Green Toolbox - Events - May 2012

World Environment Day Is June 5

Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual actions that collectively become an exponential force for positive change.  World Environment Day is celebrated around the world in many ways, including street rallies, bicycle parades, green concerts, tree planting, recycling efforts, clean-up campaigns and much more.

The 2012 World Environment Day theme is Green Economy: Does it include you? The green economy touches almost every aspect of our lives and concerns our development. For example, it is about sustainable energy, green jobs, low carbon economies, green policies, green buildings, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, industry, energy efficiency, sustainable tourism, sustainable transport, waste management, water efficiency and all other resource efficiency. These are all elements involved in the successful implementation of a green economy.

World Environment Day Logo
For ideas to celebrate World Environment Day or register your event, visit:  United Nations Environment Programme.

June 8th Is World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day LogoOn World Oceans Day, people around the planet celebrate and honor the body of water which links us all, for what it provides humans and what it represents. This year, you are encouraged to reach out to young people in your municipality and help inspire them for the 2012 theme, Youth: the Next Wave for Change. The future of ocean conservation is in their hands!

Be a part of this global celebration by participating in or holding an event of your own to raise awareness of our oceans! For ideas or to register your event, visit:  World Oceans Day.

Clean Across Nova Scotia

June 8 & 9

Clean Across Nova Scotia is a brand new initiative that aims to bring together 25,000 volunteers from across Nova Scotia for the most impressive act of collective stewardship in our province’s history.  Please consider hosting your  community cleanups on June 8 & 9 this year, as this initiative is meant to highlight the fantastic work that is already happening through existing and related activities across the province.  It’s meant to connect volunteers, communities, government and organizations to tackle waste issues at a whole new level.  And it’s going to be the most exciting volunteer action going.

Clean Across Nova Scotia is part of the global cleanup movement called, Let’s do it!  World Clean-up 2012, and 85 countries have already committed to massive cleanups in their own regions – with more joining all the time.   Over 300 million people in more than 100 countries are expected to take part this year – the biggest volunteer action in the modern world.

Whether you’ve been participating in litter clean-ups for years, or looking to participate in your first-ever, Clean Across Nova Scotia is an amazing opportunity to practice stewardship with your neighbours down the street, or kindred spirits across the globe.

For more information, contact Neil Bailey at Clean Nova Scotia ( or 420-7943).

UNSM's Municipal Wind Energy Workshop

June 14, 10 AM – 3:30 PM

NSCC, Waterfront Campus, 80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth, Classroom 4732/4734

There is still space available to participate in UNSM’s Wind Energy Workshop on June 14 in person or remotely via video conference.  This workshop will illustrate the opportunities for municipalities relating to the development of wind power in Nova Scotia.  It will provide the most current research on the health and safety impacts of wind energy to help position municipalities to respond to public concerns.  In addition to providing best practices for meaningful community engagement, the workshop will highlight examples of how local municipalities are benefiting from being proponents of wind projects. 

Participation by video conference is possible from the following for locations: 

  • Municipality of the District of Argyle, 27 Court House Road, Tusket
  • Municipality of the County of Cumberland, 1395 Blair Lake Road, #6, Amherst
  • Municipality of the County of Richmond, 2357 Highway 206, Arichat
  • Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, 210 Aberdeen Road, Bridgewater

Whether joining the workshop by video conference or in person at NSCC Waterfront Campus, interested participants must register by contacting Debbie Nielsen, UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator ( or 423-8312).  The registration deadline for the Municipal Wind Energy Workshop is Friday, June 8  - but space is limited, so please register today!

Consultation Sessions For Developing A Sustainable Park System For Nova Scotia

The Parks & Recreation Division of Department of Natural Resources is holding public meetings where you can share your ideas on how best to create a sustainable provincial park system for 2020 and beyond.  All sessions run from 7 to 9 pm. 

June 5 Days Inn & Convention Centre, Bridgewater
Rodd Grand Hotel, Yarmouth
Fire Hall, Kentville
June 7 Royal Canadian Legion, Shelburne
Royal Canadian Legion, Digby
June 12 Fire Hall, Baddeck
Keating Centre, Antigonish
June14 Membertou Trade & Convention Centre, Sydney
Jost Building, Guysborough
June 19 Wandlyn Meeting & Convention Centre, Amherst
NSCC Campus, Truro
June 21 Royal Canadian Legion, Parrsboro
Museum of Industry, Stellarton   
June 26 Halifax Forum, Halifax

For details about the sessions and background about our provincial park system, visit: or call 902 662-3030.

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you can go online and complete a survey or send your comments to Department of Natural Resources (Nova Scotia Provincial Parks).