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Exceptional events to learn more about the possibilities for Green Living...

As we move from autumn to winter in the Northern Hemisphere, there are some exceptional events taking place for those actively involved and interested in learning more about the possibilities for Green Living.

Greening Government Conference

The recent June, 2011 Greening Government conference in Toronto was an enormous success and NCM™ govevents™ has decided to host another event from November 29-30 at the National Arts Centre, in Ottawa. The newly expanded programme is a result of feedback from the June conference delegates and is designed to be an interactive experience combining both panel discussions with breakout sessions.

A must attend event if you are in the environmental greening decision making arena. A comprehensive list of who would benefit from this conference is available here.

A Greening Government conference “... offers a unique and valuable opportunity to network and exchange information with various government officials, green teams, environmentally conscious organizations and suppliers from across Canada.”

To find out more or to register, you can visit them at: http://greeninggovernment.ca/index.html

National Green Building Expo

Another interesting event taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto from November 30th - December 1st, 2011, is the National Green Building Expo.

A great opportunity to learn more about “....aspects of green design, construction, retrofit, and maintenance leading to high performance buildings, and (to) examine best practices and project delivery models that result in more efficient methods of designing sustainability into any project.”

For those wanting to understand or learn more about sustainable building models, this is a one-stop place to visit. This show will run concurrently with several other shows, which together are billed as “Canada’s largest design and construction event.”

The focus of this show speaks to the growing concern over the construction industry’s contribution to green house gas emissions. The website states it very clearly: “Approximately 50% of green house gas emissions come from buildings and associated activities in Canada. The increasing pressures to reduce green house gas emissions, rising energy costs, and a growing global interest and demand for efficient, responsible growth and development are fueling the trend towards green building and design and have reinforced the need for a stronger focus on sustainability.”

The Latornell Conservation Symposium

One of Ontario’s premier annual environmental events is coming up from November 16-18th, in Alliston, Ontario The Latornell Conservation Symposium will host 1000 attendees, providing a forum for a wide range of practitioners, policy makers, nongovernment organizations, academics and businesses. The focus is to provide a network to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist in Ontario’s conservation field.

This year’s topic: Water: The Future of the Source.

The key question: How do we ensure we have enough clean, sustainable water sources for all our uses — for technologies, a resilient environment and for all of us individually? This is indeed a very critical question that impacts us all in our daily lives.

To find out more about this important event: http://www.latornell.ca/

Community Power Conference – The Green Connection

Another great event for the whole family is taking place today November 14th, as a kick-off to OSEA’s (Ontario Sustainable Energy Association) third annual Community Power Conference, is The Green Connection, billed as fall’s premiere green networking event.

The event will take place at the Roundhouse, home of Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto and looks like a fun and educational way to try “delicious local food prepared for you by some of Ontario’s finest celebrity chefs, unlimited tastings of an intriguing variety of Ontario beer, wine, cider, juices and smoothies and the chance to meet and chat with the chefs, food and beverage artisans, who work enthusiastically to bring you local, fresh fare all year round.”

A wonderful way to have an interactive, entertaining and palate pleasing adventure while supporting local farming in Ontario. Visit http://thegreenconnection.ca/ to learn more.

For those who live near, or are traveling to either Ottawa or Toronto this November, these are great events, that will provide an opportunity to learn more about real solutions to some of today’s key issues in the areas of environmental sustainability for our future.

We’d love to hear your feedback if you have the opportunity to attend either of these shows. What did you learn that you can share with others who weren’t able to be there live?