July 2015 Update


A hearty welcome to those who joined in the past month:
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.

Seeking Businesses Supporting Action on Climate Change

Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) has just launched a social media campaign to raise the voice of businesses in support of action on climate change.  It's called #ClimateActionCA.  This effort leads up to the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto from July 7 to 9, and the UN climate conference in Paris later this year.  

If you are the owner of a business that supports action on climate change, you can submit a brief statement about your values and tweet #ClimateActionCA. Highlights from the conversation generated will be featured by CBSR's Executive Director Steven Fish at the Climate Summit in Toronto.

They also encourage customers to take to social media and encourage the businesses they support to join the campaign, by asking, for example: "Hey @(Company) What are you doing to address climate change? Share your leadership in climate protection #ClimateActionCA"

For more information, see the CBSR website.

Bridgewater Seeking Active Transportation Leaders

You can also use the online form to submit your nonination for this award!

Folk Harbour Festival Seeking Green Team Volunteers

The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society's Greening Committee is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and responsible music lovers and environmental stewards to join the Green Team of volunteers to make this year’s 30th anniversary of the Festival the “greenest” festival yet.

Volunteers work 4-hour shifts either for part or all of the Festival.  Members of the Green Team are ambassadors for LFHS environmental initiates, providing festival-goers with general information on how the Society is doing their part to reduce waste, to promote Town water (including the Blue W program), and to protect our environment.

You’ll have the fun and satisfaction of being a part of the Festival, meet like-minded people, and strengthen your organizational and social skills, as well as environmental knowledge. Other perks may include free tickets, depending on how many shfits or hours you work. In any case, you then will be well prepared to consider volunteering for the Green Team at the Growing Green Festival in Bridgewater later in August! Training and orientation will be provided the evening of August 4th. Positions are available for both adults and youth.

If you are interested, apply online at www.folkharbour.com or by email volunteer@folkharbour.com

Growing Green Festival Seeking Volunteers

From August 20 to 23 we'll celebrate the 7th anniversary of the Growing Green Sustainability Festival! Would you like to be part of the energetic volunteer team that makes it happen? There are many different roles for volunteers at the festival and we can help you find one that matches your interests and abilities! 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.

Blue W Campaign Seeking Voluneers

The Blue W is a unique community-based program dedicated to promoting municipal tap water as a healthy, easily accessible alternative to purchasing bottled drinks.

It provides mapped details on where to find clean, free, public and commercial sources to fill your reusable bottle without compelling you to make additional purchases. Just look for the Blue W decal in participating shop and restaurant windows or go online at http://www.bluew.org

Staff from the Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation and volunteers with the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society are joining to canvass shops, restaurants, and town facilities in the Town of Lunenburg to increase the number of Blue W locations. Eventually, they plan to invite facilities in other Lunenburg County towns to join this national Blue W program.

If you would like to volunteer a couple hours to help canvass shops in Lunenburg this July, contact CSN member, Charlene Morton at east.morton@eastlink.ca


For our summer newsletters, we are introducing our summer sustainability staff to the rest of the community!

Linnea Swinimer is the Active Transportation and Community Garden coordinator for the town of Bridgewater this summer. Linnea is part of the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps and the community partner she is working with is Bridgewater Parks, Recreation, and Culture. Linnea has one year left of her Community Development and Environmental Sustainability degree at Acadia University which she will resume in the fall.

Living sustainably is very important to Linnea. One of the big changes she has made in her everyday life at home is not owning a television, and also choosing to walk and carpool. Linnea travels in from Lunenburg every day and carpools with 2-3 other people. She thinks it is incredibly important to maintain a small carbon footprint to ensure a better quality of life for herself, and everyone around her. At her home Linnea has four raised garden beds which she looks after alongside her parents and sister. Linnea thoroughly enjoys growing and harvesting her own food, this is one of the reasons she enjoys working with the Bridgewater Community Garden Network.

In her spare time away from the office Linnea is an avid rugby player playing for a summer team in Windsor and also at Acadia University. Linnea also runs, loves to read, bake, swim, and spend time with her six year old sister.

Linnea's position is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Clean Foundation.

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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