October 2014 Update

I'm very pleased to announce that at yesterday's Bright Business Conference, hosted by Efficiency Nova Scotia, the Town of Bridgewater was the recipient of a prestigious Bright Business Award!  Joining the ranks of other leaders in energy efficiency, the Town was recognized for its success in cutting energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities by 15% over a 5 year period, as well as its broader sustainability efforts.  

Click here or on the image to the left to watch a remarkable 3-minute video highlighting the Town's efforts and successes.  It includes a nice shout-out to the Bridgewater Community Gardens Network too!  Yesterday we also saw a great 2-minute video that explains clearly and effectively why energy efficiency should be part of Nova Scotia's new economic future, and why every community can benefit from it.

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.

Nova Scotia Greener Economy Strategy - Public Feedback Needed!

The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) was established in 2007, and an important outcome of this act has been to call for the development of a green economic strategy for the province.

The proposed Greener Economy Strategy follows a strategic approach to address future opportunities in the green economy. The strategy builds on Nova Scotia’s accomplishments to date and is organized into four focus areas. These four focus areas are aligned with the Province’s efforts, and provide guidance and direction for the future:
  1. Promote the value of regulatory certainty for innovation and cost predictability
  2. Develop the clean technology sector
  3. Promote energy and resource efficiency as enablers of economic growth
  4. Accelerate the greening of companies, products and services
The Nova Scotia Roundtable on  is Requested by October 15. The Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity is conducting a public review of the proposed Greener Economy Strategy and is seeking your feedback to help guide and further develop this initiative. You are invited to submit comments on the proposed strategy to the Round Table, c/o policy@gov.ns.ca by October 15.

Click here to learn more, or click here to view the draft Strategy.

A Tool Lending... Library?

Inspired in part by a provocatively named article in the online journal FastCompany, a converstation has started amongst a small group of CSN members to see whether it may be possible to start a tool sharing or lending project at our local libraries.  South Shore Public Libraries is already in the business of loaning books... so why not larger items that not everyone needs to own themselves?  Wait, there's more - your local library may be interested in this project!  If anyone has ideas or is willing to help, please contact Troy Myers, Chief Librarian and CEO, at tmyers@southshorepubliclibraries.ca or by phone at 902-543-2548.

Please note that there's no actual project yet, but a few keen people may be able to help turn this simple idea into a unique, useful, and sustainable solution for our communities.

Renewing Your Membership with the CSN

Due to a change in programming of the CSN website a few months ago that we weren't aware of, a number of members ran into problems renewing their free annual membership.  The problem has now been corrected, and new instructions have been written in renewal emails that members will receive from now on.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank all our members for continuing to support the Community Sustainability Network!

On that note, please consider logging in to the website to update your profile - this is an opportunity to connect with other members and learn more about the people, businesses and organizations in our community who are interested in creating a more sustainable community and region.

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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