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CBEEN’s AGM and a special presentation by Colin Harris of Take Me Outside

CBEEN’s AGM and a special presentation by Colin Harris of Take Me Outside

On October 6, CBEEN will be holding its AGM in Invermere at David Thompson Secondary School, and we invite all members and friends to join us for networking, appetizers and an update on what's going on with EE in the Basin and among our network. We re also excited to be hosting a special presentation by Colin Harris immediately after we take care of business.

Colin will be speaking about his organization, Take Me Outside, and his cross-country run to raise awareness about the importance of getting kids unplugged and back into nature. Colin has been immersed in the field of outdoor education for nearly a decade, and has spent the last five years as Director of Outdoor Education at YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton, Ontario.

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:

5:30 - 6:15 pm - Welcome, appetizers, networking (please RSVP if you plan to attend so we have numbers for catering)

6:15 - 7:30 pm - AGM

7:30 - 8:30 pm - Talk and Q&A with Colin Harris

8:30 - 9:00 pm - Socializing, networking and goodbyes

This year, we are looking to expand our Board and hope that you'll consider becoming a Director and helping us build a regional network of environmental educators. In addition to an environmental background, an interest in our goals and objectives, and the ability to work as part of a team, we are looking for directors who can bring marketing, finance, legal or human resources skills to the table to help build our non-profit organization.  Previous board experience is preferred, but not necessary.

If you are interested, please read the Directors Rights and Responsibilities and then complete a Board Director Application. Email your completed application to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you are not able to volunteer, feel free to pass this message on to someone who you think might be. The election will be held at our AGM on October 6. You do not have to attend to be elected, but of course we'd love to have you join us! 

Hoping to see you on the 6th,


Waste Reduction Week - October 17-23

Waste Reduction Week - October 17-23

Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada is intended to raise public consciousness about waste and its environmental and social ramifications.

The WRW theme, “Too Good To Waste” is about conveying an appreciation for the richness and beauty of our diverse world and the importance of working toward ecological sustainability by conserving resources and curbing wasteful practices.

Our ultimate goal is to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce waste through provision of access to relevant information, opportunities and options.

WRW in Canada is coordinated by a coalition of 13 recycling councils and sister organizations from across Canada. Collaborating on a national level, this partnership promotes waste reduction on provincial/territorial and local levels.

Get involved!

“We buy a wastebasket and take it home in a plastic bag. Then we take the wastebasket out of the bag, and put the bag in the wastebasket.”—Lily Tomlin, comedian

“A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it.”—George Carlin, comedian

Although comedians make fun of our wasteful consumption habits, it’s sad that it’s so true. We need to take action now if we want to sustain the planet for future generations. Waste Reduction Week in Canada provides the opportunity for Canadians to showcase their waste reduction activities in a number of ways. Check out our campaigns and challenges and get involved. Canada is Too Good To Waste!

For more information, visit the Waste Reduction Week website.

Submit an Event or Activity
Submit Photos for the Ease My Load Campaign
Sign up for Recycle My Cell Challenge for Students
Tell the world that you’ve proclaimed Waste Reduction Week

Recommended by Resources for Rethinking:

More great resources to help involve your class in WRW:

Clear Sky Farm’s Food Forest Workshop: Registration Now Open!

Clear Sky Farm’s Food Forest Workshop: Registration Now Open!

Clear Sky Farm is pleased to offer you this wonderful workshop & teacher for the third year running! Explore the leading edge concepts of sustainable food forest gardening for cold climates. Learn how to combine layerings of perennial nuts, fruits and medicinals for an abundant and diverse food and medicine supply in your garden or on your farm. If you have done a permaculture course you will find that this food forest workshop provides the practical details you need to implement permaculture’s broarder principles & theories.

Course Instructor Richard Walker currently lives in Oliver BC, but spent his early years as an organic farmer in Alberta. He later moved to Grand Forks BC where he developed a 3 acre food forest, called Dragons Eye Nursery, over a 20 year period. Having converted a degraded piece of land into an abundant mix of rare, unique nut, fruit and medicinal plants from all over the world, he is one of Canada’s most experienced food forest gardeners.

Course Fees: (Lunches included)
Early Bird Special: $179 incl HST for registrations before October 15th 2011.
Regular Course Fees: $199 incl HST after October 15th.

Accomodation Rates: indoor: $35 per night / camping: $15 per night +HST
Extra Meals: $7 breakfast, $12 dinners +HST

Register now: by email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
by phone: 250-429-3929

Coming from Alberta or the Coast? Carpooling may be available, let us know if you’re interested and we’ll connect you with others who might want to do the same.

New Green Teacher features the Basin and CBEEN!

New Green Teacher features the Basin and CBEEN!

The October 2011 issue of the Green Schools Newsletter includes a great article about the work being done in schools around the Basin and a profile on CBEEN!

Also included:

1.    The Notebook: Making Connections
2.    Ministry Update: Personalized Learning and Carbon Neutral Action Reports
3.    BC Green Games: Welcome to Year 4
4.    Events

Read the full newsletter here!

Great Resources from the Story of Stuff

Great Resources from the Story of Stuff

Sharpen your (sustainably harvested wood) pencils: school is back in session!

If you think schools should be supplementing reading, writing and arithmetic lessons with some schooling on those other three r’s - reducing, reusing and recycling - the Story of Stuff Project has some great resources for you, your kids and their teachers.

For high school teachers and students we collaborated with Facing the Future to create Buy, Use, Toss: A Closer Look at the Things We Buy, a free two-week curriculum that includes ten, fully planned lessons aligned with national science and social studies standards.

You can download this incredible learning resource at Facing the Future’s website, where it’s already become a smash hit.

For the younger set, Annie Leonard worked with WGBH-Boston and PBS Kids to develop Loop Scoops, a series of fun 2-minute videos that help get kids thinking about the Stuff in their lives. Things like: What is this made of? Where did it come from? Who made it? And what happens when I throw it away?

Check out the videos, share them with your kids and pass them along to their teachers for use in the classroom.

For the life-long learners among us, we recently released a companion Reading Guide for The Story of Stuff book  , which is now available in paperback in the U.S. and in more than 10 languages.

This free Guide includes discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Annie Leonard. Grab a copy of the book from your library - or buy one from a local bookseller - and then download the reading guide.

And, of course, you can always view, download and share all of The Story of Stuff Project movies on our website, including the original Story of Stuff, which The New York Times called “a sleeper hit in classrooms across the nation.”

We hope you use, enjoy and share these resources widely. After all, rewriting the story of stuff is going to take many hands, including those just grasping a pencil for the first time!


Annie, Michael, Allison, Christina & Renee

The Story of Stuff Project Team

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