Reminder: Presentation on the Passive House Standard and Annual General Meeting – Thursday

Immediately following Sustainable Cobourg’s Annual General Meeting, you are invited to attend a presentation on the Passive House Standard in Canada. Alan Murphy, BES, B.Arch., MRAIC, LEED® AP BD+C, a director at Passive House Canada, and Principal of Green Reason, a Toronto-based sustainable building consulting and project management company, will explain the Passive House Standard and why it is a globally recognized and cost effective choice for building optimization. The Passive House Standard is now gaining momentum in Canada. This presentation will be of interest to designers, builders, trades, suppliers, manufacturers, building officials, planners, municipalities, and anyone who is considering buying or building a house or other building now or in the near future.

From the Passive House Canada website: “Passive House Canada is a national non-profit professional association advocating for the Passive House high-performance building standard. Passive House is recognized internationally as the proven best way to build for comfort, affordability and energy efficiency of residential, institutional and commercial buildings, through all stages of design, construction, and livability.

Where: Cameco Room, Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg
When: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

The AGM starts promptly at 6:00 p.m. After a short break and refreshments, the presentation will begin at 7:00 p.m. There will also be an opportunity to meet with some of Sustainable Cobourg’s Corporate Members before and after the presentation.

This is a FREE event and ALL are welcome to attend the AGM and presentation. Please RSVP if you wish to attend, as seating is limited.

Hosted by Sustainable Cobourg, a not-for-profit, for-benefit organization advocating for sustainable living in Cobourg and the surrounding region. This event was generously sponsored by Community Power Northumberland

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‘You Complete Us’

Okay, if you’ve never seen ‘Jerry McGuire’ then this may not resonate with you! But its true none the less. Sustainable Cobourg can’t reach its potential without you, our members and supporters! Our Bicycle Action Committee has, from Day One, been the standard that we aspired to have our other committees achieve. They have demonstrated what ‘people power’ and persistence can accomplish for the cycling community in Cobourg. We need our members and supporters who want to make a difference and can give an hour of their time once a month for 10 months to get in the game. Our Committee chairs and our Board of Directors are often the only individuals making ‘sustainability’ a principle in thinking about FOOD, TOWN PLANNING, and THE ENVIRONMENT to the larger public, on behalf of our organization, by organizing presentations, speakers, activities, radio interviews, questionnaires, surveys, newspaper articles, and taking part in events. We need your help! Even if you can only participate as a volunteer for a specific project/initiative, that alone would be an incredible help to us. We are so beholden to you for your support and if you can, please become as involved as your time allows. Our projects for 2018 will be decided on soon, so if you have any ideas, tell us! We can make such a positive impact together. See you at the AGM on Thursday November 2, at the CCC at 6:00pm.

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Welcome Red Tractor Farm and Market!

We are so delighted to have Red Tractor Farm and Market as our newest Corporate Member. They are just a teeny bit east of Cobourg, well ok more like Grafton, but honestly its literally about a 10 minute drive from Cobourg. Well maybe 15! Julie Perry and her family provide fresh, in season veggies and if you order their baskets she adds yummy choices like pumpkin and apple home-made pies and squash soup.

They have really nice pumpkins too!

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Mark Your Calendar

So, I know previously I wrote that the AGM was going to be on October 28th but its not anymore. And there’s a very good reason! We really, really hope you’ll come to the AGM on Thursday November 2nd at the Cobourg Community Centre, The Cameco Room, at 6:00p.m. because after the business part of the AGM, we are going to have a very informative presentation about what a ‘Passive House’ is and why its the way to build better and smarter.

Also I’m hoping to introduce you to our Corporate members so you get to know them and what they do and why they are so important in helping create a culture of Sustainability.

Its membership renewal time as well and we hope you’ll bring along a friend to get them to join. Also see what committees strike your fancy. We are always looking for members to join in on various initiatives. Like the one the eco-action committee is working on which has to do with making a presentation to KPRDSB about waste! Zero waste is a goal we hope to achieve really soon. Northumberland will be getting composting bins in the next year and that will be a big step. Surrounding municipalities have had them for some time.

We’re so lucky to have Judy Smith Torrie chairing that committee. Send us your thoughts.

We’ll be sending you an evite for the AGM in the next week.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend. We are so fortunate to be living in this beautiful part of the world. So much to be grateful for, right?

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A Sobering Crisis

I’m just reading the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s document, “Sustainability in Sight” and I’m going to share with you a quote they use from a now ten year old document, “Go Green: Ontario’s Action Plan on Climate Change (2007)”

“Scientists, and most notably, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have shown that the earth’s climate is changing dramatically, and human industrial activity and the burning of fossil fuels are largely to blame.

Before the Industrial Revolution, the carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration in the earth’s atmosphere was about 280 parts per million. We are now at about 380 parts per million. At 380 parts per million, coral reefs are dying, glaciers are melting, seas are rising and an estimated 35,000 people died in the 2003 European heat wave. According to the IPCC, without significant action to reduce emissions, CO2 concentrations may reach 750 parts per million this century….molecules of CO2 remain in the atmosphere for up to 200 years. Which means the CO2 molecules produced by the first cars, the Wright brothers’ plane and the first coal-fired electricity plants may still be airborne.”

Of course, as recently as this past month we have seen even more climate related horrors. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, they have ever been part of our reality. But as much as they are described as ‘natural disasters’, we now know, through analysis, that the frequency is unnatural. The conditions that create these climate events today are exacerbated by the much more dense amount of CO2 in our atmosphere, as well as other Greenhouse Gases, which have been created by the dependence on fossil fuels which let the genie out of the bottle. Fossil fuels have made many very, very rich and that is a significant reason why change to clean energy is an ongoing issue.

Thankfully for us in Ontario, we now do not depend on coal, a significant producer of CO2. That was a political decision based on decades of research and the results to the health of Ontarians is now documented.

From ‘Ontario Clean Air Alliance’:

“Phasing out the use of coal fired electricity in Ontario was an enormous achievement, the greenhouse gas reduction equivalent to taking 7 million cars off the road.”

Ontario Clean Air Alliance has a website and access to documents such as “Up the Stack: Coal-fired Electricity’s Toxic Impact”

But there are still those who argue that its either not enough, or a ‘tempest in a teapot’.

When looked at through the lens of Sustainability, which is what we do here at SC, from every pillar whether environmental, social, or economic, this is a multi-generational view for the ability of citizens to manage their lives effectively without harming or infringing on the lives of future generations.

Now on to the next challenge to sustainability, land use!



Your comments are always appreciated.

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Bye-bye 739 D’Arcy

Well, it’s sad but true that the ‘Go Green Together’ building at 739 D’Arcy that has been our base for the last five years has been designated as the site for the Venture 13 development. So Sustainable Cobourg, along with Community Power Northumberland and Cycle Transitions, as well as all the Community Partners, are out as of  next week!

We are hoping for a new space in the future but plans are unclear. We’ve already arranged to have a meeting space in the brand new HTM insurance building on Elgin. It is a beautiful building and I have already suggested some elements that would make it more sustainable!

We are looking for volunteers to help out at the 100 Mile Diet Event in Grafton on September 10th and are really hoping that some of you will be interested. We would also like to strike a membership sub-committee. If you’re interested please contact me 905-269-9355, or We’re hoping to have a Membership Drive at the Mill so if you have any ideas please contact me.

Please let us know your concerns and what YOU think SC should be involved in.

Oh and don’t forget about our AGM Saturday October 28th, 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. and we’re planning for those who want to socialize afterwards to go out for a drink/meal together. You’ll  get to meet our Corporate members and learn about them and their good works. I’m hoping to get the meeting room we will have at the HTM building to hold the meeting but I’ll have to finalize that first.


Keep in touch :>)

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