April 2013 Update

Please join us for our second annual South Shore Sustainability Expo, coming up this Saturday!  Enjoy interesting and informative exhibits and products from 9AM until 2PM, then join other CSN members for a networking break and snack, and round off the day with a fascinating panel discussion on the sustainability of our local food system, and the economics of buying local (2:30PM - 4:00PM).  NSCC campus in Bridgewater is the venue, and admission is free.

For lunch, enjoy a Sustainability Special at one of our participating restaurants: Best Western, Egg Roll King, Food Revolution, Local Public House, Platter House, River Pub, Topsl's, Two Chefs, and Waves

Find out more at www.sustainablebridgewater.ca/expo!


A hearty welcome to our newest member:
You can find out more about these groups and individuals, including what sustainability products, services, interests and ideas they have, by viewing their profiles on the Network website.

Remember, Network membership is 100% FREE and open to families & individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups, and institutions & government departments.  As a general rule of thumb, members are welcome to join from Bridgewater AND area – that means anywhere in Lunenburg County.

Upcoming Events
Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to the Events section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.

Stories from the CSN Blog

Greetings CSN Members,

Spring is slowly breaking through on the South Shore at the Community Sustainability Network, and with it, some blog posts about new beginnings and plans for the summer:

  Heritage Skills, Employability Skills, Sustainability Skills
Annie Morrison’s report from a morning spent at the Desbrisay Museum with an Employability Skills Program group.

Community Ovens
A link to the article by Lunenburg Resident Katherine Barrett in Alternatives Journal.

Growing Green 2013 Planning Retreat
What’s it look like when a bunch of community investors volunteer to plan a fun festival? (And more importantly, what do they eat for dinner?) Come take a gander.

March Social Media Roundup
World-record breaking cloth diapering! Promotional videos of local farmers! Sustainable businesses in Lunenburg! Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa! All these tidbits and more - with links to more information.

Did you miss a post? Subscribe to the RSS feed on the blog to be informed when new posts go up or follow us on facebook or twitter for notifications of new updates and events. Please feel free to share your comments on social media - you’re an important part of the conversation!

As we hop into the growing season, watch the blog for posts on producing your own food, sustainable volunteer work, and a new member profile. 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 uuelisabeth@yahoo.com or give me a ring at 298-0401. I’ll look forward to chatting.

Sustainably yours, Elisabeth Bailey, CSN Social Media Coordinator

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Parks & Protected Areas: Public Feedback Needed!

Nova Scotians have expressed a desire for a more comprehensive plan to address long-term viability of our parks & protected areas. Our Parks and Protected Areas: A Proposed Plan for Nova Scotia is intended to do just that. It builds on extensive consultations and activities over the last several years. Through these consultations, members of the public, including Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, helped to identify potential lands for protection, and provided input about our provincial parks.  This plan advances Nova Scotia’s efforts to protect and conserve the natural landscape, potentially adding 221 properties and more than 245 000 hectares (ha) – a combined landmass equal to nearly one-quarter the size of Cape Breton Island.

The Province is seeking public feedback on the proposed plan.  Click on the image or follow the link below to get involved: www.novascotia.ca/parksandprotectedareas/

Clean Nova Scotia: Ship To Shore

The core purpose of Ship to Shore is to protect the health of our ocean waters. One of the greatest threats to ocean health is marine litter. Dramatic results from local beach sweeps have found that up to 95% of litter washed up on beaches in Nova Scotia can be attributed to fishing related activities. The Ship to Shore program is a response to these and other concerns.

Through volunteer efforts by filmmaker, Marin Hellmich, the Ship to Shore program developed a 12-minute documentary film. Through interviews with fishermen, the film demonstrates some of the challenges faced by the commercial fishing industry and showcases how members are making strides toward better waste management.

Click on the image to watch the video, or find out more about the program here: clean.ns.ca/programs/waste/ship-to-shore/

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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