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CareerWORKS

Debbie Davidson from Skills Opportunity Showcase trailer

Debbie Davidson from Skills Opportunity Showcase trailer helps kids understand what might be next!

 

Career WORKS-

“A series of experiential, hands on workshops for

high schools students looking ahead”

What’s next after high school? No pressure though!!! Participation in CareerWORKS programs will expose students to a range of skills, jobs, career opportunities and businesses that make up the supply chains of the various CareerWORKS themes.

 WaterWORKS, FoodWORKS ; EnergyWORKS ; ClimateWORKS ; EcoWORKS and others!!! are themes being offered during the Grey Bruce school year.

CareerWORKS Final Report 2017 4.0

CareerWORKS 7 Events Final Report 2015-16

CareerWORKS Report #2 2016 (7)

Final Report from Fall 2015 Events

Please follow this link to a LETTER of SUPPORT from the BWDSB Superintendent of Education  – Alana Murray. Thankyou

Letter of Support – GBSN-Feb 2016

Thanks to our key sponsors and partners.

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Thanks to the folks at Bruce Power for there ongoing support of many GBSusNet Projects.

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Schedule of Events Held in 2015 include:

  • April 22, EnergyWORKS Port Elgin – Saugeen District Secondary School
  • April 23, EnergyWORKS Kincardine – Kincardine District Secondary School
  • April 29, WaterWORKS Hanover – John Diefenbaker Secondary School
  • April 30, FoodWORKS Walkerton, Walkerton District Community School
  • May 20, WaterWORKS Walkerton, WDCS and Sacred Heart High School
  • October 1, WaterWORKS Walkerton, WDCS
  • October 6, WaterWORKS Hanover, JDSS
  • October 29, ClimateWORKS Meaford, Georgian Shores SS
  • November 3, FoodWORKS Walkerton, WDCS and SHHS
  • November 12, EnergyWORKS Kincardine, KDSS
Students examine stream organisms as part of the WaterWORKS program.

Students examine stream organisms as part of the WaterWORKS program.

WaterWORKS provides interactive, hands-on sessions that expose students to the various stages of the water supply chain…from “source to tap.” Exploring the sources of water in your community, treatment and distribution systems (rural and urban systems), water conservation strategies, uses of potable and non-potable water, waste water treatment systems and careers and jobs in the industry will all be explored.

EnergyFAIR Co-ordinators enjoy a brief lunch break

 

A visit to the local waste water treatment plant as part of the WaterWORKS program

A visit to the local waste water treatment plant as part of the WaterWORKS program

FoodWORKS takes students on a journey from “field to fork” and from the “farm to the table. Sessions will demonstrate the skills required to manage healthy soil, select seeds, cultivate and plant, harvest, process and distribute and prepare meals in a sustainable food system. Experts from the field will facilitate discussion and interactive demonstrations and tours which will leave students with a clear understanding of options to work on a farm, in a processing facility, in a restaurant or simply at home!

Students enjoy the fruits of their labour as part of any earlier FoodWORKS event.

Students enjoy the fruits of their labour as part of any earlier FoodWORKS event.

EnergyWORKS brings to life the supply chain that supports our electricity system, transportation options, agricultural producers, home heating and cooling…essentially our economy and paints a picture of challenges of decreasing oil supply, increasing costs of fuel, climate change and the need to seize opportunities to create jobs that support positive environmental change and a sound economy.

Walkerton Clean Water Centre "LEAD Certified Building Tour is part or EnergyWORKs Walkerton 2014

Walkerton Clean Water Centre “LEAD Certified Building Tour is part or EnergyWORKs Walkerton 2014

Please visit the various tabs in our website for specific details on each CareerWORKS program.

FoodWORKS

WaterWORKS

EnergyWORKS and CareerFAIR

To participate in the CareerWORKs program either as a student, school, business or volunteer, please contact us for the 15-16 program.

CareerWORKS is a project of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network Inc., a social enterprise devoted to facilitating sustainability projects across Grey Bruce.

Call GBSusNet GM Barry Randall @ randall@wightman.ca ; www.gbsusnet.com 1-519-889-0695

2019 kicked off big

GBSusNet is in it’s 10th year of operation as an Ontario Not for Profit corporation…more recently know as a “social enterprise”. Over the years, with the support of many people and financial sponsors, we have developed projects that have truly sustained themselves and we have just recently jumped into some new areas of real interest and importance.

Our ongoing projects include Sustainable Living Workshops – this year a Sustainable Energy Workshop in Owen Sound was held at the Harmony Centre- Owen Sound in mid May – Also a Coffeehouse Collective was successfully held in Clarkesburg – Binder DeConstruction project continues in Walkerton; Plans to continue our “Playhouse Mudding Project” at Riverstone Retreat outside Durham; An EcoRaster permeable paving project at the Community Garden in Walkerton/Brockton and once again we are planning a Fall Food Gathering ’19 !!! Our CareerWORKS school program is also continuing with events planned in Kincardine, Port Elgin, Walkerton/Hanover and Owen Sound.

Finally, new projects include work with the Food Security Action Group (FSAG) and United Way Bruce Grey delivering a Food Security HUB project in several communities around GB – Welcome aboard staff person Kim Edwards from Thornbury! We are also excited to be working with the local Community Foundation Bruce Grey on the Great Lakes One Water (GLOW) project which, in partnership with groups in Michigan is looking at the potential for “green infrastructure” projects to create more storm resilient urban and rural landscapes … literally, on the ground.

Finally, again, we are excited to have moved from the L. B. Randall Productions home office to a location in the Harmony Centre in downtown Owen Sound…new address is 890 4th Ave. E…phone is the same 519-889-0695…gbsusnet@gmail.com .

Got a project??? Stop by and let’s chat!

Barry Randall

Managing Director

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Let’s go! Who we are: Welcome to the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network Home Page or as we call ourselves, GBSusNet. Our aim is to foster sustainability by “building connections and relationships”throughout the Grey Bruce region between groups, municipalities and individuals who are interested in DOING SOMETHNG to leave our communities and the planet in better shape than we found it.

The two main functions of GBSusNet are to help you connect with potential partners via our Sustainability Asset Map (SAM) and to learn about current PROJECTS that contribute to our mandate and also create positive viable work for youth and other job seekers in the community. Our region: The Grey Bruce region covers the following areas:Regional_Map_4

2019 Started off with a Bang!!!

Lunch upstairs at the BARN

 . . . and now in June, GBSusNet is in it’s 10th year of operation as an Ontario Not for Profit corporation…more recently know as a “social enterprise”. Over the years, with the support of many people and financial sponsors, we have developed projects that have truly sustained themselves and we have just recently jumped into some new areas of real interest and importance.

Our ongoing projects include Sustainable Living Workshops – this year a Sustainable Energy Workshop was held in Owen Sound in mid May Coffeehouse Collective was successfully held in Clarkesburg  – Binder DeConstruction project continues in Walkerton; Plans to continue our “Playhouse Mudding Project” at Riverstone Retreat outside Durham; An EcoRaster permeable paving project at the Community Garden in Walkerton/Brockton and once again we are planning a Fall Food Gathering ’19 !!! Our CareerWORKS school program is also continuing with events planned in Kincardine, Port Elgin, Walkerton/Hanover and Owen Sound. 

Finally, new projects include work with the Food Security Action Group (FSAG) and United Way Bruce Grey delivering a Food Security HUB project in several communities around GB – Welcome aboard staff person Kim Edwards from Thornbury! We are also excited to be working with the local Community Foundation Bruce Grey on the Great Lakes One Water (GLOW) project which, in partnership with groups in Michigan is looking at the potential for “green infrastructure” projects to create more storm resilient urban and rural landscapes … literally, on the ground.

WaterWORKS in Walkerton hands on!

Finally, again, we are excited to have moved from the L. B. Randall Productions home office to a location in the Harmony Centre in downtown Owen Sound…new address is 890 4th Ave. E.

Our phone remains: 519-889-0695 or   email:  gbsusnet@gmail.com 

Got a project??? Stop by and let’s chat! (use the 9th St entrance)

Barry Randall – Managing Director

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Some Past Events

These are all projects which happened or began in the past, some one-time events and others, ongoing projects. If something below ‘Tweeks’ your interest, give us a shout at gbsusnet@gmail.com

2017-18 Preview!!! Lots of great things going on!!!

 “Letters Home” Youth Theatre Project – Thanks to ON150!

Congrats to Authentic Voices Productions (AVP) for a fabulous project proposal. “The Letters Home Project is a unique theatrical enterprise that will creatively celebrate both Ontario and Canada’s 150th anniversary by highlighting the accomplishments of key personalities within Bruce and Grey Counties.” GBSusNet is excited to be the host of this project and to provide a “leg up” to AVProductions en route to a sustainable cultural enterprise. Visit the Letters Home Website for JOB Descriptions and more info. Click Here!

CareerWORKS explores MUSIC and THEATRE!

Partnerships with the Launch Pad in Hanover as well as Authentic Voices Productions have facilitated the expansion of the successful CareerWORKS program into the arts sector. 2 Events are planned: MusicWORKS Feb 22 at the Launch Pad and TheatreWORKS Feb 28th at Victoria Jubilee Hall in Walkerton. Visit the CareerWORKS Page for more info.

Owen Sound Area Transition Town (OSATT)

SC Meeting #1

For several months now, GBSusNet has been working with a new group in Owen Sound Area who have founded OSATT! The group is in the early stages of establishing a vision and mission, awareness raising events and reviewing the new release of the Transition Network Handbook. Climate Change and Community Resilience are the key “transition” themes. Visit the OSATT Page for more info.

Sustainable Living Workshops (SLW #)Playhouse at Riverstone

 

We are currently in the planning stages for Spring 2017 Workshops on topics such as “Geodesic Greenhouse Design and Build”; “Clay and Straw Construction Techniques”; “Riverbank Restoration” and more!!! Stay tuned for details.

Sustainability Conversations (SusCon #)IMG_0008

2 SusCon events are planned for 2017 including an “awareness raising” meeting in partnership with the Owen Sound Are Transition Town group as well as an event in collaboration with local “food security” organizations.

 

Coffeehouse Collective Series (CCS)IMG_2733[1]

This program will continue in the spring and fall of 2017. Past coffeehouse events have been held in Owen Sound, Port Elgin, Kincardine, Walkerton, Flesherton, and Durham. These are great events that raise awareness of local issues and groups and support local musicians with a place to play and some great food to eat! Let us know if you want to assist with hosting and event in your community!

Energy Conservation and Demand Management (ECDM) Projects

The success of the Brockton ECDM project, completed in early 2017, suggests possible similar projects in other parts of Grey Bruce. Reduction of Greenhouse Gases, Ontario’s Cap and Trade system as well as provincial requirements to complete annual updates creates opportunities for support through similar projects. If you have an interest in this kind of work, give us a call!!!

Binder Deconstruction ProjectCommunity Living workers break down binders to be recycled in Brockton.

3245 binders, both used and hardly used were “de-constructed” in this program by our parters at Walkerton Community Living. 1013 were donated to local groups, schools, senior’s homes  and daycares throughout Grey Bruce. The program is ongoing!

Brockton Film Plastics Recycling ProjectThe first film plastic bale generated as part of the Brockton Pilot Project

20,000 lbs of film plastic was diverted from the Hanover/Walkerton landfill in 2016 through this program. Presenations are being made around the region to encourage other municipalities to move forward with similar programs. Most recently, the Owen Sound Area Transition Town group hosted a meeting with Owen Sound’s Environmental Manager to discuss possibilities. Bruce Davidson from GBSusNet advised on this meeting.

 

 

 

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Thanks to those who attended the 8th Annual General Meeting in Owen Sound. Have a look at the Annual Report that was presented at that meeting.

GBSusNet Annual Report 2015-16

Our plans and projects for 2016-17 fiscal year are well under way and include continuation of some projects, the addition of new ones and lots of ideas about potential future projects. Thanks to all Board Members for their efforts over that past years and special thanks to Bernie Range, who is leaving the board after 5 years service. A big welcome to Herb Kleahn (Walkerton) and Jaden Calvert (Meaford) who have agreed to join the Board.

Below is a picture from the AGM which is a cheque presentation from one of our key corporate supporters, Bruce Power, who have supported a range of GBSusNet projects for several years. Thanks Bruce Power!BP Cheque presi

 

Visit our Project Tab for our Summer 2015 Update!

or just click the following link!

GBSusNet NEWS Summer 2015

Got at Project Idea ? Give us a call.

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December 2014 Update (below)

It’s been a busy year for the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network (GBSusNet) with lots of projects on the go and plenty to look forward to as we roll into 2015. First off, it is important to acknowledge the incredibly dedicated Board of Directors that oversees Network activities, led by Chairman Bruce Davidson, Secretary Beth Anne Currie, Treasurer Bernie Range and Members at Large Jo-Anne Harbinson and John Harrison. The volunteer work of its directors is what makes any not-for-profit organization sustainable; without them, we’re done. Thankyou.

CareerWORKS

Day long, out of classroom workshops and tours on the key themes of water, energy and food, expose students to the skills, local opportunities and career paths that could lead to jobs in Grey Bruce. Thanks to funding through Trillium Foundation GBSusNet hosted several WaterWORKS events in Walkerton, Kincardine and Hanover and have partnered with Bruce Power in the offering of both EnergyWORKS and FoodWORKS in Brockton. CareerWORKS expansion is a key project for the future.

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SVCA Staff assists with stream water testing as part of WaterWORKS Kincardine 2014

 

Binder De-Construction Project

For a few years now Brockton has been the host site for the de-construction of surplus Bruce Power binders. Local Community Living participants are paid to separate the metal rings, plastic covers and cardboard backing for recycling and reuse. To date, thousands of binders have been recycled, or reused and the cardboard has been distributed to schools and libraries in the region for reuse. The program is ongoing.

Community Living workers break down binders to be recycled in Brockton.

Community Living workers break down binders to be recycled in Brockton.

Coffeehouse Collective Series (CCS)

In 2014 we hosted coffee houses in the communities of Big Bay, Owen Sound, Paisley and Flesherton. “Elevator Speeches” that lasted less than three minutes were given by members of the community on issues, groups and other themes dear to their hearts and provided a special contrast to the music that was performed by local artists: the formula worked. The information gathered and people who were part of these events form a critical part of our asset mapping project

Big Bay General Store Back Deck was the site of CCS #2 in the summer of 2014

Big Bay General Store Back Deck was the site of CCS #2 in the summer of 2014

Sustainable Living Workshops (SLW)

SLW’s were held at EDALE in Big Bay and at Kimbercote Farm near Kimberley in the Beaver Valley. During each of these day long workshop events 20 people took part in hands-on learning about earth plaster and straw bale construction; organic vegetable gardening; cooking with what you have; friction fire! ; edible landscaping; coffee roasting and more. Local contractors provided the expertise, designed and hosted the workshops throughout the day. Comments all round were positive and, once again, the folks we met in the different communities established a great set of connections and improved our knowledge of the “assets” in our communities.

Kimbercote Farm in the Beaver Valley was the site of Sustainable Living Workshop #2

Kimbercote Farm in the Beaver Valley was the site of Sustainable Living Workshop #2

 

GBSusNet is a “social enterprise” business and a provincial not-for-profit corporation

Film Plastic Recycling Pilot Project

For several years GBSusNet has partnered with the Environmental Advisory Committee of Brockton in an effort to remove “film plastic” from the waste stream. By adding a Film Plastic Depot to their collection system Brockton gives residents the opportunity to recycling a material that is currently not acceptable in the “blue box” program. In January, the first bale of plastic will be shipped for recycling containing some 6000 pounds of compressed film plastics.

 

The first film plastic bale generated as part of the Brockton Pilot Project

The first film plastic bale generated as part of the Brockton Pilot Project

Sustainability Asset Map (SAM)

 

Regional_Map_4Understanding who’s out there in our region and local community doing “sustainable projects” helps us identify and build collaborations that could lead to future projects is the key motivation behind SAM. Getting a sense of the geography of Grey Bruce and where things are happening is facilitated by the use of a mapping tool called UMAP. Anyone can visit the GBSusNet site and find out more about groups in their community and where they are located. The Resources Tab on the GBSusNet website provides a listing of groups; their key projects are and their contact info.  (Map Launch in 2015)

Bruce Power Beach Party Recycling

Volunteers monitor recycling depot under the food tent on the beach.

Volunteers monitor recycling depot under the food tent on the beach.

 

GBSusNet contractors and volunteers assisted Bruce Power in achieving maximum waste diversion rates at this year’s Beach Party in Port Elgin; 7000 people attended. A report is in the works with recommendations about how to improve things for next year. Thanks to all those who helped out!

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Youth Internship Project

Amanda Stanger, in the light sweater on the left, assists with SLW# at Kimbercote Farm

Amanda Stanger was on board most of 2014 and assisted with a range of activities including the Asset

Mapping project as well as the development of our social media program including facebook and twitter! Amanda assisted with many of the events over the past year, wrote some great articles and carried a consistent message of enthusiasm and awareness of issues. Thanks Amanda!

Youth Portal Project

Participants at SLW#2 help with veggie peeling, clearly a life skill worth having.

Participants at SLW#2 help with veggie peeling, clearly a life skill worth having.

Keeping young people and families in Grey Bruce means there have to be jobs and things to do in your community. How do we engage youth in this process of change. What is a “youth portal”? University of Guelph International Development student Braden Weltz (and Mildmay native) is assisting GBSusNet in the development of this needed vehicle for youth engagement and project development. Contact Braden through our website.

2015 – What’s Coming Up?

Sustainability Asset Map

Coffeehouse Collective Series

Sustainable Living Workshop

Composting Pilot Project

Binder De-construction Project

Film Plastic Recycling Project

CareerWORKS Expansion

EnergyWORKS, FoodWORKS and WaterWORKS

Spring Sustainability Summit

 

Students enjoy the fruits of their labour as part of any earlier FoodWORKS event.

Students enjoy the fruits of their labour at an earlier FoodWORKS event.

 Thanks to Monty Bennett at WDCS for all his work.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all those who participated in the recent Coffee Houses and the Sustainable Living Workshop (SLW) #1 and #2  at Edale in Big Bay and Kimbercote in the Beaver Valley.  See Projects Tab for full follow up reports.

Earth Plastering at Sustainable Living Workshop at EDALE in Big Bay

Earth Plastering at Sustainable Living Workshop at EDALE in Big Bay

Walkerton Clean Water Centre Tour during Hanover WaterWORKS 2013

Walkerton Clean Water Centre Tour during Hanover WaterWORKS 2013

Who we are: Welcome to the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network Home Page or as we call ourselves, GBSusNet. As a sustainable organization, our aim is to foster sustainability by “building connections and relationships”throughout the Grey Bruce region between groups, municipalities and individuals who are interested in DOING SOMETHNG to leave our communities and the planet in better shape than we found it. The main function of GBSusNet is to support on the ground PROJECTS that contribute to our mandate and also create positive viable work for youth and other job seekers in the community. Our region: The Grey Bruce regioncovers the following areas: Regional_Map_4Grey Bruce is a biologically diverse region that houses a large number of provincially rare species and landscapes. With magnificent cliff escarpments, stunning shorelines with radiant beaches, lavish forests, clear dark skies and majestic alvars, parts of the Grey Bruce region is proudly a part of Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve and therefore is a key area for both plants and animal wildlife. What we do: As a not for profit “social enterprise,” GBSusNet is in the business of getting things done and building a “new economy” that addresses and responds to the pressures of climate change, peak oil, fossil fuel pricing, ecosystem degradation and our current economic instability that threaten the sustainable viability of this beautiful place we call home and thrive in. And why: Grey Bruce has the largest remaining area of forest and natural habitat in Southern Ontario and is home to ancient, hundred-year-old cedar trees. The Bruce Peninsula, the northern most point of Grey Bruce, is an important flyway for migrating birds, so many species such as, the bald eagle, kingfishers, the barred owl, the pileated woodpecker and many others call this region home. The habitat is also home to rare terrestrial species including black bear, massasauga rattlesnakes, yellow-spotted salamander, flying squirrel, chipmunk, fisher, long-eared bats, red squirrel, fox, bald eagle, red-shouldered hawk, barred owl, hermit thrush, black-throated blue warbler and scarlet tanager to name a few. History and partners: Up until the mid-19th century, the northern region of Grey Bruce was territory controlled by the Saugeen Ojibway Nations. treatymaplegendtradsaugeenterritoryThe nations included the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation and Saugeen First Nation.

FoodWORKS Walkerton November 3, 2015

Ms. McGeachy teaches the finer points of Kale trimming

Ms. McGeachy teaches the finer points of Kale trimming

FoodWORKS Walkerton, Nov. 3, 2015

Schools: Sacred Heart HS and WDCS
Teachers: Nora Cowe and Mary McGeachy

# of Students: 40  – 20 from each class.
Lunch Provider: Mary McGeachy WDCS foods class (prepare in AM – 2 sessions)
Sessions & Leaders:
 Anne Finlay-Stewart – Supermarket “food miles” Tour (50 minutes)
 Seeds in Soil – Andrew Barrie; Jo-Anne Harbinson
 Climate Change Game: Bruce, Barry and Keegan Macnamara
 Food Prep – Mary McGeachy, Foods Class (During 2 morning 50 minute sessions tbc)
 Four County Trailer – Debbie Davidson (4 x 25 minute tours in PM)
Itinerary: (DRAFT)
9:30 – 9:45 Opening Plenary/Library – Where does our food come from? And intro of sessions and leaders/organizations. What are the kinds of jobs we’ll be talking about? – Barry, Bruce, AFS, Mary?
9:45– 9:55 Transition
10:00 – 10:50 Session 1 – 20 to Mary and 20 to AFS in Library and tour
10:50 – 11:00 Transition – groups of 20 switch
11:00 – 11:50 Session 2 – AFS and Mary
11:50 – noon Transition – Head to Lunch in Mary’s room and open classroom (tbc)
Noon – 12:30 LUNCH
12:30 – 12:40 Transition
12:40 – 1:30 Session 3 – 20 students to CC Game (50); + 10 to Soils (25); 10 to (Four County Trailer 25)
1:30 – 1:40 Transition – switch sessions.
1:40 – 2:30 Session 4 – other 20 to CC Game (50); Soils (25); Trailer (25)
2:30 – 2:55 ???? – this was a Bruce Power session
2:55 – 3:00 Final Plenary – wrap up and discussion of the Game and review – Monty’s Room
3:00 Departure for bussing (just Nora’s class – unless they walk. Tbc.

 

Supermarket tours to measure food miles and evaluate ingredients

Supermarket tours to measure food miles and evaluate ingredients

Anne Finlay-Stewart manages food security debate and discussion

Anne Finlay-Stewart manages food security debate and discussion

Debbie Davidson from Skills Opportunity Showcase trailer

Debbie Davidson from Skills Opportunity Showcase trailer

Andrew Barrie from OMAFRA discusses and demonstrates soil health

Andrew Barrie from OMAFRA discusses and demonstrates soil health

Apprenticeship programs are big in Grey Bruce

Apprenticeship programs are big in Grey Bruce

Keegan MacNamara, a recent college grad facilitates the Climate Change Game

Keegan MacNamara, a recent college grad facilitates the Climate Change Game

WaterWORKS Walkerton Fall 2015

WaterWORKS Walkerton,

Thursday, October 1, 2015 – ProgramTD Friends of Env Logo RBC Bluewater Logo

Schools: Walkerton District Community School

Teachers: Mrs. Randall, Mr. Baynham

# of Students:   35 + 10 (presenters/orgranizers/teachers)

Lunch Provider: Mary McGeachy, WDCS Foods

Session Leaders:

  • WCWC – Catherine Campbell and staff
  • Jo-Anne Harbinson, Nancy Griffin, SVCA
  • Debbie Davidson, Four County Labour Market Planning Board
  • Walkerton Water Works – Scott Gowan and Staff/Veolia Water
  • The Walkerton Water Story – Bruce Davidson

Itinerary

9:15        Pick up 2 Classes at WDCS 
9:30        Drop off at Jubilee Hall 
9:40 – 9:50 Opening Plenary (Intro of the day, Water Cycle/Watersheds)
9:50 – 10:00 Travel Time to 1st Session
Concurrent Sessions and rotating to next station after 30 minutes. 
Station #1 Benthic Sampling at Silver Creek (Nancy Griffith)
Station #2 Water Sampling at Saugeen River/Rainbarrel Relay (Jo-Anne Harbinson/Bruce Davidson)
Station #3 Waste Water Treatment Plant Tour (Scott Gowan, Veolia Water)

10:00 – 10:40 Session #1

10:40 – 10:50 Travel Time

10:50 – 11:20 Session #2

11:20 – 11:30 Travel Time

11:30 – 12:00 Session #3

12:00 – 12:10 Return to VJH to board bus.

12:10- 12:20 Bus Travel Time to Clean Water Centre from Jubilee Hall.

12:20 – 1:00 Lunch at the Water Centre

1:00 – 2:15 Breakout into 3 Groups, Concurrent Sessions  (25 min, including changeover)

  1. Tour of Walkerton Clean Water Centre (25 min.)
  2. Split between Bruce Davidson, Body Mapping (12 Min) & Tour, Four County Labour Market Trailer (12 Min.)
  3. Jo-Anne Harbinson: Flood Warning/Soil Permeability Demonstration (25 min.)

2:15 – 2:25           Board Bus and travel to Well 5 Tour

2:25 – 2:50           Well 5 Tour – Bruce Davidson

2:50 – 2:55           Wrap up and Group Photo Opp.

2:55 – 3:00           Board Buses and return to WDCS

Jo-Anne Harbinson from Saugeen Conservation introduces the day.

Jo-Anne Harbinson from Saugeen Conservation introduces the day.

Tour of the bio-gas generator at Water Pollution Control Plant

Tour of the bio-gas generator at Water Pollution Control Plant

Tour of Waste Water Treatment Plant

Tour of Waste Water Treatment Plant

Benthic sampling at Silver Creek with Nancy from Saugeen Valley.

Benthic sampling at Silver Creek with Nancy from Saugeen Valley.

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Touring the Walkerton Clean Water Centre

Touring the Walkerton Clean Water Centre

Jo-Anne Harbinson from Saugeen Conservation introduces the day.

Jo-Anne Harbinson from Saugeen Conservation introduces the day.

 

EnergyWORKS

EnergyWORKS is a day long high school program that get kids out of the classroom and exposes them to workplace and career opportunities in their own backyards. This tour will visit Bruce Power, an Enbridge Wind Farm as well as Carlsun Energy all in their own backyard. Check out the www.gbsusnet.com site for other CareerWORKS themes. 40 Students from Port Elgin will be attending; this is not a public event.

EnergyWORKS

November 12 All Day EnergyWORKS event in Walkerton and area. 40 students from area schools will participate in the Energy version of the ongoing CareerWORKS program offered by GBSusNet and partners. Participants will learn about sustainable energy supply, energy conservation, climate change,
electrical transmission, solar power and tour an up to date energy efficient build. Students engage in “hands on” sessions that shed light on the types of careers available and skills required in the Energy sector. www.gbsusnet.com for more info.

FoodWORKS

Wednesday, November 5, 9:30 – 3:00 PM FoodWORKS event in Walkerton. 40 students from Walkerton and area schools will participate in a FOOD version of the ongoing CareerWORKS program offered by GBSusNet and partners. Where does our food come from? What are the benefits of local food? Learn how to have fun in the kitchen? Students engage in “hands on” sessions that shed light on the kinds of careers available and skills required across the world of food. www.gbsusnet.com for more info.

WaterWORKS Walkerton 2012

Tour at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre

 

WaterWORKS Walkerton-

Experience your community’s water supply, treatment, distribution and monitoring system.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Walkerton District Community School (host)

 

“WaterWORKS” is a day- long interactive program for high school students designed to demonstrate the water cycle in a rural Ontario community. From “source to tap”, students will be exposed to the mechanics of pumping, treating, testing , distributing and measuring the amounts of water used to supply a small urban centre using a communal drinking water system.

 Session Descriptions

Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

Colin Saunders from the Municipality of Brockton will lead us on a tour of the municipal wastewater treatment facility and explain how water is treated before it is discharged into the Saugeen River.

 Silver Creek Benthic Sampling

Saugeen Conservation and Drinking Water Source Protection will lead the session on inventorying “benthic” organisms (criters!) present at the Silver Creek location.

Saugeen River Water Testing

Shannon Wood from will lead the session in the testing of pH, suspended solids and dissolved oxygen in the Saugeen River just west of the bridge on the north side of the river.

 Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) and Skills Opportunity Showcase Trailer Tour

Staff from the WCWC will lead a tour of the Brockton facility dedicated to training for operation of municipal water treatment facilities and Four County Labour Market Planning Board Staff will lead the Skills Showcase tour.

 Body Mapping

Bruce Davidson will lead a short exercise making the connections between water quality and human health.

 Ecosystem Mapping

Ripples of Change members will lead this exercise to engage participants in describing their experiences and “aha” moments of the day in a creative (fun!), visual and hands on way.

 

WaterWORKS is one theme in the CareerWORKS bundle and is a project of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, a not for profit organization devoted to facilitating sustainability projects. As a social enterprise/business, GBSusNet contracts the fundraising for CareerWORKS and other projects to local contractors.

 Partner Organizations – Saugeen Conservation; Walkerton Clean Water Centre; Bluewater School Board; Bruce Grey District Roman Catholic School Board; Municipality of Brockton; Walkerton District Community School; Concerned Walkerton Citizens; Ripples of Change; Grey Bruce Sustainability Network Inc., Ministry of  Environment.

 For more information to have a CareerWORKS event at your school or about how you can support WaterWORKS, or other CareerWORKS themes please contact us at…

 Barry Randall              519-889-0695; randall@wightman.ca

Bruce Davidson          519-881-0884; cwc@bmts.com

Note: Photos were taken at WaterWORKS 2010 in Walkerton.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Thanks to OPG for their support of this event.

Thanks to OPG for their support of this event.

Projects

 

Thanks to the folks at Bruce Power for there ongoing support of many GBSusNet Projects.

Thanks to the folks at Bruce Power for there ongoing support of many GBSusNet Projects.

Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting our WaterWORKS and Waterlution Events.

Thanks to Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting our WaterWORKS and Waterlution Events.

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Thanks to OPG for their support for WaterWORKS and EnergyWORKS events. 

 

In addition to the regional networking mandate across Grey and Bruce Counties, GBSusNet facilitates the creation and delivery of projects in local communities.  If you have project that contributes to community sustainability under any of the four pillars, make a proposal to the Board and make it happen. Here’s a few of the projects we have been working on:

FoodWORKS 2012 at Walkerton District Community School

  • CareerWORKS – is the umbrella name for an ongoing series of day-long workshops that get high school students out of class and exposes them to career opportunities in various local themes.
    • WaterWORKS
    • FoodWORKS
    • EnergyWORKS
  • Sustainability Asset Map (SAM)
  • Sustainable Living Workshops (SLW)
  • Collective Coffeehouse Series (CCS)
  • Internship Project
  • Binder Deconstruction Project
  • Composting Pilot Project
  • Film Plastics Pilot Project
  • Senior’s e-Waste Deconstruction Project
  • Partners for Climate Protection Project

Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) and Municipal Energy Planning (MEP)

For 20 years the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has hosted a program called Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) which is designed to engage municipalities in the process of implementing actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and measuring the results of these actions. Our research shows that The Town of Blue Mountains (Completed Milestone 1) and Brockton have signed up for the program. GBSusNet has been engaged by Brockton to assist in the completion of Milestones 1-4 of the PCP Protocol. Check out the following link. Partners for Climate Protection

Senior’s e-waste Recycling Project

GBSusNet in partnership with Brockton’s EAC, Walkerton Community Living and Brucelea Haven Long Term Care Home is developing an electronic waste deconstruction program with financial support from Community Foundation Grey Bruce. The aim of this project is to re-kindle some of the mechanical skills developed over a lifetime by the male residents of Brucelea Haven. This project will engage residents both physically and cognitively in an activity that will benefit multiple sectors of the community. Members of Walkerton’s Community Living workforce will assist with the collection of e-waste which will then be deconstructed by residents of Brucelea Haven. The deconstructed e-waste components will then be utilized to rehabilitate aging commuter systems as well as providing supplies for multi-media art projects at local schools. Remaining components will be appropriately recycled. The logistics and success of this program will be documented and profiled with the goal of replication in other regional senior’s facilities.

CareerWORKS

5 CareerWORKS events were hosted in the spring of 2015 at schools in Walkerton, Hanover, Kincardine and Port Elgin. Energy, Water and Food were the three themes that provided the core topics for these day-long career based experiences. Students, teachers and the host businesses continue to “praise” the program for its uniqueness and importance in exposing youth to opportunities in their own communities for future meaningful work. Thanks to Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation and Enbridge for their support of this series. 5 additional events will be hosted in the fall of 2015.

Tour of the Enbridge Wind Farm

Tour of the Enbridge Wind Farm

 

Soil samples were part of the foodWORKS program in Walkerton. Thanks to Saugeen Conservation and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for their participation in FoodWORKS!

Binder De-Construction Project

This project continues to employ local Walkerton Community Living clients to ‘de-construction” used binders into their constituent parts (steel, quality cardboard and plastic) and distribute the materials for recycling or for art projects in local schools. Thanks to Bruce Power for their continued support of the project and for their used binders!

Composting Pilot Project

GBSusNet is a “social enterprise” business and a provincial not-for-profit corporation

In partnership with Brockton’s EAC and Bruce Power, GBSusNet is in the process of developing a residential organics diversion program. Waste audits have revealed that approximately 40% of Brockton’s residential waste is comprised of organic material which consumes valuable landfill capacity and generates harmful greenhouse gases. The goal of this project is to not only divert organics from regional landfills buy also to create employment and produce a valuable bi-product. This project is currently exploring ways of enhancing backyard composting, organic diversion from landfill through community composting, and the potential or “waste to energy” programming utilizing a methane powered generator at the Walkerton sewage treatment plant.

Members EAC, toured local facilities included the Southgate Transfer Station as well as the Alltreat composing facility in Arthur.

Coffeehouse Collective Series (CCS)

Join us for Coffeehouse Collective in KincardineHaving just hosted a coffeehouse at Rabbit Dash in Port Elgin, planning is currently underway for an event in Kincardi ne on Thursday July 23rd at the Bean’s Bistro in the downtown as well as at the Hanover Youth Activity and Tech Centre in September. The CCS continues to be an incredible gathering of local and regional “activists” who are involved in projects that contribute to the vibrancy and sustainability of our communities. The musical performances and great food simply add to the fun and community building that happens at these events.

Participants at the Port Elgin event included: Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre – Fore The Planet; Friends of MacGregor Point – Wild for the Arts; Saugeen First Nations, Ki-n D’e’ Forest Garden Project; GC Houston, Outdoor Classroom; Twilight Teepee Market; SauGreen – Trees for Saugeen; Saugeen Shores Business Enterprise Centre – Youth Entrepreneurship Program; Butterfly Gardens; Town of Saugeen Shores Environmental Speaker Series. As you can see, plenty of exciting things going on in the neighbourhood.

Special thanks go out to Zoltan Stewart (Hepworth) and Slayde Millar (Kincardine) for providing great tunes and to Rabbit Dash for hosting the event.

Sustainable Living Workshops (SLW)

Plans are currently underway to host a 3rd SLW at the Riverstone Retreat site near Durham on Saturday September 12, 2015. A variation on the first 2 events, the fall event will be focussed on “alternative building design and construction” and provide a full day’s worth of “hands-on” experiential learning with skilled workshop leaders; stay tuned!

Film Plastic Recycling Pilot Project

The Brockton Film Plastic Pilot Project has successfully complete its first year of operation. This program has been delivered via a partnership between GBSusNet and Brockton’s Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) with financial support from Bruce Power. The film plastics program was quickly embraced by the residents of Brockton with over 10,000 lbs of material collected, baled and shipped within the initial year of operation. The goal of the program moving forward is to assist other communities throughout Grey Bruce implement their own programs. To date, information has been shared with Bruce County, West Grey, Southgate, Meaford and provincial stewardship organizations.

Sustainability Asset Map (SAM)

This “screen shot” of the Grey Bruce SAM Geo-Map displays one component of the SAM project designed to be the “one stop shop” for who’s doing what in Grey Bruce. Still in its developmental stages, the goal of SAM is to focus on identifying actual projects groups and organizations are working on and provide a platform for sharing “best practices” and foster collaboration between groups and agencies in different parts of Grey Bruce and beyond. The challenge for any “content management system” is to ensure that all the information is current and accessible to the busiest people. In working with groups like Stewardship Grey Bruce, the Grey Bruce Cultural Network, the Grey Bruce Community Foundation, United Way and municipalities we are hoping to add “real value” to the process of making Grey Bruce truly more sustainable.

Sustainability Summit Fall 2015

Plans are still “simmering” about a potential “summit” event for this fall which would include the gathering of a diverse group of people representing a range of groups and “sectors” to brainstorm possibilities for “cross sector” projects contributing to the sustainability of our communities, country and planet. It is time.

Stay Tuned….call us!