Green Toolbox for Growing Sustainable Municipalities--March-April 2015

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From UNSM’s Municipal Sustainability Office

March-April 2015




You Are Invited to Help Shape the Future of Trails in Nova Scotia

On behalf of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and the Government of Nova Scotia, you are invited to attend one of the Trails Strategy of Nova Scotia’s regional engagement sessions planned to take place this month.  Please RSVP your attendance for the regional session of your choice by contacting the appropriate office as indicated in the chart below.  Should you have any questions about these regional sessions, please contact Nova Scotia Trails at (902) 425-5454 ext. 325 or email .

Regional Sessions


RSVP Contact information


Tuesday, April 14   

Fairbanks Centre - Shubie Park

6:00-9:00 pm

54 Locks Road, Dartmouth

Central Regional Office DHW

(902) 424-6608

Thursday, April 16   

Gaelic College- Cape Breton

1:00-4:00 pm

51779 Cabot Trail, Englishtown

Cape Breton Regional Office DHW

(902) 563-2380

Port Hawkesbury Civic Center – Shannon Studio 

6:00-9:00 pm

606 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury

Cape Breton Regional Office DHW

(902) 563-2380

Tuesday, April 21   

Queens Place Emera Center

6:00-9:00 pm

50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool

South Shore Regional Office DHW

(902) 634-7505

Wednesday, April 22   

Wolfville Lions Hall

1:30-4:30 pm

36 Elm Street, Wolfville

Valley Regional Office DHW

(902) 679-4390

Middleton Curling Club 


6 King St., Middleton

Valley Regional Office DHW

(902) 679-4390

Thursday, April 23    

Debert Hospitality Center

6:00-9:00 pm 

130 Ventura Drive, Debert

Fundy Regional Office DHW

(902) 893-6215


Living Shorelines In Atlantic Canada:  policy, practice & implementation

May 6, 1 – 4:30 pm

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia – Lecture Theatre

1723 Hollis Street

Learn about Nova Scotia's options for implementing living shorelines as a means of coastal protection and climate adaptation in high energy coastal systems from living shorelines expert Kevin Smith. Mr. Smith is the assistant director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and has nearly 30 years of experience overseeing the design and installation of successful living shoreline projects. He was directly involved in the development and implementation of the Maryland Coastal Adaptation Policy.

This talk will explore Maryland's success with its coastal adaptation and living shorelines policy, and how this policy has translated into on-the-ground success in protecting coastal ecosystems and human communities. 

Following Mr. Smith's talk and Q&A, workshop participants will break into smaller groups to discuss practical next steps for protecting Nova Scotia's shorelines on small and large scales, in policy and in practice. 

Please register online here. If you'd like to participate by videoconference, please contact Robin at


QUEST’s Community Energy Planning Workshop:  Getting to Implementation in Nova Scotia

May 14 from 9:30 am until 2 pm

Wolfville, NS

On behalf of the Community Energy Association, QUEST and Sustainable Prosperity, you are invited to attend a workshop titled, Community Energy Planning: Getting to Implementation in Nova Scotia. This workshop is part of a Canada-wide initiative which is focused on helping communities implement their community energy plans. The objectives of this highly interactive workshop are to:

  • Connect a national peer group of community energy planning practitioners to a community of practice focused on fostering collaboration and sharing expertise about energy planning.
  • Inform the development of a national Community Energy Implementation Framework.

There will be 50 participants in attendance at the workshop from a variety of organizations focused on community energy initiatives across Nova Scotia. This includes municipal and provincial staff, elected officials, utilities, real estate developers, academic institutions, agencies and community organizations.

You can read more about the initiative at

Space for this workshop is limited. Please register here. If you have any questions about the workshop please contact .


Funding Opportunity

FCM is Now Accepting Applications for its Leadership in Asset Management Program

The Leadership in Asset Management Program (LAMP) is an 18‒36 month GMF-funded peer learning program set to begin in the fall 2015.  Applications are now available (by contacting FCM’s Project Officer, Isabelle Pitre, at or 613-907-6360) and will be accepted until June 15, 2015.

LAMP will enable participating municipalities to access GMF grant funding to strengthen organizational adoption of asset management and better integrate environmental and sustainability considerations in these priority areas:

  • Asset management policy, strategy, and governance 
  • Linking assets to services and outcomes (levels of service) 
  • Risk assessment 
  • Lifecycle management 


Who Can Apply?

  • Municipal governments, including regional districts, of all sizes.
  • Applicants must be able to commit a minimum of three staff members for a project team to be considered.
  • The program is designed for municipalities at very early stages or advanced in asset management. 
  • No formal asset management plan is required, but applicants must have demonstrated progress in implementing their integrated community sustainability plans (ICSPs).
  • FCM is seeking a regional balance across Canada, working with 5‒10 Anglophone municipalities in 2015‒2016. 
  • Recruitment for 5‒10 Francophone municipalities will begin in fall 2015. 
Program Features  Phase I Project (required) Phase 2 Eligible Projects (optional)
Focus Develop or refresh an asset management Policy, Strategy, and Governance Framework

Levels of Service Frameworks

Comprehensive risk assessment frameworks

Frameworks to incorporate lifecycle management

Format Participating municipalities work together; high degree of collaboration and peer learning Unique project proposed by the applicant when they apply to LAMP; municipality works alone or may choose to work in a cluster with other participants.
Technical Support Participants  collaborate with a common supporting institution they select together Institution selected by single  municipality or cluster
Estimated Timeline About 18 months from program inception Fall 2015 - Spring 2017) About 9-24 months; depends on complexity and scope

(Spring 2016 - Spring 2018)
Total Project Value Estimated up to $65,000 Estimated to range between $50,000 and $300,000

Participating municipalities will receive a GMF grant of up to $175,000 to support them in undertaking their Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects. The GMF grant will reimburse up to 50% of total eligible project costs. 

For more information, contact Project Officer Isabelle Pitre at or 613-907-6360 or visit:


The application deadline is June 15, 2015.

Resources & Announcements

“What We Heard” Report Released from Department of Environment on Proposed Changes to Solid Waste Regulations

On March 24, the Department of Environment released “What We Heard”, a report on proposed changes to Nova Scotia's solid waste management regulations.  The report summarized feedback received (both from consultations and written submissions) on the proposed changes to the regulations in the following 7 key areas: 

  1. product stewardship
  2. disposal bans and approval requirements
  3. used tire management program
  4. removal of requirement for regional solid waste management plans
  5. clarity on rules for energy from waste
  6. improved enforceability on solid waste regulations
  7. beverage container deposit-refund regulations

Generally, the feedback to the proposed changes was positive; however, some expressed opposition and concerns.   Respondents were united in their request for a regulatory framework and amended regulations that:

  • are flexible, fair and focused on clear definitions and targets
  • are harmonized between jurisdictions
  • create cost-effective and efficient programs
  • provide transparency and accountability

The feedback the Department of Environment received will be used to guide the development of a new strategy and regulations for managing Nova Scotia solid waste.  The department will continue to engage with interested groups on the amendments to be given to government later this year. If approved, changes would be phased-in over the next five years.

A copy of the report can be found at:

The Ecology Action Centre is Developing the Nova Scotia Well Water Consortium

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) believes that well owners in Nova Scotia can be more supported with education, incentives and resources to test and treat their wells, and higher rates of testing and treatment may result in better population health over time.  As a result, the EAC is seeking to develop a consortium of researchers, government, NGOs and grassroots groups to discuss and take action to improve well water in Nova Scotia.

In order to garner feedback for developing this group, the EAC has developed a brief survey to learn about drinking water problems in different areas across Nova Scotia, and to identify the people and groups who are working on this issue.  This survey has 9 questions and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

A link to the survey can be found at:

For information about the consortium or the survey, please contact: Jennifer West, Geoscience Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre at or 902 538-0520

For more information about the initiatives included in the Green Toolbox, please contact Debbie Nielsen, Municipal Sustainability Coordinator by telephone (423-8312) or e-mail ().