Green Toolbox - Resources - June 2012

Call For 2013 Fcm Sustainable Communities Awards Nominations 

The FCM Sustainable Communities Awards offers national recognition for initiatives that demonstrate environmental responsibility and excellence. Eligible participants include municipal governments and their private-sector partners. Joint submissions are welcome.

Sustainable communities can take many forms: large or small, urban or rural, central or remote. Their paths to sustainability are equally varied. Awards will be granted for initiatives in six categories:

  • Brownfields
  • Energy 
  • Neighbourhood Development  
  • Transportation 
  • Waste
  • Water


The awards will be presented at FCM’s 2013 Sustainable Communities Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will take place during the Federation’s annual Sustainable Communities Conference in Windsor, Ontario (February 13-15, 2013).  Deadline for submissions is Friday, September 7.

For more information, visit:  http://fcm.ca/home/awards/fcm-sustainable-communities-awards.htm

2012 Green Provincial Report Card Released On June 11, 2012

Corporate Knights released its third bi-annual Green Provincial Report Card with the highest grade going to Ontario (Nova Scotia ranked 7th just below Nunavut).  Ontario has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 6.5 percent since 1990, making it the only province to reach Kyoto emission-reduction targets. It also received high marks for building green homes and embracing energy retrofits for old ones, and for continuing to maintain a vibrant clean technology sector.

The research team evaluated each province/territory using a series of 35 indicators grouped into seven categories: air and climate, water, nature, transportation, waste, energy and buildings, and innovation. Building on previous green province reports, this year's ranking methodology used the most current available data (ranging from 2008 to 2011). The majority of the information came through federal sources that allowed for direct comparisons between Canada's 13 jurisdictions.

PROVINCE/TERRITORY RANKLETTER GRADE

Ontario

1st

A-

British Columbia

2nd

A-

Prince Edward Island

3rd

B+

Yukon Territory

4th

B

Quebec

5th

B

Nunavut

6th

B-

Nova Scotia

7th

B-

Northwest Territories

8th

B-

Newfoundland & Labrador

9th

C+

New Brunswick

10th

C+

Manitoba

11th

C+

Alberta

12th

C

Saskatchewan

13th

C



The full Green Provincial Report Card is available at: www.corporateknights.com/greenprovinces

Help Bring More Alternative Transportation Options To Nova Scotia

Imagine a commute that didn’t feel like a chore. Picture the enthusiastic convergence of people enjoying each others’ company. Busy streets become friendly and vibrant with more people out walking, skating, biking and commuting together, while making solo-car travel feel isolating.

That’s the vision of DriveWiser - Drive Less: to inform people about how to get from A to B while using the least amount of fuel possible, with positive returns for the traveler, their wallet and the environment.

Clean Nova Scotia is a finalist in a voting-based competition through Shell Fuelling Change and need your support to win!  You can vote by visiting:  www.fuellingchange.com or http://fuellingchange.com/main/project/356/Drivewiser-Drive-Less-Get-More#doc. The voting period is open now until Oct 31. 

Thanks for helping our small but mighty province on the path to victory!  For more information about DriveWiser/FleetWiser, contact Derek Gillis, Program Coordinator at Clean Nova Scotia (email:  or telephone:  902.420.7944 420-7944 (direct) or 1-888-380-5008).