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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 www.greenerfootprints.com. 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

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Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) 2012: Call for Session Proposals

Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) 2012: Call for Session Proposals

Deadline: November 18, 2011
http://www.canadiansciencecentres.ca

Annual Conference hosted by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
Ottawa, Ontario, May 3–5, 2012

Energy @ the Centre
Energy lies at the heart of so much of what we do at science centres and museums—from the energy we invest in developing ideas and building exhibitions, to our energetic engagement with visitors. With limited resources and so much to do, however, how can we direct this energy towards achieving maximum results? How are we meeting the internal demands of our organizations? How do we ensure that our visitors are energized by their contact with us? We invite you to join us at the 2012 Canadian Association of Science Centres’ Conference. This 10th Annual Conference, hosted by the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation, is expected to welcome more than 120 delegates. This three-day conference features a pre-conference activity, more than twenty learning sessions, a keynote speaker, and events that include a welcome reception, a tradeshow (Friday, May 4), and our national awards gala (Saturday, May 6).

Plugging into Generations: Our audiences are changing. As the population ages and family sizes decrease, science centres and museums can no longer rely solely on family audiences. Older adults and teens are becoming important new audiences for our organizations. How are you reaching out to new audiences? Have you developed content specifically to attract new visitors? The program committee is interested in sessions that address content development, as well as marketing strategies designed to attract a changing audience. 

Charged Up and Plugged In: Science centres and museums are communities—whether this means the staff teams that develop, deliver, promote and fund activities; the networks and partners we activate with our programming; or the audiences with which we engage. Communities lie at the heart of what we do. What are the programming trends that enable these connections? What is the role of social media? How are we recruiting, inspiring, and retaining our workforce? The program committee is interested in sessions that address collaboration, partnerships, innovative programming, audience development, team development and social media.

Management of Resources: From dealing with competing demands for resources, to the challenges of changing demographics and a realignment of priorities, the process of deciding where to devote your energies is a challenging one. What are best practices in resource management? How can we learn from other’s mistakes and successes? The program committee is interested in sessions that address planning strategies, program and project management models, and best practices.

Current Science: Science centres and museums share a common mission: to promote the science literacy of visitors, and to engage visitors with current science and technology. How do we involve and engage visitors in discussions? How do we keep our science and technology exhibits and programs responsive to current science? Tell us about the mechanisms you have in place for changing exhibits and programs at your centre. How is technology helping you to keep science current at your centre? The program committee is interested in sessions that explore innovative ways of engaging visitors in discussion and discovery around the role of science and technology in society.

Helpful Information on the Call for Proposals

Session Leaders:
The person who submits a session is usually the session leader. As a session leader, you are the main contact with the program committee for your session. While the program committee will provide assistance, it will be your responsibility confirm and liaise with other presenters, confirm titles, descriptions, and a/v requirements.

Hints for Writing a Great Session Description
Think of it like an invitation. You are inviting your audience to attend an important event. Just as if your were hosting a party at home, give some thought to who you would like to see—from the people doing demonstrations on the floor to the CEO. Make it clear who will benefit from your session.

Criteria for a great session: In order to create a vivid experience for delegates, the committee will look favorably on proposals that:

• provide practical examples in a “How-to” framework,
• encourage “bright-eyed” behavior from delegates,
• employ session formats that nurture discussion, and• move towards calls to action beyond the conference event: e.g. new collaborations, networks or projects.

Be specific. If you will be bringing salamanders into the room, say it in the description! If you want people to bring their ideas with them for discussion, indicate that.

Be accurate. Be sure that the description really represents who you are and what the subject and style of the presentation will be. Friends coming to a party want to be sure they know what they’re getting into!

Session Types

Roundtable: An issue-oriented conversation, during which participants are seated in a circular format. A session leader articulates the issues, monitors the progress of the discussions, and often facilitates a wrap-up segment at the end of the session. Prepared participants facilitate conversation at each table.

Panel Discussion: Three to four presenters, with session leader who introduces and summarizes the session. This is followed by a question-and-answer period and audience discussion of at least 15-20 minutes. The objective is to cover one topic from multiple points of view.

Workshop: A program for a relatively small group of people in a given field that emphasizes participation in problem-solving efforts with one or more hands-on activities. Limited participation.

How to submit your session:

Conference Session Form

1.  Please download the form and complete its contents.
2. Cut and paste the contents of the form into the body of an email. For a Windows machine, Just ctrl A to select, ctrl C to copy, then Ctrl V into the email.  Headings can be included.
3.  Put your session title in the subject line.
4.  Send email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by November 18th, 2011. Keep a copy.

Conference Call for Papers:The International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change

Conference Call for Papers:The International Conference on Culture, Politics, and Climate Change

September 13-15, 2012 -  Boulder, Colorado USA
Deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2012

This cross-disciplinary conference will explore intersections between culture, politics, and science in order to enhance our understanding of public policy addressing climate change. The conference will interrogate the many obstacles and opportunities confronting U.S. climate policymakers and scientists. Presenters will be asked to broadly consider how climate change is communicated and how these processes intersect with ongoing cultural and political issues. While we will focus on climate change, authors are encouraged to draw lessons that can be applied to a variety of environmental contexts. Comparative papers and panels that explore similarities and differences between culture, politics, and climate policy in the U.S. and other countries are encouraged.
Discussions about climate change, policy, and science arise in a variety of cultural settings. Questions of how and whether to address climate change on a national and global scale are significant parts of political and cultural discourse. How policy is made, the role of state and non-state actors, the communication of science and values, and how meaning is derived from our shared culture are all questions that directly influence policy outcomes. In the context of U.S. national elections and ongoing international climate negotiations, these considerations are especially relevant. This conference will address these questions in the context of the 2012 elections, the COP-18 climate talks, and other cultural developments.
Culture, Politics, and Climate Change is a conference of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder.

For more information, contact Deserai A. Crow, Associate Director, Center for Environmental Journalism
www.climateculturepolitics.org

This conference is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, Advertising a2b, the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), and the CU Environmental Center.

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