Editors' Blog

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

1. The Fuel of Life

Launching this month is an incredibly exciting initiative between PhotoSensitive and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA); a new photography exhibit called “The Fuel of Life”.

This will prove to be “a major new photographic exhibition exploring the issue of energy in the 21st century. We will be covering every facet of energy – its production, distribution and consumption as well as aspects of our daily lives that are directly affected by energy.”

If you can, make sure to catch the exhibition which will host works of over 100 photographs and will also include submissions by students from schools, colleges and universities across Canada. The Fuel of Life will debut November 28, 2011 at Brookfield Place in Toronto, with an opening ceremony at 6.30pm. The plan is to have it tour across the province and the country.

Check it out at: http://www.photosensitive.com/energy/index.php.

Share your experience with us if you happen to attend this exceptional exhibit at editor@green-living.ca.


2. We Day! A youth movement that is not so quietly changing the world!

“Youth leading global change is the movement of our time. WeDay.com is where the movement lives.”

After enormously successful and rousing events in Toronto, Vancouver and Kitchener, We Day will be landing in Winnipeg on November 23rd.

“At We Day, youth from across North America join together to celebrate the positive actions they are taking and to build the momentum of the movement of young people making a difference in their communities and around the world. Through We Day, youth learn that it is cool to care.” more »


3. Catalysts of Innovation: Pollution Probe

Coming up on Wednesday November 23rd, is Pollution Probe’s annual Gala dinner, which this year will celebrate innovation.

The respected yearly event, “brings together 400 to 500 leaders and enablers from industry and government for an evening of networking and celebration. The theme of this year’s Gala is innovation, reflecting the premise that significant environmental change needs positive, tangible innovation. A new feature, the Innovator‘s Showroom, will be dedicated to showcasing leading-edge technology and thinking that advances environmental improvement and sustainable development. Proceeds from the Gala support Pollution Probe’s work to advance public policy that results in positive and tangible environmental change.”

If you’d like to know more about this year’s Gala, taking place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, you can visit Pollution Probe at: http://www.pollutionprobe.org/gala.html

For those who attend, Green Living would love to hear about your experience! editor@green-living.ca


4. 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.”


5. 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

For all of you who have the opportunity to take any of these events in, please share your experience with us! editor@green-living.ca