SEN Info Bulletin

June 6, 2012

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Action Alert

Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Events

News

State of the Art in Sustainability

The Saskatchewan Eco-network's Annual General Meeting will be held Saturday June 16th, 2012 from 1 pm until 5 pm at the aodbt architecture building, 235 Avenue D North in Saskatoon.

At 1 pm we will be hosting a session entitled “State of the Art in Sustainability” featuring guest speaker Dr. Sean Connelly. More details here.

Our business meeting and election of officers will follow the session. Join members of the SEN as we meet to discuss directions for the network and the events of the past year. This is YOUR network; help to make it work for you! If you are attending from out of town, we may be able to coordinate carpooling – please contact us at 306-652-1275 or email info@econet.sk.ca.

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Wake Up and Smell the Prairies!

The 14th Annual Native Prairie Appreciation Week, June 17th to 23rd, is proclaimed provincially by both the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and municipally by the Cities of Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current and Weyburn.

With only an estimated 17% of native prairie remaining in our province, we encourage all Saskatchewan residents to get outside this summer/fall and explore native prairie whether it is right in your backyard or taking a short drive to the country.

Details of events across Saskatchewan can be found at at http://www.pcap-sk.org/?s=11.npaw_2012_details.

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City of Saskatoon Boosts Green Projects

Environmental Leadership is one of the seven goals in the City of Saskatoon 2012-2022 Strategic Plan. Learn more about how the City is working to fulfil the community's vision of a green city - one that exists in harmony with nature, conserves resources and consistently demonstrates better ways of guarding the environment. Check out their video here.

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Funding Award to Help Farmers Reduce Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

Three University of Saskatchewan projects have been awarded more than $3.4 million over the next five years from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for research that will help farmers reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved use of shelterbelts, irrigation and forage production.

Funding for the three U. of S. projects comes from AAFC’s Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). Together, they will create jobs for about 10 graduate students, plus about a dozen summer student positions. More.

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Action Alert

Don't abandon Regina's proposed cosmetic pesticide ban!

After its April 2012 recommendation to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides in the city of Regina, the city's Environmental Advisory Committee is now abandoning its original recommendation after pressure from business and stakeholders.

Pesticides can cause health issues in adults and children, including cancer, reproductive and nervous system problems. As an individual citizen and small businessperson in Regina, I am deeply concerned with our city's determination to place the health of the pesticide and lawn care industries above the health of our children and communities.

On Thursday, June 7 at 5:30pm, the Environmental Advisory Committee will meet again. Please sign this petition here (or come to Thursday's meeting at City Hall) to let our municipal leaders know we want to see Regina move in the direction of other progressive communities and ban the use of cosmetic pesticides.

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Public Comments Invited: Milling the Midwest Project

Deadline: June 27, 2012

AREVA Resources is proposing the mining and milling of ore from a uranium deposit located 700 kilometres north of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, near the eastern margin of the Athabasca Basin. The project would include the following components: development of the Midwest ore deposit as an open pit mine; development of a dedicated haul road linking the Midwest development with the existing McClean Lake Operation; and increasing the production capacity of the JEB mill to accommodate the planned rate for milling of the Midwest ore.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) invites the public to comment on the Comprehensive Study Report, which is available here. More information on this project are available on the Agency's website (registry reference number 06-03-17519 http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/details-eng.cfm?evaluation=17519).

The document is available for viewing at the community offices of La Ronge and Stony Rapids, the offices of Black Lake Denesuline First Nation, Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation, Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, Barren Lands First Nation, Northlands First Nation, Montreal Lake Cree Nation, Prince Albert Grand Council, and Métis Nation – Saskatchewan (Head Office), and at the main public libraries in Regina (12th Avenue branch) and Saskatoon (23rd Street branch).

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Vote for the Future You Want

Recommendations from the Rio+20 Dialogues are now available for the general public to vote at http://vote.riodialogues.org.

These recommendations, ranked by the support received inside the platform and by the votes received in the public site will be assembled and organized by the Facilitators and presented to the Panelists in the Sustainable Development Dialogues (Rio de Janeiro, 16-19 June 2012), during Rio+20.

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Opportunities/Call for Proposals

Education and Environmental Performance Manager

The City of Saskatoon has an employment opportunity. Details here. Applications are to be received at Human Resources (Main Floor South, City Hall) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 08, 2012.

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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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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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Coming Events

Regina

3rd Annual Solar Bus Tour

June 23, 9 am - 5 pm

Saskatchewan Solar Tours is holding its 3rd Annual Bus tour of homes and businesses powered by solar energy on Saturday June 23rd. Join like-minded people for a tour of working examples of solar and wind technology in Regina and the surrounding rural area. Meet homeowners who produce their own energy. Talk onsite with solar experts about the cost and operation of solar and wind systems. More details.

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Saskatoon

Swale of a Day

June 10, 7 am - 4 pm

The Saskatoon Nature Society, Saskatoon Wildlife Federation and the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan invite you and your family to a Swale of a Day event, a special public fun and educational field day on Saskatoon's North East Swale, an ancient river channel. For more information about the Swale of a Day family event, go here.

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SES Speaker Series: It's Getting Windy Out There

June 13th, 7 pm, Cliff Wright Library, 1635 McKercher Dr.

Guest Speaker, Kevin Hudson, will discuss the process of developing municipal wind turbine projects. Hudson is the Manager of Metering & Sustainable electricity with Saskatoon Light and Power (the City of Saskatoon's electric utility), and oversees the development of a number of small-scale sustainable electricity projects in Saskatoon. His talk will focus on the development of municipal wind turbine projects using information learned from the City of Saskatoon' recent wind turbine studies. He will discuss the process that is required for approval and the various technical challenges with these projects.

For more information contact: info@environmentalsociety.ca or phone 306.665.1915.

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State of the Art in Sustainability & SEN AGM

June 16th, Saskatoon

Mark your calendars for the Saskatchewan Eco Network's Sustainability session and Annual General Meeting. At 1 pm, special guest Dr. Sean Connelly will be presenting "It's not easy being green, and it's not enough". Details here.

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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

Nature Saskatchewan Spring Meet 2012

June 15th - 17th, Prince Albert

The 2012 Spring Meet will be held at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre. Details at http://www.naturesask.ca/?s=news&p=events&id=539.

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.