Community News Archive

The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) blog

The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB) hosts a blog that shares ideas from global thought leaders on issues associated with the complexity and gravity of the human predicament caused by the threats to sustainability. This is a joint venture between the MAHB and Sustainability Central (SC), based at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Readers of the blogs are encouraged to comment on the posts, hopefully stimulating insightful discourse on the perspectives of the authors.

Our Canada Project (OCP) Youth Ambassadors

The Our Canada Project (OCP) is an initiative of Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF) that aims to involve youth in the process of envisioning a more sustainable future for Canada.

Canada's Groundwater Resources

Groundwater is essential for life in arid and semiarid regions. It is also important in humid regions, and is one of the fundamental requirements for maintenance of natural landscapes and aquatic ecosystems. Many of Canada’s most sensitive ecosystems are dependent on groundwater. Yet, groundwater remains a relatively unknown resource, one which is difficult for the Canadian public and for decision makers to recognize and/or understand.

Webinar on cities funding solar gardens, selling energy, and working with utilities

On Tuesday, January 14, the Sustainable Cities Exchange will hold a webinar on ‘solar gardens’. Solar gardens are community-based solar projects that allow individuals and businesses that do not have capacity for solar panels to receive benefit from solar energy systems. Participants in these projects can purchase shares of solar gardens and receive appropriate electric utility credits for their energy usage.

Sustainability Illustrated

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Sustainability Illustrated is a recently built YouTube channel that aims to make concepts and ideas on sustainability clear, comprehensible and attractive through animation. Director and creator, Alex Magnin, is using his years of experience as a sustainability consultant with businesses and communities to build these videos, and his artistic ability to connect with the public sphere through visually appealing media.

The 6th annual Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) conference - November 25 to 28, 2013

The Fresh Outlook Foundation (FOF) is hosting its 6th annual Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) conference November 25 – 28, 2013 at the Delta Grand Resort Conference Centre in Kelowna, BC. The Climate Action Secretariat is a proud sponsor of the event, and an active participant in the deep conversation about sustainability that will unfold over the four days. Conference details can be found here.

Lester Brown - The New Geopolitics of Food

With food scarcity driven by falling water tables, eroding soils, and rising temperatures, control of arable land and water resources is moving to centre stage in the global struggle for food security. Food is the new oil.

Lester Brown, renowned environmental thinker and the founder of the Earth Policy and Worldwatch institutes, addresses these issues in a fundraiser for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives's Climate Justice Project.  Details for the event are as follows:

XING - the urban ecology exhibition

XING is urban ecology exhibition, produced under the direction of Prof. Nina-Marie Lister, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University. This exhibition is part of a landscape and infrastructure research collaborative with Evergreen Brickworks and ARC Solutions, and will be displayed at the Evergreen Brick Works Centre for Green Cities in Toronto from mid-September to October 15th, 2013. Join them for the opening celebration on Tuesday, 17th from 5-7pm.

Health Care & Climate Change: Preparing Communities

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (the Coalition) has released a Health Care Facility Climate Change Resiliency Toolkit, aimed at helping communities adapt their health care facilities to the risks posed by climate change.

Oceans Alive!

Produced by the Oceans Networks Canada initiative of the University of Victoria, Oceans Alive! is a new television series that explores the deep sea. This series aims to share research and connect people with this unfamiliar and difficult-to-access environment to bring to light the natural wonders found below the ocean's surface and the important role the ocean has in sustaining our planet.