Education?

Wow...what a great group of folks who came out on a sunny Saturday in Vancouver to dialogue and debate on the priorities and action plans for creating sustainability education in BC. We had folks from the interior, the coast and the island and all over the lower mainland attend from a range of sectors including university representatives, school teachers, ministry representatives, NGO's, school boards and ecology centres and a host of other places.

Registration is Closed - we are OVER capacity!

Thanks so much for all the interest and enthusiasm about the event this Saturday. We now have more than enough people to fill the room with insights, perspectives and ideas about how to move sustainability education forward in BC.

Throne Speech Details....

Take a look at the latest from the BC government...in regards to education and environment...

Initiatives to tackle the challenge of global warming include:

* The Province will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 33 per cent below current levels by 2020. That target will place emissions 10 per cent under 1990 levels.

Check out what's going on in Australia with ESD

In case you are interested in what's happening in Australia:

"The Australian Government has begun the process of developing a
National Action Plan for Education for Sustainable Development (NAP
ESD). The objective of the Plan is to contribute to the achievement of a more sustainable Australia through community education and learning.

Toronto Transit Camp '07

This sounds really cool!

Toronto Transit Camp '07

An ad-hoc gathering at the Gladstone Hotel of designers, transit geeks, bloggers, visual artists, tech geeks and cultural creators passionate about transit in Toronto and the TTC. It is a platform for Toronto's talented design community and enthusiastic transit users and fans to demonstrate their creativity and contribute to a better way for Toronto's transit system. The content and ideas generated in this open unconference will be delivered to the TTC for their consideration in their work.

turn off your lights at 10:55 am on 1 February 2007

Participate in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming! The Alliance for the Planet is calling on all citizens to create 5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet. People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the first of February 2007, between 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm in New York, 18.55 for London, and 19.55 for Paris, Bruxelles, and Italy. 1.55pm in Ottawa, 10.55 am on the Pacific Coast of North America. This is not just about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity; this is about getting the attention of the media, politicians, and ourselves.

The Future of Food

I watched a movie of this same title the other day, which reminded me of "The Corporation". It presented a pretty scary reality: Chemical companies are not only selling biocides and seeds at the same time, but also that the seeds actually need the biocide to work.

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