Green Toolbox - Events - June 2012

Workshop On Coastal Issues & Opportunities And Blue Flag Certification For Your Municipality

July 18 From 1 To 4 Pm
Alderney Gate Library, Helen Creighton Room

Blue Flag Certification LogoYou are invited to a workshop on coastal issues and opportunities, and Blue Flag certification in Nova Scotia.  Blue Flag is a highly respected and recognized international eco-label for beaches and marinas that has recently arrived in Nova Scotia.  Join us to discuss what the arrival of Blue Flag in Nova Scotia could mean for your coast and municipality.   

The workshop will be hosted by Blue Flag Canada and Clean Nova Scotia, and follows the raising of the first official Blue Flag in Nova Scotia at the Halifax Marina at 11:00 am; an event that coincides with the arrival of the ships for the Centennial Tall Ships Festival.  After the flag-raising and enjoying the sights and sounds of the tall ships, you are invited to take the ferry to the Alderney Gate Library for a catered lunch.  

Please RSVP to Valerie Francella at or 902-420-3473 by July 13.  For more information on Blue Flag, visit:


FCM Webinar: …and The Survey Says: A Review Of Municipal Climate Research
Thursday, July 19 From 1:00-2:30 PM AST

Local governments give their time and expertise towards various research projects. They are valued partners that contribute a wealth of data, provide insights on prevailing field conditions, articulate needs, and spur new lines of inquiry. Furthermore they serve as key partners in piloti Saveng new projects or approaches, from the adoption of new policies to the building of innovative infrastructure.

This webinar showcases the latest research findings stemming from local government participation in studies related to climate change.  The presentations provide a context to municipal perspectives and realities when taking action on climate adaptation and mitigation, and energy planning.


  • Ariela Summit, Masters Graduate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Nick Weigeldt, Project Assistant, ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Dale Littlejohn,  Executive Director, Community Energy Association
  • Joann Carmin, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

To register for this webinar online, visit:  Visit FCM’s website for more climate action resources (

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: or contact, Adrienne Baker at or 819 459 1462.

ARC2012 - Atlantic Reclamation Conference
Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) National Event
September 25-28
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, Sydney

ARC2012 Atlantic Reclamation Conference LogoThe 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 invites 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:

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:

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.   For further information, please contact Leya Barry at (647) 728-4390 / .