[ensu] 5 announcements

  • From: matt.niedzielski@xxxxxxxxxxx
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  • Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 20:59:35 -0500

1) IES seminar

2) environmental education

3) Greening the Ivory Towers project

4) Sustainable campuses conference - APPLY TODAY

5) Call for papers



Institute for Environmental Studies 

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon followed by lunch 
Room 113, Koffler Inst. for Pharmacy Management 
569 Spadina Ave. (at Bancroft Ave.) 
(west door is locked; please use east door) 

See the web for a map (abstracts to be added):

Join us for a look at some of the research conducted by members of IES. 
The event features presentations by faculty and graduate students and a
presentation of graduate students' awards.

No registration required; all are welcome.  
For more information, please contact Mona El-Haddad  
(416-978-6526; m.elhaddad@xxxxxxxxxxx) 

SCHEDULE (subject to change):

9:00    Introduction and welcome by Rodney White, Director, IES

JING CHEN, Professor, Department of Geography 
"Carbon sequestration in reforested areas in China"
(IES/Geography/Forestry project)

BRIAN MILANI, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Adult Education, Community
Development and Counselling Psychology/IES Environmental Studies 

"Building materials in a green economy: community-based strategies for

SHEHRINA TABASSUM, M.Sc. Candidate, Institute of Medical Science/IES
Environment & Health Program
"Symptomatic responses in studies of controlled human exposures to
concentrated ambient fine particles (CAP) and/or ozone (O3)"

ERNEST OPOKU-BOATENG, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography/IES
Environmental Studies Program 
"Urban environmental finance in Canada: an analysis of opportunities 
barriers to action"


ANTHONY LIU, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Physics/IES Environmental
Studies Program
"Impact of excessive rainfall on waterborne diseases in Southern
Ontario: the Walkerton case"

DAVID SIDER, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Geography/IES Environmental
Studies Program 
Community-based urban environmental management: case study of 
settlements in Delhi, India

LUCIANA SIVERTSON, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology/IES
Environmental Studies Program 
"Multi level watershed management in the Sibun River Bio-Region, 
Central America: collaboration and challenges"


12:00 LUNCH


Hello ENSU folks,

I am forwarding you this email in the hopes that you can send it out on
the ENSU mailing list, as I am not able to post to that list. 
Alison Neilson, OISE/UT PhD Candidate
Ontario Rep, Steering Committee 
The Canadian Network of Environmental Education and Communication, 

Forwarded message: 
Bonjour/Greetings all!  We've learned from Ann Jarnet in the last few
> days that  Environment Canada's tiny environmental education program 
> be eliminated as of March 31st.  The decision has apparently been 
made by
> 3 senior EC officials - ALL of whom hold temporary "acting" positions
> within the department.
> Grant Gardner emailed an excellent letter this weekend on behalf of
> EECOM, and apparently his letter has already stirred things up within 
> bureaucracy. Ann believes that if many more of us send our own emails 
> the next few days, we will be reinforcing Grant's message, and most
> important, we could reverse this ill-considered decision.
> If you can take 20 minutes this week to send a note - on behalf of 
> own organization (not EECOM), or failing that, on your own behalf -
> please email it to:
Acting Assistant Deputy minister, Garth Bangay at    

> Secondly, can you ask 3 colleagues to also email Garth Bangay this 
> week?
I've appended a few letter-writing suggestions below, that you might be

> Sincerely yours,
> Tim Grant
> ---------------------------
> There are many reasons why Environment Canada needs to reconsider its
> decision. Feel free to use any of the following:
> 1) Canada may soon be the only industrialized country without an
> environmental education program. Even the EPA in the U.S. under 
> Bush still makes a significant commitment (both in staff and money) 
> environmental education. 
> 2) Canada was a signatory for the UN Decade for Education for 
> Development, which begins in 2005.  How will Canada participate 
> an environmental education department?
> 3) Federal officials regularly state that the federal government 
> avoid initiatives that affect the formal education system (K-12 
> colleges and universities) because the provinces have jurisdiction 
> they want to avoid conflict. There are many problems with this 
> (a) A large number of environmental educators work in non-formal
> settings, such as parks, summer camps, community centres and 
> which are not under provincial jurisdiction.
> (b) The federal government's environmental goals cannot be met 
without an
> education component, and good education requires more than the 
> of information.
> (c) Environment Canada is the federal agency that should ensure that
> environmental education is available to all Canadians.
> 4. Rather than eliminate its tiny commitment to environmental 
> we need Environment Canada to radically increase its support. When we
> launched a letter-writing campaign in 1999 to David Anderson, the 
> Environment Minister, almost 160 letter-writers asked the Minister 
> * establish an EE funding program
> * support a Canadian EE Leadership Clinic, similar to the EPA-funded 
> in the US that provide training to EE membership organizations there
> * create an Environmental Education department within Environment 
> to carry out a wider number of EE programs
> * establish or fund a national EE information clearinghouse, that 
> be accessed by educators across Canada via an "800" number and a 
> website
> * sponsor regional summer institutes for K-12 teachers, non-formal 
> post-secondary educators in EE, or fund post-secondary institutions 
> conduct them
> * provide funding for EE membership organizations for such things as
> their annual conference, and
> * support the crafting of a National Strategy on Environmental 
> a process that other countries have already gone through.
> While we now have a "National Framework for Environmental 
Learning..", we
> have made little progress since 1999 in persuading Environment Canada
> that environmental education should be one of their priorities.
> Hopefully, our emails, if sufficiently numerous in the next week, 
> trigger some badly-needed rethinking within the department.   Please 
> an email asap, and keep your fingers crossed!!!!
> Tim Grant, Co-editor            tim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Green Teacher (magazine)                     U.S. mailing address:
> 95 Robert Street                                  2045 Niagara Falls Blvd. 
Unit 7
> Toronto, ON M5S 2K5                               Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1675
> (416) 960-1244,  fax (416) 925-3474
> www.greenteacher.com



Application deadline: March 31st, 2004

Hello everyone,   

The Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG), Canadian workers? cooperative 
consulting company, is inviting 2-3 Canadian universities or colleges to 
participate in the Greening the Ivory Towers Project. SSG will assist students 
in starting or continuing a campus sustainability assessment and implementation 
program that aim at making your school more socially, economically and 
environmentally responsible. 

In partnership with the Sierra Youth Coalition, and using the Campus 
Sustainability Assessment Framework, SSG will provide consulting expertise to 
our partner campuses.  We will be fundraising externally for this program in 
order to be able to offer our services at no charge.

I invite all of you to take a look at the attachment to find out more about the 
project and SSG's work. If you have any questions, please contact: 

Melissa Garcia Lemarca 
phone: 514.985.2085
e-mail: melissa.garcia-lamarca@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
attached file:

Sustainability Solutions Group (SSG) is a Canadian workers? cooperative 
consulting company, seeking to assist clients in their development dynamic and 
innovative tools and strategies for ecologically, economically and socially 
responsible decision-making. 

SSG is excited to announce our intention to work with 2-3 Canadian universities 
or colleges to provide support and training for their campus sustainability 
assessment and implementation program.  This program will assist campuses that 
want to start this process, campuses that are well into it already, and all 
those in between.  In partnership with the Sierra Youth Coalition, and using 
the Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework, SSG will provide consulting 
expertise to our partner campuses.  We will be fundraising externally for this 
program in order to be able to offer our services at no charge.

SSG?s core team has a great deal of expertise in campus sustainability 
efforts.  Our team members are responsible for the coordination of and research 
behind the Sustainable Concordia Project, the research and development of the 
Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework, the University of Victoria 
Sustainability Project and its? assessment efforts, among a range of other 
projects and initiatives.  We are excited to share our experience, knowledge, 
and passion for campus sustainability work with the partner campuses who wish 
to work with us.

SSG and SYC are putting this call out to all Canadian campuses interested in 
either undertaking a campus sustainability assessment and developing and 
implementing recommendations in partnership with our organizations, or 
receiving training and support to reinvigorate a project already in process.  
This will be a two-year partnership with the first year focusing on the 
successful research and writing of a campus sustainability assessment and the 
second year focusing on feasibility study development and implementation of 
recommendations.  SSG will provide your campus sustainability project with 
extended support building from the support already offered by SYC through the 
Greening the Ivory Towers Project.

SSG is currently fundraising in order to provide the following services to our 
partner campuses:
?       A 1-2 week (depending on campus needs and schedules) intensive on-site 
training session with the SSG team to get you started on your assessment.  This 
will include some or all of the following activities, depending upon needs: 
o       extended support for researching, reporting on, and implementing the 
Campus Sustainability Assessment Framework (CSAF), 
o       assistance with facilitating and laying the groundwork for successful 
multi-stakeholder meetings throughout the project, 
o       assistance with making presentations to various individuals and groups 
to generate excitement, interest and knowledge about the project,
o       developing and building the long-term capacity of your campus 
sustainability assessment team, 
o       fundraising for your project to ensure its long-term financial 
o       finding and engaging your campus? human and financial resources, 
o       conflict resolution and mediation skill development and assistance with 
conflict resolution if needed, 
o       planning for the long-term through capacity building, budgeting, 
program definition and work plan development, policy ratification and 
implementation, staffing, volunteer roles, etc., 
o       developing and evaluating recommendations to ensure their adoption and 
implementation by the appropriate people on campus, and 
o       any other specialized sessions requested by the on-campus team, 
depending on the phase that the campus is in.

?       Ongoing support through telephone and internet for specific CSAF 
questions, research issues, troubleshooting, program management, advisory 
committee support, and anything else arising.
?       Assistance with garnering campus-wide support and buy-in by various 
stakeholders for the project. 
?       Support in developing your advisory committee (if one is not already in 
place) to ensure broad representation, effective decision-making, appropriate 
terms of reference, and capacity building.
?       Additional in-person support days  (number of days to be finalized 
through budgeting) at key times during the projects? development to be jointly 
arranged by the campus and SSG.  Potentially important times during project 
development for an in person session include the recommendation development 
stage, executive summary writing stage, half way through the report writing 
phase, the project launch, specific trouble-shooting issues, etc.

When reviewing applications for campuses interested in this partnership, we 
will be looking for groups that are committed to making this project happen.  
Specifically we will be looking for:
?       An existing on-campus organization working on some aspect of campus 
sustainability with team members continuing on in your campuses community for 
the summer of 2004.
?       Support from some/all of the following campus groups: administrators, 
faculty, student government, community groups, local government, or other 
potentially important partners.
?       Student leadership, with at least two people ready and willing to 
bottom-line this project, at least for the first full year.
?       Some financial (student employment program, grants, etc.) and/or in-
kind (office space, computer equipment, telephone line, etc.) support.

Please provide SSG and SYC with the following information:
?       Names, roles, contact information, and CVs for the people submitting 
this application.
?       Current on-campus activities relating to campus sustainability work 
that your group is directly involved in.
?       Why do you want to be selected for this program?  Why do you want to 
work on campus sustainability issues?  What do you hope to gain from working 
with SSG and SYC?  What do you plan to offer back to SSG, SYC and the larger 
campus sustainability movement?
?       Provide an honest and brief account of the strengths, weaknesses, 
opportunities and threats (SWOT) of your team and your campus climate.  (If you 
are unfamiliar with this ?SWOT? analysis please get in touch with us).
?       Provide a list of people committed to work on this project (volunteers, 
staff) through the summer and fall of 2004 (at a minimum).
?       History of involvement with the sustainable campuses network.
?       Letters of support from supportive administrators, faculty, and other 
relevant groups.  Please keep these focused to key partners and supporters.
?       Anything else you want us to know about.

Please submit your application by e-mail to Melissa Garcia Lemarca by March 31, 
2004.  If you have any questions, please e-mail or phone Melissa at the 
coordinates listed in the header of this call out.

Hello fellow SYCer!

The Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) is inviting universities and colleges in 
Canada to submit an application to host the 6th Annual National Sustainable 
Campuses Conference. The Conference will take place during the last week of 
September or the first week of October 2004. Application deadline is March 
31st, 2004.


The Sustainable Campuses Conference is an initiative of the Sierra Youth 
Coalition, the youth arm of the Sierra Club of Canada. The Conference aims to 
support, document, spread, and share the efforts of Canadian post-secondary 
students at creating and implementing sustainable initiatives for their 
educational institutions as well as to provide training for students who want 
to expand their knowledge of these issues.

Over the past five years, SYC has held the Sustainable Campuses Conference in 
various regions of Canada. This has proved to be successful in allowing all 
regions to participate, and is a tradition we are hoping to continue.  The 
first conference was held in Ottawa, Ontario, the second in Victoria, British 
Columbia and this past year in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the fourth at University 
of Waterloo and the fifth at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.


SYC is looking for a committed school and students who are interested in 
hosting the 2004 Conference. This is a great opportunity for your group and 
school to put themselves on the map as national supporters of campus 
sustainability. By hosting the conference your group and school will be:

-         Demonstrating that you support the national campus sustainability 

-         Featuring your schools initiatives and success to over 150 students, 
professors and administrators from all over Canada and the US.

-         Engaging students from your school in the organization of a national 

-         Learning about conference organizing and community involvement;  

-         Creating massive campus awareness about the importance of student-led 
campus sustainability projects.

-         Putting your school on the map as a leader in campus substantiality; 

-         Meeting more than 150 students from all over Canada and learning 
about other projects and success stories;

-         Network with students, administrators, professor and expertise in the 
filed of Campus sustainability.

-         And much more! 

To find out more about hosting the 2004 National Sustainable Campuses 
Conference please read the Application form (see attachment) or contact

Fernando Aloise
Sustainable Campuses Project, National Coordinator
412 - 1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa - Ontario
K1N 7B7

Telephone: 613.241.1615
Fax: 416.241.2292

Good luck to all candidates!

Fernando Aloise



Young people are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration in an
expanded edition of the environmental book "Landscapes of the Heart."
Individuals already involved include E.O. Wilson (Biology, Harvard), David
Cash (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard), Noam Chomsky (MIT), and
Maurice Strong (2003 Recipient of USA National Academy of Sciences's
highest award; Senior Advisor to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan). Please
don't be deterred by these big names: the two best chapters in the first
edition were by students. Indeed, the fresh perspective of young people is
very much needed in this book.



Background information can be found at the project's website (URL at bottom
of this message).

Thank you.

Michael Aleksiuk, Ph.D.



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