Daily Archives: May 4, 2011


Placemaking: Cool Ideas for Locally Elected Leaders

Progressive Governance Forum 2011 at Harrison Hot Springs Friday March 25th-Saturday March 26th   THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS!  WE ENJOYED ANOTHER INSPIRING FORUM: Michael Shuman Keynote: Revitalizing BC Communities From the Inside Out with audio! David Thompson Plenary: Green Jobs for BC Patrick Condon: Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities  with audio! Mayor Darrell Mussatto: Leadership for a Sustainable Future with audio! Sharon Gregson: Early Childcare and Learning Blair Redlin: Canada/EU Trade Agreement (CETA) and Municipal Purchasing Claire Beckstead: Municipal Financing for Energy Efficiency Ken Melamed: Competence or Knowledge with audio! Grant Pearsell: Four Strategies for Achieving Biodiversity  Barinder Rasode: Child Focused Communities   FINAL AGENDA PRESENTER BIOS


Beyond Habitat

Panel Discussion and Book Launch with Dr. Val Schaefer, Grant Pearsell and Briony Penn Panel Discussion and Book Launch with Dr. Val Schaefer, Grant Pearsell and Briony Penn Monday October 4th, 2010 1:00-4:30pm Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St. Room 1500 Local governments can play a cruscial role in the conservation and promotion of global biodiversity; but where to start? This forum explores some of the practical and legislative READ MORE


Collaborating on Carbon Commitments – A Training Ground for Gaining Ground

This all-day workshop focused on the tools that the public sector can use to reduce GHG emissions in buildings and operations, and tactics that can successfully be used to overcome resistance to climate action within your community. This workshop is aimed towards local elected officials and staff, school trustees and facilities managers, as well as READ MORE


Facing the Challenge: Strategies for Green and Inclusive Recovery

“Inspiring thinking”“Gives me a sense of possibility” Since its launch two years ago, the Columbia Institute’s successful forums Sustainable Communities, Leadership Matters and Communities in Action brought together Mayors, Councillors and School Trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues and imagine creative ways to improve public policy. With the massive economic change READ MORE


From the Ground Up: Using Local Assets to Build Inclusive Sustainable Communities

A series of workshops aimed at providing the tools and best practices necessary for local leaders to build sustainable communities. Program Highlights Friday Morning 11:00 – 12:15   How Big is Your Magic Wand?   Municipal Powers and Sustainability. This session explores practical definitions of sustainability, the cost of climate change and integrating a triple bottom READ MORE


Leadership Matters: Governance Forum for Local Leaders in Ontario

The keynote speaker at this year’s Forum is former mayor of Salt Lake City, Rocky Anderson.   Click here to link to videos taken from the Columbia Institute’s 2nd Annual Governance Forum at Harrison Hot Springs . Videos include: Donna Morton, alternative economies, tax-shifting Julie Spezia – affordable housing Emanuel Machado & Josha MacNab – Dawson Creek’s energy planning Rick Quail – sustainable Okotoks Felice Mazzoni – community planning in Ucluelet Blair Redlin – READ MORE


Emissions from the production of globally traded goods and servives increased by 26% between 1990 and 2008

From 1990 to 2008 CO2 emissions in developed countries have stabilized, but emissions in developing countries have doubled. The study finds that emissions from the production of traded goods and services have increased by (26%). Most developed countries have increased their consumption-based emissions. The net emission transfers via international trade from developing to developed countries READ MORE