Athens builder dreams big … and Tiny

Recorder & Times / Howaida Sorour / 15 April 2019

Sometimes all the stars align and dream projects become reality. That’s what’s happening right now with the prototype Tiny Home that Yuergen Beck, owner of Redwood Homes 1000 Islands of Athens, is building at Algonquin College in Perth.

“The point is, Tiny Homes provide a solution for people to get into the housing market,” said Beck.

It’s a sentiment he shares with Brockville Coun. Leigh Bursey.


Cornwall finally ready to create new climate change committee

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Alan S Hale / 16 October 2019

Under the terms of reference, the mandate of the new climate change committee will be to provide local perspectives on climate change initiatives and to provide a framework reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the community. The committee will be tasked with creating a Climate Change Adaption Plan for the city, identifying ways to tackle environmental issues, and giving technical advice and recommendations directly to city council about the environmental impact of policies.

The committee will be made up of two members of city council, and three representatives from the community. The original draft called for two community reps, but the council amended it to three.

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, St. Lawrence River Institute, and Transition Cornwall+ will each have one representative each on the committee. The city’s general manager of infrastructure and municipal works and the division manager of environmental services will also have seats on the committee.


Changing climate and impacts on farms and rural communities

Ohio Food Policy Network / 02 October 2019

58 minute discussion by Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Center and Climate Specialist, Ohio State University Extension Service.

Climate change’s next target: your natural gas range

CBC News / Kim Brunhuber / 16 October 2019

“There was a time natural gas considered cleaner alternative to dirtier sources such as coal,” says Drew Johnstone, a sustainability analyst with the City of Santa Monica.

But these days in his city, Johnstone says, natural gas from buildings — composed of more than 90 per cent methane — has become the second largest source of emissions after vehicles. And nationally, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, residential and commercial buildings account for about 12 per cent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

“Methane, when released in the atmosphere, is 84 times more potent [a] greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide,” Johnstone says.


Town of Newmarket Community Energy Plan

Town of Newmarket / 31 July 2019

A Community Energy Plan (CEP) provides the Newmarket community with a roadmap to move towards a sustainable energy system. The CEP provides Newmarket with a vision for sustainable energy that allows the community to manage energy resources and use while contributing to economic development. It also provides a platform to demonstrate leadership in energy management at the community level, and positions Newmarket to respond to changes in legislation relating to climate change, cap and trade, as well as capitalize on funding opportunities for progressive energy planning in the future.

Energy planning can help Newmarket consider the environmental and economic benefits of how energy is consumed and generated in the community, in addition to considering how this impacts the overall quality of life of its residents.


Public meeting: Active Transportation Plan

Active Brockville / 09 October 2019

Everyone interested in seeing Brockville move into the 21st century as a community that values safe and equitable opportunities to choose your mode of travel each and every time out, regardless of age or ability, and that is better able to compete in attracting and retaining talent, families, jobs, and business investment, please plan on attending this public session.

The Active Transportation plan is a city-wide plan to develop a more walkable and bikeable community. It is orders of magnitude bigger and more important than bike lanes on one street.

As with any public meeting, expect that the minority special interest groups opposed to progress will be there and will be loud. Now is not the time to be quiet and watch. Now is the time to register as a delegation and speak up for a healthier future for our city.”


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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

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