Sustainable Living Village - 2012

Sustainable Living can be defined as a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s use of our Earth’s natural resources. It means a lot more than just recycling! Join us in the Sustainable Living Village as we look at topics and methods that reflect our desire to tread lightly and act responsibly as a citizen of this planet.
*workshop times and topics may be subject to change, please drop by the village workshop tent to confirm.

Fri Evening

‘Diesel to Biodiesel’ - Mark Vander Vennen
Mark operates his 2001 VW Jetta on waste vegetable oil. He is not a mechanic but was able to install the system himself. Mark is happy to share his experiences and why he believes it is a viable alternative.


11:00 ‘Climate Change’ - Go Green Together – Ralph Torrie
Ralph, from the David Suzuki Foundation, will discuss the impacts of climate change and what can be done in Canada to meet the target of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 which is required to stabilize our climate according to climate scientists.

1:00 ‘Urban Vegetable Gardening’ – Victory Garden Vegetables - Paul Homme
Paul and his partner operate Victory Garden Vegetables, an urban farm in Cobourg. Discover how they grow $500 worth of organic produce each week out of their 2500 square foot garden and how to grow a Victory Garden of your own.

3:00 ‘Sustainability’ - Mike Nickerson
Forty years studying Cultural Evolution provides a clear vision of the challenge that humanity faces as our growth phase meets planetary limits.  Mike will share stories about how our species can adapt to its new maturity and secure the future.


11:00 ‘Gizmos and Gadgets’ - The Otesha Project - Kayla Siefried
A look at the life cycle of a typical consumer electronic, tracking it’s many travels around the world from extraction to production, distribution and disposal. We explore the social and environmental implications along the way, focussing on what alternatives we have to the current status quo.

1:00 ‘100 Mile House’ - Henry Wiersma
This workshop will focus on building techniques using local materials. Highlighted will be Compressed Earth Blocks which can be used for external walls, internal partitions and floors. Straw bales, used as insulation, can be a part of this building system. Photographs, sample blocks and explanations of a unique demonstration building using this system will be part of the presentation