Green Toolbox - Events: July-August, 2012

Switch Open Street Sundays

September 9th From 9 AM To 2 PM

On Sunday, September 9th, a 2km route on the Halifax peninsula will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to walkers, runners, bikers, in-line skaters, strollers, dancers and much more. Inspired by the growing number of successful “open street” type events hosted in cities across the globe, Switch is about promoting healthy and active living, in a fun and festive community-based atmosphere. This will be the first Switch in HRM, with the hope of making it a regular event.

To find out more about Switch Open Street Sundays.

Walk To The Polls

Heart and Stroke Walk AboutHeart & Stroke Walkabout™ invites candidates to track their steps while canvassing during the election campaign this fall. We know you and your supporters walk a lot while campaigning, but have you ever wondered how many steps or how far you have actually walked? Why not wear a pedometer and find out how much physical activity you are getting? Using Walkabout to record your steps on line, you will be able to share your progress with your constituents.
Walkable communities tend to be vibrant and healthy. You can also use this opportunity to encourage your constituents to walk as a way of getting connected with each other and with their community. Heart & Stroke Walkabout™ will provide the first 15 candidates who contact us with a free pedometer.

For more information on how to get started, visit or contact Catherine Droesbeck at 423-7530 X 3347 or email Catherine at .

Sustainable Transportation Strategy Workshop

September 11 &12, 9 AM To 4:30 PN
Dalhousie University Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue, Room 224

The Province is organizing a Sustainable Transportation Workshop for September 11 and 12 at Dalhousie University. The workshop’s purpose is to support the development of the provincial Sustainable Transportation Strategy and to work with municipalities and other organizations to shape its direction and content.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Ross Soward of the Cities and Environment Unit at (902) 494-8494 or () to register.

Municipal Climate Change Action Plans (MCCAP) Workshops

September 13, Truro
September 14, Port Hawkesbury
September 18, HRM
September 21, Yarmouth

Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations (SNSMR) will be conducting a series of regional workshops on Municipal Climate Change Action Plans (MCCAPs), which must be prepared by all municipalities by December 31, 2013.

The workshop will cover the requirement of municipalities in completing their plans and will focus on the six steps outlined in the MCCAP guide. In addition to information regarding the process and requirements, a consultant who has worked closely with SNSMR on the development of additional materials designed to assist municipalities on climate change adaptation, will also be leading a session which will outline this work. As well, a geologist from the Department of Natural Resources will be making a presentation on coastal processes and the relationship between these processes and climate change hazards and impacts.

The workshops are specifically directed towards municipal staff who will be playing an instrumental role in the development of the MCCAP. Each session will have the capacity for approximately 30 participants and we ask that municipalities limit attendance to a maximum of four participants.

The sessions will run from 10 am to 2 pm and a light lunch will be provided. They will be held at these locations, on the following dates:

  1. Truro - Glengarry Hotel - September 13
  2. Port Hawkesbury – Civic Centre - September 14
  3. Halifax - 8 North Training Room, Maritime Centre - September 18
  4. Yarmouth - Rodd Grand Hotel - September 21

To register, please contact Graham Fisher, Senior Planner, SNSMR at or 424-2990, and indicate which session you plan to attend.

Nova Scotia Feed-in Tariff Forum 2012

September 24 – 25
Pier 21, Halifax

The second annual Nova Scotia Feed-in Tariff Forum is the only event to provide project owners and suppliers with critical updates on Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan including the Community Feed-In Tariff and RFP programs.

With seven municipalities confirmed to speak, this year’s agenda contains exclusive insight for municipal-led renewable energy projects. Municipal attendees are eligible for a special 30% discount off the registration fee and will benefit from:

  • Critical updates from the Department of Energy on the COMFIT and RFP – including the COMFIT Review to launch this fall
  • Strategies for financing and partnering opportunities on COMFIT projects with input from financiers, project owners and experienced developers
  • The latest updates on grid connection and capacity for renewables in the Maritimes
  • Presentations from a variety of COMFIT owners including municipalities, communities and First Nations on the progress of COMFIT projects and challenges ahead
  • Advice from world-class developers and OEMS on managing and operating wind farms in Nova Scotia
  • Ideas on educating and engaging the public on wind energy

For more information, please visit The Nova Scotia Feed-In Tariff Forum or contact, Adrienne Baker at or 819 459 1462.

ARC2012 - Atlantic Reclamation Conference

September 25-28
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, Sydney

ARC2012 Atlantic Reclamation ConferenceThe Atlantic Reclamation Conference provides a wide variety of opportunities to learn about technical, operational and organizational challenges to the effective management, reclamation, restoration, and remediation of degraded and derelict sites, as well as new approaches and techniques to address them. The ARC2012 conference features two concurrent streams, focusing on topics and case studies such as:

Adaptive management and lessons learned from long-term monitoring programs
Aboriginal restoration success stories
Wetlands and watercourse restoration
Evolving solidification/stabilization technology
Restoring development landscapes
Reclamation risk assessment

For more information, contact Cameron Ells at or visit the event website.

Alternatives Fuel Vehicles Conference

September 27th
Montréal, Québec

The Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers invite you to attend the Alternatives Fuel Vehicles (AFV) Conference that will be held at La Biosphère on Ste. Hélène’s Island in Montréal. The purpose of the AFV conference is to examine issues related to emerging technologies for electric and natural gas vehicles by convening a dialogue between public and private sector stakeholders. Participants will include government, the research community, fuel producers, and manufacturers of plug-in hybrids, electric and natural gas vehicle technologies and associated infrastructure. This dialogue will allow participants to assess the environmental and economic impacts of increased market share by electric and natural gas vehicles.

For more information, visit Environment Canada - Biosphere General Information

Recreation Nova Scotia’s 2012 Annual Conference & Trade Show: Recreation – The Power Of Community

October 24-26
Best Western Plus Glengarry, Truro

Recreation Nova Scotia is pleased to present Recreation: The Power of Community, its 15th Annual Conference and Trade Show. Plan to experience a top quality program, excellent networking opportunities and a professional trade show.

Quest International Conference & Tradeshow: Smart Energy Communities In Cold Climates

November 18 - 21
Fairmont Winnipeg

Since 2007, QUEST - Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow - has served as Canada's national voice for Integrated Community Energy Systems and Solutions (ICES). ICES considers how energy is supplied and consumed in all sectors, including transportation, land-use planning, industry, water and waste management and others. You are invited to participate in Canada's only conference and tradeshow dedicated to ICES taking place in Winnipeg from November 18 - 21.

The conference will bring together the best thinkers, strategists, practitioners, and decision-makers from Canada and abroad to share what can be done to make Smart Energy Communities in Cold Climates a reality. It is a three-day event that will attract over 300 delegates from across the country and internationally, and provide the ICES industry with a convenient, affordable way to get the latest industry information, tools and policy updates.

For more information and to register, visit QUEST 2012 International Conference & Tradeshow

Iclei’s Livable Cities Forum

November 29-30
Hamilton, Ontario

Livable-Cities-Forum-Logo--June-2012ICLEI Canada (Local Governments for Sustainability) invites you to attend the Livable Cities Forum: Creating Adaptive & Resilient Communities. The Forum will connect municipal practitioners to discuss the importance of climate change adaptation and will provide a platform to explore adaptation and its vital role at the local level. This 2-day event will bring together municipal practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and elected officials from across Canada to collaborate and share insights and best practices related to local climate change adaptation practices. The local and regional focus of this event lends itself to productive breakout sessions, hands-on workshops and roundtable conversations; providing tangible learning opportunities and interactions among participants.