Green Greetings from Parish of Blandford

The Parish of Blandford is busy with lots of green projects. Read on to find out more and how to get involved!

Pens, Markers and highlighter project.

Bic alone makes over 8 billion units of writing instruments a year. Until
recently everyone threw away their dry pens and markers. Staples supports
a project by Teracycle that turns those pens and markers into bench ends
and clipboards. So far since we started last year on Earth Day, we have
collected 2200 pens. Maybe that sounds nice but what I am proud of is that
we have, as of this week, EIGHT collector stations in a 30km radius. A new
bin goes into a day care on Monday. It’s a small thing but has really got
interest recently.

Bottle cap project

Knowing how bottlecaps are killing hundreds of seabirds and mammals
yearly, two years ago we started collecting bottlecaps but had no place to
really pass them to until Matt’s Bottle Exchange started accepting them
for a project. We just passed in our first few gallons of caps. What I am
proud of here is a partnership I am trying to foster between Mathew and a
large company with a thousand employees in Dartmouth. I will brag when it
goes through.

Eye Glasses
Just a tiny project as we are a collector point for the Lion’s Club

Planting Night
For seven years we held a planting night on the Friday closest to Earth
Day. It was a great time to teach how to grow in all sorts of containers,
make bird feeders and have a multi generational night together. This year
we are changing a bit and passing out planting kits. See our Facebook page
or www.grandmasgoingreen.com for updates

Community Gardens
There are garden boxes back of the community centre. I just got this job
half way through last summer, so I topped up the gardens and are ready to
give away plots. I’ll brag as the season goes on

If any of these projects interest anyone I can get them started. If anyone
needs help or needs us for a collector spot for their project, we are here
to help

Claudia Zinck
www.grandmasgoinggreen.com

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Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability launches FREE ‘Exploring Sustainability’ online course in January 2019

(Halifax NS) The College of Sustainability will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2019. To commemorate ten years of sustainability education, the College will launch its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The course, called Exploring Sustainability, is free and open to the public and begins on 7 January 2019, hosted on the Canvas Network.

Dalhousie FREE Sustainability Course

Exploring Sustainability allows anyone with an interest in sustainability to learn from leaders in the field — historians, architects, biologists, archaeologists, and political scientists. Themes such as food production, Indigenous-settler relations, land use, energy, resource allocation, water, and urbanization are explored through engaging videos and online discussions.

Registration for this class is now open. Participants do not receive academic credit for the course and must have access to a computer and the Internet. This course is based on SUST 1000: What is Sustainability — the first-year introductory course in the Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) program in the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University.
“An understanding of sustainability and the dependence between humans and their environment may be the most important education that universities can provide the next generation.”
– Steven Mannell (course instructor)

Dalhousie Sustainability Course Instructor

Course Instructor: Steve Mannell, Director of the College of Sustainability, NSAA, FRAIC

Steve is internationally recognized for his innovative work on interdisciplinary curriculum for sustainability education. His academic research includes waterworks architecture and engineering, the conservation of modern built heritage, and the late 20th century emergence of “ecological” architecture. He is curator and author of Atlantic Modern: The Architecture of the Atlantic Provinces 1950- 2000 (2001) and Living Lightly on the Earth: Building an Ark for Prince Edward Island 1974-76 (2016).

Course Coordinator:Bridget Graham, MA

Bridget Graham is the Engagement and Retention Coordinator in Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability and a graduate of the ESS program. She enjoys supporting current, prospective and former students in the College of Sustainability.

Resource Links:
College of Sustainability: https://www.dal.ca/faculty/sustainability.html 
Sustainability at Dalhousie: https://www.dal.ca/about-dal/sustainability.html
Canvas Network: https://www.canvas.net/
Contact for more information: sustmooc@dal.ca

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series

The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).

 

Check them out here: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/teachers/webinar-series-archives.html