Today, January 19, 2018 is the registration deadline for the winter term. This means that it’s the last day to add winter term courses and drop winter courses with full tuition refunds. It is also the deadline to pay tuition and fees! Do you have questions about advising, degree requirements and courses? Please contact Kaarin Tae, the Academic Advisor in the College of Sustainability.
Passionate about sustainable development in Canada?
Applications are open now for young leaders (aged 18-30) who reside in Canada for the Generation SDG Summit (April 22-25, 2018).
Hosted by Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) this unique gathering brings together brilliant minds and unheard voices from different disciplines, generations, and geographies to address the pressing challenges of tomorrow — today.
The goal of the Generation SDG Summit is to develop a cohesive Canadian narrative and clear pathways for collaboration that will help catalyse the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Canada.
A key part of WGSI’s Summit structure is ensuring that 50% of the room (about 20 people) are young leaders between the ages of 18 and 30. To facilitate this, WGSI finances and coordinates all pre-approved air and ground travel, accommodations, and meals for participants during the Summit.
We encourage applicants from all areas of sustainable development covered by the UN Sustainable Development Goals including but not limited to health, education, gender equity, water rights and quality, energy, decent and work and economic growth, reducing inequalities, Indigenous rights, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, peace and justice.
See wgsi.org/apply for more details and conditions of eligibility.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight EST, February 11, 2018
Clean Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2018 scholarship award. Clean Foundation believes that creating and supporting clean leaders is one pillar on the foundation of positive environmental change. We aim to foster and support those who are pursuing an ultimate goal of clean climate and clean water.
Currently in our 9th year of the program, we have given one graduate student a $2,000 scholarship each year since, and it’s time to pick another winner.
Graduate students doing research in an environmentally-concerned field are eligible to apply. This scholarship is intended to support education and research in areas that Clean Foundation works to inspire change: climate change and energy, waste, water, air quality, environmental education, and the interactions of environment and health.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline of February 1, 2018. More information can be found at http://clean.ns.ca/about-us/scholarship/.
Greetings! It is still possible to register for SUST 3002 for the Winter 2018 semester. Check out this opportunity…
You are invited to a Lunch & Learn hosted by the Canada Green Building Council on Wednesday January 24th.
This presentation will be provided by an experienced team from Dalhousie, Efficiency NS and Johnson Controls. Rochelle Owen, Executive Director of the Office of Sustainability will kick off the presentation followed by real examples from Dalhousie buildings presented by Justin MacDonald (Dalhousie Efficiency NS embedded energy manager) and Dean Harnish (Technical Trades and Service Manager). Building control systems can fine tune the operation of building systems for occupant comfort, energy savings, and maintenance performance. This session will highlight typical problems, outline control strategies and opportunities for energy savings, and discuss the partnership between Dalhousie, Efficiency NS, and Johnson Controls.
The Lunch & Learn runs from 12:15 – 1:30 at the Dalhousie School of Architecture, Room HA18, 5410 Spring Garden Rd. Cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Sign up here:
The Page Program allows students and recent graduates to participate in the legislative process. As well as being a great educational opportunity, it is a way to earn income during the academic year.
For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you interested in exploring the links between sustainability and well-being? Would you like to chat about these links over dinner this Thursday night? Don’t wait to enter, the deadline is 4pm Wednesday!
Post a photo and a short explanation of your interests in sustainability and its links to well-being! Make sure to tag us to enter the draw for dinner Thursday at 5:30pm, before the Thursday night ESS Lecture, with College faculty and Chris Barrington-Leigh of McGill University!
Tag @dalsustlife on Instagram or Dalhousie College of Sustainability Students, Alumni & Staff on Facebook. Enter by 4:00pm January 10, 2018. Please note that only students currently registered in a SUST course are eligible to enter. Two students will be selected. Please contact email@example.com for more information!
The Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the casual full-time position of a Program Assistant at Adventure Earth Centre in Parks & Recreation. Apply by January 21, 2018!
See more about this opportunity, by following this link!
Join The Sustainability Network at the Discovery Centre on January 11th and 12th for a two-day training intensive for non-economics interested in becomes agents of sustainable change.
This course combines training, group-work, and reflective exercises for participants to identify their vision of a green economy.
Registration cost: $150 for both days, lunch provided.
For more information visit the following link!
The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award is in memory of Andy Kesteloo, a visionary green building advocate, who shared his commitment for a sustainable earth with humour, insight, and passion.
The objective of the Award is to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration, and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities.
The Award includes the following:
$2,000 cash award.
Free conference registration to Building Lasting Change, CaGBC’s National Conference, including attendance at the gala dinner and award ceremony where the winner will be announced to the public.
Transportation costs to and from the conference.
Two nights lodging during the conference.
$100 in expenses.
Free entry to the CaGBC’s National Conference Gala dinner and awards ceremony for a professor of your choice.
Deadline for submissions – April 22, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
For more details view here!
The Smart Drive Challenge is engaging Canadians in a national education-centred, points-based program to reduce their personal vehicle fuel use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The Smart Drive Challenge educates and empowers Canadians by;
- Making their current vehicle use more efficient through improved driving techniques and vehicle maintenance;
- Increasing their awareness and use of low and zero emission vehicles; and
- Supporting and increasing their use of sustainable transportation option.
Participants will be given their own learning dashboard where they can complete online courses and access learning resources. The responsive training tools work on any device and can be used anytime, anywhere. When the learning is done, participants are challenged to apply their newfound knowledge in their daily lives by becoming smarter drivers. Participants will be rewarded with points along the way, and these points can be used to win cash prizes.
The more participants learn, the more they can earn!
Order Your 2018 Green Jobs Calendar Today!
Order online or in person today: https://ecologyaction.ca/greenjobscalendar
The Ecology Action Centre’s Energy Action Team is proud to present the 2018 Green Jobs Calendar. The EAC has been gathering stories from inspiring people from across Nova Scotia who work in our growing, green economy; from organic farmers, to renewable energy installers and energy efficiency experts, to people working in conservation and sustainable fisheries. Nova Scotia has a lot to celebrate.
Considering our region’s challenges, and our collective responsibility in the face of climate change, it is clear that we must move ambitiously toward a just transition to a zero-carbon society. We think that this calendar highlights the strength, diversity and innovation that are coming out of Nova Scotia as we head toward this future.
This calendar is also a fundraiser for the Ecology Action Centre’s Energy Action Team, and will support our work toward the just transition to a zero-carbon economy in Nova Scotia.
Come celebrate the end of term with the students and staff in the College of Sustainability! On Wednesday, December 6, 2017 we will host both a Hootenanny and Dinner! If you’d like to attend dinner, please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 4, 2017. All food will be provided, but please feel free to bring an instrument in order to play along! Feel free to wear festive attire if you wish! See our FB event page for more information!
Next week is full of fun activities in the College! Come for ten minutes to decorate a cookie, or stay the whole afternoon to study! All are welcome! Vegan/GF options available! See our FB event page for more information! https://www.facebook.com/events/2006870076235438/
DivestDAL has been camping out on the quad to draw attention to Dalhousie’s continuing investment in some of the largest fossil fuel companies, including coal producers. You can support the fight to get divestment officially reconsidered by Dal’s Board of Governers by signing the change.org petition. It’s time to divest.
Visit Facebook.com/divestdal to learn how to support the DivestDal campout leading up to the Weds. 29 Board of Governor’s meeting.
In this age of climate change and global warming, it is important for us all to be smarter citizens of earth, learning how to manage the world’s resources in a sustainable manner. Accelerated globalisation and privatisation have produced socio-economically polarised spaces, rendering diverse socio-economic groups differential rights to use urban spaces.
Many urban communities have tried to search for sustainable development pathways that will boost their socio-economic and environmental capital. Such endeavours require a transdisciplinary approach to identify the multifaceted urban issues and formulate sustainable solutions, including planning and design frameworks.
Designing and creating sustainable communities requires resources. Some resources allow open access, such as air; others may be of limited access; and some are regulated for collective use. We can call these resources our ‘commons’. It would be impossible to build a sustainable community if all resources were privatised or commodified.
During the Summer School, participants will learn to identify and conserve our common resources in the urban realm. The focus will be on creating more commons for collective use, to improve the environment and build sustainable communities for the flourishing of humanity.
The programme has been carefully designed to reflect the international nature of the event. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences from their home countries and to reflect on how the knowledge gained during the School can be applied in their local context when they return home.
Applications are now open for the 2018 ACU Summer School, hosted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong on the theme of ‘Designing and Creating Sustainable Communities’.
Dalhousie University students have access to bursaries and a discounted registration rate, and applications close on 14 January 2018.
Taking place from 1-9 July 2018, the Summer School will feature: expert lectures by local and international speakers, skills development, social events providing insights into Hong Kong’s fascinating culture, group work, networking opportunities, and field trips to key local sites.
For full details, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit
The Andy Kesteloo Memorial Student Project Award is in memory of Andy Kesteloo, a visionary green building advocate, who shared his commitment for a sustainable earth with humour, insight and passion.
The objective of the Award is to recognize a student project that demonstrates leadership, innovation, inspiration and a creative vision for the future of sustainable design in the field of green building and communities.
The Award includes the following:
- $2,000 cash award.
- Free conference registration to Building Lasting Change, CaGBC’s National Conference, including attendance at the gala dinner and award ceremony where the winner will be announced to the public.
- Transportation costs to and from the conference.
- Two nights lodging during the conference.
- $100 in expenses.
- Free entry to the CaGBC’s National Conference Gala dinner and awards ceremony for a professor of your choice.
Competition opens – October 23, 2017
Deadline for submissions – April 22, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Water protectors are on the front lines at the mighty Shubenacadie River resisting Alton Gas. They are doing crucial work to protect the water for all of us. With winter coming, they need our support to keep them warm and safe.
Solidarity With Alton Gas Resistance is hosting a silent auction to benefit water protectors on December 3 at the Bus Stop Theatre. There will be many items to bid on: art, crafts, gift certificates for services, and more! There will also be a short talk by water protectors, musical performances, a poetry reading, and door prizes! Spoiler: the door prize is a pie.
Proceeds from this silent auction and performance fundraiser will directly support frontline resistance efforts against the Alton Gas Natural Gas Storage project.
This event is being planned on unceded Mi’kmaq Territory by SWAGR (Solidarity With Alton Gas Resistance), a Halifax-based group of activists from Council of Canadians, Ecology Action Centre, Solidarity Halifax, and the general community. The focus of this group is to support resistance efforts against the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project, and we take our direction from frontline Mi’kmaq communities and other residents of the surrounding area.
Date: Sunday December 3, 2-5PM
Location: Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street
Suggestion entry donation: $5-20
There will be door prizes, music and poetry, and many items to bid on in the silent auction!
Would you like to know more about Indigenous perspectives on sustainability? Would you like to chat about these perspectives over dinner this Thursday night? Don’t wait to enter, the deadline is 4pm Wednesday!
Post a photo and a short explanation of your interests in Indigenous issues, perspectives and/or knowledge! Make sure to tag us to enter the draw for dinner Thursday at 5:30pm, before the Thursday night ESS Lecture, with College faculty and Dan Longboat! Tag @dalsustlife on Instagram or Dalhousie College of Sustainability Students, Alumni & Staff on Facebook. You can also enter by e-mail if you would rather! Enter by 4:00pm November 22, 2017. Please note that only students currently registered in a SUST course are eligible to enter. Two students will be selected. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
SOLAR INNOVATIONS AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY DAY
Saturday, November 18th, 10:00-4:00
This will be packed day of presentations and discussions covering: solar panels, thermal heat storage, rocket stoves, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Presenters include: Dr. Wayne Grozko (Ecology Action Center & Solar NS), Karlena Johnson (Mi’kmaw Alternative Energy), Brian Rose (AppleSeed Energy), Michael Batty (Abethin Design), Christopher Griffiths (Cletus Design). Kim Thompson (Deanery Project) Emma Norton (Ecology Action Center).
The day is a part of the Deanery’s ReNEW project, a collaborative initiative focused on providing public learning opportunities on renewable technologies, and increasing community opportunities for energy-conscious practices.
Registration is $10, including lunch.
For more information and to register, visit event brite or contact The Deanery Project at 902.845.1888.
New techniques are opening the door for new genetically engineered (GM) seeds and animals. Are these techniques more precise and predicatable? Will they resolve controversies about GM foods? What about impacts on biodiversity?
Dr. Ricarda Steinbrecher, biologist and molecular geneticist, will share information about new gene editing technologies and discuss their proposed applications, abilities and risks.
When? Monday, November 27, 2017, 7-9 pm
Where? Room 306, Dalhousie Student Union Bldg, 6136 University Ave
Women Unlimited Association is a not-for-profit organization in Nova Scotia that supports
diverse women as they build careers in the trades and technology (T&T) fields.
Women Unlimited is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women
who self-identify as African Nova Scotian, Indigenous, Immigrant, differently abled,
LGBT and other members of the visible minority community.
Dalhousie is launching its participation in Western University’s 2017-2018 World’s Challenge Challenge. WCC is a team competition where students form teams to provide unique ideas and solutions to meet the UN’s Goals for Sustainable Development.
Last year’s Dalhousie team won the competition!
Please come to a Q & A Session on Wednesday 15 November 15 at 5:30 pm, Room 3207, Mona Campbell Building in Halifax; or via video-conferencing in the CA Douglas Room, Cumming Hall, Truro.
Team Proposal Deadline – December 4, 2017
For more information – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 902-494-4318
ACORN Organic Conference & Trade Show
Join the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) for our 18th Annual Conference and Trade Show — November 27-29th in Truro, NS!
Three days of workshops, a 100% organic banquet, and plenty of networking opportunities – this is an event you won’t want to miss!
Come celebrate the ongoing evolution and potential of organic agriculture with a conference grounded in the four organic principles — Health, Care, Fairness and Ecology.
Are you a student? Use the “STUDENT” promo code for a 15% discount.
Register today! Pre-registration closes November 17, 2017.
If you have any questions, contact Brittany Maguire at email@example.com or 1-866-322-2676
Are you passionate about sustainability and looking to make a difference in your community? Halifax Solid Waste Resources is looking to improve their waste management services by capitalizing on the ideas and innovative solutions that young people have to offer. You have a chance to give your input on what you an effective youth engagement strategy and platform might look like. Further information about the study, along with a consent form can be found here.
Please take a few minutes to complete this quick, anonymous online survey. Your feedback is important!
Emily Davis, MES Candidate
Elias Elhaimer, MREM Candidate
Eryn Forester, MPA Candidate
Andrew Harvey, MBA Candidate
Nigel Vidler, MREM Candidate
Mitacs and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have partnered to offer the RISE-Globalink Research Internship (RISE-GRI), which offers undergraduate students at Canadian universities the opportunity to undertake research at eligible German institutions.
RISE-GRI pairs Canadian students with three-month projects supervised by PhD students in Germany.
- Open to full-time undergraduates in biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, or engineering (or a closely related field) who have completed at least two years of a four- or five-year program
- Students in Quebec enrolled in a three-year undergraduate degree must have completed at least one year of their university program
- Applications accepted until December 15, 2017
- Competitive opportunity — only top-ranked students are matched with projects
- Projects must start between May 15 and July 9, 2018
- Approved recipients receive $5,200 toward travel and accommodationsFor questions about the application procedure, matching process, and internship placement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For any questions regarding the funding, please contact Mitacs International at email@example.com.
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.
Cleaning out your closet? Why not drop your extra warm, gently-used winter clothes off by November 3rd at Dal’s International Centre (Le Marchant Place, 1246 LeMarchant Street) as part of their Winter Clothing Drive!
Email for more information: Brandon.email@example.com
This may be of interest to folks, the Halifax Food Policy Alliance seeks public input on draft Halifax Food Charter! Check out the link for more information!
- The World’s Challenge Challenge competition allows full-time or part-time students to apply their knowledge and know-how in addressing one or more of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.Jennifer Baechler will lead a info/team joining session on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. We had a few student interested last year but were unable to get a team together, therefore, we will be assisting in forming teams this year. Space is limited to 50 attendees; Faculty are welcome to join us, but we are asking everyone to register. For more information and to register, please CLICK HEREThe Dalhousie Team (Alicia Roy -Biology, Danielle Skuy – Accounting & Robyn Follett – Psychology & Creative Writing) with their project, “Total Dimension Prosthetics”, won the 2017 International Finals at Western University and received $30,000 to apply to their project.
– Information session and team forming session – November 1, 2017
– Question period and application assistance session – November 15, 2017
– Team application deadline – December 4, 2017, 11:59 pm AST
– Selected teams notified by December 19, 2017
– Semi-finals team presentations – Thursday 25 January, 2018
(ESS Lecture evening, in collaboration with the College of Sustainability)
– Finals team presentations – March 6, 2018
(each winning team member will receive $1,000 and are provided travel
and accommodations to compete in the finals in London, Ontario)
– International Finals in London, Ontario in June 2018
(overall winning team to receive $30,000)
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
Trees in the City: Learning About the Urban Forest, an event being hosted on November 4, 2017 from 9:30am-12:30pm at the Halifax Central Library! For more information see their Facebook event page!
Due to unavoidable circumstances, Dr. Catherine Nolin is unable to present her ESS Lecture this week.
In its place, we will screen the NFB film Angry Inuk.
“Seal hunting, a critical part of Inuit life, has been controversial for a long time. Now, a new generation of Inuit, armed with social media and their own sense of humour and justice, are challenging the anti-sealing groups and bringing their own voices into the conversation. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.”
See the link below for more information and how to apply! Applications are due by October 31, 2017. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Please Note: All applicants must have declared ESS as one of their majors!
Ransom A. “Ram” Myers (1952–2007) was a world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist who led a team of scientists at Dalhousie University to report in 2003 that 90 percent of the world’s stocks of large open-ocean fish (like tuna and swordfish) and groundfish (like the Atlantic cod) had been lost to overfishing. Ram’s efforts to predict fish larvae survival rates were widely praised by environmentalists and marine ecologists and brought declining fish stocks, overfishing, and ocean issues to the mainstream press.
This year, Dalhousie’s Department of Biology and the College of Sustainability will co-host the tenth anniversary Ram Myer’s Lecture On Science & Society with a series of short talks by Ram’s former students (now working in Canada and Europe) followed by a panel discussion celebrating the life and legacy of Ram Myers. Ram’s former students, Dr. Julia Baum (University of Victoria), Dr. Stephanie Boudreau (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moncton), Dr. Susanna Fuller (Ecology Action Centre, Halifax) and Dr. Coilin Minto (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland), will give a short talk where they discuss Dr. Myer’s legacy and their time with him, followed by a brief discussion of their own research. This will then be followed by a solutions-focused panel discussion and audience questions on Canada’s fisheries, where they are heading, and how they are managed in the international context.
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.
Jump In is in the running for $150,000 from the Aviva Community Fund to make our urban swimming project a reality! They need your vote!
Hey Halifax! Imagine on a hot summer’s day being able to head downtown and jump in 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 and reconnecting with our coastal 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 public perception of the harbour from the city’s dump site to the jewel of the city.
A possible visualisation for Jump In HFX includes a jumping board, a floating dock around the perimeter of the swimming area, a ramp area for 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!
Vote for Project Jump in at https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/cms/get-involved
Watch the awesome video about Jump In HFX by the talented Planifax group…
Open to all Dal students, friends and grads. We still have a few spots available for the 2017/2018 RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate. Visit the College website here to learn more about this great leadership development program.
Three Friday nights and Saturdays, with interactive workshops, guest speakers, and very experienced facilitators. Looks great on your resume, get that social action project off the ground that you’ve been thinking about.
Fill out the online application here. If you don’t receive confirmation that your application was submitted, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds are available from DSUSO to cover the food costs for the weekends.
Trips By Transit is hiring an Adventure Coordinator! This part-time position will oversee our adventures, coordinate volunteers, and manage partnerships. It’s a fantastic opportunity for a creative individual who is passionate about the outdoors!
Interested individuals can see the Green Jobs post or send TBT an email for more details: email@example.com
Cook and Food Intern
The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts is looking for a full time intern to fill its new position of Food Specialist, focussing on cooking/ food security and outreach starting as soon as possible. Our kitchen is an amazing place and you can help us with camp meal planning, organising, working with our local food bank to support communities, and preserving food and ensuring little wastage. National applications welcome, and accommodation onsite may be provided if necessary.
Due to the funding, ALL APPLICANTS must be 30 years or less, with postsecondary education in a related field (food security, gardening, cooking, etc), love cooking and working with people, able to work on your own, and able to work at Ross Creek.
Subject line: Food Intern
- Cover letter detailing what you think you can offer
- CV with specifics on any science or other related education and background
- Two references who can discuss your qualifications if applicable.
- Please ensure you fit the qualifications included above.
All attached documents should be in MS Word or PDF format.
READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN YOUR CAREER?
Earn the internationally recognized LEED® v4 Green Associate credential to equip you with important foundational information on green building principles and practices. Delivered by highly-qualified instructors with real-life experience, this course will provide you with valuable knowledge and give you access to quality study tools. Network with, and learn from, other individuals with similar goals, as you learn what you need to know to pass the Green Associate Exam.Who should take this course?
This course will appeal to architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, contractors and sub-trades, manufacturer representatives, and others interested in the credential.
Click here to read more information on this valuable course.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton
1960 Brunswick St.
Instructor: Will Marshall-click HERE to read his bio
Special student price of $150. Students must contact firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of full time student status to receive special pricing.
Free EGP membership for students who register before the early bird deadline. By choosing to take your Green Associate with the CaGBC you have opened the doors to be part of something bigger. Find out how you can make the most of your Emerging Green Professional membership.
Early Bird Discounts available until November 2, 2017
Do you have an interest in law and issues like climate change impact on human security? Do you wish to discuss these interests over dinner this Thursday night? Don’t wait to enter, the deadline is 4pm Wednesday!
All you need to do is post a photo and a short explanation of your passion for law! Make sure to tag us to enter the draw for dinner Thursday at 5:30pm, before the Thursday night ESS Lecture, with College faculty and Maria Banda!
Tag @dalsustlife on Instagram or Dalhousie College of Sustainability Students, Alumni & Staff on Facebook. Enter by 4:00pm October 4, 2017. Please note that only students currently registered in a SUST course are eligible to enter. Two students will be selected.
With coral bleaching, overfishing and invasive species at the forefront of environmental news, as scuba divers, we are getting front row seats at watching the world destroy the small slice of heaven that is left on this planet. By learning to become more environmentally conscious divers we can hopefully change this negative trend.
Here are 6 ways you can can become a sustainable scuba diver:
- Practice Buoyancy Perfection
Practice makes perfect! Don’t wait until you are on your tropical scuba diving vacation to figure out how to control buoyancy. Every year tonnes of inexperienced divers on vacation destroy hundreds of years of coral growth in one finkick.
Don’t be one of those divers. Get out to that sandy bottom beach near your house and practice, practice, practice! Lay on the bottom, fiddle with your BCD, get your weighing just right. There is no better place to get your diving down to a tee than in a controlled environment where you are not a problem for marine life. The better your buoyancy the less you are a risk to reef damage.
2. Education is Key
When someone falls in love with an animal they will want to forever protect it. Don’t be afraid to talk about your underwater adventures. Pictures, video and even show and tell with scuba gear, are all great ways to get people curious about life beneath the waves.
By talking about your passion you can connect non divers to a completely different world, and help them get excited by the cool and strange looking animals you find.
3. Look But Don’t Touch
It is important to remember that we are visitors to the underwater world and we should conduct ourselves accordingly.
Looking but not touching marine wildlife is not only for the animals safety but also for our own. Some species can be dangerous if alarmed, disturbed or aggravated. The last thing you want to deal with is an emergency at 50 feet.
Sometimes the best thing you can do as a scuba diver is absolutely nothing at all. Let’s all strive to lead by example and keeps our hands and fins to ourselves!
4. One dive, One Piece of Garbage
Picking up one piece of trash every time you dive may seem like a silly thing to do, but can you imagine what the impact would be if every scuba diver in the world did it. Imagine just how much cleaner our waterways would be.
It doesn’t need to be a big piece of garbage even an old candy wrapper does the trick. By getting into the routine of cleaning the ocean one bit of trash at a time, scuba divers like you and I can all contribute to building a better tomorrow.
5. Underwater Volunteering
Travel with purpose. There is always so much to do in the realm of environmental science and not a lot of funding to go with it. Spend your vacation fish and reef monitoring, animal tagging or helping out with a coastal cleanup.
Non for profit organizations often depend on good samaritan volunteers to help out with conservation projects. By working together with people that share a common goal, you can not only connect and make friends but also make a difference. Giving your travels focus and meaning can help make your adventures very rewarding and fulfilling.
6. Pick a Sustainable Dive Shop
Keep those fins green while scuba diving! To help minimize your impact on the ocean environment try and pick a dive shop that prides itself in sustainability. Make sure to do your research prior to diving as not all self proclaimed “eco-friendly” dive shops are created equal.
Some good resources to use to find environmentally conscious dive shops are; Project AWARE, Green Fins and Blue Star Operators.
It’s not enough anymore just hope that nature can rebound from decades of environmental damage. We need to start being the change we want to see in our oceans.
In general scuba divers are among some of the strongest advocates for ocean awareness and conservation. We have the power to do a lot of good in the underwater world. Let’s help our passion spread and make sure our impact on the aquatic realm is a positive one.
About Alisha Postma of Dive Buddies 4 Life:
Who you are is largely to do with what you do and I am a scuba diver.
For me and the underwater world it was love at first sight. Sometimes I even think I could swim before I could walk. I have been sporting a neoprene wetsuit for the better part of a decade. After completing my undergraduate degree in marine biology I began my career employed in laboratory and aquarium settings. Now I am a blogger trying to teach the world about our lakes, rivers and oceans.
Everyone has their calling… mine came when I put on my first set of fins. I love the underwater world and it is my dream to captivate people with my scuba diving blog the way the ocean has captivated me. Connect with Alisha and Joey from Dive Buddies 4 Life on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Instagram.
-Guest Post for the Office of Sustainability written by Alisha Postman
Join Halifax Diverse in cooperation with HRM to learn about the dangers of the overuse of manicured lawns, the benefits of trees in our green spaces, and innovative ways to reimagine our urban landscape.
– Tristan Cleveland, Columnist with Metro Halifax
– Peter Duinker, Professor at Dalhousie University
– James Steenberg, Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University
We will also feature an exciting first look at a tree planting partnership between HRM and CN EcoConnexions.
The event will commence at 9 AM with light breakfast refreshments and an opportunity to mingle. Presentations will get underway at 9:30. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with the presenters afterward.
This is a fantastic opportunity for students to jump into working in the field of sustainability and affect Dal’s campus community. More details can be found in the job positing. Apply by October 2nd.
Congratulations to College of Sustainability colleague Kaarin Tae, who is also the President of the McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA)!
MRWA volunteers cut the ribbon officially opening the first 2 km of trails on Monday evening at the Norawarren Drive Park in Herring Cove. The McIntosh Run Trail System when finished will be over 25 km of singletrack trails for non-motorized recreation on public land between Spryfield and Herring Cove, authorized by the Province and HRM, with funding from private and public sources. The system will connect Spryfied to Herring Cove through a combination of building new trails and adopting and upgrading existing informal trails. The trails are designed and built for (and by) hikers, bikers, runners and snowshoers.
MRWA volunteers are building and maintaining the trails according to standards that have been applied successfully worldwide for shared non-motorized singletrack trails. “We aim to draw a diversity of people into the wild areas surrounding the McIntosh Run, and to make it fun so that kids of all ages will want to come back again and again.” says MRWA president Kaarin Tae.
The McIntosh Run flows from Long Lake, through Spryfield, across the “Backlands” and into the ocean at Herring Cove. The McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) was founded in 1994 to protect the river and its watershed. “We promote awareness and stewardship of the river and the watershed by facilitating sustainable public access to the wild lands surrounding the river.” Tae explained. “This trail network will allow the public to experience and appreciate this beautiful natural landscape first hand.”
The trail opening is the result of hard work by many hands. So far over 90 volunteers have worked on the trail putting in over 2000 hours of labour.
“It’s been a lot of fun to build the trails with so many great volunteers. We have some super retirees who come out every time, and parents sometimes bring their kids, and everyone is excited to build the trails and use the trails” Tae beamed.
The trail network will be the first of it’s kind in Nova Scotia, a singletrack recreational trail for hiking, running, biking and snowshoeing on provincial and HRM lands with formal permission granted by both landowners.
To learn more about the project visit the McIntosh Run Watershed Association’s website or Facebook page.
Would you like to talk about sustainability building design over dinner this Thursday night? Don’t wait to enter, the deadline is 4pm Wednesday!
Post a photo and a short explanation of your passion for sustainability and design! Make sure to tag us to enter the draw for dinner Thursday at 5:30pm, before the Thursday night ESS Lecture, with College faculty, Rochelle Owens and Lara Ryan!
Tag @dalsustlife on Instagram or Dalhousie College of Sustainability Students, Alumni & Staff on Facebook. Enter by 4:00pm Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Please note that only students currently registered in a SUST course are eligible to enter. Two students will be selected.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Are you looking to get involved in the community? Are you free this weekend?
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie and the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre are partnering to host a Fall Harvest Volunteer Day from 1-4pm!
Students and staff taking public transit will meet at 12pm to bus over to Dartmouth. We aim to be back at Dal for around 5pm! If you wish to drive your own vehicle and meet us there, please feel free.
If you are interested in coming along, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org! Feel free to invite family and friends!
Did you skip breakfast? Do you like jam?
Come by the College of Sustainability between 10-11:30am today to taste a dozen different jams in our Jam Off! Vote for your favourite and enjoy a variety of tasty snacks (lots of GF/Vegan options)!
Capturing Conservation: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Conservation with Photography
Nick Hawkin‘s work in conservation photography and story telling reaches local, national and international audiences through Canadian Geographic, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Canadian Wildlife Magazine. Nick is a member of the International League of Conservation photographers—an elite group of wildlife, nature and culture photographers who have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe. Nick seeks out stories and images that can bring attention to the impacts of human activity on wildlife and that inspire people to care for the planet’s ecosystems.
Thursday 21 September 7-8:30 PM
Ondaatje Auditorium, McCain Building
6135 University Avenue. Free. Open to the Public.
Interested in applying to the RBC SLC? There’s still time! Applications will be accepted until Oct. 6, 2017.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact email@example.com or think about attending our next information session on Wednesday Sept. 27, from 5-6:30pm in the meeting room of the College of Sustainability!
Seeds, a contemporary Canadian play, has just opened at Neptune Theatre, and might be of interest to some of you! It is a docudrama about the battle between Percy Schmeiser (played by Eric Peterson from Corner Gas) and Monsanto, but the play also explores the larger issues surrounding genetically modified (GM) food. Based on court records and interviews, the play investigates the complex dimensions of the science surrounding genetic modification while allowing for multiple perspectives on the issue.
The play runs from September 12 to October 1, 2017.
For more information, please see the Neptune Theatre webpage.
Halifax Meals on Wheels has been delivering fresh, nutritious meals for almost half a century. Dedicated volunteers put food on the tables of those in Halifax who are unable to prepare a meal for themselves. We deliver fresh meals and warm hearts while providing peace of mind for our clients and their families.
The organization is hiring a salaried part-time Assistant Coordinator. The Assistant Coordinator reports to the Office Coordinator and the position’s main responsibilities are volunteer scheduling and client management. The hours of work are four-hour mornings, Monday to Friday. Previous volunteer sector experience is considered a definite asset.
- excellent customer service skills
- communication skills
- high sense of values
- team worker
Computer competence (with knowledge of Windows and Excel and the ability to maintain a website and manage social media channels) is required.
RÉSUMÉ with COVER LETTER and REFERENCES should be emailed to:
Deadline: SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
We thank all those who apply. Only those chosen to be interviewed will be contacted.
PAUL GREEENBERG: FISHING, FARMING AND THE FUTURE OF THE LAST WILD FOOD
Join us for the College of Sustainability’s launch lecture in the Fall 2017 ESS Lecture Series at Dalhousie this Thursday.
Also see the poster below for the entire semester of engaging speakers on today’s most important environmental, socio-cultural and economic sustainability issues. Please share widely with your networks.
Hope to see you!
ESS Fall Lecture Series – 2017 – Paul Greenberg – SEP 14 2017
Paul Greenberg is a bestselling American author focusing on ocean and environmental issues. His 2014 book American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood examined the odd fact that while the US controls more ocean than any country on earth it imports more than 85% of its seafood from other countries. His 2010 bestseller Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food won the 2011 James Beard Award for writing and literature. Many of the themes in Four Fish were later explored in a 2017 Frontline PBS documentary Greenberg anchored and co-wrote called The Fish On My Plate. Paul’s 2015 TED Talk has received over a million views. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow.
Co-sponsored with Afishionado Fishmongers and OceanCanada Partnership
Time: Thursday 14 September 2017 – 07:00- 8:30 PM
Location: Ondaatje Auditorium, Marion McCain, 6135 University Avenue
Cost: Free, open to the public.
Part of the Fall 2017 ESS Lecture Series sponsored by the College of Sustainability.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 902-494-7805 sustainability.dal.ca
Post a photo and a short explanation of your passion for fishing and oceans issues. Make sure to tag us to enter the draw for dinner tomorrow at 5:30pm, before the Thursday night ESS Lecture, with College faculty and Paul Greenberg.
Tag @dalsustlife on Instagram or Dalhousie College of Sustainability Students, Alumni and Staff on Facebook. Enter by 4:00pm Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Please note that only students currently registered in a SUST course are eligible to enter. Two students will be selected.
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Crusader For Fun Jumps In
Anika Riopel wants us to jump in … the harbour. And swim and frolic and stuff.
“Almost 10 years after the city spent $333 million to clean up its massive, infamously polluted harbour, the two public beaches near its downtown remain strangely quiet — even on hot, sunny days.,” writes Michael MacDonald for the Canadian Press.
The city didn’t hire lifeguards for the beaches at Black Rocks & Dingle this year, citing a lack of interest:
“There hasn’t been an appetite for swimming,” says city spokesman Nick Ritcey.”
But apparently, we just need to forgive and forget … and build a big raft on the waterfront: Anika Riopel, a 28-year-old student of environmental sustainability at Dalhousie University, says the problem is that Haligonians won’t let go of their ugly memories of what the harbour used to be like.
Local residents and businesses dumped raw sewage into the harbour for more than 250 years.
“We spent millions cleaning up our harbour and the data now show the harbour is clean, but the perception continues to be what the harbour was 10 years ago,” says Riopel.
“This is not just about swimming. It’s about changing our relationship with the harbour.”
Riopel has a bold vision for what the harbour could look like for swimmers. She started a campaign three weeks ago simply called “Jump In.” Her plan is to get the city to cordon off a small section of the downtown waterfront to create an urban swimming hole, complete with diving platform, raft and, of course, lifeguards.
This post taken from Tim Bousquet’s Halifax Examiner
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Dal’s Biology Department is looking for volunteers to help move Bill Freedman’s native plant collection to a naturalized area of the DAL campus as a living legacy. Bill was a professor in the Biology Department until his passing in 2015. He was a lifelong naturalist and extremely active conservationist with a passion for native flora and fauna, working extensively with the Nature Conservancy. His widow has generously donated his large living native plant collection and we need help preparing the receiving beds and moving the plants from their yard to campus.
WHEN: Thursday 7 September 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 8 September 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 September 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.
WHERE: Meeting is in the small forest between Sherriff Hall and the Life Sciences Centre. When you arrive, ask for the coordinator to direct you.
WHAT WE WILL DO: Thursday 7 September will be focused on preparing the receiving beds for the collection. The beds don’t yet exist so we will need to break ground. Friday and Saturday we will move the collection in blocks using wheelbarrows from the Freedman home (150 m away) to the receiving beds.
WHAT TO BRING: We will provide gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows.
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND WATER. Wear sturdy shoes, no sandals!
HOW TO SIGN UP: Click here to sign up on a Google spreadsheet. The day has been broken down into 1 hour intervals, please sign up for as many time slots as you have availability. We need AT LEAST 6 and up to 12 people per time slot.
CANCELLATIONS: If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, I will send out an email to everyone who has signed up. So please make sure sign up! If you don’t hear from me we are still meeting. We will work in light rain so come dressed for the weather.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Allison Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
Hike NS Fall Hikes, Events & Courses
Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series 2017
Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. There are 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hikes are free and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details in the schedule found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Trailgate Canada 150 Volunteer Trail Maintenance Days
Hike NS and six community trail groups will offer Trailgate Canada 150 events across the province this fall. These volunteer trail maintenance days give hikers a chance to help out their local community trail group. All equipment and guidance on trail maintenance is provided and volunteers will enjoy a “trailgate” party with barbeque and cake to celebrate Canada’s 150th. This project is funded by the Government of Canada. Events include:
September 16 – Economy (Thomas’s Cove Coastal Trail)
September 16 – Meat Cove (Seawall Trail)
September 23 – Antigonish (Keppoch Mountain)
September 30 – Halifax (Mainland Common)
October 14 – Green Bay (Green Bay – Broad Cove Trail)
October 14 – Gulliver’s Cove, Digby Co. (Gulliver’s Head Look Off)
For more information, go to www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Registration for Hike NS Fall/Winter Courses Open
Registration is now open for Hike NS’s fall and winter courses across Nova Scotia. They range from how to share nature with children to Urban Poling to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop; Urban Poling workshop; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; and Navigation Maps & Compass Courses. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course. Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Urban Poling Clinic Sept. 9, Halifax
Hike NS and Urban Poling will offer a Quick Start Urban Poling Clinic in Halifax on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 12 pm in Point Pleasant Park. Learn now to Nordic Walk! The cost is $25 and participants must register in advance. The clinic is taught by a certified Urban Poling Instructor and demo poles will be available for use and for sale after the session. Learn more at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
We are looking for volunteers to help move Bill Freedman’s living native plant collection to a naturalized area of the DAL campus as a living legacy. Bill was a professor in the Biology Department until his passing in 2015. He was a lifelong naturalist and extremely active conservationist with a passion for native flora and fauna, working extensively with the Nature Conservancy. His widow has generously donated his large living native plant collection and we need help preparing the receiving beds and moving the plants from her yard to campus.
WHEN: Sep 7, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sep 8 and Sep 9, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm.
WHERE: Meeting is in the small forest between Sherriff Hall and the Life Sciences Centre. When you arrive, ask for the coordinator to direct you. See attached map.
WHAT WE WILL DO: Sep 7 will be focused on preparing the receiving beds for the collection. The beds don’t yet exist so we will need to break ground. Sep 8 and 9, moving the collection in blocks using wheelbarrows from the Freedman home (150 m away) to the receiving beds.
WHAT TO BRING: We will provide gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows. BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND WATER. Wear sturdy shoes, no sandals!
HOW TO SIGN UP: Click on the link below to a Google spreadsheet. The day has been broken down into 1 hour intervals, please sign up for as many time slots as you have availability. We need AT LEAST 6 and up to 12 people per time slot.
CANCELLATIONS: If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, I will send out an email to everyone who has signed up. So please make sure sign up! f you don’t hear from me we are still meeting. We will work in light rain so come dressed for the weather.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Allison Schmidt (email@example.com) if you have any questions!
SUST 4125 Conflict Negotiation & Sustainability
This course looks at local and global conflicts driven by: climate, politics, resource extraction, land use, and development. The class offers preparatory lectures followed by team-based simulated negotiations. Students learn techniques related to de-escalation, negotiation and debate tactics, through assuming and advocating various stakeholder perspectives.
Also check out this recent CBC News article.
As part of the overall environmental review process, Canadians have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernized and repair our Fisheries Act. The Canadian government is completing its second round of consultations on August 28th and is seeking input.
For Atlantic Canada, proposed changes to the Fisheries Act are important for our independent commercial fisheries, to protect depleted fish stocks and their habitat, as well provide for co-governance with Indigenous Peoples. It is high time that Canada, with its three oceans, had a modern Fisheries Act that can protect our fish and fisheries into the future.
The Ecology Action Center is urging members to send a message to the government of Canada to get our Fisheries Act right. We have made it easy for you with some key recommendations and a letter to the Canadian government with our priorities.
Have your say here!
Senior Marine Coordinator
Ecology Action Centre
Position Title: Research Assistant — Royal Bank of Canada Sustainability Leadership Certificate (RBC SLC)
Classification: Grant-Paid Term Position
Term: Oct. 1, 2017 – July 1, 2018
Salary: $20 per hour, 12 hours per week on non-module weeks, 34 hours on weeks including one of the three RBC SLC modules
Department: College of Sustainability
Reports to: Sherry Elliott, Manager, Finance & Admin, College of Sustainability
Supervision: Andrew Bergel, Academic Lead, Royal Bank of Canada Sustainability Leadership Certificate, College of Sustainability
PURPOSE OF POSITION: This grant-paid position provides research support for the Royal Bank of Canada Sustainability Leadership Certificate program, specifically to the Manager, Finance & Admin of the College of Sustainability, and Academic Lead of the Certificate program. This Certificate program is funded by a ten-year grant, now entering its fourth year, given by the Royal Bank of Canada for administration and academic supervision through Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability. Research activities will include environment scans, facilitation of the program literature searches, survey design, data collection, analysis of results, and assisting in the preparation of a research article for publication on behalf of the College of Sustainability.
Common Roots Urban Farm is looking for someone to help with a few days of research in the next week or so (Aug 27 – Sept 10) If you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
CRUF is researching social enterprise models to explore, including:
– incubator farms for newcomer farmers
– urban sharecropping
– edible landscaping
Duties will include:
– doing research online and by telephone
– attend meetings for comparing models and synthesizing possibilities
– assisting in writing a report of findings and suggesting two or more possible models
HCC is Hiring!
The HCC is excited to announce we are now accepting applications for our new membership coordinator position!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 1, 2017
Please send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com by 11:59pm on September 1st 2017.
Description of Employment:
This is a full time contract position paid hourly, with payment occurring once per month. The approximate workload is 35 hours/week. The hourly contract fee is $15 per hour.
Reporting to the Executive Director and weekly, the Membership Coordinator will be responsible for engaging with the community and providing regular updates on activities to the Executive Director. The membership coordinator will be responsible for managing the membership database, with the support of the Executive Director & HCC membership committee.
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TEACHING ASSISTANT/MARKER/DEMONSTRATOR POSTING
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3H 4R2
POSTING DATE: Aug. 18, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Aug. 31, 2017
POSITION: Teaching Assistant for the RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate Program. Beginning FALL 2017 and running until the end of March 2018.
DEPARTMENT/LOCATION: College of Sustainability, 1401 Mona Campbell
PAY RATE: 90 hours as per CUPE Collective Agreement ($2070 gross pay).
WORK ASSIGNMENT: The RBC SLC requires one student to assist with the implementation of the 2017-2018 program.
The TA will train with our curriculum development team to learn the Curriculum and assignments associated with the RBC SLC program. The TA will assist in the delivery of three leadership weekend Modules, and will lead parts of the program as requested by the facilitators.
The TA is expected to attend a training/briefing session prior to each Module and must commit to participate in all of the weekend Modules to assist with program implementation. Dates for the training sessions will be announced in early September and these will be held in an evening time slot prior to each Module.
Leadership Module 1: October 13-15, 2017
Leadership Module 2: January 19-20, 2018
Pecha Kucha: March 15, 2018
Leadership Module 3: March 23-24, 2018
REQUIREMENTS OF POSITION: Successful applicants must be a graduate of Dalhousie University and must have completed the ESS program. The RBC SLC TA must be reliable, energetic, and enthusiastic about the tutorial topics, proficient at writing in the English language, and comfortable in facilitating the learning of undergraduate students. Successful applicants will be required to submit a form signed by their graduate studies supervisor acknowledging the TA position, if applicable.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE ABOVE POSITION, PLEASE APPLY IN WRITING BY THE APPLICATION DEADLINE. Applications must include a cover letter and a résumé with contact information for two references. Applications should be sent by email to:
Sherry Elliott, Manager, Finance & Administration
College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University firstname.lastname@example.org
All offers of employment are conditional upon sufficient student enrolment in the course and approval by the University. Dalhousie University is an Employment Equity/Affirmative Action employer. The University encourages applications from qualified Aboriginal peoples, people with a disability, racially visible persons and women.
K’JIPUKTUK [HALIFAX] – The provincial government’s proposed carbon pricing system may actually allow the province’s emissions to increase, and won’t support the province’s most vulnerable.
That’s what was heard during the Capping Carbon | Trading Talk panel series, hosted by the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) and its partners. Six public events were held throughout Nova Scotia between March 9 and June 29, 2017.
The series has been the only public engagement on carbon pricing in Nova Scotia since the design of the system was proposed. To date, the Nova Scotia Government has not conducted public consultations or information sessions, although a small group of industry, academic and NGO stakeholders have been consulted.
Nearly eight months after the Nova Scotia Government announced that they would implement a cap-and-trade system by 2018, many key details have still not been released, and stakeholders are expressing concerns about the proposed carbon pricing system.
“For us, the main goals for a carbon pricing system are to reduce emissions and stimulate innovation while supporting the most vulnerable in this province. Unfortunately, we think this proposed system will do none of that,” said Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre.
The series heard from panelists across various sectors – including transportation, built environment, agriculture, forestry, and energy. The majority of speakers indicated that the cap-and-trade system, as proposed, is not likely to encourage innovation or meaningfully reduce emissions. The politically motivated tendency to set emission reduction goals too low was also a central point raised by many participants.
“For us, the main goals for a carbon pricing system are to reduce emissions and stimulate innovation while supporting the most vulnerable in this province. Unfortunately, we’re concerned the proposed system will do none of that,” said Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator with the Ecology Action Centre.
Dr. Kate Ervine was a panelist on two of the panels in the series. “Rather than learning the lessons offered by the mistakes of cap-and-trade schemes around the world, the government of Nova Scotia seems to be borrowing from their worst features. This will leave us with a plan that simply can’t deliver in a world that grows hotter by the year,” said Ervine, and Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University whose research focuses on cap-and-trade systems.
A summary and discussion of the findings from the Capping Carbon | Trading Talk panel series is available here.
“This program will likely be in place for decades to come, and it’s important that we don’t create an ineffective, harmful system simply to meet minimum federal requirements,” said Thomas. “We need to get this right, and believe in ourselves and make decisions that benefit Nova Scotia in the long term.”
In November 2016, Nova Scotia announced that they would implement a cap-and-trade system in 2018 to comply with the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. In March 2017, Nova Scotia Environment released the Nova Scotia Cap and Trade Program Design Options discussion paper; EAC responded with an official position statement detailing concerns.
For further information, please contact:
Energy Campaign Coordinator
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training
When: July 13th 2017 – 6:00PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Dalhousie University – Sexton Campus B-Building – Room B227 –
Interested in getting involved in the Green Building and sustainability Industry? Opportunities are plentiful and passing your LEED professional designation is required to get involved!
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system to certify a building’s sustainability. Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, students and professional can become LEED Accredited themselves. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only professional designation used to market yourself to employers and clients and show you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.
To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 7000 students pass their exam at a 100% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared to allow students to graduate with letters after their name and it never expires!
Also, a new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced this year and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system to ensure your knowledge is up to date! This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center.
Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)
From August 14-27th, The Deanery Project in Ship Harbour, in association with P3 Permaculture from Montreal, will offer an internationally-recognized Permaculture Design Certification Course. The two-week intensive course includes in-depth permaculture theory, design methodology, exercises, and group projects.
The P3 curriculum is recognized and respected as the gold standard in permaculture education and was developed by the late Bill Mollison in Australia in the 1970’s, who popularized permaculture, or “permanent agriculture” worldwide.
What: Permaculture Design Certification Intensive
Who: The Deanery Project in association with P3 Permaculture
When: August 14th-27th, 2017
Where: The Deanery Project, Lower Ship Harbour, NS
P3 Permaculture is a social enterprise, permaculture design firm and school that promotes appropriate ecological and social solutions to today’s collective challenges. P3’s design team works with farmers, homeowners, and business owners to incorporate sustainability into their practices in Québec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
The Deanery Project is an arts and environmental learning centre located on the Eastern Shore on 25 acres of woodland waterfront. The Deanery offers a wide variety of programming on topics related to environmental sustainability, community building, artistry, and natural building.
Meet at the Halifax Commons at 6:30pm and head to Pinehill Lookoff Park in Dartmouth, returning by 9:30 pm.
More details can be found here.
Everyone is welcome on this pay-what-you-can adventure.
Please join the Ecology Action Centre for the final free event in the Capping Carbon | Trading Talk panel series on developing Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade system.
In November 2016, the government of Nova Scotia announced that it will implement a cap-and trade system to price carbon pollution, starting in 2018, to comply with the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The design and details of the system are still being developed. Over the last four months we’ve hosted a series of public panel discussions to learn more about how cap-and-trade will impact our shared environment, society, and economy.
In this series finale we will report back with what we’ve heard from the first five panels, and panelists will pitch their ideas for how to design an effective and equitable cap-and-trade system for Nova Scotia that effectively lowers greenhouse gas emissions while stimulating the green economy. We will then open the floor for a lively discussion and Q&A. Join us to learn more about the proposed system, how it could be designed, and what it means for Nova Scotians.
Series Finale | Design Decisions
June 29th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
6135 University Ave., Halifax, NS
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Dr. Meinhard Doelle, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie
Dr. Kate Ervine, International Development Studies, SMU
Ray Ritcey, CEO, Maritimes Energy Association
Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
and moderator Lisa Mitchell, East Coast Environmental Law.
These events will be livestreamed via Facebook Live on the Ecology Action Centre’s page. Missed an earlier event? You can watch it online. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Accommodations, conference fees, and transportation are all covered for selected participants, as well as most meals. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Single-use plastic is a major contributor to global plastic pollution, and requires the extraction of fossil fuels to create a product that will only be used once. Plastic Free July is an initiative to engage consumers in reducing their plastic consumption by thinking about what they buy and using reusable alternatives. It is important to remember that drastically reducing the amount of single use plastic out there begins with design and manufacturing, so that the products available to consumers are reusable or at the very least readily recyclable. Industry needs to take the lead, but we can show the desire for sustainable design with our product choices.
To participate in Plastic Free July, take our pledge online (here) or in person, you could win great zero waste items! Staff from the Office of Sustainability will be around campus at the end of June, and we will be posting our locations on social media. In July, watch our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for interesting articles, tips, and inspiration for going plastic free.
One option for the pledge is to avoid the Big Four: coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic bags, and disposable water bottles. This can be achieved through simple switches like always bringing your own water bottle, reusable mug, and reusable bag when you are out and about, and asking for no straw and no plastic bag at restaurants and shops.
For an additional challenge, work to avoid all single-use plastic. Select unpackaged foods or foods packaged in paper containers, bring cloth produce bags to the grocery store, and cook meals at home to reduce take-out packaging.
How do you avoid single-use plastic in your life?
How Do Adults Living with Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Halifax Regional Municipality Get Well? A Pilot Study of Treatment Preferences and Experiences of People with Lived Experience
Approximately 20% of Canadians suffer from mental illness in their lifetime, with 12% experiencing major depressive disorder.
In Canada, there is little research about people’s experiences using non-conventional treatment approaches for their mental health. However, evidence suggests that more people around the world are using complementary therapies (CTs), especially for mental health symptoms. The most commonly used CTs among adults with depressive disorders include the self-directed use of herbal medicine, as well as vitamins and minerals. Common practitioner-directed CTs include mind–body therapies, acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
If you are an Aboriginal person, Black person, or person of any other racial and cultural background (White European, Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, etc.), 19 years of age or older, and have lived in the Halifax Regional Municipality for at least one year, Mental Health HRM would like to hear from you.
Please take 20-60 minutes to complete a survey (online or paper) asking about your personal history, cultural identity, experiences with treatments, preferences for treatments and how you are currently doing.
A $10 gift card (choice of Pete’s Frootique, Superstore, Cineplex, Walmart, or Tim Hortons) will be provided in appreciation for your time.
If you would like to more information and/or fill out the online survey, it can be accessed at www.mentalhealthhrm.ca
If you would prefer to meet someone in person, at the public library or another community center to complete the survey, please contact mentalhealthHRM@gmail.com or call 902-494-1274.
Amy Bombay, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie
Dr. Zenovia Ursuliak, MD., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie
Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie
About the EAC Food Project
The Food Action Committee project Our Food: Reconnecting Food and Community is seeking a fulltime Research and Evaluation Coordinator for the Halifax office for a one year maternity leave
replacement. The overarching goal of the Our Food Project is to strengthen communities’ relationship to food by helping to build ‘positive food environments’. These are the physical and social spaces that help to normalize healthy eating by making it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. We work at the individual, community and systemic level to increase the availability of nutritious food as well as our access to it, and actively involve citizens in the development of more localized food systems.
Research and Evaluation Coordinator
The Research and Evaluation Coordinator acts as the internal evaluator for the “Our Food Project”.
Their role is to steward all evaluation for the project team, as well as with program participants and network/policy partners in order to determine and understand impact. They also build diverse research partnerships and collaborate with academics to strengthen the evidence base in food security research.
The Research and Evaluation Coordinator is experienced in both traditional and developmental
evaluation methods, as well as storytelling. They are a strong communicator and facilitator, with the ability to work with the dynamics of different groups. They have a willingness to learn, are open to different and new ways of working, and work well in both independent and highly collaborative environments.
The position will support and be supported by the rest of the project team, based in Halifax,
Cumberland County, Cape Breton and our sister project in Southeast New Brunswick. The position reports to the EAC’s staff directors.
M.A. Thesis Defense presented by: Somed Shahadu
“Owning Food: The Impact of Living in Male-headed Households on Women’s Food Security in Patriarchal Societies – A Case Study of the Kumbungu District in Northern Ghana.”
Monday, June 19, 2017 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Marian McCain Bldg.
School: Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University
Hourly Rate: $15 -$20 based on education and experience
Contract: Funding for a full-time position until the end of September 2017
Competition Opens: 9 May 2017
Competition Closes: 19 June 19 2017
Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. The Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s leading business schools with over 3,300 students in 18 programs at the undergraduate, and graduate levels. With a mission focused on preparing “citizens of the world to lead sustainable, entrepreneurial businesses and communities,” the Sobey School became a signatory in 2014 to a United Nations initiative called Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which has as its primary principle the development of “students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.” As part of this initiative, the Sobey School is also supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To be the successful candidate, you must meet the following Green Corps criteria:
- be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of hiring;
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
- be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
- not be in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits at the time of the placement
- not be full-time students or co-op students;
- not have participated in a Federally funded project or programme within the last 6 months;
- must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;
- unemployed or underemployed*.
*Note: Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.
You must also meet the following Sobey School criteria:
- be a graduate of a recognized undergraduate or graduate level degree program;
- courses and/or experience in Ethics/Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Management, Environment, Consulting or Project Management will be considered an asset;
- be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written;
- be self-motivated and able to work independently;
- have good research skills;
- be proficient with word processing and database software
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre is running its Grow-A-Row program for the second year this summer. The program relies on harvest donations harvest from community groups and people with personal gardens.
HRM Community members can donate any extra or unwanted produce that they grow in their garden. The produce can be dropped off at the centre on Tuesdays between 9 and 3:30 or Wednesdays from 9-2. Depending what is provided, we use the produce for our Community Kitchen, Youth Cooking, or Community meals programs offered free each week. Otherwise, we make sure the produce gets used by someone who needs it.
Any amount is welcome, and we are happy to accommodate drop off needs. You can communicate with us at email@example.com and we will get back to you within 24 hours. If several people are donating from one area we may be able to establish a drop-off point.
Interested in getting involved in the Green Building and sustainability Industry? Opportunities are plentiful and passing your LEED professional designation is required to get involved!
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system to certify a building’s sustainability. Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, students and professionals can become LEED Accredited themselves. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only professional designation used to market yourself to employers and clients and show you have certified knowledge in the green building industry.
To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 7000 students pass their exam at a 100% pass rate and does not require any specific background.
Also, a new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced this year and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system to ensure your knowledge is up to date! This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center.
Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)
You can register via PayPal or RSVP your attendance by registering here.
A Deanery classic, the Bicycle Carnival returns this Saturday! With an emphasis on all-ages fun, skill building, entertainment and carbon-neutral transportation, the Bicycle Carnival is a fantastic combination of all things “Deanery”.
This year’s carnival will offer great music and performances, workshops, group rides, a tune-up shop, tasty treats, an art show, and so much more! Bring out your bike, borrow one of ours or just come for the shows.
Admission: $5 under 12, $10 adults, $25 for families. Food costs additional.
Common Roots Urban Farm & the Mobile Food Market have funding to share a summer student this summer.
Application due: Sunday June 11th.
Interviews: June 14 & 15.
Start date: June 26
A handful of 2017 ESS graduates with Director Steven Mannell & Prof. Georgia Klein (centre back).
We are so proud of each and every one of you!
Especially to our award winners…
University Medal in ESS: Julia Stoughton
University Medal in Community Design Joanna Burris
ESS Thesis Prize: Aria Brunetti
Highest GPA in ESS Courses: Ashley Salvador
Academic Improvement Prize: Rob MacNeish
Graduated with First Class Honours:
Jack Bennet Rebecca Kingdon
Connor Cepella Levi Kingfisher
Alex Coley Alice Main
Destiny Deroche Caroline Merner
Chris Dufour Gabrielle Mills
Donelle Fraser Laura Rigg
Evan Groen Jordyn Stafford
Graduated with With Distinction
What: Our Harbour Ecosystem Panel Launch and Art Engagement
Who: Waterlution (Great Waters Challenge- place-making art) and Sierra Club (Re-imagining Atlantic Harbours citizen science panel launch)
When: Saturday June 10th, 10am-12pm
Where: On Sackville Landing, by the Wave on the Halifax Waterfront
Amy Buckland-Nicks (Dal Grad ’15) and Kelly Schnare are seeking youth volunteers to help us collect #mywatermark stories about people’s experiences on water bodies such as Halifax Harbour. It will help to raise awareness about how much we value our lakes, rivers, and harbours and create a neat art display for the Halifax waterfront. It is part of Waterlution’s Great Waters Challenge and launching event for the Re-imagining Atlantic Harbours citizen science panel with Sierra Club. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
What design elements should a NS cap-and-trade system include? What must a cap-and-trade mechanism look like so we can reduce emissions, ensure equity, and stimulate growth in Nova Scotia’s clean economy?
Nova Scotia will implement a cap-and trade system starting in 2018. Join moderator, Dr. Meinhard Doelle, and panelists for the finale to our six part panel series.
Together, we will debrief the findings from the first five panels and propose policy options and design mechanisms for an ideal cap-and-trade system for Nova Scotians.
Date and Time: June 29th, 2017 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: Halifax, to be confirmed
Join the fun – all are welcome on this pay-what-you-can adventure!
The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is the only private, grant making institution with a national and international scope whose sole mission is to support solid waste research and educational initiatives.
The sustainability movement has reached the business models of nearly every industry, and many companies, municipalities and states have set aggressive sustainability goals that include how waste streams are being managed. The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices.
Allie Moore “Operations Coordinator” and Monique Drisdelle “Program Secretary” traveled to Toronto this week for the Administrative Professionals Conference of Canada.
In their downtime, they took themselves out to the ballgame — Blue Jays vs. Cincinnati Reds (final score 17 to 2!!!).
Applications due Friday 9 June
Apply in writing to email@example.com
Click below to view position job descriptions.
As part of the Winter 2017 ESS Lecture Series, the College of Sustainability and the Provost’s Office hosted six semi-finalist teams in the World’s Challenge Challenge competition where three-person teams present their unique solution to a global problem.
The Dalhousie’s semi-final winning team was Total Dimension Prosthetics, consisting of…
Robyn Follett: Psychology & Creative Writing
Alicia Roy: Biology
Danielle Skuy: Accounting
Western has invited teams from nine universities around the world to compete for a first-place prize of $30,000 and second-place prize of $15,000.
Watch a live stream of the competition at www.worldschallengechallenge.com
Schedule of Events (EST)
9:15-9:30 a.m. – Opening Remarks: Welcome from Amit Chakma, President & Vice-Chancellor, Western University
9:30-9:45 a.m. The University of Hong Kong
9:45-10:00 a.m. Dalhousie University (10:45 a.m. Atlantic time)
10:00-10:15 a.m. Radboud University
10:15-10:30 a.m. University of Alberta
10:30-10:45 a.m. University of Waterloo
11:00-11:15 a.m. University at Buffalo
11:15-11:30 a.m. Western University
11:30-11:45 a.m. Monash University
11:45-12:00 p.m. University of Otago
12:00-12:15 p.m. The University of British Columbia
12:15-12:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
One of the first steps of this process is renewing a flowerbed/planter, by removing the old soil and weeds and filling it with clean soil. We are looking for volunteers to help with this process!
Trips By Transit is a non-profit organization that takes weekly wilderness trips via Halifax Transit. We promote sustainability, accessibility, and connection to place, community, and ourselves.
Trips By Transit is hiring a student to lead trips into local wilderness spaces via Halifax transit and assist with other programming and initiatives. More information can be found within the job posting or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new class will be offered in the Bachelor of Management program in Fall 2017 — MGMT 2805 Introduction to Indigenous Governance (CRN 18321). This class will be taught in online format and has no prerequisites, so it is available to any undergraduate student at Dalhousie.
This course focuses on the traditional political cultures of Indigenous peoples within Canada as well as the fundamental issues facing Indigenous communities. This introductory course will provide students with the necessary background and conceptual framework for a better understanding of Indigenous Governance.
During an election campaign, the impact of public policy on the lives of Nova Scotia’s people and communities often gets drowned out.
Join a coalition of community groups as we ask representatives from the political parties about housing, poverty, environmental racism & environmental justice, health care, gender & sexuality, education, and incarceration.
The ENRICH Project (along with several groups and organizations) has invited the Green Party, Liberal Party, New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party to send representatives to answer questions from community organizations about how their party will address inequality and injustice.
Monday 15 May
6 PM – 9:30 PM (doors open at 6 PM, forum begins at 6:30 PM)
University of King’s College, New Academic Building
Alumni Hall 6350 Coburg Road
Please note: doors for the event will open at 6:00 PM and the forum will begin at exactly 6:30 PM.
The Alumni Hall is on the main floor of the New Academic building and is wheelchair accessible.
There are gender-neutral washrooms in the building accessible by elevator.
This Forum is presented by:
Dalhousie Faculty Association
Community Society to End Poverty Nova Scotia
The Council of Canadians
The ENRICH Project
The Dalhousie Student Union
Nova Scotia Health Coalition
Advocacy Center for the Elderly
Friends of McNabs Island
Summer Students Job Description 2017
McNabs Island Summer Interpreters
The Friends of McNabs Island Society is hiring TWO university/college students again this summer (35 hrs/week for 12 weeks) to start work JUNE 1. The pay range is $13.50-14.50/hr depending on experience. The students must be under 30, registered as full-time students and returning to school full-time in the fall.
The job duties are varied and would be suitable for students from several disciplines including: environmental science, biology, horticulture, business, tourism, public relations, planning, recreation, education, graphic arts, history, Atlantic Canada studies, archaeology, architecture or carpentry.
Both students must be excellent written and oral communicators, work well with children on field trips to the island, and must be able to work as a team as McNabs Island interpreters. Both students must be physically fit and love being outdoors, even in the rain and cold. They must be willing to work weekends on McNabs Island. When not on the island, the students will work out of a small office in Dartmouth close to the Alderney ferry terminal. Some of the job duties include:
- providing guided tours for McNabs Island visitors including youth groups,
- doing island maintenance work such as garbage/recyclable cleanup, trail and garden maintenance, Teahouse restoration
- promoting McNabs Island as an outdoor classroom and nature park,
- marketing our Discover McNabs Island book and brochures/maps,
- researching and writing stories about McNabs Island
- updating our brochures, display, and social media.
Jobs will be posted until May 11 or until the positions are filled. Please send resume, cover letter and references combined into ONE “WORD” format document and include your name in the file name i.e. jackorjilljones.doc and email to email@example.com.
Helping the Friends of McNabs Island is a unique summer student experience like no other job you will ever have!
Cathy McCarthy Friends of McNabs Island firstname.lastname@example.org
- To bring together interdisciplinary expertise to address the social, economic, and health effects resulting from the relationship between race, place, and the environment;
- To facilitate interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral collaborations among professors/researchers, students, community members, NGO professionals, and policymakers to address the relationship between race, place, and the environment from multiple perspectives;
- To train and mentor graduate students to engage with new ways of conceptualizing and conducting research on race, place, and the environment; and
- To experiment with innovative knowledge translation strategies designed to share knowledge with research, community and policy audiences in order to increase their exposure to these issues, enhance advocacy, and galvanize community activism.
- Attending one training session focused on supporting community outreach activities and developing the online participatory storytelling toolkit;
- Developing a list of key groups, organizations, academics in diverse disciplines (Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s, Acadia, Mount Saint Vincent, St. FX, Cape Breton University, NSCC), policy makers at HRM Planning etc., anti-racist groups, government departments/agencies, politicians, and media to invite to event, with assistance from grant team members.
- Helping to organize the symposium, including finalizing the symposium agenda/activities, developing and sending out invitation letters to speakers, developing and sending out symposium poster and other promo material to media, members of the public, agencies, academics, students and others; developing symposium documents and evaluation forms; developing and sending out invitation letters and consent forms to speakers; following-up with speakers by email or phone to finalize presentation details, hotel arrangements, and other issues; and supporting other symposium organizing activities where needed.
- Helping to develop questions for two pre- and post-symposium community workshops in four communities, four symposium panels on research, policy, and community activism, and the symposium closing discussion.
- Scheduling and providing support to team meetings, including developing and sending out meeting doodles, meeting agendas, and minutes, and taking minutes.
- Organizing and helping to co-convene two day long six-hour outreach workshop events in four communities, including facilitating and typing up outreach workshop discussions;
- Attending the symposium to take notes and moderate the closing discussion.
- Disseminating pre- and post-feedback forms at the beginning and end of the symposium;
- Writing a report that synthesizes symposium discussions.
- Sending symposium report (draft and final report) to community members for feedback via email or snail mail.
- Supporting the preparation of the policy brief and peer-reviewed publications.
- Helping to create the online participatory storytelling toolkit project, the main knowledge translation project.
- Attending two “next steps” meetings after the symposium concludes.
- Participating in partnership development with professors/researchers, NGO professionals, policy people, and community members.
- A current university student pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in sociology, environmental science, environmental studies, planning, international development studies, law, health professions, health sciences or another relevant graduate degree.
- Established relationships with or connections to Aboriginal (particularly in Pictou Landing First Nation, Acadia First Nation in Yarmouth, and Sipekne’katik) and/or African Nova Scotian communities.
- Analytical skills in the sociology of race and other social inequalities, colonialism, and environmental racism/justice.
- Experience organizing workshops, symposiums, or other events.
- Experience facilitating workshops or small group discussions.
- Excellent writing skills.
- Experience writing reports.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Experience conducting outreach in Aboriginal, African Nova Scotian, or other racialized communities.
- Excellent organizational skills.
Two (2) Graduate Research Assistants Required
I am looking to hire two research assistants to provide support to activities related to an interdisciplinary one-year project that is being funded by a 2017 SSHRC Connection Grant, including a one-day academic and public symposium entitled “Over the Line: A Bilateral Conversation on Race, Place & the Environment”, to be held October 27, 2017 at the Halifax Central Library.
Candidates must be current university students pursuing a masters or doctoral degree in sociology, environmental science, environmental studies, planning, international development studies, health sciences, health professions, law, or another relevant graduate degree.
The overall goal of the project and symposium is to break down disciplinary and sector-based silos among diverse professors/researchers, students, policymakers, NGOs, and community members by providing a platform for cross-cultural knowledge exchange on the effective use of research, policy, and community activism and organizing for addressing the social, economic, and health impacts resulting from the relationship between “race, place, and the environment” in Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian communities. To achieve this goal, the symposium and project will bring together US-based professors/researchers and Nova Scotian and Canadian professors/researchers, students, Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian community members, NGO professionals, and policymakers to share knowledge from disciplines such as environmental science, environmental policy, sustainability, geography, planning, law, international development studies, sociology, health professions, and health sciences.
The relationship between race, place, and the environment, commonly referred to in the literature as the “racialization of space”, will be addressed as it relates to the intersections of and relationship among environmental racism, climate change, planning decisions and policy, the built environment, and environmental justice in Indigenous and Black communities. For example, an analysis of the racialization of space as it relates to the relationship among these causal factors may focus on how the intersections of race, culture, gender, income, class, and citizenship status render these communities more vulnerable to and less able to escape, survive, and recover from the harmful social, economic, and health impacts of environmental pollution and contamination, natural disasters, and planning policies since members of these communities are more likely to live in poorly resourced neighbourhoods with inadequate infrastructure (poor quality homes, roads, and transit) and less likely to hold political power.
The four main project and symposium objectives include:
To bring together interdisciplinary expertise to address the social, economic, and health effects resulting from the relationship between race, place, and the environment;
To facilitate interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral collaborations among professors/researchers, students, community members, NGO professionals, and policymakers to address the relationship between race, place, and the environment from multiple perspectives;
To train and mentor graduate students to engage with new ways of conceptualizing and conducting research on race, place, and the environment; and
To experiment with innovative knowledge translation strategies designed to share knowledge with research, community and policy audiences in order to increase their exposure to these issues, enhance advocacy, and galvanize community activism.
Position Start and End Dates:
May 15, 2017 – April 30, 2018
Hourly Pay Rate
$20 per hour
Total Project Hours
250 hours (per Research Assistant)
Join Positive Planet on May 7 at 10 am for a clean-up! Give an hour of your Sunday to pick up some trash and show the Earth that you care.
We will be cleaning up the bike path along Barrington Street, and will meet at the Barrington and Cornwallis end of the bike path. We will break off to pick up some trash, then meet back up at the meeting spot at 10:45 to take inventory of the trash we picked up, and sort it so it can be disposed of properly.
What you will need: Bring some gloves (gardening gloves or rubber gloves work great), a bag or bucket, and a smile!
The Halifax Dump and Run is Halifax’s largest community garage sale! Our goal is to divert waste from local landfills by collecting items people no longer have use for and selling them (cheap!) at a gymnasium-sized indoor yard sale in order to raise money for charitable organizations.
The Halifax Dump and Run will take place on Sunday April 30, 2017 at the Studley Gym. The doors open at 9am until 5pm.
We have residence drop-off rooms in Saint Mary’s University and Dalhousie University in April. Community drop-offs will be accepted to the Studley Gym (Dalhousie) on April 29.
The province of Nova Scotia announced the development of the QEII Community Outpatient Centre. The Bayer’s Lake location is meant to be more convenient for citizens, compared to its downtown location, but many dispute this. Long-time ESS TA Jeff Blair created maps showing the troubling commute times to the new site in Bayer’s Lake. Read the full story here.
The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) is now accepting applications to join the CYD to the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The delegation will be made up of 5-8 youth from across Canada. All applicants must be between the ages of 18-30 by December 1st, 2017. Online applications are due Sunday, May 28th before midnight PST. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in for an interview.
The Canadian Youth Delegation is a voice of the Canadian youth climate movement at international United Nations climate conferences. Made up of dedicated and inspiring leaders from across the country, the delegation represents the demands of a generation working to create a just, safe, and livable future for all. Together, the CYD works to hold the Canadian government accountable the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties. Working with other youth groups and allies from around the world, the CYD will strive to challenge Canada’s to increase it’s ambition and commitment to climate action on a global stage.
Barefoot Blooms is a flower farm and full service wedding and special events florist that embraces organic and sustainable farming practices. They are looking to hire a Farm Market and Workshops Coordinator. This position requires a post-secondary student who was registered as a full-time student for the 2016-2017 school year and intends to return to school full-time in the next academic year, and is not older than 30 years of age.
For more details, check out MyCareer@dal.ca or their website.
Deadline is May 3, 2017 so act fast!
Positive Planet— a website that shares positive environmental news stories, including a zero-waste blog — is looking for guest writers to submit (minimum) one story per month.
Please contact email@example.com with a short blurb about who you are, and why you want to write for Positive Planet.
Positive Planet is also hosting an Earth-Day Cleanup at the Halifax Commons on Saturday 22 April. We will meet at 10 am (at the Commons entrance at the top of Cornwallis Street), scatter to pick up some trash, then meet back at the meeting spot at 10:45 to take an inventory and sort the trash so it can be disposed of properly. Bring some rubber gloves or gardening gloves, a bag or bucket, and a smile!
The Ecology Action Centre, one of the most active and outspoken environmental charities in Atlantic Canada, is seeking students or recent graduates to help strengthen our movement by canvassing for new members of our Centre.
This is your chance to dip your toes into the charitable sector, to learn about the ecology of our province, gain meaningful employment to help build your career and a chance to cultivate lifelong valuable skills in communications and fundraising.
Membership canvassing is an incredibly important position at the Ecology Action Centre and is valued as such. Canvassers travel door-to-door to different communities in our province and invite new membership to our organization. See their website for more information!
The College of Sustainability has a new summer course this June. Non-Profit Organizations examines the role of the nonprofit sector in achieving sustainability, provides an overview of how nonprofits operate within governance and civil society contexts, and offers practical guidance on how to start an NGO. Students will explore leadership skills and approaches to the strategic planning of social, health, environmental and sustainable development goals.
University Established Academic Dates:
April 10: Last day of classes (Monday, April 10-Friday classes will be held)
April 12-26: Exam period
April 14: Good Friday-University closed
April 27: Residences close at noon
Study for Success Workshops:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Concentration & Memorization (5-6pm)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Managing Time & Avoiding Procrastination (6-7pm)
Thursday, April 6, 2017: Short Answer & Essay Exams (6:30-7:30pm)
Friday, April 7, 2017: Multiple Choice Exams (1:30-2:30pm)
SUB Wellness Room:
Please see the following link for more information about DSU Wellness Room including events and information sessions.
Dalhousie Campus Life:
Please see the following link for more information about Dalhousie Campus Life events and resources.
Dal Student Life-Exam Survival Guide:
Please see the following link for more information about Dal Student Life initiatives and resources for students.
24-Hour Study Space:
The DSU will be keeping the SUB Atrium open overnight for studying from April 11–14 and April 16–17. Room 302 in the SUB will also be available during normal building hours from April 11–13 and April 15–17.
Late Library Hours:
The Night Owls program is now on, offering late hours for studying at Dal’s libraries (Killam until 3am!). Tiger Patrol (902.499.1831 or 902.718.9908) is also running late to get you home safely from the library.
ESS Academic Advising:
If you are thinking or planning of pursuing Environment, Sustainability & Society (ESS) as one of your intended majors or minor, please feel free to contact Bridget Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your intended degree path.
Through April 10, ACEEE is accepting applications for the Linda Latham Scholarship to attend our 2017 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Denver, Colorado from August 15 -18. The scholarship was established in memory of Linda Latham who served as ACEEE’s Chief Operating Officer until her untimely death in September 2011. Linda, who helped found the US government’s ENERGY STAR® program, believed that students bring talent and creativity to the field of energy efficiency especially if we provide a venue to inspire and educate them.
For the 2017 Summer Study, scholars will receive a full conference registration and housing. A few travel stipends of up to $500 may be available; however, given limited funding, such requests could reduce chances of selection.
On Friday, March 24th, Halifax Water released its request for proposals for tenders (RFP) for Phase 1 of the Sullivan’s Pond Storm Sewer Renewal. This RFP contains information about the design for this project, including where daylighting of the Sawmill River will occur and the expected timeline for this work to take place.
It is exciting to see how the upper part of this project will look and, in the months ahead, the Ecology Action Centre will continue to work on ensuring that the area around the soon to be daylit sections have elements that increase the biodiversity of the area and offer an interesting place to visit. Due to the sustained support for daylighting the Sawmill River from people throughout HRM, there are some very positive elements to this project. There is also much to be done for the lower half of the river. As discussions on how to redesign the intersection of Portland Street and Alderney Drive continue, there may still be additional opportunities for daylighting more of Sawmill River.
For more information and what this area should look like in the summer of 2018, please read more!
The Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection is now proudly housed at Saint Mary’s University’s Archives.The Collection documents the lives of Lynn, her family, and over 50 years of African, African diasporic and African-Nova Scotian heritage and history. It is a rich resource for researchers, community members and organizers, educators and students, and more.The Official community launch of The Collection—with Saint Mary’s President, Dr. Robert-Summerby Murray, Lynn Jones, and other honoured guests—will be Thursday, April 13 at 630pm in the Halifax North Memorial Library Community Room.
DISM4010- Case Management and Return to Work
DISM4040- Understanding the Relationship between Work and Health
DISM3010: Introduction to Disability and Disability Management
During the month of March, Dalhousie’s Office of Sustainability is on the lookout for your Brightest Ideas!
Submit an idea that could positively impact our approaches to save energy and water on campus to email@example.com. Your idea could win a prize and may be implemented at Dalhousie in the future!
This competition is open to all Dalhousie faculty, staff and students on all campuses! Entries are judged on creativity, uniqueness, ease of implementation, multiple sustainability benefits (ecological, economic, social, health), cost and information provided. Find out what has been already been implemented on campus visit: https://www.dal.ca/dept/sustainability-at-dal.html
This year’s prizes include grocery store gift cards as well and an Efficiency One gift bag.
The Office of Sustainability tracks progress made on campus sustainability action. The results of this survey and other collected information will assist the Office, and the University in general, in promoting and implementing sustainability projects on campus.
This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. We are seeking responses from all students, faculty, and staff at the Halifax and Agricultural campuses. All participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw for one of five prizes, $50 gift cards to: Sobey’s, Atlantic Superstore or the Dal Book Store.
Please click on the link to complete the survey: https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=37504
The survey is open from Wednesday 15 March 2017 until Wednesday 5 April 2017.
April Open House & Swiss Style Easter Egg Decorating
Sunday, April 2nd 1:00PM-3:00PM | *Free Event*
Bring the whole family out to explore The Deanery, and celebrate the spring season with Swiss style Easter egg decorating; this method of dyeing is completely plant-based, eco-friendly, and keeps your eggs edible!
Easter Family Picnic
Saturday, April 15th 10:00AM-noon| $5 for lunch (or bring a picnic lunch)
If families can, please bring treats to contribute to the Egg Hunt.
The children will love Swiss style egg decorating with natural & edible dyes! Events will also include an egg hunt and visit with a special guest! Those staying for lunch can enjoy the picnic The Deanery will provide, or are invited to bring their own!
Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Spring Permaculture Skill Share
Saturday, April 22nd 10:00AM-5:00PM | (Cost TBA)
If you’re a fan of Rural Roots then you’ll love this day of mini workshops covering germination and planting techniques, brush fence building, huegels, seed saving and so much more! Bring your green thumbs, they’ll provide the rest.
Stay tuned for further details! Contact them at email@example.com to enrol.
Women on Wheels
Saturday, April 29th 10:00AM-3:00PM | $30 for the full day, or Pay What You Can
(Membership pricing is available)
A day devoted to bicycles, women, and our cycling community. Learn to ride a bike in the morning, or practice basic bike maintenance and repair in the afternoon. Group rides of varying lengths will be lead, and other bike related information will also be made available. Lunch included!
Sustainability student Brianna Maxwell has committed to keeping her garbage in a 500mL jar for 2017. Anything that can’t be recycled or composted in the HRM gets put into the jar. To cut down on waste from packaging Brianna has started making some of her soap, toothpaste, and shampoo. Read the full DalNews story here!
Check out this great photo essay about the YESS student society’s trip to the Annapolis Valley.
Sustainability students had the chance to visit the Wolfville Farmers’ Market…
Foxhill Cheese House…
And TapRoot Farms!
It was a great chance for students to venture off-campus to learn about small-scale farming and sustainable food production first-hand.
Students learned how passionate farmers are about sustainable and ethical food production.
As well as the importance of supporting local farmers.
What an amazing way to see more of Nova Scotia, learn about local farmers, and hang out with some great people!
These events will be livestreamed via Facebook Live. Missed the first event? You can watch it online.
- You can join their team and walk/run 5K
- You can do a different race with friends or family and fundraise for them
- Or you can just donate!
- Every fundraiser gets their own personal page which makes it easy to raise money with email or social media. Here’s an example!
Siku brings together Inuit communities in the North through a web network that integrates indigenous knowledge, science, technology, culture, curriculum and community. It is a program of the Arctic Eider Society, and is a top ten finalist in the Google Impact Challenge for Canadian non-profits across all sectors. The top five get $750,000 for their program. Vote now!
Hike Nova Scotia’s sixth annual Hiking Summit will take place April 28 to 30 in Tatamagouche. A celebration of hiking culture, it includes best practices, stories, networking opportunities and hikes. The Summit is hosted by Hike NS, the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester. The event is supported by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Summit will take place at the Tatamagouche Creamery and North Colchester High School.
Registration Deadline: April 24, 2017
- $30 for paid Hike NS members
- $40 for non-members (who receive a membership with their registration)
- Access to hike events and socials
- Access to Saturday sessions
- Saturday morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks
- Saturday lunch
There is an optional Friday and Saturday supper at an additional cost. Registration does not include accommodation, other meals or transportation to and from hikes – you must arrange them on your own.
To see the full program overview check out their web page or download the PDF.
PROTECTORS: CROSS-MOVEMENT RESISTANCE TO ALTON GAS
A panel discussion in Halifax
Jim Maloney – Sipekne’katik war chief
Dale Poullette – Water protector, Treaty Truckhouse organizer
The project was given the go ahead by the McNeil government despite a lack of consultation, multiple failures by the company, and clear and united opposition by the affected communities. When confronted with their failure to gain consent for this project by the Sipekne’katik Band Council, the McNeil Government declared the Sipekne’katik Mi’kmaq a “conquered people”, so their consent was not required for the project to go forward. A court decision on January 28th ruled otherwise, and has opened the way for Mi’kmaq and settler community members from across this province to speak out about protecting our rivers.
The Protectors speaking tour focuses on how Alton Gas is a crisis at the intersection of movements to protect water, exercise Indigenous rights and culture, end further fossil fuel development, and strengthen public participation in environmental decision making.
The Coastal and Water Team at the Ecology Action Centre is looking for volunteers to lead grade 7 classes on field trips of the Living Shoreline at St. Mary’s Boat Club in Halifax. Field trips would run 1-2 hours on a school day during the week. This program is set to start in the spring of 2017, and they are hoping to continue the field trips in following years. There will be a training day for volunteers early in the spring this year
Volunteers should have good communication and leadership skills, and an understanding of living shorelines and coastal processes. This opportunity is a great addition to your resume, and a chance to gain experience teaching students about coastal processes and adaptation.
For more information, contact Katie Sonier, Coastal Adaptation Intern, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CGC is the United Nations Association in Canada’s innovative new youth employment programme designed to bridge talented, yet un-and underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada’s green economy.
CGC participants will undertake four or six-month work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations across Canada, but particularly our cities of focus: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. CGC participants may assist their employer organizations and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability. Additionally, CGC participants may engage their communities over the course of their placements, helping to identify and address environmental “quick wins” in their communities and workplaces.
To be part of the CGC, youth must be:
- between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
- legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
- not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
- must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;
- Unemployed or underemployed.
*Note: Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.For more information: http://unac.org/unac-projects/canada-green-corps/
The Syrian Student Society of Dalhousie is putting on Shokran Canada 2017. They are raising money to donate to Habit for Humanity in appreciation to the Canadian communities that have welcomed Syrian newcomers. You can expect a lively evening experiencing authentic Syrian culture with singing, food, and much more.
Are you an Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) student interested in pursuing an experiential learning opportunity or conference? If yes, consider applying for one of our ESS Bursaries & Awards. The application is due on March 15, 2017. For more information, contact email@example.com or see our webpage.
This week’s ESS (Environment, Sustainability & Society) Lecture presents a screening of Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things.
The film explores the many different expressions of minimalism by taking you inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life.
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists, the inspiring duo behind the film, describe minimalism as:
A lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives.
By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
There are many flavors of minimalism: a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist lifestyle. Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money, and more freedom to live a more meaningful life.
Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?
The film shows that minimalism is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ life style, but that we can all benefit by consuming less and living more.
Director-Producer Matt D’Avella will Skype in for a discussion and question period following the screening.
Watch the trailer:
This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday 16 March, 7:00 pm
Ondaatje Theatre, Marion MccCain Building,
6135 University Ave, Halifax
Launch Oceans will provide opportunities for participants to interact with industry experts (potential contacts for their career or a new business venture). Participants will have the chance to pitch their own ideas or to be a member of a team working on a new idea.
- Industry experts
- Like-minded people from a variety of backgrounds
- Gain career and business contacts
- Lean Business Model
- How to convey their ideas
- Practice working as a team
- Opportunity for financial support for their venture
- Further industry contacts after the event
For full details check out the event website.
March 17: Last day to drop a winter term class with a ‘W’
March 20: Registration opens for returning students in Faculty of Agriculture, Architecture and Planning, Graduate Studies, Health Professions and Journalism
March 21: Registration opens for returning and transfer students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science
April 10: Last day of classes, winter term
April 12-26: Exam period
If you are currently registered in SUST 1001.06 or SUST 2001.06, please remember that these courses are worth 6 credit hours and therefore they can have a significant impact on your GPA and overall Academic Standing. If you drop a class now a ‘W’ will show on your transcript but your GPA will not be impacted.
If you are wondering if this is the right choice for you, meet with an Academic Advisor in the College of Sustainability. Please e-mail Bridget Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment or for more information. Her drop-in advising appointments are Wednesdays 1-2:30pm, unless otherwise specified.
You may also be interested in these other Resources on Campus:
Divert NS Board of Directors
Divert NS is seeking two committed and enthusiastic recycling champions to apply for our Board of Directors.
Currently an elected municipal representative in Nova Scotia with experience in the solid waste or environmental sector.
A Nova Scotian between the ages of 19 and 30 who has demonstrated leadership in protecting and improving our environment through their work, volunteer, education or community activities. Experience with the municipal solid waste or environmental sector is an asset.
Divert NS is a not-for-profit corporation working in partnership with Nova Scotians to improve our province’s environment and economy through recycling and waste diversion. Divert NS administers two core programs for used beverage container and tire recycling; manages a network of province-wide Enviro-Depots; and works with government, businesses and academic institutions to champion recycling.
For information on the role of Directors and these opportunities, please contact Angie Crowe-Jeffrey, in confidence, at email@example.com or 902-897-4315.
Divert NS will begin considering applications on April 10, 2017, with the Directors appointed in June 2017. Please apply in confidence to the Board Chair, care of Angie Crowe-Jeffrey:
35 Commercial Street, Suite 400, Truro NS B2N 3H9
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 902-897-3256
For more information on Divert NS, please visit www.DivertNS.ca.
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge is an annual competition that asks teams of students and professionals to address critical global issues with nature-inspired solutions.
The challenge is this:
Create a nature-inspired innovation (a product, service, or system) that combats climate change by either:
- Helping communities adapt to or mitigate climate change impacts (i.e. those forecasted or already in motion), and/or
- Reversing or slowing climate change itself (e.g. by removing excess greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere).
Submission deadline: 30 April 2017
- Kredl’s Corner Market located in Hampton, NB is a regionally representative grocery store and market with a very diverse number of positions available including management, culinary, butchery, baking, customer service, garden centre and more. They are hiring for full-time and part-time positions, both seasonal and year-round. Over 20 positions will be filled.
- Dave’s Produce Packs – Ever wanted to farm? Grow lots of vegetables? Get your hands dirty and cultivate food from seed to stomach. This will be a life-changing position that will offer a completely new perspective on food production.
- Gilbert M. Rioux et fils ltée has two postings, THIS ONE and THIS ONE.
- Element5 Spa is looking for a Registered Massage Therapist to join their team.
What the Bike Centre offers:
Free walk in service
Free bike loans
Currently the centre is mostly run by student volunteers.
They stay open because of our volunteers! If they receive a levy increase they would have the capacity to propose the following changes to the centre:
Potential for on-campus student jobs
Increased hours of operation
More education and advocacy
Expanded services on Sexton and Carleton campuses
Dal Bike Society Referendum Question:
Whereas an increase in the levy funding would allow the Dal Bike Society to increase opening times and programming of the Dal Bike Centre which provides free bike rentals and repairs for students; and
Whereas the Dal Bike Centre is used significantly by summer students; and
Whereas the Dal Bike Centre has been in operation since 2009 as a joint project of the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability and the Dalhousie Bike Society. In 2016, operations of the Dal Bike Centre were handed solely to the Dalhousie Bike Society, thus the levy will allow the student society to hire a staff member to manage the Dal Bike Centre;
Do you support increasing the levy for the Dal Bike Society from $0.50 per semester to $1.00 per semester for full-time students and introducing a fee of $0.50 per semester for part-time students? This question applies only to the Halifax campuses and includes the summer semester.
If you have any questions please reach out to the Dal Bike Society
Voting Opens: 8 AM on Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Voting Closes: 4 PM on Thursday, March 16, 2017
This Saturday, Trips By Transit is going on a day trip to explore the Purcell’s Cove Backlands!
The Backlands have over 1300 hectars of wilderness – just a 20 minute bus ride off the Peninsula! This beautiful wilderness area holds hidden trails, unique terrain and rare plant species.
This full-day trip will be going deep into the foot-paths of the Backlands, exploring the beautiful granite barrens and rare landscape. The trip leaders will also be talking a bit about the ecological and cultural value of the Backlands and the encroaching development threatening the area.
*This will be an moderate-challenging level adventure and is recommended to have prior hiking experience
JustUs! Cafe on Spring Garden Road
5896 Spring Garden Road Halifax
AgriCULTURE: Food without Borders brings together people from across cultures and backgrounds to share their ideas about food – how we grow it, prepare it, and eat it – and it’s importance in our lives and communities.
Using the quick-fire, and often hilarious, PechaKucha presentation-style of 20 slides for 20 seconds each, you can look forward to an afternoon jam-packed with information and fun.
Data Ram Humagai
For more info check out the Facebook event.
The Common Roots Urban Farm (corner Bell and Robie) is currently recruiting Farm Stewards. They are looking for volunteers who can commit to a three hour shift Tuesday through Sunday, 3 pm – 6 pm, or on Tuesday and Thursday, 5 pm – 8 pm. Approved volunteers will need to attend orientation sessions; the dates of these sessions will be provided once interviewed and screened.
Farm Steward volunteers are able to spend a whole season outside on the farm. This position keeps volunteers physically and socially active while meeting new people and learning & sharing knowledge about urban agriculture, while growing community. Farm Steward volunteers have access to a shared community garden plot and common gardens; volunteers should be able to take home small amounts of fresh herbs, flowers and/or vegetables.
LEED Green Associate (GA) Training
When: Monday 13 March 2017 – 6:00PM – 10:00PM
Where: Dalhousie University – Sexton Campus B-Building – Room B227 – https://goo.gl/maps/Mftmt6RcUz62
Interested in getting involved in the Green Building Industry? Opportunities are plentiful in the field of sustainable design and LEED is at its forefront.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is simply a green-rating point system, or a scorecard. The more energy efficient and sustainable a building is, the more points it will earn. To date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 5000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition and is geared at allowing students to graduate with letters after their name!
Just as Buildings can be LEED certified, people in the sustainable construction industry can become LEED Professionals. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry. A new LEED rating system (v4) was introduced last month and this training course is one of the few that has been updated to teach the current rating system. This course meets the exam’s eligibility requirements and the USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can be taken at any time at your nearest Prometric center.
Cost: $300 ($200 for full time students)
To register for the class please visit: http://leadinggreen.ca/halifax
It’s not often we get a candid look at the political process. Over the next few months, Springtide is partnering with the news site LocalXpress.ca to change that.
The Off Script podcast is based on the dozens of interviews Springtide has conducted with former Nova Scotia MLAs, and follows the career of an MLA in Nova Scotia politics. Their experience is one way of understanding what really happens at province house, on the campaign trail, and in the backrooms of Nova Scotia politics. All of these interviews were on the record, but what Springtide heard didn’t sound much like the usual scripts. Now is a great time to start listening — you can subscribe in your platform of choice, or stream it from your web browser at OffScript.ca.
Kalu Yala is a new village being built in a Panamanian river valley to bring together entrepreneurs, artists, scientists and modern-day romantics. They are re-imagining what’s possible from life and designing an optimized model of living to share with the world, and they are looking to fill some vacancies!
Subscribe to their newsletter to keep up on all their events and details!
A panel series on developing Nova Scotia’s cap-and-trade system
Save the Date!
First Event: March 9th, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
6135 University Ave., Ondaatje Auditorium, Halifax
Elizabeth Beale, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
Dr. Kate Ervine, Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Brendan Haley, Dalhousie University
Jason Hollett, Nova Scotia Environment
DSUSO is offering the opportunity for two students to attend Divert Nova Scotia’s conference on the Circular Economy of Food Waste in the city this Thursday 2 March , 9:30-3:30pm, at the Westin Hotel. If you are interested or want to more information on the conference agenda, send an e-mail ASAP to email@example.com!
Waterlution is hosting 16 workshops across Canada to engage youth under 30 to provide opportunities for leadership development around local and national water issues. Here in Nova Scotia, the ocean is a big part of our ‘East Coast lifestyle’ and we are all connected with water in some way. Halifax North Memorial Library will be hosting one of these workshops on Saturday 4 March from 10 am – 5 pm. For full details and to register please see the Waterlution website.
WHEN: Wednesday 1 March at 7:000pm
WHERE: Museum of Natural History
WHAT: To the Ends of the Earth is a Canadian film that examines “extreme energy” developments (tar sands, offshore) and questions how to move beyond the unsustainable resource economy. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about NS energy solutions with local community leaders.
Tickets are only $10 (or $5 for students/unwaged)
The Ecology Action Centre’s Wilderness team is seeking a full time Wilderness Outreach Officer to provide communications and outreach support for their various campaigns and events. The position is based in Halifax and, due to funding requirments, is open to recent graduates only.
This position requires someone who is passionate about nature conservation with proven event organizing and community outreach experience and will be responsible for organizing a large, high profile Bioblitz citizen-science event in the late summer of 2017. The successful candidate will also have strong social media skills with a proven ability to develop and support multiple web-based social media channels in support of various campaigns. The successful candidate will also ideally have a background in nature conservation, natural sciences, forestry and/or outdoor experiential learning.
Applications are due March 15th, 2017 by 5pm.
The Art of Hosting is a highly effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom and self-organizing capacity of groups of any size. The Art of Hosting blends a suite of powerful conversational processes to invite people to step in and take charge of the challenges facing them.
Training in the Art of Hosting training will be offered May 26-28th in the Wolfville / Grand Pré area.
Join the waiting list for this workshop here.
CleanSea Documentary: The Marine Litter Problem and What We Can Do About It?
Heather Leslie, Environmental Scientistm, Film Producer and Professor Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
27 FEBRUARY 2017
Lessons from Canada’s Scientific Resistance
by ANDREW NIKIFORUK
Andrew Nikiforuk is a contributing editor of The Tyee and author of Slick Water, a book on the brute-force technology of hydraulic fracturing. It won the 2016 Science in Society Book Award from the US National Association of Science Writers.
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As the Trump administration prepares to censor inconvenient environmental science, Canada, of all places, offers some shocking illustrations of the tyrannical trend—and lessons on how to mount an effective resistance.
The issue is not the government censorship of science in general. Rather, it’s an issue of attacks on federal funding for projects that might limit harmful economic activities, such as mining and oil drilling.
Canada defined the trend well. Between 2006 and 2016, the government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper systematically reduced the capacity of publicly funded federal science to monitor the impacts of air, water, and carbon pollution from the country’s aggressive resource industries—by cutting budgets and firing staff.
Harper, a right-wing figure with a penchant for authoritarian politics, also imposed draconian communication protocols on federal scientists. To the dismay of magazines such as Nature, many Canadian scientists found themselves unable to speak to the press. Soviet-like political handlers even accompanied federal scientists to international gatherings.
The closure of a remote freshwater research station proved a turning point. It galvanized one group of scientists, who then began a highly effective campaign against government attacks on environmental science.
During the battle, scientists learned how to communicate more effectively with the media and the public; how to build public support for their work; and how to overcome scientists’ fears of advocacy.
Lessons from the campaign have special relevance to US scientists now facing a new administration hostile to environmental and climate science, as well as for Canadians who now have, on paper, a more science-friendly administration—but one that has done little to reverse the damage done by its predecessor.
After a series of poorly timed snow storms this event is finally happening!
A team of volunteers will be taking professional LinkedIn profile photos today at the College of Sustainability. The event is free for any students looking to freshen up their LinkedIn profile to help fine the perfect summer job!
Drop in any time between 12-4 pm on Tuesday 28 February, Room 1407 of the College of Sustainability in the Mona Campbell Building. For the best results it is recommended you look sharp and professional, but no dress code is required.
Check out Facebook for all the information.
Students for International Development (SID) is seeking passionate and committed individuals who want an intensive field-based introduction to international development to lead our initiatives in education and health in Kenya, Peru, and Tanzania during the summer of 2017. SID is a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Canada that organizes intensive global internships that include a comprehensive training program in community project management for university students and young professionals.
Interested? Check out our website for position descriptions and application information.
The application deadline is March 3, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. We admit candidates to our team on a rolling basis, so early applications are at an advantage. Late applicants may be considered if positions are still available. For more information, please contact Kate McCullough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us on Sunday 5 March for a snowshoe hike to explore the 4.5km of trails at The Deanery. A recent addition to the equipment cupboard at The Deanery are several beautiful new pairs of snowshoes, donated to us by the Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Community Health Board. These snowshoes are always available for your use- however, selection is limited, so if you’re planning on borrowing a pair for your trek with us, please send us a message and let us know!
Stay for the Deanery’s monthly open house to explore The Deanery grounds, learn a little more about what we do here and how you can get involved.
Maple Tree Tapping Workshop
Saturday 11 March (am class 10:00, pm class 1:30)
Join Horticulturalist Jim Turner in the woods and by the woodstove, to learn how, why, and when trees produce sap, how to tap trees, and how to cook maple syrup. The whole family is welcome!
$20 per class (Membership pricing available)
To register, contact The Deanery Project 902.845.1888 email@example.com
Skill Building for Community Organizers
Saturday March 18th- Sunday March 19th
This two-day workshop will draw on the expertise of community organizers and activists from across the region to help attendees develop skills to take action and engage effectively.
Planned Sessions (more to be added):
- Media Spokesperson Training
- Non-Violent Direct Action Training
- Zine Making
- Button Pressing
- Silk Screening
- Rad Rhythms
- Graphic Facilitation
- Protest Puppet Building
Meals, accommodations and all supplies will be provided. Pricing to be determined.
To register, contact The Deanery Project: 902.845.1888
Apple Tree Pruning Workshop
Saturday, March 25th (AM class 10:00, PM class 1:30)
Demystify fruit tree pruning with horticulturalist Jim Turner
Introductory class (10:00 am-12:30 pm)
- Increase tree strength
- Advance tree health
- Improve appearance
- Increase fruit yield
Advanced Class (1:30-4:00 pm)
- Steps for second year and beyond
- Restoration of feral trees
- Emphasis on vigour control
- Enhancing fruitfulness
Workshops are $20 each (Membership pricing available)
To register, contact The Deanery Project 902.845.1888, firstname.lastname@example.org
ESS grad Sarah Coley is the Adventure Earth Centre’s Outdoor Recreation Coordinator. She writes…
“Over the past 30 years, we have engaged over 60,000 people in award-winning, experiential programs at the cutting edge of environmental education, youth leadership, and outdoor recreation in Canada. We are looking for individuals passionate about and experienced in outdoor recreation, environmental education, and youth development to become a part of our team.”
Click the poster below to apply online.
ESS student Jasveen Brar is coordinating a one-day youth conference looking to develop youth led initiatives in our community to inspire and create immediate change. Participants will work with leading polar researchers, explorers, culturalists, and youth activists in hands on workshops and presentations.
Our Poles, Our Planet will be held at the Dalhousie Student Union from 9 am – 3 pm on Monday 6 March.
This conference is open to HRM High School and University students. Lunch will be provided for students who register for the whole conference.
Sponsored by the Dalhousie Student Union, the Dalhousie Student Union Office of Sustainability and Saint Mary’s University Faculty of Science!
Click on the poster below to register.
Hike Nova Scotia invites individuals and groups with an interest in hiking, walking and snowshoeing to attend the sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit Friday 28 April to Sunday 30 April in Tatamagouche. The summit will celebrate hiking culture, best practices, stories, and offer networking opportunities. It is co-hosted by Hike NS, the Cobequid Eco-Trails Society and the Municipality of Colchester and supported by the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.
There is limited space, so please register early to secure your spot. Registration is $30 for paid Hike NS members and $40 for non-members (who get a membership with their registration). Registration includes: access to hike events and socials; Saturday sessions; morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks and lunch on Saturday. There are optional suppers at an additional cost. Registration does not include accommodation or other meals – you must arrange them on your own. The deadline for registration is April 24, 2017. Learn more and register online at www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/hiking-summit/
The Deanery Project has a great line up of events this Winter and Spring.
This weekend (February 11-12) they are hosting a Backyard Forestry Workshop including forest education and skill building. Registration is $190 including accommodation and meals.
Other events include handcrafting a musical stringed instrument, tree tapping, community engagement skills workshop, apple tree pruning, and a permaculture design course!
Listen to George Strombolopolous talk at the beginning of this week’s Strombo show about the devastating loss of Rob Stewart this week.
Rob was the director of Sharkwater, Revolution and was filming a sequel, Sharkwater Extinction, when he died in a diving accident in Florida on Tuesday 31 January.
In February of 2014, the College screened Revolution as part of the ESS Lecture Series and students were inspired by Rob’s Skype conversation afterwards.
Read the CBC News story…
The Let’s Sprout team wants to conduct a World-Café-style brainstsorming session to plan a May retreat still in the dreaming phase. If you would like to be involved in the planning and dreaming process and are interested in self-development and environmental leadership, please reach out to email@example.com or connect with them on Facebook. Coffee and snacks provided!
Downtown Central Library, Saturday 4 February 9:30-12:30.
Former Halifax MP Megan Leslie gave a lecture to warm and sustained applause from a couple hundred Dalhousie University students last night. Her topic was “Civic Engagement: Why Activism, Politics and Community Matter more than ever,” and she delivered a blistering speech in response to an invitation that arrived six days after the election of Donald Trump as President.
“It seems that many of us are suffering from PTSD (Post Trump Stress Disorder) and need some advice on how best to move forward,” said the email to Leslie from Debra Ross, director of Dal’s College of Sustainability, a co-sponsor-of last night’s public lecture with the Dal Student Union’s Sustainability Office.
Leslie — who signed up for the NDP after hearing former federal leader Jack Layton speak on campus in 2002 — admitted to “going into hiding” and “tuning out” all news and Facebook reports of Trump’s Inauguration and Cabinet picks in deliberate denial of his ascension to power. Last night, she voiced her concerns what happened there could also happen here.
“I think to an extent we do feel pretty smug,” said Leslie. “We didn’t elect an orange Cheeto our prime minister, so we feel pretty good about ourselves. But I’m sorry to say there are a lot of parallels between Trump’s election and Justin Trudeau’s election. Now I know there is a big difference between a prime minister who says he’s a feminist and a president who publicly brags about sexually assaulting women — I get that and I know that — but the common theme between the election of Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau isspectacle. Justin Trudeau is a master of the politics of spectacle, from his selfies to walking down the street with his family to Rideau Hall. So, are we doomed to elect reality TV stars and sons of former prime ministers?”
Leslie went on to answer her own question by moving to the Conservative leadership race, where Kevin O’Leary, a former panellist on CBC TV’s popular Dragon’s Den business show, has recently announced he wants the Boss job.
“I think it could happen,” Leslie told the attentive crowd. “He’s also famous. I think we have to be vigilant about the Kevin O’Learys and Kellie Leitchs because of the danger they pose.”
Paying attention is the only way to keep any politician accountable, she suggests — especially when you consider how delighted most Canadians were to replace Harper with Trudeau. Leslie, a former deputy house leader and environment critic for the NDP, lost Halifax to Liberal Andy Fillmore in the Trudeau Tide.
“‘Sour grapes’ is what people will label my views,” she tells the crowd, before taking a partisan shot at the Trudeau government for failing to deliver substantive change.
“So many things we despised about Stephen Harper: his authoritarian Bill C-51, his promotion of pipelines on indigenous lands, his refusal to reform the electoral system… in a year and a half with Trudeau as PM, none of these things have changed.”
Leslie told the largely student audience (the NDP’s former federal female leader, Alexa McDonough, was also present) that the best antidote “to electing bad people or slipping into fascism” is to standup against hateful language and refuse to “normalize” Trump-like behaviour. Join a group, sign a petition, show up at a meeting, Leslie urged, don’t stew alone.
Leslie credits the presence of so many people at last Saturday’s Women’s March in front of City Hall for waking her from her post-Trump funk.
“My dream of a Canada where everyone considers themselves an engaged citizen is not just a pipe-dream,” she said. “I don’t believe that we have to bow down to cult of personality spectacle politics. Being an activist isn’t the politics of selfies but a real connection with people and I have witnessed this kind of activism that results in political change.”
For example, Leslie told students it was pressure from citizens, environmental groups, and industry that allowed for unanimous consent in the House of Commons to “ban the bead” — an obscure environmental law she introduced to stops millions of tiny plastic particles found in cosmetics from contaminating fish and waterways.
This October, the federal NDP will choose a new leader to replace Tom Mulcair. Maclean’s magazine tagged 43-year-old Leslie as “a dream leader,” but the same woman urging students to become more involved in the world is sitting out the NDP Leadership race, despite urging from several quarters. A contradiction in terms? “I need a break,” she told the Halifax Examiner last night. “I love the work but not the politics, and the politics includes everything from what your hair looks like to what you forgot to say or what you did say that you didn’t mean to express that way. I’m not running now but I’m not saying never.”
Editor’s note: an earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Alexa McDonough as the first female NDP leader. Audrey McLaughlin held that title before McDonough.
Watch Megan Leslie’s 26 January 2017 Lecture on Vimeo, introduced by DSUSO co-presidents Alex Coley and Caroline Merner.
Civic Engagement: Why Activism, Politics and Community Matter More than Ever
Megan Leslie, VP Oceans, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Former MP for Halifax, NS. Megan served for two terms as the federal Member of Parliament for Halifax and as the NDP environment critic. In 2015 she accepted the position as VP Oceans with World Wildlife Fund of Canada, contributing on their five-year plan. Megan has a long history of community engagement, social justice advocacy and tireless collaboration on health, environmental and poverty issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social & Political Thought and History and a Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies, both from York University and a law degree from Dalhousie.
Dal’s Bike Centre needs to collect 900 signatures by Friday February 3rd to allow a levy referendum question to appear in the next DSU election.
The Dal Bike Centre is a volunteer-run space on Dalhousie’s Studley campus. They provide a community repair service that is open to everyone and a free bike loan program for all Dal students, staff and faculty. It began in 2009 with funding from Clean Nova Scotia, Dalhousie Athletics Department and the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability and the Dalhousie Bike Society which helped run the centre, recruit volunteers, and organize events.
Three teams have been selected to move forward in Dalhousie’s contribution to the World’s Challenge Challenge competition:
• Prosthetic Limb Production: Robyn Follett, Danielle Skuy and Alicia Roy
• Climate-Vulnerable Community Express: Jasveeen Brar, Caitlin Grady and Caroline Merner (all SUST students!)
• Breast Feeding Education in Tanzania: Nadine Ezzedine, Keisha Jefferies and Yue Yuan
Read more about Dalhousie’s semi-final round in the King’s Signal (written by journalism student Sofia Ortega Arrieta), hosted at the 19 January ESS Lecture by the College of Sustainability and the Provost’s Office.
Congratulations to the finalists above and to the remaining semi-finalist teams:
• Reducing Methane Through Livestock Feed: Conor Daily, Kyle Gardiner and Ryan Zigrossi
• Biofuel Algae Production: Naveen Khanduri, Nicholas Popp and Scott Young
• Developing Nation Renewable Energy: Graeme Anson-Cartwright, Natasha Irich and Derek Zigrossi
Medway Community Forest Cooperative (MCFC) is looking to hire a a Community Forest Intern from May 8th to August 18. Application due by February 13, 2017. For full details see here.
- Dr. Samantha Nutt, Global Humanitarian, Founder of War Child & Bestselling Author
- Candy Palmater, recovered lawyer turned feminist, activist, actor, writer and TV personality on HBO, Netflix, and APTN
- Lindell Smith, Halifax City Councillor, community leader and co-founder of Centreline Studio – a not-for profit recording studio and arts centre in Halifax dedicated to local youth.
- Rebecca Thomas, Halifax Poet Laureate and an activist for indigenous rights
The event will begin with short presentations (5 minutes each) from invited speakers talking about specific social justice projects, organizations, and initiatives happening right now in Halifax and the region.
Jackie Barkley and Ben Sichel (anti-racist and long-term organizing)
The Information Management Public Lectures give attention to exciting advances in research and professional practice. The topics are diverse reflecting the importance and global extent of Information Management in today’s society. The lectures are open to all members of the Dalhousie campus and surrounding community. Click here for the full schedule.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Room 3089, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building,
6100 University Avenue
Setting the Sights on the Cities: Civilian Aerial Surveys in Canada during the Early 1920s (Dirk Werle)
Co-sponsored by the School for Resource & Environmental Studies & the School of Planning (Dalhousie)
This talk will examine and illustrate the civilian development and practical results of aerial photography in Canada immediately after the First World War (1914-1918). The collections of vertical air photos and their assembly in mosaic form, as well as the institutional arrangements of their creation under the Canada Air Board until 1925, represent an important part of Canada’s remote sensing and mapping heritage. Re-purposing military aerial reconnaissance for civilian applications took similar pathways in the United States, the United Kingdom and France by focusing on urban settings. The study uses as primary evidence the actual air photos and digitally re-assembled photo mosaics of several Canadian cities to reveal nature and spatial extent of urban landscape features prevalent at the time. The study also explores relationships to the present-day situation and to previous mapping efforts in Halifax. Urban surveys carried out over Ottawa, Halifax, London, Calgary and Edmonton are highlighted. Annotated air photo mosaics are presented. It is argued that evolving format and detailed content of the largely experimental photography and mosaic compositions have retained significant scientific, heritage and educational value for comparative investigations involving more recent geospatial data and high-resolution satellite imagery of similar scale.
Dirk Werle– Ærde Environmental Research
Dirk Werle graduated from McGill University in 1984. He taught air photo interpretation and environmental remote sensing at several universities in Germany and Canada during the 1980s and early 1990s. Over the past three decades he has contributed as a researcher, lecturer and advisor to the Canadian RADARSAT and related Earth observation satellite programs, working on environmental monitoring and resource analysis issues. He served as president and officer of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society for several years; he is a senior member of the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and currently chairs the Board of the IOI-Canada Association of the International Oceans Institute, an NGO located in Halifax and in Malta. His current research interest is focussed on the technical evolution, institutional arrangements and practical adaptation of the modern “view from above.”
Join them for an unforgettable weekend on March 2-4, 2017.
Applications are due on Thursday, February 2nd at 11:59 PM.
For our 27th year, CEEC presents the Modern Ecosystem, which focuses on redefining the relationship between industry and environment for the modern world. Throughout the conference weekend, they aim to challenge current processes, break through the limits of contemporary solutions, and inspire sustainable innovation. By focusing on the transitions needed from both businesses and individuals, CEEC aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and understanding that is critical for tangible progress on the protection of our environment.
Join them for a weekend of engaging workshops, inspiring speakers, and exclusive networking opportunities with industry leaders.
For more information, check out the CEEC website or feel free to reach out to our Delegates Coordinator, Georgia Levitt (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also contact the Dalhousie Campus Ambassador Claire Christie at email@example.com for suggestions for funding opportunities!
Welcome to the Modern Ecosystem!
For more information check out the Facebook event!
Hosted by the Deanery Project, author and forest educator Jamie Simpson will teach you how to identify common trees and plants, tips for working with small woodlots, low impact forestry management, and increasing wildlife habitats.
February 11-12, 2017.
Fee, including accommodations and meals is $190
To register, contact The Deanery Project at 902.845.1888 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To conclude the Fall 2016 ESS Lecture Series, a panel of ESS and RBC SLC graduates discussed their current projects — a budding initiative encouraging young girls to explore their connection with nature; gardening with the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre. and working with the Ecology Action Centre. Read the whole DalNews story.
4:00pm – 5:30pm
6061 University Avenue, Halifax
Bruce Lourie – Author, President of the Ivey Foundation, Director with the Independent Electricity System Operator
Meinhard Doelle – Assistant Dean of Research, Schulich School of Law
Jason Hollett – Executive Director of Climate Change Team, Nova Scotia Department of Environment
Michael Sampson – Director of General Asset Management, Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Lisa Mitchell – Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law
The Big Sing is a bi-weekly, no commitment, drop-in singing event for anyone who’s sung arias in the shower, pop songs on a road trip, or rock’n roll while vacuuming. Each session, fearless music dudes Jack Bennet (ESS student) and George Woodhouse (Friend of the College) will teach harmonies for a song they’ve been singing and loving for years. Everyone’s welcome. Next event is on Monday 23 January. Head on over to their Facebook page to learn more! Admission $5
Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. They are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!
If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by March 1st to secure an interview for one of your top choice programs!
Programs are filling up quickly so apply as soon as possible!
*Financial assistance is available for all students on our 35- and 40-day programs.
Can’t travel in the summer? Join them for our alternative breaks in the winter and spring!
ACORN has many interesting events lined up for January, February, and March. Check out their events calendar for more details!
Are you wondering what the Halifax Green Network Plan is? Are you wondering how a Greenbelt could lower your taxes and boost the economy? Or maybe you’re wondering which parks and corridors would be in culled in the Greenbelt? Learn about all this and more!
When: January 18th, 7:00-8:30 pm
Location: Room 1020, Kenneth C. Rowe Building, Dalhousie University
Panellists for this event are:
- David Donnelly, environmental Lawyer and Principal at Donnelly Law in Toronto
- Karen Beazley, professor at Dalhousie University’s School for Resource and Environmental Studies
- Dusan Soudek, Director of Environment at Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
- Graziella Gbrac, Executive Director of Main Street Dartmouth Business Improvement District
Find out more on the Facebook event.
“The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled Jessica Ernst can’t sue the powerful and controversial Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) over alleged violations of her Charter rights.
The split ruling Friday — five justices rejected her claim and four supported it — is a setback for the protection of groundwater and the rights of landowners dealing with provincial energy regulators, often funded or captured by industry interests, say many critics and lawyers.
The Supreme Court decision is the latest chapter in a costly 10-year legal fight that has focused attention on regulation of the disruptive and chaotic technology of hydraulic fracturing.
“All Canadians have lost in this decision,” Ernst told The Tyee. “Whenever any Canadian is harmed by pipelines or fracking and they present evidence of harm to a regulator and then that regulator ignores or denies that evidence, citizens can no longer sue for justice.””
Transition Bay St. Margarets presents:
All About Off-Grid
When: Sunday January 22, 2:30-4:30pm
Where: Tantallon Public Library
Cost: Free and open to the public
This presentation will answer all you questions about living life off the grid.
Cam Farnell will be the primary presenter. He has been living off-grid for over 5 years and has no plans to go back.
Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be served.
Or check out the event on Facebook!
Funds are available from the College of Sustainability to assist second- and third-year ESS students interested in internships, study abroad programs or semesters and other experiential or special educational opportunities.
Priority will be given to students who undertake experiences with clear relevance to sustainability. See the College of Sustainability Awards webpage.
Applications accepted as of 15 January until 15 March 2017 for funds to be disbursed for Summer or Fall 2017 opportunities. Student must have declared ESS as a major.
“Canada’s Coal Phase-Out and Why It’s Possible Here, Too”
Date and Time:
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Dalhousie University, Weldon Law Building
6061 University Avenue, Halifax
What is the future of coal-fired electricity generation in Nova Scotia?
How do we move away from this fuel as quickly as we can, while considering the needs of all Nova Scotians in this transition?
In November 2016, the provincial and federal governments reached an agreement-in-principle regarding the phase-out of coal-fired electricity in Nova Scotia, which allows coal plants to continue operating into the 2030 decade. Details are under negotiation between the two governments, and Nova Scotians are discussing our best path forward.
This event will feature special guest Bruce Lourie, who was involved in the phase-out of coal-fired electricity in Ontario. Mr. Lourie will present his perspective, while panelists will be present to provide their reactions and be available for an open discussion period during the event.
Bruce Lourie – Author, President of the Ivey Foundation, Director with the Independent Electricity System Operator
Meinhard Doelle – Assistant Dean of Research, Schulich School of Law
Jason Hollett – Executive Director of Climate Change Team, Nova Scotia Department of Environment
Lisa Mitchell – Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law
GoodWork.ca has new listing for environmental jobs in Canada. There are several posted for this month in Nova Scotia:
New Growers Wanted, f/t, Bethany New Growers Program, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Organic Farming 2017, f/t, accom., Abundant Acres Farm, Centre Burlington, Nova Scotia
Mobile Food Market Assistant, contract, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Clean Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2017 scholarship award. Each year Clean Foundation offers one $2,000 scholarship to a graduate student conducting research in Environmental Studies. “Environmental Studies” is a broad term encompassing environmental science, engineering, management, conservation, and much more. The scholarship is intended to support research in the areas in which Clean Foundation seeks to effect change: climate change and energy, waste, water, air quality, environmental education, and the interactions of environment and health.
The deadline to apply is February 1st. The application along with the complete qualifying information can be found on the Clean Foundation website.
Environmental racism is a real and systemic issue in marginalized Nova Scotian communities. As Dr. Ingrid Waldron says it’s not “a group of white men rubbing their hands together and saying let’s harm those Black people,” but a much more subtle problem supported by existing laws and policies. Nova Scotia’s African Nova Scotia and indigenous communities are disproportionally located next to environmentally hazardous areas like landfills and other waste sites.
Read more at The Nova Scotia Advocate.
Hive Mind: Engaging the Public for the Greater Good is an introductory online, go-at-your-own-pace, course that takes about 20 hours to complete. It explores public engagement, connecting with stakeholders and communities, building effective partnerships, while giving you tools to target your audience, with a special focus on youth. It begins January 15, 2017. For more information, including how to sign up, please visit their website.
The Irving and Jeanne Glovin Award is open to students in any discipline registered full-time (minimum of three courses) at Dalhousie University and presently either enrolled in a graduate program or in their final year of undergraduate study. Researchers are encouraged to demonstrate the importance of acceptance and mutual respect of others and the impact this behaviour has on our society.
Further details of this award can be found here. The award is worth $4000. Deadline for students to submit essays is 27 February 2017 by 4:30 pm.
World’s Challenge Challenge: Unique Solutions Addressing Global Issues
Six Dalhousie student teams will present their unique solutions to solving global challenges:
Alicia Roy, Danielle Skuy & Robyn Follett
Establish Female Business Owners in Prosthetic Limbs Production in Developing Countries
Keisha Jefferies, Nadine Ezzeddine & Yue Yuan
Create an Educational Program for Tanzania on the Benefits of Breast Feeding
Kyle Gardiner, Ryan Zigrossi & Conor Daily
Reduce Methane Gas Production by Changing Livestock Feed
Graeme Anson-Cartwright, Derek Zigrossi & Natasha Irich
Establish Renewable Energy Facilities in Developing Nations
Scott Young, Naveen Khanduri & Nicholas Popp
Develop Model for Phosphate Production for Use in Biofuel Production
Caitlin Grady, Jasveen Brar & Caroline Merner
Harness International Expertise to Support Climate-Vulnerable Communities
The Wolfville Farmers’ market is seeking a Facilities and WFM on the Go Coordinator. This is a one year contract position beginning in June, 2017. The position is open only to those between 15 and 30 years old. The application due date is January 6th at 5 pm. More information available here.
ESS graduate Anika Roberts-Stahlbrand has published her undergraduate honours thesis on the Nova Scotia apple industry in the journal of Canadian Food Studies.
Winter 2017 Term:
ESS Lecture Series
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights in Ondaatje Hall, 6135 University Avenue, Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences building.
All welcome. Free of charge. Limited seating — please arrive early.
12 January. Film Screening and Skype Q&A: Fractured Land
Caleb Behn: Activist, Lawyer Watch the trailer here.
19 January. Tackling the Complex Challenges of the 21st Century in an Effective Way
Dalhousie’s World “Challenge Challenge” Semi-Final Presentations
26 January. Civic Engagement: Why activism, politics and community matter more than ever
Megan Leslie, VP, Oceans, World Wildlife Fund Canada, Former MP for Halifax, NS
Co-hosted with DSUSO (Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office)
2 February. CleanSea Documentary: The Marine Litter Problem and What We Can Do About It?
Heather Leslie, Environmental Scientist/film producer, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL.
9 February. Making it Real: Low Carbon Futures for Canada
Ralph Torrie, President, Torrie Smith Associates, Cobourg, ON.<