Canada Blooms and Landscape Ontario Events Calendar ’13 – ’14

Canada Blooms 

March 15 – 24, 2013 Direct Energy Centre

100 Princes’ Blvd, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6K 3C3

www.canadablooms.com

Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back to the community throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. 

Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis.

Canada Blooms was founded in 1996 by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers.

Canada Blooms has been named One of Ontario’s Top 100 Events by Festivals and Events Ontario and One of North America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association. Canada Blooms is also the recipient of the 2011 Garden Tourism Award for “Garden Tourism Festival of the Year”.

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Q&A on Wine And Climate Change – Coppola on Donner

These questions were submitted by reader Sara Coppola to Paige Donner, Founding Editor of the Green Blog Network Local Food And Wine and Producer-Director of the documentary work-in-progress, Wine And Climate Change:
Q: Sara Coppola:  Paige, you’re embarking on a new important and insightful project: the “Wine & Climate Change” Documentary; a project that stems from your great interest and involvement in environmental causes and your previous research on issues concerning global agricultural security.
When did you first start to get involved with environmental projects and how?
A: Paige Donner:  My enthusiasm for protecting the environment stems from having grown up on a Pacific Island and in California, alternatively. My brother and I would spend part of the year with my father in California where we would camp, hike, go on vineyard treks in Napa and Santa Barbara where my grandmother lived…and then with my mother in Guam and Hawai’i where we were raised like earth-bound dolphins – when we weren’t SCUBA diving we were surfing or swimming or water-skiing.  Continue reading

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happy holidays! … and a Wine Tip

A quick note to wish you a Happy Holiday Season… And may I offer a Gift Giving suggestion?

A Contribution to Wine & Climate Change  http://www.indiegogo.com/wineandclimatechange
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brings you PERKS  – both large and small –  that make great Holiday Gifts.
Wishing you Joy and Peace this holiday season-
P.S. Please feel free to share the link with your friends –  http://www.indiegogo.com/wineandclimatechange 

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Eco.Luxury.Style – New Issue Out! – The Documentary Issue – Sign Up Here For Your Copy

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Hollande Sets Ambitious CO2 Emissions Reductions Goals For France And EU

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Paris – Francois Hollande, France’s President, last Friday (Sept. 14, 2012), announced that under his watch, environmental issues will be placed at the top of the national, and even international, political agenda. His announcement was issued during La Conférence Environnementale, an annual environmental conference held in Paris.

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His most ambitious statement issued is his recommendation to cut CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040 at the European Union level. Current EU targets are 20% reduction of 1990 levels by 2020.

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Hollande stated that he would like to see more global dialogue on environmental issues, citing the lack of a renewed agreement on climate goals reached internationally so far makes this an urgent and important matter. The Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of this year so climate talks are expected to once again take priority at the upcoming November Doha COP 18 conference. According to the Paris-based International Energy Agency, CO2 emissions rose by 3.2% last year to 31.6 billion tons, spurred by increases from China.

More initiatives he announced/ launched:

  • New tenders for solar and offshore wind power by end of 2012.
  • Closing of Fessenheim’s Nuclear Power Plant by end of 2016.  
  • Rejected applications for shale gas exploration.
  • Cut France’s nuclear power from 75% to 50% by 2025.

 

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Eco.Luxury.Style – Men’s Sustainable Fashion Issue Out Now

Eco.Luxury.StyleMen’s Sustainable Fashion Issue 

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The Hulk Mark Ruffalo Hosts Party for Renewable Energy in Africa

by Nadine Weil
[Guest post by Nadine Weil, Founder of Heart of Green.
All photos are by Drew Altizer]
The eco-glitterati came together on Thursday evening June 21 to bask in the glow of Empowered By Light’s second annual Light Up The Night party, a sold out affair in San Francisco. Fresh off his movie premiere of “The Avengers,” Oscar-nominated actor 

Mark Ruffalo flexed his celebrity muscle and co-hosted the party held at Roe to bring
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Cleantech Connect Creates World of Connections

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by Paige Donner
As an exhibitor at this year’s TechConnect Summit, Pixelligent Technologies has found that participating in this annual event has its payoffs. Craig Bandes, CEO of Pixelligent and a presenter at TechConnect Continue reading

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Sustainable Building Apprenticeship Program For Women


10-Week Women’s Earthbag Dome Building Apprenticeship in Canada 

Lillooet, British Columbia, July 28-October 6, 2012

Kleiwerks International’s Women of the Americas Sustainability Initiative (WASI) is hosting a 10-week, hands-on natural building apprenticeship that brings together a group of women apprentices with an experienced team of earthbag builders and native St’at’imc community members. Their project is to construct a Healing & Cultural Arts Centre near Lillooet, BC. This training immersion provides participants with the opportunity to learn construction while building a dome from start to finish, develop leadership skills through facilitating local groups, work side-by-side with a community that is creating culturally appropriate local solutions, and document the story to share with wider audiences.

Ideal participants are women who have follow-up projects, intend to share what they learn, want to work in the natural building trades and be part of the growing natural building movement. “This apprenticeship is a unique opportunity for participants to delve into earthbag construction while building the envisioned creative cultural community commons with the people of T’it’qet and Lillooet who are engaged in proactively creating a vibrant future by combining traditional St’at’imc culture and values with refined sustainable and ecological solutions,” says Susannah Tedesco, local Program Coordinator.

Today’s building industry uses half of our planet’s resources, yet healthy, time-tested, affordable and soulful construction alternatives exist. These alternatives are based on reclaiming and refining the use of local and recycled materials. Coupled with indigenous knowledge and Permaculture design systems, natural building plays a profound role in creating a way of life that is good for people and the planet. 

Instructors Fox McBride and Chloe Wolsey are teaming up for the first time, combining their extensive and global earthbag dome construction backgrounds. WASI Delegate Christine Jack is a Nlaka’pamux First Nations leader who resides in St’atimc Territory near Lillooet, BC. Guest Instructors, The Mudgirls are a network of natural builders from BC. WASI Coordinator, Susannah Tedesco, is devoted to rural grassroots initiatives that empower communities to create viable local living solutions. 

Women of the Americas Sustainability Initiative (WASI) is an alliance of women leaders who construct, educate, organize, and advocate for strong and empowered communities through ecological design-build practices with the aim of creating a socially and ecologically resilient world.

For details or to apply visit: http://www.kleiwerks.org/wasi-canada-earthbagdome-apprenticeship-2012/. There are 12 seats available. The fee is $3,600, including tuition, meals, lodging and field trips.

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=71649

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Tech Connect World Summit 2012 – Invitation and Discount Code

 

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Journalists Awarded Fellowships at Metcalf Institute

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NEWS RELEASE Ten Journalists Awarded Fellowships at Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting’s 14th Annual Science Workshops for Journalists  Continue reading

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Think Like A Man Thinks Green

In time for Earth Day 2012, Sony Pictures RELEASES FIRST-EVER INDUSTRY PRODUCTION USING COMPLETELY ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING

Culver City, CA (April 19, 2012) – As an industry leader in environmental innovation, Sony Pictures has long experimented with energy-efficient light sources and technologies for use in its productions. But for the Screen Gems feature Think Like a Man, Sony Pictures took its efforts a step further and reached an industry first by using 100 percent energy-efficient (LED) lighting sources on the production.

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Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide

Sustainable Design

A Critical Guide
David Bergman
7″ x 8.5″ / 144 pages / 175 color
$24.95 / paperback

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March 31st 8:30 pm – The Lights Go Off!

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Earth Hour Global Slideshow – Click HERE

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour last year alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.

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Recycle, Reuse, Rejoice! 

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World’s Largest Bottle-to-Bottle Recycling Plant, Riverside CA

carbonLITE’s new 220,000 sq-ft plant receives support from California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld among others

RIVERSIDE, CA California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the official grand opening of the world’s largest bottle-to-bottle plastic recycling plant.  Located in Riverside, Ca., the 220,000 sq-ft plant has already created over 100 green jobs and will recover more than two billion plastic PET bottles annually from California’s Curbside and Redemption Value programs. Continue reading

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