Green Neighbours 21 is a grassroots, action-oriented group of people living in Ward 21 area of Toronto (and beyond) in Ontario, Canada, who are working together to respond to climate change and other environmental issues.
As an environmental group, Ward 21 (St. Paul’s) residents of Green Neighbours 21 have been actively installing solar energy projects on their own roofs for years.
Green Neighbours 21 have recently informed me about the following green events (in chronological order) as well as green news in Toronto neighbourhoods.
Green Events in the City
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 7:00 pm
HOME IS WHERE THE HEAT IS
1) Natural gas reserves and flows and the implications for our future with Jeff Berg and Randy Park
2) Introduction to a resource-based economic model for the future with Ryan Dyment
3) Resolving the dilemmas of energy-saving retrofits with Greg Allen, long-time sustainability champion and practitioner
4) The upcoming explosion in careers addressing energy consumption in buildings and homes with David Elfstrom
5) The practice and pitfalls of a home energy retrofit with Peter Shepherd
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
TORONTO HYDRO PRESENTS – 2011 RETROFIT INCENTIVES WORKSHOP FOR FAITH GROUPS
Learn all about attractive incentives that you can take advantage of for your faith building.
Learn how to apply for newly released 2011 incentives, about new green energy audit incentives and information on incentives for retrofits, lighting and electric water heating;
6:30 pm Registration and Refreshments,
7:00-9:00 pm Workshop.
For information and to register, please contact Donna Lang firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-481-1327.
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
COLLECTIVE IMPACT! THE ENVIRONMENT & OUR DIVERSE SOCIETY
Registration Fee: $100
This event will bring together environmental nonprofits, settlement agencies, and community and faith groups, and is designed to help the environmental movement change to better reflect various ethno-cultural and Aboriginal communities.
Thought leaders will share insights and facilitated discussions will showcase success stories.
For more information and to register, please visit http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1906&EID=9641
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 4 & 5, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (both days)
TRAINING FOR TRANSITION
A 2-day course for those wanting the practical tools and knowledge on how to set up, run, maintain, and support a successful transition initiative.
Registration Fee: $200+HST (includes refreshments and light lunches)
Presented in collaboration by
- transition York Region: www.transitionyorkregion.org
- earth rangers: www.earthrangers.org
- Integra-leadership: www.integra-leadership.com
To Register, please go to http://transitionyorkregion.ning.com/page/training-for-transition.
Also, please contact Sue McKee, email@example.com, to let her know if you are interested in attending.
At the end of the course, participants will:
- Understand the drivers for Transition: peak oil, climate change, economic instability and social inequality.
- Understand the principles of Transition, Permaculture and Resilience.
- Understand the Transition model and process, tools and ethos.
- Experience a vision of a positive fulfilling future, and why this is so important.
- Gain the knowledge of the steps of transition and how to engage the community in the process of transition.
- Understand the stages of personal change, and the differing perspective and needs that people will have at each stage.
- Experience an Open Space or World Cafe, and a sense of how these techniques can help unleash the collective genius in your community.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
TRANSITION TORONTO All Members & Public Meeting
Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Room 310, 3rd Floor
(just south of King St. W. – nearest subway St. Andrew’s)
- See a detailed presentation on what the Transition Towns social & environmental movement is about
- Learn how Transition Toronto (TTo) approaches transitioning our large city
- Hear some ‘testimonials’ from active members and how their Transition group got started (or the challenges they face trying to)
Green Neighbours 21 Events
MONDAY, JUNE 13, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Suggested Donation: CAD2.00 or PAY WHAT YOU CAN
A BILLION-TON QUARRY ON PRIME ONTARIO FARMLAND?
Come and learn about the fight to stop this disastrous project, located at the headwaters of five rivers, just two hours north of Toronto.
A company backed by a U.S. hedge fund has applied to build Canada’s largest limestone quarry in the north of Dufferin County, undermining and potentially contaminating the headwaters of five rivers that feed much of Southern Ontario’s farmland.
Kate Chung and Cathy Brown of the First Unitarian Green Team will tell us about the project, its potential impact, and the ongoing struggle by local residents, farmers, and public interest groups to keep it from happening.
A recent extension of the deadline for comments has opened a narrow window for action. Come and learn the whole story and find out what we can do to help!
Location: St Michael and All Angels Church
(southeast corner of St. Clair and Wychwood, enter off Wychwood, through wooden gate, top floor)
For more information about the quarry, please go to www.ndact.com
Neighbours in the Green News
“A solar solution to aging school roofs” (Toronto Star)
Hillcrest Public School is a one of a number of schools in Toronto to receive solar panels.
“A fiery environmental apocalypse” (Toronto Star)
The author of this article, Stephen Sharper, is a resident of our neighbourhood (of Green Neighbours 21; Ward 21), and teaches religion and ecology at U. of T.