Stormwater scorecard added to toolkit

Green Communities Canada / GCNews / Issue 906: August 2017

The updated and redesigned Soak It Up! Toolkit includes a new feature: a Stormwater Scorecard to help communities assess progress to date and identify priorities for further action. GCC developed the scorecard in partnership with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and the Our Living Waters Network, supported by a grant from Tides Canada and Mountain Equipment Coop.

The toolkit outlines 16 actions municipalities can take to reduce runoff and runoff pollution, provides examples of what communities are doing, and offers insights from practitioners about what works and what doesn’t.

Drought busting #3

The Edible Garden / Edythe Falconer / August 2017

As in all aspects of gardening, we augment the resilience of our plants – come what may – by building and maintaining the best possible soil – well-structured and well fed with regular dosages of organic matter.

It has been said, for example, that up to 75% of plant moisture needs can be met if soil has good structure with the capacity to retain both moisture and nutrients.

What is well known but worth repeating is that the application of organic mulches has a huge impact on plant ability to withstand temperature extremes. Mulching keeps down weeds, killing the competition – and eventually mulch breaks down to become the building material for more of the soil aggregates needed by resilient soils. Also worth mentioning is that mulch helps prevent evaporation and assists in water absorption when you do water or it rains. Organic amendments are also essential for healthy populations of soil microorganisms. These tiny creatures break down organic matter to make nutrients more available to plants.

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Ontario supporting municipalities in fighting climate change

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 14 August 2017

Province Funding Local Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement today at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference in Ottawa.

Municipalities are important partners in the fight against climate change. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.

Fighting climate change while supporting growth, efficiency and productivity is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

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Climate change report

CBC News / 08 August 2017

Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University says the conclusions of a new climate change report are among the most comprehensive issued.

8 huge benefits of living in a Tiny House

Mother Earth News / Jennifer Poindexter / 02 February 2017

Tiny houses are everywhere! These tiny, compact, affordable houses are the perfect addition to any family. Just look up Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Builders, or Tiny House Nation. The blogs and TV shows show how popular the craze is right now, especially with the cost of owning a “normal house” growing out of proportion. But, besides the cost effectiveness of owning and living in a tiny house, there are tons of benefits. Ability to travel, eco-friendly living, less money decorating and cleaning, to just name a few. Together, we will go over the top 10 benefits of living in a tiny house, and hey, you might even want to start considering one.

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Veggies n’ Fruit Community Boost Initiative awardees

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville / 7 July 2017

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Leeds and Grenville is pleased to announce awardees of the Veggies n’ Fruit Community Boost Initiative. The Veggies n’ Fruit Community Boost Initiative supports the third Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme, Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit, and aims to create supportive environments for healthy eating.

Thirteen recipients across Leeds and Grenville have introduced programs that will make it easier for kids and families to choose vegetables and fruit with every meal and snack.

Find out what is happening in your community!

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
TB Projects

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