November 2015 Update



It's important to share good news about local sustainability when it happens.  That's why we're featuring Bridgewater's newly released 2015 Energy Management Report that documents energy management and renewable energy initiatives at our town's municipal facilities.  Good news to highlight:
  • Overall energy consumption at facilities has decreased by 21% since 2007
  • Over $400,000 in cost savings have been achieved since 2010
  • Projects in the works for this year include the installation of a high efficiency propane boiler at Town Hall, and an energy efficient heat pump based heating and cooling system at the DesBrisay Museum
Do you have your own energy sustainability success story to share? The Town is looking for other examples of local people, businesses and organizations making efforts to improve their energy sustainability. Send me an email - I'll highlight good news stories in this newsletter starting in 2016.

Learning about local success stories is important as we plan for an ambitious new community project: the Bridgewater Community Energy Initiative.  The project is still in the design stage and the Town is still applying for funding to pay for it, but we think it's very exciting and promising.  More details to follow in 2016!


Memberships

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.


CSN Members Gathering & Film Screening


From November 30 to December 11, France will host the 21st United Nations Climate Change Talks. In recognition of this crucial conference, South Shore Public Libraries, the Community Sustainability Network, the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians and Transition Bay St. Margarets, join together to present the film Wisdom to Survive.

Directors: John Ankele, Anne Macksoud
Documentary (United States, 2013, 56 minutes)
Margaret Hennigar Public Library, LCLC, Thursday December 2

The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. Interviews explore how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society and the lives of billions of people. Discussion to follow.

Before the film, the Community Sustainability Network will host a brief info session to provide updates on network activities, and give an opportunity to meet members of the network. New members welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Evening agenda:
  • 6:30PM - CNS members info session
  • 6:45PM - CSN meet & greet, refreshments served
  • 7:00PM - Film screening: The Wisdom to Survive
  • 8:00PM - Discussion
Come just for the CSN gathering, just the film, or for the whole thing. This will be the last CSN members gathering of 2015, so we hope to see you there!


Lunenburg County Seed Library - Time to Return!


So you borrowed seeds from the Lunenburg County Seed Library located in the Margaret Hennigar Public Library… You watched your vegetables grow all summer, and now you can help us fulfill our mission to promote community sharing, and return the seeds to the collection!

Please package up any seeds you save in separate, clearly labelled envelopes and return them the library circulation desk. Seed donations are accepted too, as long as they're organic and non-GMO.  Stay tuned for more information coming this winter!

For more information, please contact Marion at 543-9222 or marionm@southshorepubliclibraries.ca


"Sustainability Illustrated" Videos Make it All Easy to Understand


It's not often that we run into some really excellent sustainability education tools.  So we were particularly excited when we learned about a great little website called Sustainability Illustrated, hosted by graphic artist and sustainability consultant (I know, great combination eh?) Alexandre Magnin.  His short videos capture simply and eloquently the most important concepts and ideas in sustainability science.  

The work is based on The Natural Step which is the sustainability definition that the Town of Bridgewater uses in its work too.  Try them out and show them to some kids - I guarantee you that they'll understand this stuff right away!


Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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


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