Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering – International Conference @ Toronto, Canada
Aug 23 – Aug 25 all-day

The International Conference of Recent Trends in Environmental Science and Engineering (RTESE’17) aims to become the leading annual conference in fields related to environmental science and engineering. The goal of RTESE’17 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the fields of environmental science and engineering and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields.

Webinar – Using Bioretention Soils to Remove Pollutants from Stormwater Runoff
Aug 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Webinar – Using Bioretention Soils to Remove Pollutants from Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater professionals have been embracing low impact development (LID) approaches to managing runoff and pollutant loading. Rainwater alone contains trace amounts of pollutants; however stormwater runoff plays a key role in contaminate transport. Bioretention practices use engineered soils to temporarily store, treat and infiltrate stormwater runoff. A key component of these practices is the bioretention soil media as the performance of bioretention soils is partially dependant of the constituents and texture of the soil. Therefore it is important to verify the quality of bioretention soils at the project constructions phase. Questions remain regarding the risk of contamination and the extent of maintenance for bioretention soils. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), a recognized leader in LID implementation and assessment, is collecting information in order to address these questions. The focus of the soil sampling component of CVC’s LID monitoring program is tracking the quality of bioretention soils for contaminate tracking and evaluating the need for maintenance activities such as filter media replacement. This webinar will review assumption protocols for bioretention soils to ensure that they function properly, the level of risk for contamination of bioretention soils and insights on how to inspect and determine if maintenance of these soils is required.

Webinar: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure: Green Buildings and Liveable Cities
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

UN Climate Action

As the world continues to focus on sustainability, our definition of environmental sustainability is moving beyond flora and fauna to include the humans in the ecosystem as well. And there is no better front line than the buildings where we spend most of our time. With estimates suggesting that up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas by 2050, cities are under pressure from all angles to minimise the required inputs of energy, water, food, waste and output of heat, air & water pollution. Buildings and constructions account for 32% of global energy expenditure, are responsible for 19% of greenhouse gas emissions and, based on projections and construction trends, emissions from the building sector could double by 2050 if we carry on business as usual. As environmental, economic and social challenges are now evident, even in high-income nations, transitioning to a sustainable operational model is a priority at the Mayors’ desks. As cities are sources of both environmental problems and opportunities, many are already taking strong actions to meet the sustainability challenge. In the coming year, buildings will no longer be considered green if they only do less harm. More of the places where we live, work and learn will begin to actively and intentionally protect and restore our health. It’s vital that our new buildings are designed and built to be as sustainable as possible and the refurbishment of our existing buildings is one of the greatest challenges we face. This webinar, held ahead of the 8th Sustainable Innovation Summit on 13 & 14 November 2017 that takes place alongside COP23 in Bonn, gathers influential representatives of the sustainable cities industry to share best practice around how to achieve good quality of life to current residents that doesn’t reduce the opportunities for future residents to enjoy too.

WEBINAR: 10 Minute Walk: Increasing Access to Local Parks
Sep 14 @ 2:00 pm
IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress Interconnecting Forests, Science and People
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day

The 125th Anniversary Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations on 19-22 September 2017 in Freiburg, Germany, will be the ideal meeting place not only for forest scientists but also for researchers from other disciplines and leading decision makers from the forestry, environment, development and other key sectors from all over the world.

Now is the time to start making your plans for the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in 2017!

Conference: Urban Green Infrastructure – Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities @ Malmo, Sweden
Sep 20 – Sep 21 all-day

International Conference 2017

20-21 September, Malmö, Sweden

Urban Green Infrastructure – Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities

GREEN SURGE invites all interested to the project’s final conference, generously hosted by the City of Malmö

  • Meet leading researchers to learn how growing populations and urban densification can be reconciled with green infrastructure to improve health, equality, climate adaptation and biodiversity.
  • Learn how your city colleagues are realizing nature-based solutions to address some of the most pressing challenges of today.
  • Share your own knowledge and experience! Submit your abstract.

The conference themes are related to emerging issues and future challenges of nature-based solutions and sustainable urban development.

The conference aims for interactions and critical discussions by a mix of researchers, decision-makers, planners, and practitioners.

The conference environment and program will provide opportunities for dynamic presentations and discussions, moderated by international professionals.

We welcome proposals for presentations of research as well as of projects from practice on any aspect of the broad area of nature-based solutions and sustainable urban development.

Economic Literacy Project Fall 2017 Workshops @ Centre for Social Innovation, Toronto
Sep 27 – Dec 6 all-day

When: September 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 22 and December 6, 2017

The Economic Literacy Project (ELP) centres on training and knowledge building that supports the development of a smarter and sustainable economy.

The training program consists of a series of six, ½ day training workshops this spring at the Centre for Social Innovation – Spadina in Toronto that will build ENGO capacity by increasing knowledge and understanding of economic concepts and their role in supporting a green economy. This combination of classroom training, information sharing and convening is designed to provide a pulse of capacity building to environmental leaders and affiliated partners and allies. The training stream takes a case-based approach to address key economic concepts, their assumptions, key measures and gaps, and their strengths and limitations.

The instructor of the program is Eric Miller, a consulting ecological economist and contract faculty at York University. He has experience serving the Ontario and Federal governments as a public servant and has helped hundreds of students through his teaching of undergraduate and graduate students at York University and Queen’s University. Eric earned economic degrees from York University and McMaster and a biology degree from Carleton. He is an active member of Canadian Society for Ecological Economics.

Registration for the series is only $250 per person as the Economic Literacy Project is supported by a grant from the Ivey Foundation. Space is limited.

Latornell Conservation Symposium @ Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre - Alliston, ON
Nov 21 – Nov 23 all-day

In this Canada’s 150th, we explore the succession of science, knowledge, policy and organisations and the nature of this change on the environment. Many of us identify with natural or ecological succession – the process by which a plant or animal community successively gives way to another, leading to a new state. But the same is true of our organisations, as we have matured in our purpose and knowledge, and have seen leadership transfer to successive generations. The ongoing growth of knowledge through research, monitoring, observation, analyses and education have informed our actions on the ground, the policies we have developed and our legislative responses to emerging challenges.

Through this year’s theme of Succession, we explore the topics of ecological, policy and organisational succession, and continuing contributions to knowledge. Let us explore where we have been, how that has informed who we are today, and where we are headed.

Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario Conference @ Collingwood
Nov 29 – Dec 1 all-day

Our Steering Committee