Sustainability Project Coordinator Wanted

The Sustainable Condo exhibit, created by EcoSmart, generated tremendous public and media interest at the last Globe 2004 trade show and conference. EcoSmart is looking for a Sustainability Project Coordinator to help expand the Sustainable Condo initiative and work on related activities. This position represents a unique opportunity to collaborate with leading edge sustainability professionals on a very challenging but rewarding project.
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The Sustainable Condo

As the majority of the world population lives today in cities, urban sustainability is becoming the main challenge of the 21st century. The sustainable condo is an educative travelling display that illustrates and promotes leading edge sustainable building design, products, technologies, and systems. It aims at bringing substantial reductions in environmental impacts, energy and resource consumption into the urban residential condominium market without any significant cost increase. Developed by EcoSmart, supported by Western Economic Diversification Canada, designed by Busby and build by Ledcor, the project is the result of an outstanding collaboration effort by government officials, architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers and suppliers. This project reinforces the position of British Columbia, Canada as a leader in green building design and technologies. The unit was displayed in March 2004 at the Globe 2004 Trade Fair in Vancouver. It is now open to the public at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) in Vancouver in from August 21, 2004 to September 6, 2004.
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LEED BC Launch

The US Green Building Council developed Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 1998. It has become a widely accepted environmental standard for buildings. The Canada Green Building Council has been hard at work developing the standard for Canada, and is now ready to roll out LEED BC. LEED BC contains the full range of credit descriptions included in the LEED 2.1 rating system, adapted to account for issues, applicable standards and resources pertinent to British Columbia. For more information about this exciting development affecting structural, civil, and mechanical engineering, visit the Canada Green Building Council’s webpage, or view some of the links below.
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Sustainability simply refers to the long-term viability of an activity, sys-tem, or series of interdependent systems. Over the years, this simple concept has received a wide range of definitions: Development that meets the needs of of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. [BRUNTLAND] Management practices that are designed to ensure that the exploitation of resources is conducted in a manner that protects the resource base for use by future generations. [FONTANA] Sustainability is an economic state where the demands placed upon the environment by people and commerce can be met with-out reducing the capacity of the environment to provide for fu-ture generations. It can also be expressed in the simple terms of an economic golden rule for the restorative economy: leave the world better than you found it, take no more than you need, try not to harm life of the environment, make amends if you do. [HAWKEN] Principles that seek to establish a dynamic balance between economic, environmental and social priorities, and to improve or maintain human and ecosystem well-being together, both now and into the long-term, locally and globally. [NRTEE]
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People and the Planet

On the 10th Anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, the Sierra Club of Canada and the Kingston Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology held a national environment conference to address the state of our natural and human environments. Held in June 2002, at Queen’s University in Kingston (Ontario), five days of plenary presentations and over fifty workshops were attended by approximately 500 delegates from across Canada and around the world. To view the proceedings online, please see the Sierra Club Web page. Building on that success, Sierra Club of Canada will host the second People and the Planet conference in Calgary, Alberta, from May 14-16, 2004. Participants at the conference will include scientists, university professors, physicians, lawyers, native elders, authors, farmers and artists, as well as representatives from industry, all levels of government, and local, national and international citizen groups. Our main purpose is to derive solutions to major environmental problems by examining their root causes: fundamentally, problems with western values. Topics examined will include climate change, water, biodiversity, food safety and sustainable agriculture, spirituality, social justice, and many more. Please view the link below to People and the Planet for a full description of the event and sponsorship opportunities.
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Summary of Mineral Exploration Roundup 2004 Sustainability Session

On Monday, January 26, the 2004 Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver, BC hosted a sustainability session that outlined the progress the Canadian mining industry is making towards sustainability. Participants included the Mining Association of Canada, The World Wildlife Fund, First Nations and BC Government Representatives. Follow the link below to view a summary of this event and find links to more information.
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the Corporation (the Film)

Documentary film looks at the role of the Corporation in modern society, including Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainability. The film goes over many ideas regarding the influence of “the corporation” in the world today, the beginnings of “the corporation” and the powers that “it” has gained over the years, an interesting comparison of attributes of “the corporation” to the attributes of a psychopath, and ways to steer the world in a different direction from that to which “the corporation” is leading us. **** a must see ****
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Eleven lessons from the Vietnam war

Robert McNamara was US Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam war, a position held today by Donald Rumsfeld. During the Vietnam In 1995, Robert McNamara published In Retrospect, the first of his three books dissecting the errors, myths and miscalculations that led to the Vietnam War, which he now believes was a serious mistake. “We were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to the future generatrions to explain why”. Nine years later, most of these lessons seem uncannily relevant to the Iraq war in its current nation-building, guerrilla-warfare phase. See 11 lessons below.
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Iraq marshland

In an area north of the city of Al-Basrah, Iraq, a former wetland has been drained and walled off by the Saddam Hussein regime in an attempt to subdue rebellious marshland arabs. This satellite picture shows a devastated area littered with minefields and gun emplacements of what used to be a rich wetland ecosystem.
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Global Dialogue 2004

Call for papers and participation in the dialogue. Issues: 1. Protection of the global life-support systems. 2. Overpopulated planet. 3. Criteria to obtain the Global Community Citizenship. 4. The statement of rights and responsibilities of a person and of belonging to ‘a global community’ and to ‘The Global Community’, the Earth Community, the human family. 5. Results of comparing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and charters of nations around the world with the Scale of Human and Earth Rights. 6. Political systems of nations dont have to be democracies. 7. A global symbiotical relationship between nations. 8. The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). 9. Earth resources. 10. Formation of Earth Government for the good of all. 11. Mines, and mining the impacts. 12. The war industry, the modern evil at work. 13. Peace movement of the Earth Community Organization (ECO). 14. Earth security. 15. Earth governance. 16. Earth Court of Justice. 17. Foundation of the new world order. 18. Global cooperation in health issues. 19. Global community concepts. 20. Global cooperation in helping the starving world. 21. Humanity scale of social values. 22. Upgrading the WTO and the FTAA to symbiotical relationships. 23. Earth Government vs the United Nations. 24. Business and trade, and new ways of doing business. 25. The Kyoto Protocol is everyone’s business on Earth. 26. Earth rights and the Scale of Human and Earth Rights. 27. Spirituality, religious beliefs and the protection of the global life-support systems. 28. Preventive actions against the worst polluters on the planet and those who destroy the global life-support systems. 29. Global tax. 30. Scenarios of what might be humanity’s future. 31. Vision of the Earth in year 2024. 32. Global strategies. 33. Consumerism. 34. Charter of the Earth Community. 35. Community rights on the Scale of Human and Earth Rights. 36. A global sustainable development. 37. Women’s rights. 38. Water resources. 39. Bullying occurring at the United Nations, and case of a predator nation. 40. Criteria to obtain one ECO, the Certified Corporate Global Community Citizenship. For more information please view website or contact: Germain Dufour Project Officer Global Dialogue 2004 186 Bowlsby Street, Nanaimo, BC, Canada V9R 5K1 Email: The event will be held in Nanaimo, BC, Canada in August 2004. The deadline for submission is March 24, 2004.
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