Editors' Blog

Green Living editors dish on the latest trends and happenings in sustainability.

REEP House for Sustainable Living

Visiting the REEP House for Sustainable Living will give you the opportunity to see home improvement options side by side and a chance to compare costs and learn about the return on your investment. REEP will also help you connect with local suppliers and contractors, and provide information about available grants and incentives.

Every Saturday from 10am-2pm, you can receive a guided tour of the REEP House and get the chance to speak to a Certified Energy Advisor about home energy savings. Visitors to the Saturday Open House can enter a monthly draw for a chance to win a free ecoENERGY Evaluation, Solar Potential Assessment or Electricity Savings Audit!

Also, every Wednesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm one of REEP’s Certified Energy Advisors will run a full tour of the REEP House. Tours are free of charge, but advanced registration is required.

Address: 20 Mill Street, Kitchener, ON

Registration Required. Click to register online or contact REEP House by phone or email.


Designing Your Own Sustainable Home: Workshop for Owner-Builders

From January 13-15, 2012, in Peterborough, Ontario, you can attend the “Design Your Own Sustainable Home: A Workshop for Owner-Builders”.

The workshop is designed to be an unbiased look at all the options available to the prospective owner-builder, and to assist you with tools to help you assess and choose your way to the house of your dreams. You will leave this workshop ready to focus on your personal goals and aspirations, and be ready to create a road map for how best to meet them.

For more information or to register, contact instructor Chris Magwood here.


Fashion Takes Action - Biz Camp

For those who have a dream to start their own fashion business but need some support to get started, Fashion Takes Action invites you to join them in their work to transform the Fast Fashion industry. Biz Camp is their way of providing tools and networking support to emerging and innovative designers launching their own fashion business. This series of workshops, the first of their kind in Canada, is part of the Resizing Fashion’s Footprint initiative funded by Live Green Toronto.

Wednesday Night or Saturday Sessions are available starting January 18, 2012 in Toronto. For more information you can visit them here.


A Water Gathering: Collaborative Watershed Governance in BC and Beyond - Solutions Forum

Presented by The Pacific Business & Law Institute and The Summit Institute; January 26-27, 2012.

This gathering is not a conference, but a shared exploration of how to build and maintain successful collaborative processes to govern our watersheds. The primary purpose of the gathering is to bring key players together to promote dialogue in a workshop setting and to engage those with widely-recognized expertise in addressing practical challenges.

To find out who should attend and to register, visit them here.


Guelph Organic Conference 2012: Seeds of Co-operation

Taking place from January 26-29, 2012, is Canada’s largest and premiere organic event, the 31st Annual Guelph Organic Conference. The four-day event is comprised of a conference, workshops, a free expo and a sampling fair with farming and retail suppliers.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear international speakers, participate in seminars and introductory workshops on key topics including genetically engineered foods, organic production/certification, changing climates, eco-villages, earth buildings, farmland protection and food security.

There are also 100 positions you can volunteer for, and volunteers get free admission to the events!
Visit their website for up-to-date details on this excellent yearly event: http://www.guelphorganicconf.ca/


The World We Want: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappé

January 31, 2012 in Toronto or February 1st in Ottawa.

Join renowned author and sustainability expert Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet For A Small Planet, in Toronto or Ottawa to launch her new book EcoMind: Changing the Way we Think, To Create the World We Want. “The book is lively, challenging myths and giving hope to families and communities, using examples of real communities she works with who are making change around the world locally.”

Toronto Location: Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Ottawa Location:
St Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick St.

Time: 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Cost: $10.00 plus taxes
To find out more and to register, visit their website: http://usc-canada.org/lappe/


Green Events Around the World This January


Climate Finance and Carbon Markets Africa:

Making Africa a major focus for climate finance into the post-Kyoto era, January 24-25, 2012, Johannesburg, South Africa

Visit them to find out everything you need to know about this important event dedicated to making “2012 a crucial year for climate investment in Africa”


Miagreen Expo & Conference:

January 26-27 at the Miami Beach Convention Centre.

“The MiaGreen Expo & Conference, is the only event in the United States providing access to the ever-growing, non-stoppable green, renewable and sustainable markets for ALL the Americas. This annual, business-to-business event is one-of-a-kind and grows bigger and better every year.”

If you are thinking ahead to February 2012 here’s a great evening for those who work as sustainability professionals.

Objection Handling Workshop for Sustainability Professionals

The Sustainability Speakers Series is offering a one night workshop in Toronto. Join course leader Bob Willard, and special guest John Marshall Roberts on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 4-8 p.m.

Location: Bennett Jones, 1st Canadian Place, 100 King St. W. (King & Bay), 34th Floor, Toronto

Who would benefit from taking this course?
  • sustainability advocates within companies
  • external sustainability consultants
  • leaders wanting to be more effective at motivating colleagues and employees
  • anyone wanting to drive change in an organization

For further details and to register for this workshop, you can go here.

We would love to hear your feedback if you have the opportunity to attend any of the events! Contact us at: editor@green-living.ca.