SNG Sustainability Fair and Market – Presentations

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Published on: March 30, 2019

Sustainable North Grenville / 29 March 2019

The 12th Annual Sustainability Fair and Market will be held on Sunday April 14 from 10am to 3pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. As before, the fair will be complemented by an electric vehicle show in the arena and a wide range of workshops and presentations. We encourage participants to come early because the presentations will begin right away and run back-to-back for the full event.

SNG’s very own Chris Weissflog will be presenting on “Affordable, Efficient, Zero Emission Housing”. Chris founded EcoGen Energy in 2007. EcoGen has designed and built solar water heating systems, combined solar thermal / heating systems, photovoltaic (PV) including grid-tied and off-grid systems, low-energy HVAC systems, and now complete Passive House level homes. His presentation will look at the kind of housing that is needed in the face of the climate crisis: describe what affordable, efficient, zero-emission housing is and how it is different from existing and code-level homes. He will explore what EcoGen is now building to meet that need.

Emalie Kamrath will present on Permaculture. The mission at Little Window Farm is to work with the land to provide fresh and healthy food for our community, while nurturing and supporting the health of the broader ecology. Permaculture is used on the farm to design, to plan and to make decisions. The term “permaculture” was defined by David Holmgren as “consciously designed landscapes and systems inspired by the patterns and relationships found in nature, that yield an abundance of food, fibre and energy for the use beyond the system itself.” Emalie will introduce the three ethics and the twelve principles of Permaculture, and delve into their application ‘in the field’ (pun intended!).

Peter Rooney asks: “Why not become A beekeeper?”. The honeybee is threatened by pests and disease, agricultural practice and lack of suitable forage. With the help of small beekeepers, the honeybee could have a more secure future. What you need to know is the type of bee to obtain, equipment requirements and suitable hive locations. With education in beekeeping practice and a few hours a week you too can have honey for your toast and tea.

Many people have heard of the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But there are actually 5 R’s that are instrumental in living a sustainable life: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Michelle Dunford, her husband and their 1.5-year-old son have been living a sustainable lifestyle for the past year. She will explain how using the 5 R’s has enabled her family to achieve a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle, how minimalism has helped them avoid unnecessary consumerism, and how adding more vegetarian options to their diet has saved them money and reduced their carbon footprint. Whether your desire is to slow global warming, reduce your plastic waste, minimize impact to wildlife habitats, or save money – Michelle’s talk will help you make simple choices that lead to a sustainable lifestyle.

Bill Kemp returns this year and will give a presentation titled “Living and Working off the Electrical Grid”. Lorraine and Bill Kemp have lived off the electrical grid for 25 years using wind and solar energy to power their home and business. Their company Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee also uses solar energy to roast coffee beans, as well as charge their electrically-powered delivery vehicle. In addition to renewable energy, the home and business have a very low environmental impact by combining garbage reduction, composting, rain water garden irrigation and other concepts. People often worry that doing their bit for the environment will cost money or “not be for them”. Nothing could be farther from the truth! This talk will provide an overview of the family lifestyle, technology and discuss how you can help save the Earth and put a little money in your pocket as well. William (Bill) Kemp, is the author of five books and is a co-author of the David Suzuki Foundation policy report Smart Generation; Powering Ontario with Renewable Energy.

A schedule of the presentations will be posted on the SNG FaceBook page as the event nears. Use that to plan your visit, or plan to be onsite for the duration of the event so you don’t miss anything!