SEN Info Bulletin

January 5, 2012

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Action Alert

Resources

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Events

News

Canadian Water Summit Heading West for the First Time

Join the Canadian Water Summit in Calgary, Alberta at the TELUS Spark Science Centre on June 28, 2012 to learn how to prepare for the challenges emerging from the interdependence between water, food and energy. Gain the skills, knowledge and networks to manage your water risk, identify opportunities for innovation, and contribute to water sustainability in Canada.

The Canadian Water Summit was created in 2009 to facilitate partnerships between leaders from business, government, NGOs and academia to help realize Canada's potential to be a world leader in water expertise and technology innovation.

To learn more about the 2012 Canadian Water Summit and to join their journey to shape Canada's Water Future, visit: http://www.watersummit.ca.

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U.S. Approves First Genetically Modified Food Salmon

OTTAWA — Canada could have trouble keeping genetically engineered salmon out of the food supply if the U.S. government approves the first genetically engineered animal that people can eat.

And according to an internal analysis obtained by Postmedia News, one potential solution is to simply follow the U.S. lead, in order to avoid trade complications. That would mean allowing the GE fish in the Canadian market.

AquaBounty Technologies, based in Massachusetts, is seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to sell its GE Atlantic salmon, called AquAdvantage, in the United States. But FDA approval could have ramifications for consumers north of the border, Canadian government officials say.

Read more.

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Action Alert

North American Declaration to Eliminate Asbestos-Related Disease Petition

The United States and Canada, along with other developed countries, are currently faced with a startling epidemic of asbestos-related disease. Over 10,000 Americans and 1,000 Canadians die every year from asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, cancer, and mesothelioma. Yet, still, both the U.S. and Canadian governments allow asbestos to be used in some products and Canada continues to mine and export this deadly carcinogen around the world. go to the petition at http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8499.

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Don't Frack with Our Water: Petition

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting natural gas that is trapped deep inside shale rock formations. Millions of litres of water, sand, and tens of thousands of litres of toxic chemicals are blasted into the ground at extremely high pressure, creating cracks that allow pockets of natural gas to be released.

The fracking process uses vast and unsustainable amounts of water, much of which becomes so contaminated it cannot be returned to the watershed. The water comes from municipal sources, surface and groundwater, and is often trucked to the site. And fracking threatens our vital water sources in a number of ways – injections of toxic chemicals near aquifers, injected fluids remaining trapped in the rocks for decades, the leftover fluid waste often stored in large open pits.

It's vital that we pressure the federal government to act now by implementing appropriate groundwater protection laws to ensure that our water, people’s health and the environment are protected from unnecessary and dangerous contamination. Sign the petition at http://canadians.org/action/2011/fracking.html

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Boycott Weyerhaeuser: Stop Logging in the Grassy Narrows First Nation

Join the Boreal Forest Network, the Boreal Action Project and the Winnipeg Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement in calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser forest products until the company ceases all logging and sourcing in the contested traditional territories of Grassy Narrows First Nation, or as long as there is community opposition to those operations.

Sign the petition at: http://borealforestnetwork.com/boycott-weyerhaueser-petition.

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Resources

Exploring a Flawed Paradigm: Why Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is Not Enough

This editorial by Chad Park, Executive Director of The Natural Step Canada, appeared in the Corporate Citizens Mediaplanet Special Report in the National Post on December 28, 2011.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is outdated and counterproductive to successful enterprise and the global sustainability imperative.

CSR encourages us to incorporate environmental and social considerations into a business-as-usual scenario. This is the triple-bottom-line approach and is often depicted with three overlapping circles representing economy, society, and environment.

This is a flawed paradigm.

Read more at http://www.thenaturalstep.org/en/canada.

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Opportunities

Nominations for Global Classrooms in the 306

Deadline: January 10, 2012

During International Development Week, February 5-11, 2012, the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) will be profiling Saskatchewan classrooms (K-12) that have helped create a more just and sustainable world through engaging in meaningful global citizenship activities. These might include awareness/fundraising campaigns around the issues of Empowerment of Women, Food Security, Sustainable Economic Growth, and Maternal Health. Check out the Millennium Development Goals for more information (http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/).

If your classroom or school club is selected, a video profile will be created and shown during International Development Week. An SCIC staff person and professional videographer will work with your class to create a profile that tells the story of how you are making a difference! Classrooms will be chosen based on the following criteria: promoting global citizenship; creating awareness about global issues; understanding of international issues; and availability to collaborate with SCIC to create video profile. For further information please contact Steffany at (306) 757-4669 or pe@earthbeat.sk.ca or visit http://www.earthbeat.sk.ca/ for more details and nomination form.

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Summerhill Program Manager

Location: Regina

We are hiring an experienced Program Manager to work in our beautiful downtown Regina office, with the possibility of relocation to our other offices in the near future. PThe rogram Manager will oversee the delivery of a select energy efficiency campaign from our downtown Regina office. While based in Regina, the successful candidate will report to the Senior Program Manager in our Toronto office. Preferred candidates will have previous experience and expertise in project/program delivery, marketing, sales and client relationship management. This is a challenging and dynamic role that will suit a Program Manager with a sense of adventure, and one who thrives in a fast-paced results-driven environment where high-expectations are the norm. Full details at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=16249.

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Wanted: Environmentally Minded Artists

Deadline: January 10, 2012

The Permaculture Research Institute of Saskatchewan is hosting an Art Show and Auction, entitled "RE", at The Refinery from Monday January 30 - February 10, 2012. They're looking for artists to display and sell (optional) their work. Closing Reception and Auction will be held Friday, Feb 10, 7 pm at The Refinery. The pieces can be bid on throughout the show including at the closing reception. The highest bidder as of 9:30 pm on the 10th will "win" the piece. The winner of the piece (or a representative) must be present at the closing reception to purchase the piece, if they are not, piece goes to the bidder down the list.

The art should focus on local sustainability initiatives and/or permaculture. To submit, please send a digital version or photograph of your work to shandy30@hotmail.com. Please include: your name, the title and dimensions of the piece, commentary describing how your art relates to the criteria above, whether or not you are interested in selling your work, and any requirements you may need to display your work. Those selected will be contacted by January 18th.

Artist receives 80% of the selling price (10% to the Refinery, 10% to the Permaculture Research Institute of Sask (PRIS)). Artist chooses starting price ("reserve bid") for the auction. We are currently looking into tax receipts. Contact shandy30@hotmail.com for more information.

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Energy Diet Challenge Photo Contest

Deadline: January 27, 2012

Canadian Geographic presents the Energy Diet Challenge Photo Contest picturing energy savings around the home and on the move. Submit your best photos in either of our two categories and you could have them published in the June 2012 issue of Canadian Geographic, win a photography assignment at the 2012 Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Discovery Green in Texas and other fabulous prizes! Sign up to the Canadian Geographic Photo Club, and submit your photographs by January 27, 2012 at 4 pm EST.http://photoclub.canadiangeographic.ca/cg/contests/energy_diet/.

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2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2012

Earth Day Canada, with financial support from the Toyota Canada Foundation, has launched the 2012 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program to recognize and cultivate tomorrow’s environmental leaders. This year, the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program will reward 20 graduating high school and Cégep students across Canada with $5 000 scholarships for their environmental community service, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and academic excellence. For more information please visit http://www.earthday.ca/scholarship.

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Evergreen Green Grants Program

Deadline: January 31, 2012

Evergreen is now accepting applications for the Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Program supporting community development, environmental stewardship and urban agriculture projects across Canada. The Walmart–Evergreen Green Grants Program, a greening program sponsored by Walmart and led by Evergreen, provides funds of up to $10,000 to groups working on community development, environmental restoration and other community-based projects across Canada. For a list of projects already supported through the program and for full information on eligibility and to download an application, go to http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/.

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2012 Saskatoon Quality of Life Grants

Deadline: February 1, 2012

The Saskatoon Community Foundation is very pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Quality of Life Grants Program for 2012.

The Quality of Life Grants Program involves a two stage process. Applicants first submit a Letter of Intent to apply. (The Letter of Intent is a very brief form, which requires significantly less work than a complete application.) The Letters of Intent are reviewed by our Grants Committee, after which some applicants are requested to submit a complete application.

All grant applications are now done online through our website, http://www.saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca. If you need any assistance, please contact Don Ewles, Grants and Communications Manager, at 665-1767 or don.ewles@saskatooncommunityfoundation.ca.

The Saskatoon Community Foundation grants only to Canadian registered charities (those issued a charitable Business Number by the Canada Revenue Agency). The Quality of Life Grants Program provides funds only for charitable work taking place in Saskatoon or for the benefit of the residents of Saskatoon.

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EECOM’s Canadian Awards of Excellence in Environmental Education

Deadline: February 1, 2012

The Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) is proud to announce that nominations for the 2011 EECOM Awards is now open. Recognizing contributions of outstanding individuals and organizations engaged in environmental learning across the country!

Call for award nominations: Give your friends and colleagues the best gift - nominate them for an EECOM award! For more information on award criteria or for how to nominate someone, go to the EECOM website http://www.eecom.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=79&Itemid=85&lang=en

Call for award reviewers: EECOM is looking for anyone interested in reviewing award nominations. For more information or to express your interest, please contact Leigh Bird, Award Committee Chair: birdleigh@gmail.com.

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Saskatchewan Agriculture Student Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th, 2012

Ten scholarships worth $1,000 each will be awarded to Grade 12 students and recent graduates (the past two years) in Saskatchewan planning to take agriculture-related post-secondary education beginning in the fall of 2012. Applicants need to: write a 750-word essay or produce a three-minute video essay; and provide a letter of recommendation from a teacher, agricultural industry or community leader. Full details at http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Scholarship.

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Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards

Deadline: February 29, 2012

The Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council is seeking nominations for the Saskatchewan Waste Minimization Awards for 2011. If you know of an individual, business, municipality or community organization who should be recognized for their waste minimization efforts, please submit the attached nomination form. Help us celebrate the good things happening in Saskatchewan!

The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's Spring '12 Waste Minimization Forum, April 19 and 20 in Regina. Watch for registration information for this event on our website, http://www.saskwastereduction.ca.

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Superheroes for the Greater Green — Are You One?

Deadline: March 30th, 2012

Do you know of any crafty caped-crusaders who are putting their superhero skills to work towards the greater “green”? Maybe that describes you? To Earth Day Canada, they are Hometown Heroes working to support a healthier environment!

Earth Day Canada wants your nominations for the 2012 Hometown Heroes Award Program. The Hometown Heroes Award Program recognizes everyday heroes for their extraordinary superpowers in creating greener communities across Canada with three awards: Individual Award— a $10 000 cash–prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice; Group Award — a $10 000 cash–prize to support their environmental work; Small Business Award—permission to use the Award and the Earth Day Canada logo for one year to market and promote the business and/or an approved product.

For more information on the Hometown Heroes Award Program and to download the nomination packages, please visit at http://earthday.ca/hometown. Have questions? You can reach Hometown Heroes Lead, Stephanee Passant, by e-mail at heroes@earthday.ca or by telephone at 1-888-283-2784 ext. 114.

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Agricultural Innovation Program

The Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) is a $50 million initiative ending on March 31, 2013 designed to: accelerate the pace of innovation; facilitate the commercialization and adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes and/or services that will enhance economic growth, productivity and competitiveness of the Canadian agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector; and help the sector capture opportunities in domestic and global markets.

The guide is on Agriculture Canada's website at: http://www4.agr.gc.ca/resources/prod/pdf/SPT_aip-pia/aip-pia_guide_eng.pdf.

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Coming Events

Regina

Green Drinks Regina

January 5th, 5:30 pm (presentations usually start ~6ish), Abstractions Café, 2161 Rose St.

Green Drinks is an informal, come-and-go gathering of environmental professionals, students, and citizens interested in sustainability. Also note that Green Drinks Regina is looking for organizations to host Green Drinks each month. Hosting entails: arriving early to welcome people to Green Drinks, offering a five to ten minute presentation on your organization, and contributing to any booking fees. It is a good chance to showcase your organization's achievements and to seek out partners, opportunities and potential employees.

Come out to Green Drinks for lively conversations, and new connections. For more information on Green Drinks Regina, to be added to our e-mail list or to RSVP to this event e-mail us at: greendrinksregina@gmail.com or rsvp via the Green Drinks Regina facebook event.

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Lunchtime Seminar at the Museum: Bee Diversity

January 9th, 12:10 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

The museum is in the process of trying to find a new Research Scientist – Curator of Invertebrate Zoology. As part of the interview process, candidates have been asked to give a 40 minute presentation about their area of expertise. Our first presentation will be presented by Dr. Jason Gibbs, a bee biologist from Cornell University. The topic will be: Bee Diversity: Understanding Taxonomic, Behaviour and Historical Patterns.

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Native Prairie Speaker Series

January 18th, Royal Saskatchewan Museum Auditorium

12:10 – 12:50 pm – Protecting Native Grasslands from Smooth Brome Invasion - What’s to be Done? Speaker: Rob Wright, Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture & Sport – Saskatchewan Parks Service

7 – 8 pm – Stewards of Saskatchewan Programs Speakers: Katherine Brewster and Nicole Fergus, Nature Saskatchewan

Presented by the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan http://www.pcap-sk.org

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Native Plant Society AGM and Conference

February 17 - 18, Conexus Arts Centre

The Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan will be holding its 17th annual general meeting and conference on February 17 - 18 in Regina. The theme this year is "Balancing Conservation and Profit" and deals with ecotourism in relation to native habitats. The event is for all ages and experience levels. People can register through our online store at http://www.npss.sk.ca. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers and a good time will be had by all. If you have any questions, please contact Chet Neufeld at info@npss.sk.ca or phone (306) 668-3940.

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Saskatoon

Feasting in the Prairies: Eating Locally in Saskatchewan

January 11th, 7 pm, Cliff Wright Library Auditorium, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Guest speaker, Amy Jo Ehman, author of Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner, which has been shortlisted for the Canadian Culinary Book Awards and was named Best First Book in Saskatchewan last year, will discuss her year of eating local in the Canadian prairies. Amy Jo grew up on a farm with two big gardens, yet was as far from the source of my food as any city working gal. Well, that's changed! Now, her dinner table is set with the foods of Canada's agricultural heartland she will discuss how easy (and tasty) it is to eat locally in Saskatchewan. Event co-sponsored by the Saskatoon Public Library and the Saskatchewan Environmental Society. For more information, please contact SES at 665-1915. Free! No registration. All welcome.

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Canticle to the Cosmos with Judy Schachtel

January 17th pn 7 - 9 pm, Queen’s House Retreat & Renewal Centre, 601 Taylor St. W.

Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 17, 24, 31 & Feb. 7, 2012 – Cost: $20 per session/$60 for all sessions.

Ever wonder how the new discoveries of science and ecology in our times fit in with your faith journey? Join us as we view and discuss a four part video series with noted mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme, professor at the California institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, who is able to shape and share a deeply grounded evolutionary and ecological spirituality for our times. Call 242-1916 to register. Advance registration is required. Phone (306) 242 1916

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Weathering Change and Forecasting Opportunity

January 18th, Saskatoon Inn

An opportunity to hear keynotes speakers discuss topics important to the Saskatchewan beef and forage industries Email shannon.mcarton@sasktel.net or call 306-488-4725.

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An Intro to Effective Commissioning of Existing Buildings

January 25th, 9 am - 1:30 pm, Innovation Place, Candle Rm in the Atrium Bldg, 111 Research Dr.

Like death and taxes, when it comes to buildings, change is the only certainty: systems age, tenants come and go, and new technologies create opportunities and risks. The typical result of this change is decline. But you can do more than accept the inevitable. You can embrace and benefit from change through re-commissioning. This course is targeted at building managers and operators, preparing them to get the most out of re-commissioning their buildings. It uses case studies and interactive workshops to communicate a firm understanding of the re-commissioning process, providing practical knowledge that prepares you for your first (or next) commissioning cycle.

You will learn how to: define your scope; incorporate LEED credit requirements; select the right service provider; evaluate the quality of service provided and avoid common pitfalls.

4 GBCI CE Credits. For more information, call the Canada Green Building Council at 613.241.1184 or toll-free at 1.866.941.1184, or contact us at education@cagbc.org.

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Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop

February 8th and 9th, Saskatoon

Registration for the Saskatchewan Prairie Conservation Action Plan's (SK PCAP) 2012 Native Prairie Restoration/Reclamation Workshop: Bridging the Gap is now open. Early Bird Registration is $150.00 (up to January 6, 2012). The workshop agenda, registration details and form, and accommodation information is available for viewing/download on the SK PCAP website by clicking on http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=12.nprrw2012details.

Participants are urged to book rooms soon as the blocks reserved for the workshop will be released on January 7, 2012. Saskatoon has become a very busy city and there is another event in the downtown area at the same time so I would encourage you to book accommodations to avoid disappointment.

Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors to date: Platinum - Government of Canada, Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, and Silver - Cenovus Energy Inc.

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Other

Movie Night: Surplus – Terrorized into Being Consumers

January 9th, 7 pm, John M. Cuelenaere Library, Prince Albert

Why is the lifestyle of consumerism a source of such rage today? How come the privilege of buying goods does not automatically lead to happiness? Why all this emptiness despite our wealth? Surplus’ approach is to portray this issue from an emotional rather than a factual perspective.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Co-sponsored with Prince Albert chapter of The Council of Canadians and Cinema Politica. For more information about the movie visit http://www.cinemapolitica.org

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Redberry Lake Watershed AEGP Workshop

January 10th, 10 am - 4 pm, Hafford Ukrainian National Hall, Hafford, SK

Redberry Lake Watershed AEGP is hosting the 5th Annual Winter Workshop: Real Results – The Benefits of Implementing Best Management Practices on Your Farm. We will have speakers presenting on a range of topics: Dr. Bart Lardner from the Western Beef Development Centre: Production and Economics of Winter Feeding Systems; Karen Benjaminson of AESB-AAFC: Watershed Evaluation of Beneficial Management Practices (WEBS) Projects; Clubroot Best Management Practices: Information and Prevention; and more!

Please Register early and get your name put in for a door prize! Cost $10 adults, free for students. Please Register by January 3, 2012. Contact: Rachel Turnquist-AEGP Tech. Work: (306) 549 4060. Cell: (306) 549 7473 Email: rturnquist@redberrylake.ca.

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Oil & Gas Industry Presentation Featuring Jessica Ernst

January 28th, 1 pm, Michael Hall, St. Peter's Abbey, Muenster, SK

Oil and gas industry contamination of groundwater with methane is a wide spread and expensive problem, even in Saskatchewan. Decades ago, researchers reported increased concentrations of methane in water wells and springs in Saskatchewan with increased density of energy industry wellbores. That was before the new "brute force" hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Jessica Ernst, a 54-year old scientist with 30 years petroleum industry experience, alleges that the natural gas industry contaminated a shallow aquifer in her community with toxic industry-related chemicals and is suing the Alberta government, Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB) and EnCana for negligence and unlawful activities.

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, industry and our governments do not tell us about industry's damning results; Jessica will.

Sponsored by Quill Plains Chapter, Council of Canadians. More information, contact Elaine Hughes at 323-4938 or Bill Curry at 554-2985. Muenster is on Highway #5 - 10 kms East of Humboldt.

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Calling all Permaculture Enthusiasts in Moose Jaw and Swift Current!

Are you interested in hosting Calgary based-Verge Permaculture for a 3 hour or 1 day workshop in February? Rob at Verge will be touring Saskatchewan from February 15 to 28 and is looking to do a presentation in your community. He typically does a cost-sharing scheme with the host organization. If you are interested, please contact jessie.j.best@gmail.com Here is a brief description of the presentation:

Verge Permaculture started with the belief that many people today are keenly aware of a need for change and care deeply about the planet and their communities but feel powerless to do anything to make a difference. When informed about a diverse and deepening scope of positive, practical & effective solutions people become inspired and empowered change-makers in their communities. During this presentation Rob will discuss the fundamentals of permaculture ethics, principles and design methodology and how it can be applied to: improve your home & backyard while saving resources and building a healthy place for family, friends and community; build resilient communities patterned after ecological principles; and assemble landscapes that clean water, use less energy, provide healthy organic food, save money and contribute to a healthy ecology.

Whether your interest is gardening, building homes, community work, economic regeneration, education, health, planning, business or green lifestyles, the application of permaculture design provides positive solutions towards a sustainable future. The optional workshop will present several scenarios and tools commonly used in permaculture design. This section is designed as interactive workshop in small break-out groups.

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More events at the SEN Event Calendar: http://events.econet.ca.