Green Toolbox--Events--March-April 2013
UPCOMING UNSM MUNICIPAL SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE WORKSHOPS
WORKSHOPS ON UNSM’S NEW ICSP IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE
HRM WORKSHOP: THURSDAY, APRIL 25 FROM 10 AM TO 3:30 PM
ANTIGONISH WORKSHOP: FRIDAY, APRIL 26 FROM 9:30 AM TO 2:30 PM
Every municipality in Nova Scotia has prepared an integrate community sustainability plan (ICSP) which presents a long-term vision for their future. Now each are faced with the daunting task of translating these long-term goals and ideas into meaningful action on the ground. UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office has developed a new guidebook - From Great Ideas to Great Communities - to help municipalities with this task and is pleased to offer two full-day training workshops for municipal staff and elected officials. The guidebook launches on Earth Day (April 22) and workshops will be offered on April 25 in Halifax and April 26 in Antigonish.
The purpose of the guidebook and workshop is to help Nova Scotia municipalities effectively implement their ICSPs. It outlines how to build a culture of sustainability and integrate sustainability goals and principles into everyday municipal decision-making. Designed to be practical and easy to use, the guide includes a seven-part framework for action, step-by-step guidance, and priority strategies and actions. It includes examples and resources from various Nova Scotia and Canadian communities that have had success with implementing their ICSPs.
These interactive five-hour workshops will provide participants with:
- An understanding of the key barriers and success factors with implementing ICSPs
- A framework and tool for evaluating their own municipality’s strengths and challenges with implementation
- A reference guide full of leading practices and examples for accelerating implementation
- A step-by-step process for implementation planning and the maintenance and renewal of their ICSP
Designed and delivered by a professional facilitator, this dynamic session will combine presentations, individual reflection and peer-to-peer discussions. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of barriers and success factors, and a tool for identifying and prioritizing activities in their municipality to help guide the implementation of their ICSPs.
The HRM workshop on April 25 is taking place at the St. Mary’s Boat Club, 1641 Fairfield Rd, Halifax. This session will include a presentation and discussion on HRM’s innovative Solar City Program. The Antigonish workshop on April 26 is taking place at the Municipality of the County of Antigonish, 285 Beech Hill Road, Antigonish. The workshop fee is $50, which includes lunch and refreshments. The registration deadline for both workshops is Monday, April 22 - but space is limited, so register today! To reserve a spot, please contact Debbie, UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator, at or 423-8331.
Chris Lindberg, a Senior Sustainability Specialist with Golder Associates will be facilitating this session. He is a recognized national authority in sustainable community development and bridging the planning-implementation gap and brings more than twelve years of professional sustainability planning, strategy development and engagement experience. An accomplished facilitator, Chris has developed numerous publications, workshops and presentations on municipal sustainability and was the lead author of UNSM’s From Great Ideas to Great Communities guide. Click here for a recent article on this topic.
Please Note: Cancellations received after 4 pm on Monday, April 22 are non-refundable.
SUSTAINABILITY 101 - TRAINING FOR NEWLY-ELECTED OFFICIALS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 11:30 AM – 4 PM
THE RODD GRAND, YARMOUTH
Are you interested in learning about what is happening around Nova Scotia on the sustainability front and what are your municipality’s roles and responsibilities in meeting provincial requirements? Are you unsure what EGSPA, MCCAP, COMFIT, ICSP, demand side management, 50 kWh and bridging the gap refer to? If you would like to gain an understanding of Nova Scotia’s sustainability landscape as it pertains to you as an elected official, please join us for Sustainability 101 – Training for Newly-Elected Officials, brought to you by UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office.
Through a series of short and engaging presentations from a variety of speakers, we will walk you through the many programs, strategies, regulations and funding opportunities to bring you up to speed on all things relating to sustainability. The workshop is designed for new councillors but is also open to returning councillors looking for a refresher on sustainability.
The workshop fee is $45, which includes lunch and refreshments. The workshop registration deadline is April 30. To reserve a spot, please contact Debbie, UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Coordinator, at or 423-8331.
- Cancellations received after 4 p.m. on April 30 are non-refundable.
- If there is interest, this workshop will also be offered in mid-May on Cape Breton Island (please express your interest in this second workshop by sending an email to Debbie at by April 22).
PARTNERS FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION MUNICIPAL CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN TRAINING WORKSHOP
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 FROM 8:30 AM TO 4 PM
LOCATION: HALIFAX (VENUE TBD)
Presented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability in partnership with the UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office and Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations
All across the country, local and regional governments are pursuing strategies to monitor and reduce community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions using the Partners for Climate Protection framework. This interactive training workshop will outline a variety of tools and mechanisms that can assist municipalities with local energy and GHG management.
Through a series of presentations, demonstrations and discussions, participants will become familiar with energy and emissions inventorying, choosing an appropriate emissions reduction target, developing a local climate change action plan, and monitoring results. Facilitators will share success stories and best practice examples from across the country, along with the relevant tools, resources and support documents.
One resource this session will introduce you to is the new energy and emissions management tool or “PCP tool” created by FCM and ICLEI. The PCP tool will replace the current spreadsheets that PCP members use to complete their inventories. In addition to being web-based, this tool has a wide array of new features, including the ability to input multiple inventory years, track progress over time, select multiple methodologies for calculations in some sectors and more!
OTHER WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Clean Across Nova Scotia is a two-day, province wide cleanup aimed at promoting massive participation as part of the Let’s do it!: World Cleanup movement. It is the first event of its kind in the country, representing Canada in a global coalition of nearly 100 countries who aim to ‘clean up the world’.
You can organize your own cleanup (with lots of support resources from Clean Nova Scotia) or join an existing one in your area. For more information, click here.
For more close to 35 years, Earth Day has been a time to celebrate our environment and stage activities to address local issues. This year, more than 6 million Canadians will join 1 billion people world-wide to participate in Earth Day 2013, making it the largest secular civic event in the world!
Is your municipality looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day? You may consider organizing a litter cleanup, switching to an electronic filing system or starting an idle-less campaign. If you are looking for action ideas for your municipality, Earth Day Canada has numerous resources to help you organize a successful event, activity or project, which can be found at: (http://www.earthday.ca/pub/resources/action.php).
A LIVE WEBINAR ON JUSTIFYING & PRIORITIZING INVESTMENT IN CLIMATE ADAPTATION
APRIL 22 AT 1 PM
LIVE LECTURE AT THE ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, 1723 HOLLIS STREET, HALIFAX
Assessing infrastructure and assets at risk is a necessary first step to climate adaptation, but how does an organization choose the “best value response” and determine the optimum time to invest scarce resources in climate change adaptation projects? This presentation outlines a framework for the economic analysis of adaptation options and flexible adaptation pathways for successful projects. Several case study projects for municipal governments will be explored.
SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES: ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CONFERENCE
MONDAY, MAY 13
10 A.M-4 P.M., HOLIDAY INN, TRURO
Throughout Nova Scotia, rural communities are grappling with the challenge of providing accessible, affordable transit options to their residents. Municipalities and community groups are working hard to find solutions. The Province of Nova Scotia is set to release its first Sustainable Transportation Strategy. At this important juncture, we need your ideas and energy to help us move forward.
You are warmly invited to Community Transit Nova Scotia’s AGM and conference on May 13. On this day you will: • Learn about innovative approaches being taken around the province. • Participate in interactive sessions designed to generate new ideas, connections and approaches to meet our communities’ sustainable transportation needs. • Provide Community Transit Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia with direction for supporting sustainable transportation in the coming year. • Network with others involved in community transit and active transportation.
A few important details: • The AGM runs from 10 -11am. • Registration includes lunch and a one-year membership to Community Transit Nova Scotia.
SPECIES AT RISK RECOVERY IN ATLANTIC CANADA: BEST PRACTICES, COLLABORATIVE APPROACHES, & TECHNIQUES THAT WORK FOR STEWARDSHIP
MAY 15 & 16 IN WOLFVILLE
The Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute is hosting a meeting to strengthen the species at risk stewardship community in Atlantic Canada. If you work with species at risk, habitat stewardship, or human dimensions of conservation, you are encouraged to attend. Key workshop topics include:
- Using new tools for stewardship
- Connecting science and stewardship for recovery
- How to effectively communicate science
- How to work with volunteers and collaborate with groups
For more information, contact: or visit: www.merseytobeatic.ca. The workshop registration is $50.