Sebastopol, near San Francisco, aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 42% over ten years and is currently installing 500 solar panels on the roofs of houses around the town. The City of Sebastopol’s website hosts descriptions of the City’s many environmental initiatives.
Esquimalt’s environmental advisory committee has decided to replace Round-up with steam to rid its public sidewalks of weeds. The town doesn’t expect that using steam will cost much more than a few thousand dollars extra a year. This is the first step in a move towards a full pesticides by-law in Esquimalt. Click here to read READ MORE
Shelter: Homelessness in a Growth Economy , a report released by the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership, reveals that Canada’s lack of action on homelessness has had serious consequences over the past ten years, including a dramatic rise in the homeless population. The report includes case studies of Iqaluit, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.
An interesting study released by the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University shows that high quality, discover/play-oriented pre-school programs lead to a 44% improvement in math skills, an 85% improvement in print awareness and knowledge of letter-sound associations, and gains in vocabulary that were 31% greater than children who did not attend.
A study released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores how the built environment affects food access. How does the neighborhood food environment affect the amount of fruits and vegetables people eat and neighborhood obesity levels? What role do transportation systems play?