Upcoming Workshops/Events

Obituaries--September 2014

Mr. Raeburn Harold “Rae”, former Municipal Employee with Halifax Regional Municipality


Mr. Robert Amirault
, former Deputy Warden for the District of Argyle


Mr. John Hugh “Jack” MacLean
, former Mayor for the Town of New Glasgow


Mr. George Harvey Megeney
, Councillor for the Town of Stellarton


Mr. Paul Richard “Rick” Paynter
, former Municipal employee with the Halifax Regional Municipality


Mr. Clarence Philip Porter
, former Mayor for the Town of Stellarton

E-News Bulletin--September 2014--In This Issue

•    President's Activities
•    UNSM Board of Director Outcomes from June 27 meeting
•    Provincial Issues
•    Federal Issues
•    FCM Issues

President's Activities

For a list of the President's activities over the past month, click here.

Green Toolbox for Growing Sustainable Municipalities--September 2014

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From UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office

September 2014

 

Events & Announcements

SEEKING YOUR INPUT ON THE PROPOSED GREENER ECONOMY STRATEGY
OCTOBER 15 IS THE DEADLINE FOR PROVIDING FEEDBACK

The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) was established in 2007 and amended in 2012. The first five-year public review of EGSPA was conducted by the Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity (Round Table) in 2012. The focus of the review was to further strengthen the linkages between the environment and the economy. 

One of the recommendations the Round Table submitted to the Minister of Environment on March 30, 2012 was around the development of a green economic strategy.  The proposed Greener Economy Strategy follows a strategic approach to address future opportunities in the green economy. The strategy builds on Nova Scotia’s accomplishments to date and is organized into four focus areas. These four focus areas are aligned with the Province’s efforts, and provide guidance and direction for the future:

Focus Area 1: Promote the value of regulatory certainty for innovation and cost predictability

Focus Area 2: Develop the clean technology sector

Focus Area 3: Promote energy and resource efficiency as enablers of economic growth

Focus Area 4: Accelerate the greening of companies, products and services

Your Feedback is Requested by October 15

The Round Table is conducting a public review of the proposed Greener Economy Strategy and is seeking your feedback to help guide and further develop this initiative. You are invited to submit comments on the proposed strategy to the Round Table, c/o by October 15.  In an effort to collate comments from our membership, we encourage you to copy UNSM’s Round Table representative, HRM Councillor Jennifer Watts, on your submission, c/o .

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EFFICIENCY NOVA SCOTIA’S BRIGHT BUSINESS WORKSHOP - ENERGY EFFICIENCY:  A STRATEGY FOR GROWTH
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM
WORLD TRADE & CONVENTION CENTRE, HALIFAX
COST:  $200

Join over 200 industry leaders for a one-day conference on best practices in energy efficiency! Learn how energy efficiency is contributing to Nova Scotia’s economic growth and prosperity, and hear directly from businesses using energy efficiency to gain a competitive edge.

Annette Verschuren, Chair & CEO NRStor Inc. will give the keynote address for the conference.  As former president of The Home Depot Canada and Asia, Annette oversaw the growth of the company’s Canadian operations from 19 to 180 stores.  She currently serves as Chancellor of Cape Breton University and chairs fundraising efforts for the University’s new Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment. Annette’s engaging keynote address will focus on energy efficiency opportunities and what lies ahead.

Session Topics Include:

  •          Selling energy efficiency to senior management
  •          Strategic energy management
  •          Driving investment in energy efficiency
  •          No-to-low cost energy efficiency projects
  •          Energy economics: financing for energy efficiency projects
  •          Big projects beyond lighting

For full conference information, and to register, please visit www.brightbusinessns.ca or contact Katie Crowell at or (902)470-3612.

FCM Issues

 

  • The FCM Board met in early September. President Corkum, Warden Bruce Morrison, Councillors Bill Karsten and Wayne Atwater attended.  FCM is working on solutions to issues facing Canadians in their hometowns, and is encouraging you to become a Hometown Champion.  Investing in hometowns remains one of the smartest ways to build our country; FCM will present this at the UNSM fall conference.