March 2013 Update

Is Bridgewater becoming a more sustainable community?  What kind of effort has gone into achieving the vision and goals of our town's Sustainability Plan?  These questions and more are answered in the Town of Bridgewater's newly released third annual ICSP Implementation Report.

Take a break from shoveling out your car, bicycle, or backyard compost bin and have a look through the report.  You may find some surprises, and you'll certainly find some good news stories.  Comments about the report may be sent by hitting "reply" to this newsletter, or discussed on our Facebook site or forums.  For more information on the Town's sustainability efforts, please visit

Upcoming Events
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Stories from the CSN Blog

Greetings CSN Members,
It's been a month of making investments, making sausage, and making plans for the garden. If you haven't been reading faithfully, here's a recap of the posts that appeared on the blog this month:

  Greenwashing... Dun dun dunhhh
This post by Annie Morrison looks at the insidious corporate practice of making products appear greener than they are. What's behind your product packaging? What should you look for when making consumer choices?

Don't Get Hosed
Should you trust your sturdy garden hose? Unfortunately, probably not. This post includes some great advice from CSN member Rosmarie Lohnes of Helping Nature Heal on tools and methods for keeping chemicals out of your food garden.

Makin' It... Spicy Italian Style
A profile of an evening spent making sausage with the fine folk of CSN member The Lunenburg Makery, plus information about their many and varied offerings.

Farmworks: An Organization Building Farms that Work
What is Farmworks? Some facts and perspective from CSN blogger Annie Morrison on the program and how you can invest in the farmers in our communities.

And a few things you might have missed on our facebook feed...
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As we wend our way into spring, watch the blog for posts on Idle No More, community forestry, and beyond! In the meantime, we'd like your thoughts:  what sustainability topics excite you? What organizations or events would you like to read about? Drop me a line at or give me a ring at 634-8090. I’ll look forward to chatting.

Sustainably yours, Elisabeth Bailey, CSN Social Media Coordinator

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One Nova Scotia: Shaping Our Economy Together

How can we, in our communities and the Province as a whole, balance the need for more wealth creation with stewardship of nature and vibrant just communities?  This question is at the heart of conversations being held around the Province as the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy looks to crowd-source solutions and inspiration.

Voices for sustainable community, economy, and environment are encouraged to join the conversation on Wednesday, March 6, from 7 – 9pm at the Best Western Plus, Exit 12, Hwy. 10.  For more information:

South Shore Sustainability Expo 2013 - Get Involved!

The 2nd annual South Shore Sustainability Expo will take place on Saturday April 6 at the NSCC campus at 75 High street in Bridgewater.  This free event will showcase the best in local and regional business, community and civic practices for sustainability.
Many CSN partners participated in the Expo in 2012 and brought a very enriching element to the gathering, which serves as a chance to celebrate good green practices happening in our area, just as the annual Growing Green Festival provides during the summer.
Please consider taking part this year. To register as a participating exhibitor or vendor please contact Leif Helmer for a registration package at Registration is open until March 15.

As one of the organizing partners, the CSN is also looking for members to volunteer with the planning and coordination of the event.  Want to get involved in this exciting, innovative event?  Send an email to Leon at or reply to this newsletter.

Clean Across Nova Scotia - April 19-20

Clean Across Nova Scotia is a province-wide, voluntary litter cleanup taking place on April 19 & 20, 2013.  Bags and posters to advertise your cleanup are provided to you, and all cleanups are automatically ‘geo-tagged’ on a cleanup map.  Last year (our first year ever), 8000 Nova Scotians registered to take part in this massive volunteer action – a tremendous effort!

Clean Across Nova Scotia is also an official partner in the global ‘Let’s do it!: World Cleanup’ movement, which saw 7 million volunteers participate in over 60 countries in 2012.  In 2013 , almost 100 countries are expected to participate.

Register today and spread the word!  Cleaning up is a fun and easy way to show your community pride.  On April 19 & 20, join thousands of like-minded Nova Scotians in the biggest cleanup action in the province. / Facebook / Twitter

Final Thought....

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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