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Upcoming Events for December, 2011 & January and February, 2012...

December 2011

Looking for some ways to not only enjoy the upcoming holiday season but to help those in need as well? Take a look at some of the great events available to join in on during December!

Winter Festival at the Evergreen Brickworks

Something for everyone! For some outdoor family fun to launch the winter season, check out the December 17th Winter Festival taking place at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto. From noon until 6 pm, you can join the folks at Brick Works for the opening of their outdoor skating rink and take part in on-site cooking workshops to learn how to make delicious hot and spicy winter treats for the whole family!

Evergreen is a non-profit organization that is committed to making cities more livable. For a list of all of their events or to learn more about their sustainable holiday tree and plant programme, you can visit them at http://ebw.evergreen.ca/.

Food Drive and a "Green" Movie

Taking place Saturday, December 17th, 2011 in Toronto is Interect’s food drive, which is designed to help support the Scarborough Centre For Healthy Communities’ Local Food Bank.

Interect is accepting food donations until December 17th, and to celebrate and mark the end of its food drive, Interect is offering a “green” movie night!

Interect invites you to drop off your canned and non-perishable food items at 510 Coronation Drive, Unit 17, Toronto, ON M1E 4X6

Drop off hours: Monday to Friday 9am-6pm, until December 17th.

Find out more at interectinc.com

Interect motto: “Making a green today for a greener tomorrow, by giving back to our community.”

The Clean Bin Project - Movie Screening

If you are in Vancouver, BC on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011, note that you can attend a screening of the award-winning eco-documentary film The Clean Bin Project which will take place at St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue Vancouver, BC V6K 2L2.

You’ll have an opportunity to meet the filmmakers who will be in attendance, and you'll have an chance to get a signed DVD. Synopsis of the film: Partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least landfill garbage in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem of waste in North American society - the duo struggle to find meaning in their minuscule influence on the large-scale environmental impacts of our “throw-away society.” Featuring interviews with renowned artist Chris Jordan, and marine pollution expert Captain Charles Moore, The Clean Bin Project presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, humour, and inspiration for individual action. More information at http://www.facebook.com/events/332153270144034/.


January 2012

Coming up in January 2012 are some great opportunities to start the New Year with green learning. Here are some events for you to consider.

Designing Your Own Sustainable Home: Workshop for Owner-Builders

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

Here’s what the organizer has to say about what this workshop will offer you. “The dream of designing and building one’s own home is one of the most deeply held desires in our culture. The dream of designing and building a sustainable home marries that desire with a wish to live lightly (and affordably!) on the planet. The workshop is designed to be an un-biased look at all the options available to the perspective 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 handle all the competing claims and information you will face by focusing on your personal goals and aspirations and creating a road map for how best to meet them.”

If you need more information or to register, contact instructor Chris Magwood here.

Guelph Organic Conference 2012: Seeds of Co-operation

Taking place from January 26th to January 29th, 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 sampling fair with farming and retail suppliers. You’ll have the opportunity to hear international speakers, participate in seminars and introductory workshops that focus on key topics including genetically engineered foods, organic production/certification, changing climates, eco-villages, earth buildings, farmland protection and food security.

Whether you’re a producer or a consumer, the workshops offer something for everyone. There is also an Organic Expo/Tasting Fair with 160-plus exhibitors on Saturday and Sunday, and they are free for the public to attend. This is a great opportunity to sample and purchase a wide range of organic and fair trade products as well. The conference gives everyone an opportunity to meet face to face with those involved in the organic world, and it also offers the chance to educate yourself on ways to take action and make positive changes in your life. Certainly a great opportunity to enjoy a stimulating mid-winter organic weekend too!

From traders to students, farmers to gardeners, researchers to retailers - everyone is welcome. You can also volunteer and choose from up to 100 positions. The perk - volunteers get free admission to the events!

Visit the Guelph Organic Conference website for up-to-date details on this excellent yearly event http://www.guelphorganicconf.ca/.


February 2012

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

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 16th, 2012 from 4-8pm. Location: Bennett Jones, 1st Canadian Place, 100 King St. W. (King & Bay), 34th Floor, Toronto, ON.

A brief overview of 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.

Green Living hopes this offers you some food for thought on ways to end 2011 and start 2012 with great green events for you to participate in. We would love to hear your feedback if you have the opportunity to attend any of the events! What did you learn that you could share with those who weren't able to be there in person? Contact us at: editor@green-living.ca.