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KAST’s Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon season with research so cool it’ll drive you batty!

KAST’s Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon season with research so cool it’ll drive you batty!

2011-2012 Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon season unveiled
Time:  November 24, 2011 - 11:30 - 13:30

KAST and Selkirk College are excited to kick off a stellar lineup for the 2011/2012 Environmental Networking Seminar Luncheon (ENSL) season, with a fascinating presentation on bat research by Dr. Cori Lausen of Birchdale Ecological at the Trail campus of Selkirk College.

Designed to bring together students and the environmental science and business communities in the West Kootenay, the ENSL series features presentations by local scientists working in the environmental sector, lunch and networking.

On November 24th, Dr. Cori Lausen will be providing a glimpse into her unique world – 18 years of bat research in the Fort Shepherd Conservancy area and beyond. A Kaslo resident, Lausen holds a Masters and a PhD in bat ecology from the University of Calgary, and is currently launching her next research project: four years of winter bat behaviour monitoring in BC, with a focus on the Kootenay region. She will provide a broad overview of bats of BC, discuss her ongoing research, the importance of bats to our ecosystem and the threats they face.

As the longest-lived and slowest-reproducing mammals for their size, bats are sensitive to population depletion. As the primary consumer of night-time insects, including agricultural and forestry pests, they are also an integral component of our ecosystem.  Bats now face conservation risks on a continental scale, with a new disease in hibernating bats depleting populations in the eastern U.S. and Canada at an alarming rate. British Columbia, blessed with the greatest species diversity of bats anywhere in Canada, has the most to lose.  In addition to disease, bats are being killed by wind turbines; wind energy development in the province is expected to boom.

Upcoming 2011/2012 ENSL presentations:

Thursday, February 9th, 2012 in Castlegar: Amber Ashenhurst onWaneta Expansion Project Environmental Management.

Thursday, April 26 ,2012 in Nelson: SNC Lavalin Environment presents the Cork Mine remediation project.

Price: $10.00

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point announces Spring 2012 online courses

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point announces Spring 2012 online courses

Read more about each of the programs below, or click here for more information about the program, and available scholarships.

Environmental Education Theory & Practice
Gain foundational knowledge of environmental education (EE) and learn how to incorporate quality EE into your instruction. Discuss the history and goals of EE and develop an understanding of the professional roles and instructional methods of environmental educators.

Applied Environmental Education Program Evaluation
Environmental educators, natural resource professionals, and graduate students will design evaluation tools such as questionnaires, observation forms, and inter­view and focus group guides that can be applied in evaluations of environmental education and outreach.

Natural Resources Policy & the Legislative Process
This course examines the legislative process with regard to natural resources, including power, limitations, and balances in the policy making process; natural resources advocacy; and the political behavior of voters and policy makers.

Advanced Oral Interpretation Methods
This course explores the communication process as the foundation of interpretation and discusses why understanding communication theories can improve interpretation effectiveness. Participants will gain skills to help create quality interpretive talks, guided walks and tours, and illustrated talks, beginning with the interpretive planning process and ending with the evaluation of an interpretive program. The goal of this course is to provide participants with a set of tools they can use to effectively communicate an oral interpretive message to an audience.

Volunteer Opportunity: Greener Footprints seeks new board members

Volunteer Opportunity: Greener Footprints seeks new board members

Greener Footprints envisions thriving communities in a waste-free BC!

Greener Footprints is a not-for-profit society founded in 2005. We believe that engaged and empowered citizens play a vital role in environmental protection by choosing low impact, waste free options in the marketplace.  As part of larger collective efforts to reduce Canada’s carbon footprint, reduce solid waste, and protect waterways and wild spaces, Greener Footprints works with business, government and the general public at the grassroots level to research, promote and facilitate sustainable waste reduction options where we live, work, play and shop.

An opportunity currently exists to take a leadership role on our board of directors to help move Greener Footprints forward. Are you keen to get involved?

We are seeking an individual who has experience, knowledge or an interest in learning about fundraising. More than anything we are keen to have a motivated individual who is passionate about the environment and wants to contribute through Greener Footprints to make a difference!

Currently, Greener Footprints is in a transitional phase as we work through our strategic planning process and is looking for a leader who can contribute directly to the future of Greener Footprints. Responsibilities are negotiable and are based on the individual expertise of the board member. We ask that you commit to volunteering at least 4 hours/month and attending board meetings every two months (online conference calls via Skype or phone – you can join in from anywhere as long as you have internet). Our current board is based in Squamish, Rossland, Vancouver and Germany.

The board of directors’ responsibilities are currently shared among seven directors. Responsibilities are varied, but in the past have included:

•          Revising and updating the Greener Footprints’ website, blog and social media
•          Strategic planning for the organization
•          Approving/determining the programs and services offered by the organization
•          Supporting staff initiatives
•          Approving major contracts and grants
•          Assisting in/supporting fundraising efforts
•          And so on… The board member role is flexible and can be done all from the comfort of your home computer or you may take a more active role in contributing to outreach projects in your community!

Benefits to You:
•          Learn and gain professional experience in a leadership role
•          Grow your personal network by meeting and working with new people
•          Personal satisfaction of contributing to a non-profit environmental organization

If you want to know more about our organization, check out our website at Please contact Jen Reilly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about volunteering as a board member or for any other inquiries.

Reinventing Rainwater Management - New Resource to Help Communities Achieve Water Sustainability

Reinventing Rainwater Management - New Resource to Help Communities Achieve Water Sustainability

On October 26, the WSP in partnership with the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre released the latest instalment in its water sustainability handbook series for decision makers, policy analysts, community leaders, and water managers. Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities by Susanne Porter-Bopp, Oliver M. Brandes, and Calvin Sandborn outlines the problems with conventional stormwater management and examines solutions for moving toward sustainability. The handbook was released as part of the Action H2o program.

Rethinking the way we deal with rain and snowmelt in our cities means replacing conventional pipe-and-convey systems with an approach that recognizes rainwater as a valuable resource while, at the same time, reducing runoff volume and improving runoff quality.

Peeling Back the Pavement provides a comprehensive action plan outlining the crucial steps necessary for changing the way communities govern stormwater. The blueprint describes measures that local and senior levels of government can take to move from the current system of stormwater management to one based in rainwater management.

A main focus of the handbook is the fragmented responsibility for fresh water across and within jurisdictions—one of the greatest challenges to reinventing rainwater management in Canada.
The WSP team believes that making headway on a more progressive approach to rainwater management requires dealing with the thorny and complex problems associated with governance. An integrated watershed-based approach offers significant opportunity to create truly sustainable communities that can protect the natural water cycle now and into the future.

The resource was launched as part of the WSP’s Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series. Guest speakers included lead author Susanne Porter-Bopp and Patrick Lucey, senior aquatic ecologist and president of Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd. To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

Electronic copies of Peeling Back the Pavement: A Blueprint for Reinventing Rainwater Management in Canada’s Communities are available for download on the WSP website.

SFU and TRU announce new outdoor education dual certification for teaching

SFU and TRU announce new outdoor education dual certification for teaching

Read the press release here!

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