We have a new Treasurer!

She is Ellen Abramczyk. We are delighted to have Ellen on our Team. She shares our energy and passion for promoting awareness of and creating a culture of sustainability in Cobourg and its environs! She is amazing. She knows her stuff about building and designing homes in sustainable ways and is happy to share her knowledge. Read her bio here

Jayne Finn, our previous treasurer is ‘gone sailing’ with Mike up in Newfoundland and gives us updates which she shares on our Facebook Page. So check it out. https://www.facebook.com/SustainableCobourg/

 

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How about helping at the Farmers’ Market?

Sustainable Cobourg has a community table at the Farmers’ Market for July 1 and we need volunteers to be there to spread the word about what we do, provide membership forms and membership cards for those who have joined, and just generally be a presence! It should be a fun time! Start is around 8:30 a.m. and end is 1:00 p.m. Let me know; 905-269-9355. Big Thanks, Gigi

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Welcome to our Corporate Members

We are delighted to welcome MASS Environmental as well as Cycle Transitions to our organization.

MASS Environmental is new in Cobourg and after Jayne and I met with them we were so impressed that they shared our passion for sustainability. Since Sustainable Cobourg will be focusing on  promoting the concept of Zero Waste (Bill 151) they are the perfect Corporate members to help us in this campaign. They will be the presenters at our October AGM so don’t miss it! http://www.massenv.com/

Cycle Transitions has been around for about 5 years and we know this because they are our neighbours at 739 D’Arcy! They are very familiar faces as many have been and some still are members of our Bicycle Action Committee. We couldn’t be happier to have them next door providing support, advice and skills in bicycle maintenance. They make Active Transportation through safe cycling accessible to anybody who has an interest. And buying a reconditioned bike helps divert from landfill and is MUCH less expensive than buying from a sports shop. Plus their Tee shirts and water bottles are really cool. http://www.cycletransitions.org/

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Beer Companies Ahead of the Field

It is encouraging to see more and more people and businesses, each in their own way, making efforts to decrease their carbon footprints.

Last week the Toronto Star carried a half page article about three Ontario-based beer companies that are trying to ‘go green’–not in colour or taste, but in production changes.

  • Steam Whistle, across from the CN Tower in Toronto, uses alternative energy provider Bullfrog for all of its electricity and cooling system, uses biodiesel in its delivery vans, and uses bottles which can be reused up to 45 times. Three brownie (greenie?) points.
  • Beau’s All Natural Brewing, in Vankleek Hill east of Ottawa, also uses Bullfrog Power, and recycled paper for labels, posters, etc., as well as all organic ingredients in its Kolsch type Lug-Tread Lagered Ale.
  • Cowbell Brewing is in the process of moving from Toronto to a new facility in Blyth, which will be the first carbon-neutral brewery in North America ! They already reforested the property and will have a closed loop system for the water used. And that is significant, since most craft breweries use double the 4 litres of water that major breweries use per litre of beer– a fraction of the total tally of 300 litres of water per litre of beer from farm to factory to store. Water quality is key to the taste we enjoy with beer and other beverages. And both quality and quantity need to be protected.

So, as usual, we have choices. We can applaud and support businesses trying to do better, and we encourage more to appreciate the opportunity to respect the environment and do their part. Water and other resources are not, after all, limitless. We need to figure out how to live within our means, not just on an individual level, but considering the cumulative impact of our consumption. Cheers !

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Happy Earth Day!

Wishing you all a Happy Earth Day and hoping you will get a chance to enjoy all the beauty and  activities that our little part of it provides. Remember to do what you can to keep our home healthy!

From all of us here at Sustainable Cobourg.

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Annual Cobourg Seedy Saturday – March 18, 2017

The annual Cobourg Seedy Saturday will be held this Saturday, March 18, starting at 10:00 a.m., at Villa St. Joseph Ecology & Spirituality Centre, 445 Monk Street in Cobourg.

For more information, check out their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/581421628732327/

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