Green Toolbox for Growing Sustainable Municipalities--July-August 2015

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From UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office

July-August 2015

 

Events, Funding Opportunities & Announcementss

UNSM IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS CLIMATE CHANGE LEADERS AWARD
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

UNSM invites municipalities to apply for its 3rd annual Climate Change Leaders Award!  The award honours municipalities that have demonstrated exemplary leadership in climate change adaption and/or mitigation through the implementation of initiatives and creation of awareness.  The objectives of the award program are to celebrate successes, encourage continuous action towards climate change adaptation and mitigation, support the implementation of strategies from Municipal Climate Change Action Plans, and support collaborative efforts and the sharing of information among municipalities.

The application deadline for UNSM’s Climate Change Leaders Award is September 18, 2015.  The successful applicant will be announced at UNSM’s fall conference in early November.

Previous recipients of UNSM’s Climate Change Leaders Award include:

  • 2013:  HRM for its Solar City Project
  • 2014:  Municipality of the District of Digby for its biogas project that is turning mink waste into energy and the District of Shelburne for improvements to its wastewater treatment infrastructure that not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but incorporated climate change projections into the design of its new facility

For more information about the Climate Change Leaders Award or to request an application, please contact Debbie at 423-8312 or .

UNSM IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS CARBON SURCHARGE FUND
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

On June 8, 2012, UNSM’s Board of Directors passed a motion to add a $5 carbon surcharge to its spring and fall conference registration fee as a means to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions generated from hosting these events.  All carbon surcharge money collected is held in a special account and disbursed annually to support local, small-scale initiatives to help a municipalities reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  

This year, UNSM has $3,000 to disburse from the Carbon Surcharge Fund and is inviting interested municipalities to apply for this funding by Sept. 28, 2015.  The funding recipient will be announced at UNSM’s fall conference in early November.  

Previous recipients the UNSM’s Carbon Surcharge Fund include:  

  • Municipality of the District of West Hants for its Residential Water Conservation Initiative
  • Municipality of the County of Inverness for its Community Energy Reduction Initiative

For more information about UNSM’s Carbon Surcharge Fund or to request an application, please contact Debbie Nielsen at or 423-8312.

 

COMMUNITY ENERGY PLANNING INITIATIVE: A CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OFCommunity Energy Planning Logo INTEREST
APPLICATION DEADLINE:  SEPTEMBER 4, 2015

QUEST Canada, through its Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Canada initiative (GTI), is seeking three communities across Canada to serve as pilots to apply the leading practices for building and maintaining support, leadership and funding to accelerate the implementation of Community Energy Plans (CEPs).

  • A CEP is a tool that helps define community priorities around energy with a view to improving efficiency, cutting emissions, and driving economic development. It typically includes an energy and greenhouse gas inventory, targets and an action plan. While 180 communities across Canada, representing 50 percent of the population, have a CEP, all communities are facing challenges when it comes to implementation.

The objective of the GTI Pilot Communities Initiative is to help communities navigate the challenges associated with community energy planning and to accelerate CEP implementation.

The successful Canadian pilot communities will receive support to advance the implementation of their CEP over an 8-12 month period, including:

  • 600+ hours of GTI expert staff time ($75,000 value/ per community), including:
  • Involvement of senior advisors with over 50 years of collective experience working with communities on implementation
  • Two briefings from senior advisors
  • Up to 5 in-person meetings with the GTI project team
  • Monthly teleconference meetings with the GTI project team
  • Participation in GTI events
  • A case study profiling your community published online

The deadline to submit an expression of interest is September 4th, 2015.

To learn more about the GTI Pilot Communities Initiative, please click here.

“SAVE THE DATE” FOR CUMBERLAND ENERGY AUTHORITY’S 1ST ANNUAL ENERGY SYMPOSIUM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, SPRINGHILL COMMUNITY CENTRE FROM 9 AM – 4 PM:  BRINGING THE ENERGY SECTOR TOGETHER
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, PARRSBORO LEGION FROM 9 AM – 4 PM:  TIDAL ENERGY IN NOVA SCOTIA – BUILDING THE OPPORTUNITY  

The Cumberland Energy Authority's Energy Symposium is a two-day event showcasing Nova Scotia as an international leader in the green energy sector. This event will bring together the green energy industry, government, the community and academia. Keynote speakers and breakout sessions to be announced shortly.

For more information, to reserve your spot at the symposium, or to register a both at the trade show, contact Michele Byers at .

THE 18TH ANNUAL RECREATION NOVA SCOTIA 2015 CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 13 – 16
DIGBY PINES GOLF RESORT & SPA

This exciting and thought-provoking four-day conference attracts recreation, physical activity, sport and health professionals, municipal and provincial government representatives, community volunteers and students from across Nova Scotia.  Recreation Nova Scotia’s 18th annual conference will provide delegates with a selection of informative, high energy and interactive sessions. These sessions will encourage delegates to exchange ideas, work together, stir up dialogue, and debate on what can be done to empower Nova Scotians of all ages and abilities to adopt healthier, more physically active lives.

For more information on Recreation Nova Scotia’s 18th annual conference, visit RNS' here, or contact Rhonda Lemire, Executive Director, at .

 

   For more information about the initiatives included in the Green Toolbox, please contact Debbie Nielsen, Municipal Sustainability Coordinator by telephone (423-8312)or e-mail ().