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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Let’s Talk #4

In lieu of a blog, I wanted to share the following poem with you:


The terrifying landscape unfolds.
The roads, like snakes, wind and slither,
They consume whatever is in their way. 
What once was beautiful, bucolic, is blackened, hardened.
All beauty gone.
And no one looks any more.
The creatures that ruled here are now deposed,
Their homes eradicated with no passage to somewhere new.
Migration paths are obstructed, obliterated.
There is movement in and out, to and fro,
But the rhythm is unnatural.
The bones of long dead species transformed over millennia,
Power this movement, and are used up!
They change the air so the breath we take now
Is dense with particles that harm our mother and us.
The heavens cannot protect us.
Those holy spirits there need to breathe too.
They count the fallen angels.
There are more and more.
We are both creators and destroyers of worlds.
Are we still learning the difference?
Can we be landscape artists?


G. Ludorf-Weaver
President, Sustainable Cobourg

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
Time to RETHINK!

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The Carbon Elephant in the Room: Natural Buildings as a Solution to the Carbon Problem

chris-head-shotIn the sixth and final event of the 2016 Speaker Series, Chris Magwood from The Endeavour Centre will be giving an informative talk on buildings and their carbon footprint, and how natural buildings are a viable solution to the carbon problem. If you are a homeowner, builder or designer, or would just like to learn more about natural buildings, you are encouraged to come out to the Cobourg Community Centre on November 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Some refreshments will be provided. Q&A to follow. This is a FREE event, however donations are appreciated. Please RSVP to sustainablecobourg@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Making a building is all about making choices. These choices number in the thousands… different materials, assemblies, systems and finishes all compete for the builder’s attention and dollars. Making a more sustainable building – one that is better for the occupants and for the planet – requires a builder to use decision-making criteria that go beyond the conventional. Issues like carbon footprint, energy efficiency, toxicity, ecological impact and resilience need to be considered.

This presentation looks at the builder’s decision-making process through all of these new criteria and presents a criteria matrix to help you map out a path to the new home or renovation that you really want.

Hosted by Sustainable Cobourg, a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability in Cobourg and surrounding areas.

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Meeting Place Organic Film at The Loft – Nov. 15

From The Loft at Harden & Huyse Newsletter, Nov. 3/16:

A collaborative community film project
Meeting Place Organic Film – Documentary – Filmmakers will attend and participate in Q&A
A film about how one couple built a sustainable, organic and ecologically diverse farm in a world bent on industrial agriculture and monocropping. Local, organic, and sustainable are words we associate with food production today, but 40 years ago, when Fran and Tony McQuail started farming in Southwestern Ontario, they were barely spoken. Since 1973, the McQuails have been helping to build the organic farming community and support the next generation of organic farmers. This is a documentary about the McQuails that explores the very real ways their farm has contributed to the long term ecological viability of agriculture in Ontario. It is a call to action for all those who believe there is a better way to take care of our planet and feed the world.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $10 at the door.

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Meet Chris Magwood of The Endeavour Centre

On November 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., Chris Magwood will be speaking about buildings and their carbon impact at the Cobourg Community Centre. This will be a free event and we encourage anyone who is considering building or renovating a home or commercial space in the near future to come out and listen to Chris’ informative presentation. We will have more information about the event in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here is a little bit about Chris.

chris-head-shotChris Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, beautiful and inspiring buildings without wrecking the whole darn planet in the attempt.

Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. The school runs three full-time, certificate programs: Sustainable New Construction, Sustainable Renovations and Sustainable Design and hosts many hands-on workshops annually.

Chris has authored numerous books on sustainable building, including Essential Hempcrete Construction (2016), Making Better Buildings (2014) and More Straw Bale Building (2005). He is co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series, and is a past editor of The Last Straw Journal, an international quarterly of straw bale and natural building. He has contributed articles to numerous publications on topics related to sustainable building and maintains a blog entitled “Thoughts on Building.”

In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, and over eight years helped to design and/or build more than 30 homes and commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems.

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally.

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