Sustainable Speakers Series

The Sustainable Speakers Series is a monthly event hosted by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatoon Public Library that runs from October through May (2015-16). These environmentally-themed presentations are free for all to attend and are located in lower level meeting room of the Frances Morrison Central Library (311 23rd Street East). All talks run from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

October 20, 2015 – Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC)

As part of Waste Reduction Week in Canada (October 19-25), the SWRC will focus on how to be a smart shopper. Most waste can be reduced upon purchase – one trip to the grocery store alone can result in monumental or minimal waste, it all depends on how “smart” you are. Tips and strategies on how to reduce waste before you make the purchase will be discussed, as well as a focus on how to shop local in winter months.

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November 17 , 2015 – Jim & Angie Bugg

Jim and Angie will be talking about why and how they installed solar PV at home and how it is working out for them. They expect to generate as much electricity as they use each year. They have had solar panels for over one year.

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January 19, 2016 – Peter Prebble

SES Director of Environmental Policy Peter Prebble will talk about the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris and what that means for Saskatchewan and the rest of the world.

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February 16, 2016 – Kent Rathwell

Sun Country Highway Ltd. Is a Canadian-owned company leading the electric vehicle movement by promoting the adoption of zero emission transportation. The company was created to build the most sustainable electric infrastructure in the world. Kent will talk about electric cars, filling stations, and what you can do to join the movement.

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March 15, 2016 – Ewan Coxworth

Ewen Coxworth will discuss what some of the world’s cities are doing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and what bigger changes they are planning in the near future, including Copenhagen, Fort Collins, and Sault Ste. Marie, as well as Saskatoon and other Canadian cities.

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April 19, 2016 – Julie Barnes & Josh Remai

Josh Remai and Julie Barnes built an infill home in one of Saskatoon’s core neighbourhoods, which included a green roof on their detached garage, instead of a traditional shingle or metal roof. They will discuss why they did it, what inspired them, and the step-by-step process of going green on top of a garage.

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May 17, 2017 – Roger Peters

Roger will describe how community ownership has proven to be a key factor in the success of renewable energy developments in several jurisdictions. Cooperatives provide a very effective mechanism for building public support for clean energy projects and engaging a sense of local pride in their operation. A number of examples will be be presented and some suggestions for clean energy development in Saskatchewan will be discussed. Roger is a past president of SES and was the Technology Director for the Saskatchewan Energy Conservation and Development Authority in the 90s. He now lives in Ottawa. 

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