E-Dialogue on Kyoto Implications for Canada

Invitation to Participate from Royal Roads University: “I am writing to you to invite you and your colleagues to join our e-dialogue on Post-Kyoto, What Will a post-Kyoto world mean for Canadians? Increased innovation and competitiveness? Or lost jobs and a suffering economy? We hope Canadians from all walks of life will participate in this innovative forum (www.rrupublicforum.ca) and we will present the results of our year-long forum to policy-makers across the country. The year-long forum will be moderated in the first quarter by RRU Professor, Ann Dale, building upon her research into electronic forums (www.e-dialogues.ca) . Ann will also be publishing summaries on a regular basis, identifying key themes and emerging issues and may be asking you directly to post a reply given your area of expertise and experience. We would also appreciate your help in publicizing this forum to your personal networks, and colleagues in the interests of advancing the dialogue on climate change in this country, as well as participating in an exciting new electronic initiative designed to stimulate substantive discussion across the country. Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. (Grateful Dead) Ann Dale, Professor, Science, Technology and Environment Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, B.C., V9B 5Y2 Tel: 250.391-2600, x4117 Fax: 250.391-2610 Websites: www.royalroads.ca/ste/research/addialogues/index.html www.royalroads.ca/ste/research/gender/index.html www.e-dialogues.ca ” Follow the link below to go to the on-line forum.
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Power Smart

Power Smart was introduced by BC Hydro in 1989, as a way to reduce reduce energy consumption in BC. Although BC has an abundance of rivers that have provided hydroelectricity for many years, this source of power is not limitless. The rate of consumption rises by two per cent per year, and if nothing is done by the end of 2010, new sources of energy would need to be added. PowerSmart generates electricity savings bu about 2500 GWh/year. That’s enough to power 250,000 homes
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Transportation Demand Management Workshop

Make the Move on Climate Change! Share Challenges and Identify Opportunities to Take Action. UPDATE: FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO READ A REVIEW FROM THE WORKSHOP. THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED! Canada has ratified the Kyoto Protocol. So, where do we go from here? Transportation Demand Management (TDM) has a major role to play in mitigating climate change, reducing congestion and contributing to more sustainable communities. The Fraser Basin Council through its BC Climate Exchange project, TransLink, BC Transit and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation (BEST) invite you to join representatives from local government, non-governmental organizations and businesses around the province to share experiences and identify opportunities for future action. What to Expect: Opportunities to learn from others working to support and implement TDM initiatives in both smaller and larger communities throughout BC to include: presentations of case studies, small group discussions, and an informal networking reception. An entertaining and engaging social marketing workshop provided by David Kuefler and Don Millar, experts in public affairs marketing and advertising. They will provide a comprehensive look at strategies designed to change attitudes and encourage public participation in TDM programs (including effective needs assessments, evaluation, and developing a successful marketing campaign). When: Friday March 7th, 8:30am -4:00pm (informal reception 4:00pm – 6:00pm) Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver B.C. Cost: $25, ($10 for non profits) includes lunch Registration: Follow link below for online registration form. For more information contact: Narissa Chadwick Fraser Basin Council 1st Floor, 470 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5 Ph: 604-488-5360 Fx: 604-488-5351 email: nchadwick@fraserbasin.bc.ca
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Request for Proposals from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has issued a Request for Proposals for EA research and development funding. “The purpose of the program is to help the federal government meet future challenges and improve the practice of environmental assessment (EA) in a manner which is relevant, credible, efficient, and encourages innovation and excellence. Research projects should address one of the following R&D priorities: – Determining the significance of environmental effects – Follow-up – Human impact assessment – Regional environmental effects framework; and – Integrating climate change considerations into environmental assessment.” More details on these subject areas and procedures for submission of proposals can be found on the website listed below. Deadline for submission of proposals is March 17, 2003.
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Job Vacancy at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Norwich, UK has a job vacancy for a research coordinator. From Gillian Watson at the Tyndall Centre: “The Tyndall Centre is a new form of trans-disciplinary, distributed research organisation which has a vacancy for an internal research co-ordinator who will help co-ordinate the research activities and outputs of the Tyndall Centre. The position would suit a research scientist or research manager who wishes to use their skills to promote this new form of research organisation and to ensure Tyndall Centre science makes effective contributions to national and international policy formation and public debate.” See the website below for full details. Deadline for application is February 25, 2003.
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UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Positions Available

The United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC) has two Positions Available: – program coordinator – deputy executive secretary. Both postings are in Bonn, Germany and duties are projected to begin July 1, 2003. Please see the website below for detailed information on job requirements and application procedures. Deadline for application is February 26, 2003.
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ThinkCycle: Open Collaborative Design Website

This website was designed by MIT students in the media lab, with the goal of using the internet as a design environmnent. From the website’s homepage: “ThinkCycle is an academic, non-profit initiative engaged in supporting distributed collaboration towards design challenges facing underserved communities and the environment. ThinkCycle seeks to create a culture of open source design innovation, with ongoing collaboration among individuals, communities and organizations around the world. ThinkCycle provides a shared online space for designers, engineers, domain experts and stakeholders to discuss, exchange and construct ideas towards sustainable design solutions in critical problem domains. Join the ThinkCycle Community and make a difference!” Visit the website to join or initiate a collaborative project, or just to learn more.
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We don’t inherit Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.– Antoine de Saint-Exupery