The Dalhousie Office of Sustainability is running its annual Campus Sustainability Survey and is seeking your input to make the university more sustainable. Your input will help the Office improve existing programs and implement new initiatives. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and we are looking for responses from all students, faculty, and staff at Dalhousie University campuses.
At the end of the survey, you will be given the option to enter into a draw to win one of five (5) $100 gift cards to a local grocery store of your choice (Sobeys or Atlantic Superstore). The survey is open from Wed. Nov. 1 to Wed. Nov. 15 at midnight.
The survey is available at: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=40385
Halifax SmartTrip and Dalhousie University are offering the reduced-cost Halifax Transit employee pass (EPass) program continuing for the 2018 calendar year.
Please share this information with staff and faculty.
Current EPass/LinkPass/XPass holders:
All current pass holders will have to fill out out a renewal form and receive a 2018 sticker for their pass to be valid in 2018. The sticker can be sent through inter-departmental mail at your request through an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can visit room 512 of the Central Services Building on November 15th, 20th, or 22nd between 9am-2pm to fill out a form and/or receive your sticker. If we do not receive your renewal form by December 8th you will be removed from the program and be unable to receive a sticker for the upcoming year.
Leaving the Program:
Current pass holders who no longer wish to participate in the EPass program for the 2018 calendar year will be able to opt-out. If you are planning on opting out, written notice is preferred over a lack of renewal.
We will be signing up new participants in the program for 2018. Before signing up, please read all program details found on our website. To sign-up, please come to room 511 of the Central Services Building, 1236 Henry Street, on November 9th between 11:30 am and 5 pm to fill out an enrolment form and have your photo taken. If you cannot make this time, please make alternative arrangements with the Office of Sustainability (email@example.com).
To be eligible for this program you must be a Dalhousie permanent employee (full-time or part-time), full time grant paid, post-docs, or an associated employee. No casual employees will be able to participate. All employees must be paid directly through Dalhousie payroll and be employed until the end of December 2018.
If you have questions about the EPass program, eligibility, rates, or program duration, please contact Jennifer Allott, Office of Sustainability, at firstname.lastname@example.org, (902) 494-2015 or visit the frequently asked questions section of the EPass website.
On Monday, 23rd Oct 2017, text invitations were sent out to 2000 randomly selected individuals in HRM to complete the survey online.
If you are one of the recipients or know someone who received the text message, please encourage them to participate!
For more information about the NovaTRAC survey, visit: https://www.dal.ca/sites/daltrac/novatrac-info.html
Do you know a scholar interested in helping Canada transition to a low-carbon future?
If so, here’s an exciting opportunity: David Suzuki Fellowships!
Three $50,000 (plus $5,000 for travel and professional development) fellowships are available:
· Climate change communications: The role of climate change communications to ignite the movement toward a lower-carbon future
· Indigenous knowledge and climate change: Integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge into climate change solutions
· Climate change adaptation and cities: Researching climate change adaptation and the development of sustainable cities
David Suzuki Fellows will spend a year with one foot in academia and the other in learning strategies to get their research the attention it deserves. They’ll make complex issues easy to understand and help motivate people to take action. Foundation senior staff and David Suzuki will mentor them all!
Hey Halifax! Imagine on a hot summer’s day being able to head downtown and jump in to the Ocean. No lengthy travel needed, just a free, accessible place to cool off and refresh. This is the main premise to Jump In, but the project offers so much more; it’s about urban place-making, healthy cities, accessibility to all physical needs and limits and building a reconnection with the environment.
Thanks to the 333-million-dollar wastewater infrastructure overhaul the water quality in the Harbour has been restored to safe swimmable levels. This is a huge environmental win – and we should be celebrating! Jump In HFX wants to help reconnect people with the harbour and start to change the perception from the city’s dump site to the jewel of the city.
The logistics of what Jump In HFX would look like if implemented include a jumping board, a floating dock around the perimeter of the swimming area, a ramp area for transitional and easy entrance into the swimming hole, pool toys, lifeguards and a change room/ shower area.
Depending on the success of the Jump In HFX project, we would love to see this idea expand to other communities within Canada and globally, connecting more people with our two passions – swimming and oceans!
Click here to vote. Search JUMP IN – and vote, it takes less than a minute!
Check here for the fun video from this summer
Follow on Facebook and Twitter: @JumpinHFX
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a unique program focused solely on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate national environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.
Click here for program guide.
Click here to find an event near you.