Green Toolbox Events for April 2012

DOLLARS TO $ENSE ENERGY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOPS

MAY 8 & 9

HALIFAX

Natural Resources Canada will be hosting the following Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops in Halifax:   

MAY 8:  RECOMMISSIONING - This full-day workshop introduces building owners and managers to the benefits and processes of building recommissioning. 

MAY 9:  ENERGY MANAGEMENT PLANNING - This non-technical full-day workshop will show you how to create and implement an energy management plan for your municipality.

For more information on these workshops, please visit: oee.nrcan.gc.ca/workshops.

NOVA SCOTIA ENERGY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT FORUM 2012

MAY 16 & 17

WORLD TRADE & CONVENTION CENTRE, HALIFAX

Energy Research and Development Forum 2012 

The Offshore Energy Environmental Research Association and Offshore Energy Technical Research Association (OEER/OETR Associations), in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, is pleased to host their 5th biannual Research & Development Forum.  It will bring together delegates from industry, government and the academic community to showcase new and compelling research findings and provide opportunities to collaborate on identifying research questions that will help shape the future of energy in Nova Scotia.

Join forces with these organizations and take full advantage of Nova Scotia's vast energy research in the areas of marine energy & the environment, Nova Scotia offshore & onshore oil & gas and renewable & sustainable energy.

To register online, please visit: http://www.offshoreenergyresearch.ca/Events/NSEnergyRDForum2012/tabid/454/Default.aspx.  For more information, contact, Laura Smith at OEER/OETR Associations by telephone (424.1540) or email ( ). 

CLEAN ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA:  A GLOBAL CLEANUP MOVEMENT

JUNE 8 & 9

Clean Across Nova Scotia is a brand new initiative that aims to bring together 25,000 volunteers from across Nova Scotia for the most impressive act of collective stewardship in our province’s history.  Please consider hosting your community cleanups on June 8 & 9 this year, as this initiative is meant to highlight the fantastic work that is already happening through existing and related activities across the province.  It’s meant to connect volunteers, communities, government and organizations to tackle waste issues at a whole new level. 
 
Clean Across Nova Scotia is part of the global cleanup movement called, Let’s do it!  World Cleanup 2012, and 85 countries have already committed to massive cleanups in their own regions – with more joining all the time.   Over 300 million people in more than 100 countries are expected to take part this year – the biggest volunteer action in the modern world.
 
Whether you’ve been participating in litter cleanups for years, or looking to participate in your first-ever, Clean Across Nova Scotia is an amazing opportunity to practice stewardship with your neighbours down the street, or kindred spirits across the globe.

For more information, contact Neil Bailey at Clean Nova Scotia (  or 420-7943).

SAVE THE DATE FOR UNSM’S WIND ENERGY WORKSHOP

JUNE 14

NSCC, WATERFRONT CAMPUS, DARTMOUTH

UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office is working in partnership with the Nova Scotia Departments of Energy and Environment to organize a wind energy workshop to illustrate the opportunities and challenges for municipalities relating to wind power in Nova Scotia.  This session will provide the most current research on the impacts of wind turbines to help position municipalities to better respond to public concerns.  In addition to providing best practices for meaningful community engagement, the workshop will also highlight examples of how local municipalities are benefiting from being proponents of wind energy.  

Although the workshop agenda is still being finalized, municipalities are encouraged to mark their calendars and plan to attend this informative session.  For further information, please contact Debbie Nielsen, UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator (  or 423-8312).

2012 HERITAGE CONFERENCE:  PRICELESS – PROFIT FROM YOUR PAST

JUNE 12-15

SYDNEY, CAPE BRETON

Register today for this year’s Heritage conference! Follow this link for the revised conference program, registration form, and a map showing Sydney area accommodations:
http://www.cbrm.ns.ca/images/stories/2012%20heritage%20conference.pdf.

Please note that seating for the 18th century meal and tour of the Fortress of Louisbourg is limited, so those planning to attend should reserve soon.

For more information, contact Rick McCready (  or 902-563-5072) or Colleen McGuire (  or 902-563-5068).

ENERGIZING COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE:  CREATING SOLUTIONS WITH DISTRICT ENERGY/COMBINED HEAT & POWER

JUNE 13 - 15

WESTIN HOTEL, OTTAWA

Learn how communities in Canada and abroad are meeting challenging sustainability goals through district energy at the 17th Annual Conference of the Canadian District Energy Association. Be inspired by community energy case studies presented by industry experts. Learn about policy that enables and supports sustainable district energy systems and how to finance your next project. 
 
For more information, visit:  http://www.cdea.ca/

CANADIAN WATER SUMMIT

JUNE 28

CALGARY ALBERTA

Learn how to prepare for the challenges emerging from the interdependence between water, food and energy at the Canadian Water Summit. 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, visit: www.watersummit.ca or contact Izabela Popova, Manager of the Canadian Water Summit (416.364.0050 x106 or).