According to an article published by Reuter’s UK, London’s mayor, Ken Livingstone, is urging citizens to boycott bottled water. On February 26th, 2008, the mayor launched his ‘London on Tap’ campaign. Read the article here .
Whistler 2020 is Whistler’s long-term sustainability plan and integrated community sustainability plan. It outlines the goals and vision of the communities and lays out the strategies for getting there. Check out the website here . Also check out the Whistler 2020 Explorer which reports on key indicator trends in Whistler and is part of their monitoring program.
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association published the Comprehensive Guide for Municipal Sustainability Planning which could be used by any community undertaking their Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. The guidebook provides information on five phases of sustainability planning: structuring the process; creating a shared understanding of sustainable community success; determining and analyzing strategy areas for success; action READ MORE
The Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance presents 2008 Governance Forum at Harrison Hot Springs MARCH 28-29, 2008 WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: ROCKY ANDERSON In 1999 Rocky Anderson was elected mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, the capital city of America’s most conservative state. Within 8 years he had instituted some of the western world’s READ MORE
The Clinton Climate Initiative Large Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) has a website dedicated to what cities can do to fight climate change. The site features best practice case studies in a number of different areas such as waste, energy, green buildings, transport, etc. from all over the world as well as a climate solutions READ MORE
The government of Canada has created a website of statistical measures of well-being in Canada. The data are organized around 10 indicator areas such as learning, housing, family life, leisure, health, and the environment. Each indicator area includes an overview section highlighting the most important trends and statistics as well as a complete listing of READ MORE
The Canada West Foundation has released a report designed to provide background information about what is currently being done in Canada to address climate change. The report provides a summary of different policy initiatives at the provincial and national level, including cap and trade systems, carbon sinks, carbon tax, alternative energy investments, public transportation developments, and idling READ MORE
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office released a discussion paper on Feb. 7 entitled Searching for the Good Life in a Carbon Neutral BC: Meeting BC’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets with Fairness and Equity. This highly readable paper looks at BC’s climate change plan through a social justice lens READ MORE
Last June, "Sustainable Communities", the first annual Centre for Civic Governance Forum, brought together mayors, councillors and school board trustees from every region across Ontario to discuss key issues. Participants gave the Forum high marks calling it “brilliant”, “fantastic” and “the best I’ve seen in years”. Now Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance is offering READ MORE
On January 31, 2008 Vancouver councillor Tim Stevenson led a motion to look at Vancouver’s options for reducing and phasing out the use of plastic bags in the city. However, council voted to move the debate to the Metro Vancouver Board instead and Stevenson now fears the motion will get lost in the shuffle. Read READ MORE
Greener Footprints is a BC-based organization dedicated to helping consumers, retailers, towns and councils go plastic bag free. The website features steps for councils and towns to take to ban plastic bags as well as tips for customers and retailers. You can even order reusable bags on the site.
Radio Ecoshock , a Vancouver-based show on co-op radio, has a website which is a compilation of talks by experts on a huge range of topics. Experts include James Howard Kunstler, Ross Gelbspan, Severn Cullis-Suzuki, George Monbiot, and Mark Jaccard among many others. Topics include food, peak oil, climate change and climate change solutions, transportation, and water. READ MORE
This policy brief, by Christopher J. Bruce of the Institute for Advanced Policy Research at the University of Calgary, analyses two public involvement processes in Alberta, imagine Calgary (2006) and the Banff Bow Valley Study (1996). Bruce looks at the lessons to be learned from these two processes about how formal consensus-building processes might work READ MORE
The Auditor General of BC has released its report on literacy in BC schools. One of the report’s conclusions was that more could be done to reach out to potential literacy learners and that better support through data and funding is needed, as well as improved monitoring and performance reporting. Click here to link to the READ MORE
The Centre for Civic Governance hosted Through the Green Glass: Climate Change Symposium for Education Leaders on January 24, 2008. Click here to view videos of the keynote speeches from the Symposium – Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Dr. John Fyfe.
What are the anticipated health effects of climate change on children’s health? According to a recent policy statement put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are likely to suffer disproportionately from environmental hazards as a result of climatic changes. Possible health consequences include: climate-sensitive infectious diseases, increases in air pollution and heat-related illnesses, and increased READ MORE
The Community Energy Association has just released its 2008 funding guide. Funding Your Community Energy Initiatives is a guide to funding and resources for local governments. Click here to see the guide.