Green Toolbox - News & Resources: July-August, 2012

Municipality Of Guysborough Taking The Lead With Large-scale Wind

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) was awarded one of three contracts under Nova Scotia’s most recent RFP for large-scale wind to develop the 13.8 MW Sable Wind Project near the communities of Canso and Hazel Hill. This is the first large-scale wind farm to be developed by a municipality in Nova Scotia. Work is expected to start on the ground in 2013, with construction being completed and turbines in operation during the 2014 calendar year. The Sable Wind Project is expected to produce enough energy to serve approximately 4,600 homes.

For more information about the project, please visit Sable Wind.

FCM Is Now Accepting Submissions For The 2012 Measures Report

If your municipality has undertaken initiatives to reduce corporate (municipal) or community greenhouse gas emissions, FCM would like to hear about it. This is a great opportunity to be recognized for your actions to combat climate change, and to share your experience with other municipalities.

The deadline for data submissions is November 30, 2012. For more information, including how to calculate specific GHG reductions, please contact Partners for Climate Protection’s technical support staff: Jonathan Connor, Project Coordinator, ICLEI-Canada, (647) 728-4391, , or Peter Martens, Project Assistant, ICLEI-Canada, (647) 728-4389, .

To view the 2011 National Measure Report (PDF). The report calculates the aggregated contribution a sample of 43 municipalities have made in terms of investments, cost savings and emissions reductions to address climate change.

Reality Check: The State Of Climate Progress In Canada

The National Round Table on the Environment and Economy recently released a report detailing the state of climate progress in Canada: The report indicates that despite making progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Canada is not on track to achieve the federal 2020 reduction target of 17% below 2005 levels and will not achieve its target unless significant new, additional measures are taken. The report concludes that as a nation, we need to do more to reduce GHG emissions - no other conclusion is possible.

Reality Check: The State of Climate Progress in Canada reinforces that a national target needs a concerted national policy behind it. It also states that policy uncertainty still exists and stifles progress, and that Canada has yet to implement effective policies to address some large sources of emissions.

To access the report, visit Reality Check: The State of Climate Progress in Canada.

Small Wind Generation Directive Amended

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has amended the directive that specifies the parameters on the number of small wind generation devices (50 kW and under) permitted per county. This amendment reflects the changing reality of the COMFIT program, as interest in small wind development is exceeding the cap in some areas.

The directive raises the small wind cap to a maximum of 8 per county, which will be determined on a case-by-case basis. In addition, the Minister of Energy will ensure that a minimum allocation of 4 projects per county remains in order to provide continued access to opportunities.

For more information, visit Rewewable Electricity in Nova Scotia.

FCM’s New Resource: Passing Go: Moving Beyond The Plan

The latest in FCM’s Sustainability Solution Series, Passing Go: Moving Beyond the Plan aims to help Canadian municipalities engage their communities and turn their integrated community sustainability plans (ICSPs) into action. Find out the five key strategies used by the City of Montréal, the City of Hamilton and the Municipality of Whistler to successfully implement their award-winning plans.

To download this resource go to FCM Passing Go: Moving Beyound the Plan (PDF).

The Global Environmental Outlook Released

The United Nations Environment Programme has released The Global Environmental Outlook, which evaluates ninety of the most pressing environmental goals, including stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting food security, and protecting ecosystems and biodiversity.

To view the report, visit Global Environmental Outlook.

Impacts & Adaptation Options For The Gulf Coast

The Center for Climate & Energy Solutions recently released Impacts and Adaptation Options in the Gulf Coast, a report that examines the risks that climate change poses to the region’s energy and fishing industries, as well as to residents and local governments. It concludes that climate impacts are already being felt across these sectors and outlines measures that can be taken to adapt to the growing risks, reducing the region’s vulnerability and the costs associated with future impacts.

To view the report, visit The Center for Climate & Energy Solutions - Impacts And Adaptation Options In The Gulf Coast.

A Report On The Current State Of Climate Change Knowledge

The US National Research Council released Climate Change: Lines of Evidence, a booklet that presents a summary the current state of knowledge about climate change, an overview of expected impacts expected in this century and beyond, and an examination of how science can help inform choices about managing and reducing climate change risks.

To view the report, visit Climate Change: Lines of Evidence.

Salmon Wars: Wild Fish, Aquaculture And The Future Of Communities

By Silver Donald Cameron & Chris Beckett

Salmon Wars is a new Atlantic Canadian documentary that explores net cage salmon aquaculture and its social, economic and environmental impacts on the communities where it operates. The 70-minute video documentary explores our stewardship our oceans, alliances between industry and government, and the ability of local communities to influence their own futures.