July 2014 Update

                 

Bridgewater received a wonderful note of recognition last month - the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Community Spirit Award, one of four communities in the province recognized for exemplary civic pride.

Members of the Community Sustainability Network have a special right to feel proud of this achievement: many of the specific initiatives for which the town received the accolade are directly or indirectly related to the community's sustainability initiatives!  The Town's "Sustainable Bridgewater" program, Hodge Podge Community Garden, the United Way's "Bikes for Kids" program, and the Bridgewater Community Christmas that sources local food and runs a very "green" event...  among other great initiatives, these share a strong interest in creating a healthy, green, vibrant community and exemplify the community's sustainability ideals.  

A great pat on the back, keep up the inspired work, Bridgewater (and area)!


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

In my new blog you will hear about the Local Food Team and its 'Nourish our community' campaign. You will get some tips on how to reduce food waste and will be invited to take a pledge!

Sustainable greetings,
Martina Groeger, CSN Blogger

  
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Ten Ideas for Sustainability and Energy Savings During Home Renovations + CSN Members' Meeting


Join other CSN members for a free public presentation and discussion on how local homeowners have reduced the environmental footprint of their homes, supported their local economy… and saved on their energy bills! Learn through their experiences about practical tips, what worked, what didn’t work, and other valuable lessons on everything from heating systems and insulation to the kitchen sink. Share your own renovation stories!

Everyone is also encouraged to stay for the CSN members' meeting immediately following the presentation session. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for more info or the poster.


Town of Bridgewater Joins Partners for Climate Protection Program


Last month, Bridgewater Town Council finished passing a resolution to join the national Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) Program.  The program is open to Canadian municipalities that strive to demonstrate leadership on climate change action by reducing their dependence on fossil fuels.  To date, nearly 250 municipalities have joined the program, representing over half of Canada's population.  

As a PCP member, the Town of Bridgewater commits to measuring the greenhouse gas emissions of its operations as well as the community it serves, and to take action in bringing sustainable solutions to the community in order to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

“Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions... municipal investments in building retrofits, community energy systems, water conservation, renewable energy technologies, waste reduction, fleet management, public transit and other sustainable measures reduce operating costs, protect public health, and contribute to sustainable community development while cutting GHG emissions contributing to climate change..." reads an excerpt from Town Council's resolution. To read the full text of Council's resolution, please click here.


Growing Green Festival - Volunteers Opportunities!


This summer will be the 6th anniversary of the Growing Green Sustainability Festival. Would you like to be part of the energetic volunteer team that makes it happen? The Festival will be holding our annual Volunteer All-Call meeting at the Bridgewater Fire Hall, 81 Dominion St., at 6:00pm on Thursday July 31st. Come learn about the different roles for volunteers at the festival and choose the best one for your interests and abilities! Meet some great people and enjoy some tasty snacks while you’re at it!

This year’s festival will include a local food dinner on August 21st, a film night on August 22nd, a street fair on August 23rd, a sustainability tour on August 24th, and more!  See the Festival website here.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer at the Festival, contact Meghan Doucette at growinggreenfest@gmail.com or call (902) 543-0434.


Free Online Sustainability Course


Thanks to CSN member Tom Rogers for contributing this article:

Are you interested in learning more about the science behind sustainability as well as the challenges and possible solutions?  If so, you may be want to check out a free, 8 week, online course starting on August 25th called 'Introduction to Sustainability'. The course covers a different topic each week using a series of short videos and quizzes. Plus there is a discussion forum where you can share your ideas with fellow classmates (typically over 100,000 enroll!). Topics include Climate Change, Population, Energy, Agriculture/Water and more.

I took the course earlier this year and found it very useful for helping me put 'sustainability' into perspective. The students bring many points of view (many are very passionate about their perspective!) and the professor does an excellent job of keeping the discussions lively, open and respectful.

And if your interests go beyond an introductory course, you will find a wide variety of related courses, also free from some of the leading universities from around the world.


Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

Community Sustainability Network - Bridgewater & Area
www.SustainableBridgewater.ca
sustainability@bridgewater.ca
 
     
 
 
   


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