SEN Info Bulletin

May 10, 2012

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News

Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

World Environment Day Planned at Craik

United Nations World Environment Day will take place on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Craik Eco-Centre. The Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP), with the support of the Saskatchewan Eco-network, will be hosting a one day event featuring education, networking and celebration.

Hi-lites for the day include: information sessions on food sovereignty, water security and the local food movement in Saskatchewan, a keynote address, tours of the Craik Eco-Village and Titan Clean Energy Projects, exhibits of project and product initiatives (non-profit and commercial), an children's art exhibit, and more. Come out for a “Green Drinks” kickoff at the Eco-Centre on the evening of Monday, June 4th. Meals will be available for purchase from the Solar Garden Restaurant.

Exhibit space will be provided free to non-profit organizations. As space is limited, please contact Crystal Stinson at info@craikecovillage.com or Shirley Eade at eade@sasktel.net to book your exhibit spot by 6:00 PM, Tuesday, May 22nd. Details at http://www.craikecovillage.com/UN_WED_2012.html.

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Green Patch: Regina’s Edible Campus

The RPIRG Green Patch is a new 5400 sq ft organic vegetable garden behind the Dr. John Archer Library at the University of Regina. Launched on March 28th, it is a response to the need for urban centres to invest in sustainable, locally grown, secure food sources. We are looking for all kinds of volunteer help, from planting, maintenance, and harvest to distribution of vegetables to local organizations that serve Regina residents in need. For more information, or to volunteer, go to http://rpirg.org/events-projects/reginas-edible-campus/ or email garden@rpirg.org.

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Action Alert

Save the Elms on the U.of S. Campus

There are approximately fifteen beautiful elm trees that stand in the path of new construction set to begin on the University of Saskatchewan campus in the near future. I'm hoping that you will raise a voice to help save these trees that add so much to the character of our campus and our city. The petition is here.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Education & Outreach Intern, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition

Location: Saskatoon

Salary rate: $9.50/hr, 37.5hrs/week. Duration: 12 weeks (Starting June 11th). Closing date for applications: May 28th, 5 PM EST

The Education and Outreach intern will work with the National Director of the CYCC to implement CYCC projects in their region, primarily focusing on the Wings of Change education project, Clean Energy Campuses and PowerShift Canada. They will work to connect local organizations and youth volunteers with the work of the CYCC and develop regional strategies to develop CYCC campaigns. This summer, interns will focus largely on creating a base of support for PowerShift Canada, organizing and fundraising locally to mobilize youth from their region to PowerShift. Details at http://jobs.rcen.ca/ecojobs.php?id=17352.

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Employment Opportunity: Watershed Technician

Applications Deadline: May 22, 2012

Upper Souris Watershed Association is hiring a full time Watershed Technician to start immediately. The qualified individual will have a B.Sc. or Diploma in Agriculture, Ecology, Geography or Biology, and a working knowledge of Saskatchewan agriculture practices with an interest in source water protection and agri-environmental group plans. Job will require travel in the southern portion of the Wascana Upper Qu’Appelle Watershed and portions of Upper Souris Watershed with Weyburn being a central point, so a valid driver’s licence is required. Details at: http://www.uppersouriswatershed.ca/.

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Environmental Technician/Field Biologist

Location: Medicine Hat, AB

Kingbird Environmental Consulting Ltd. is a small environmental consulting company based in Medicine Hat, AB. We are currently seeking an Environmental Technician/Field Biologist for full to part-time employment available in June, July and August with possible part-time employment extension to follow. We are looking for someone with a vegetation related background, but who is also versatile and will be able to contribute to a variety of environmental consulting related projects. Deadline to apply is May 15th. Details at http://www.aspb.ab.ca/jobs/show/978.

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Hosts Needed for Pocket Mulch

Do you have something to say about the environment? Are you looking to expand your resume and public speaking skills? Saskatoon's CFCR Community Radio is looking for 1 or 2 environmentally conscious people to host Pocket Mulch, it's eco-friendly talk show, every Wednesday from 6:30 - 7 pm. We cover a broad range of topics from local events to international issues, and frequently interview experts and activists on the topics they care about.

If you think this is the right volunteer opportunity for you, please contact Jay Allen, station manager for CFCR at pd@cfcr.ca.

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Call for Volunteers: Piping Plover Survey

June 4th - 8th

Saskatchewan Watershed Authority conducts an annual population survey on the South Saskatchewan River as one component of our South Saskatchewan River Piping Plover project monitoring activities. The survey will be taking place during the week of June 4-8, 2012.

The Saskatchewan Watershed Authority is committed to completing the South Saskatchewan River census area from Saskatchewan Landing to Gardiner Dam, including all of Lake Diefenbaker. We are currently in the planning stages and are looking for volunteers to help out for a day or even a few days. The census of the South Saskatchewan River will commence on June 4 and with enough volunteers (and good weather) we should be able to complete the entire survey area in 3-4 days (assuming we have good weather).

If you are interested in participating or would like some more information please Corie White at corie.white@swa.caor 306-787-9057. More information regarding the logistics, transportation etc. will be provided to those interested in volunteering.

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The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest for Youth

Nature Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association (SOEEA) would like to announce the 2012 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest which is open to all youth 19 years old and under. The contest theme this year is: Get to Know Your Wild Neighbours. The contest runs until July 16th, 2012. It encourages youth to get outdoors, connect with their wild neighbours and celebrate nature through the arts. Youth can enter the contest with original pieces of art, writing, video, photography or music. For more information on the contest, including how to enter, contest rules, prizes, virtual hikes, launch events, and other interesting information, please visit http://www.gettoknow.ca. You can also contact Deanna at dtmutafov@naturesask.ca for additional information.

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Canon's Take Root Program, Presented by Evergreen

Deadline: May 25th, 2012

Evergreen is now accepting applications for Canon's Take Root Program, supporting stewardship and restoration projects across Canada. Canon's Take Root Program, a stewardship and restoration program sponsored by Canon and led by Evergreen, provides funds of $5,000 and a Canon PowerShot camera to community groups across Canada carrying out tree-planting projects in September 2012 in celebration of National Tree Day. Eligible projects must include at least one planting event in September and result in the planting of at least 250 native trees. For full information on eligibility and to download an application, visit the Canon Grants page at http://www.evergreen.ca/en/funding/grants/canon.sn.

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IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training Program for Emerging Leaders

Deadline to apply: May 14, 2012

Are you: A student between the ages of 19 and 25? OR an IMPACT! Alumni? Passionate about the fate of our planet and its people? Ready to do more to champion sustainability in your community? Then you are invited to apply to be part of the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in Edmonton on June 21-22, 2012.

The Co-operators and The Natural Step Canada are partnering to offer you the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training, a series of two-day trainings offered across Canada, focused in two areas: realizing your leadership potential and developing your sustainability project using The Natural Step Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development. After the training, you’ll be partnered with a sustainability professional for four months of personal mentorship. More details here.

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EcoFriendly Action Grants

EcoFriendly Sask is offering monthly grants of up to $500 to support local projects that will benefit the environment. We're interested in concrete, tangible actions from across the spectrum: from habitat restoration and recycling to planet-friendly urban design, gardening, wildlife and energy conservation. Additional information is available online at http://www.ecofriendlysask.ca/2012/04/ecofriendly-action-grants.html. Email questions or proposals to ecofriendlysask@gmail.com

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Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Project Manager Recruitment: Sustainability Education Research

The University of Saskatchewan in conjunction with partner institutions and organizations is now recruiting four Master’s students and and five Doctoral students, one Postdoctoral Fellow, and one Project Manager to join a national research team studying sustainability policy and practice in K-12 and post-secondary education in Canada. Additional graduate students and fellows will be recruited in subsequent years. For more information see: http://www.usask.ca/education/employment/sustainability&education-research-recruitment.pdf.

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Coming Events

Regina

Wings over Wascana - Friends of Wascana Marsh

May 9 - 12, Regina

WOW is an outdoor nature festival at Wascana Marsh offering free wetland and wildlife activities, entertainment and guided hikes for people of all ages. This annual festival occurs on the second Saturday in May to coincide with International Migratory Bird Day. Preceding this public event is a fundraising dinner to raise monies for interpretive components at the marsh, followed by an interactive and educational day for school students on Friday. For more details please visit the Friends of Wascana Marsh website at http://www.wascanamarsh.ca/wow12.htm .

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Presentation of Nuclear Waste Petition to Legislature

May 14th, 12 pm, Sask. Legislature

With the help of individuals and organizations across Saskatchewan, the Committee for Future Generations has gathered over 12,000 signatures on their petition to the government to legislate a ban on the storage and transportation of nuclear waste in the province.

An MLA will be presenting this petition to the Legislature at 1:30 pm on Monday, May 14th. There will be a rally on the Legislature grounds at 12 noon, and at 11:30 in the Gallery the petition will be introduced. We want to remind this government that the people of Saskatchewan have repeatedly said no to nuclear waste storage. Details at http://www.cleangreensask.ca/

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Saskatoon

Astronomy Day 2012

May 12, 8 am – 2 pm, Farmer’s Market

Display hosted by the members of RoyalAstronomical Society of Canada in Saskatoon, including solar observing. All events are free and open to the public! Details at http://events.econet.ca/events/astronomy-day-2012.

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SEN Annual General Meeting &

June 16th, Saskatoon

Mark your calendars for the Saskatchewan Eco Network's Annual General Meeting. Details will be posted soon!

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Workshop: Understanding the Living Building Challenge

June 20th, Saskatoon

Living Building Challenge has swept North America. There are now more than sixty projects in process from coast to coast pursuing certification under this vigorous performance standard and interest continues to rise. Click here for a full Course Description. This workshop, like all Canada Green Building Council education programs, meets eligibility requirements for the Green Associate exam. For more information or to register contact education@cagbc.org.

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Other

United Nations World Environment Day

June 5th, 10 am - 6 pm, Craik Eco-Centre

The Craik Sustainable Living Project (CSLP), with the support of the Saskatchewan Eco-network, will be hosting a one day event featuring education, networking and celebration. Details at http://www.craikecovillage.com/UN_WED_2012.html.

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Straw Light Clay Workshop

July 6 - 8, Craik, SK

Straw Light Clay is the combination of straw and natural earth clay. Its origins date back to Germany and other European countries with some structures still standing and being utilized after 700 years. SLC (Straw Light Clay) can be described as a cross between straw bale construction and cob. Details on the workshop on the CSLP website: http://www.craikecovillage.com/strawbale_workshop.html.

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