4/18 Re-Localize Fair

C$, REAP, the Arusha Centre, and Thrive present
the Down to Earth Week’s

Saturday April 18th, 2015 at 12pm

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Michael Shuman * Market * Workshops! (see below)

Come celebrate the world-wide movement to localize food, energy, transportation, businesses, communities, the economy and culture in Calgary. As part of the 2015 Down to Earth Week, Calgary Dollars, REAP, and the Arusha Centre will be hosting the Fair to celebrate this movement.

There will be a Market atmosphere and Workshop sessions on how to be local, resilient and sustainable in our communities and businesses.

Participatory activities for young and old, with live music! Spend your Calgary Dollars! And learn about complementary currencies. See first hand how Bridgeland’s walkability design makes it a community for the future.

Michael Shuman
Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on the Local movement. He has authored, coauthored, or edited eight books. His book, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006.

12pm – MICHAEL SHUMAN: Keynote speech on being part of the buy local movement.
1-5pm – MARKET: Local businesses, artisans, and community vendors
1-5pm – WORKSHOPS: Hands-on activities and learning that will help you learn how to enhance a sustainable and resilient lifestyle or business.

Workshop Info:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/relocalize-fair-workshops-tickets-16359149657

Speaker and Market Free; Workshops may have donation requests applied.

Location: BRCA (Bridgeland Riverside Community Hall)
917 Centre Ave NE Calgary. Just steps away from the Bridgeland LRT station.

Use your Calgary Dollars Here!
More information: 403.270.8002 / info@calgarydollars.ca / www.calgarydollars.ca


Michael Shuman is speaking on other topics as part of Down To Earth Week:
– Shuman on social innovation and businesses:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1572394062998996/
– Shuman on local investing:  http://www.reapcalgary.com/events/down-earth-week-brunch-conversation-michael-shuman

Make sure you check out the full Down To Earth Week at:

Earth Hour 2015 Saturday March 28 at Olympic Plaza

We’re helping host the City of Calgary’s first ever Earth Hour event at Olympic Plaza!

Power Down for the Planet!

Earth Hour Kids
What? Earth Hour a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. In 2013, 7001 cities and towns in 154 countries and territories across all seven continents participated.

Who? This event is for all ages!

Where? Join us at Olympic Plaza for a family friendly party that will be ENTIRELY sustainably powered.

Why? Calgarians are united with the world in reducing our energy consumption

When? March 28, 2015 8:30pm-9:30pm local time. The challenge is to turn off ALL modes of power that rely on non-renewable energy sources.

6:00pm – 9:30pm: A host of engaging activities including bike generated music & lights, button-making, LED lantern making, FREE hot chocolate, pool, foosball, ping pong, Earth Hour photobooth, with a chance to win a fantastic grand prize!

8:00pm-8:30pm: A lantern/ LED light procession to exhibit and collectively celebrate powering down for the planet.

When posting use the hashtags: #earthhour2015 #earthhourcalgary and #arushacentre 

Brought to you by the The City of CalgaryEcoLiving Events CalgaryOpen Streets Calgary, and the Calgary Climate Action Network.

Tell Us You’re Going on our Facebook Event

Valentines’ Day Party Success!

Success By the Numbers:

Over 150 Guests!

Over $1000 raised for four great organizations!

Over 80 Volunteer Hours donated!

Over 20 new memberships for Good Life Community Bike Shop!

We Accomplished our Four Main Goals:

  1. Organize an event sponsored by four great organizations working together in partnership!
  2. Celebrate Winterpalooza/Cyclepalooza
  3. Educate Guests about sustainability choices via OpenStreets’ PedalPower bicycle and Alberta LED lights and Bullfrog Power.
  4. Have a great time and meet new people.

 The Organizations:

Ecoliving Events

Good Life Community Bike Shop


OpenStreets Calgary

The Sponsors:

Bullfrog Power

Village Brewery

Alberta LED Lights

 The Photos:


The World’s Best Volunteers! Look How Happy They Are!


Light Provided by Human Power via Pedal Power and OpenStreets!


The GoodLife


Mike's Happy Face.

Mike’s Happy Face.

Big Bend Market presents the 2015 EcoLiving Fair & Seedy Saturday in Red Deer!

Big Bend Market presents the 2015 EcoLiving Fair & Seedy Saturday in Red Deer!

Location: Red Deer College – Forum & Margaret Parsons Theatre

Saturday March 21st, 2015
10:00am – 5:30pm

The demand for sustainable living solutions continues to grow in Central Alberta so ReThink Red Deer is proud to host the EcoLiving Fair + Workshops & Seedy Saturday!

This unique spring event is a showcase of dozens of exhibitors providing local food, products and services for sustainable and eco-friendly living where you have the opportunity to take in a workshop (or two!) to build practical skills for thriving in the 21st Century! It also features an open-pollinated and heirloom variety seed swap called “Seedy Saturday” and showcases the new Central Alberta Seed Bank initiative sponsored by the Bauta Family Seed Initiative and Seeds of Diversity Canada.

2015 EcoLiving sponsors include:
– Big Bend Market (presenting),
– Peavey Mart (workshops),
– Red Deer College Green Campus (venue),
– USC Canada (Bauta Seed Initiative),

The list of confirmed exhibitors and workshops is growing! Please purchase your workshop tickets at the event registration desk on March 21.

Confirmed Workshops:
– Rainwater Harvesting: 4-Season Use and Navigating the Permitting Process in Alberta
– Repair Cafes: If it’s broke, you can fix it!
– World Water Day – water and sustainable development
– Seed Saving for quality seeds

Access to the event is free but there is a fee for participating in the workshops – $5 each or $20 for an unlimited pass (cash only please). The workshops open at 10:00am and run until 5:30pm. For those wanting to continue the conversations and idea sharing we are looking at hosting a Repair Cafe workshop during the day, and a Green Drinks social hour at the College’s Farside Lounge immediately after the event.

Full Exhibitor and Workshop details can be viewed here:

1) Invitation Letter – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dHXdRtaNlo0e_E7D82scjjNMYIML5uH7C_ffarV2onM/edit?usp=sharing

2) Exhibitor & Workshop Registration – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-efRRR_g1c-TGpudDJWcUk1LVU/view?usp=sharing

*Registration deadline is Feb 28*

Promotions for World Water Day (March 22), the International Year of Soils, and the Lexicon of Sustainability Exhibit will be posted along with the workshops very soon!

About EcoLiving (www.ecolivingevents.ca)

EcoLiving Events has been in operation since 2002 and has a proven track record of success. The organization is run by a volunteer board whose members meet once a month to plan events. All of the events over the last nine years have been volunteer driven.

EcoLiving brings environmental innovators together to talk about their projects and to learn from each other. This interaction between innovators is very important, as it could lead to new or improved technologies. EcoLiving provides events to teach Calgarians (and others from around western Canada) about ways to reduce our collective ecological footprint, create more sustainable and energy efficient buildings, and share information about local environmental initiatives and services. These events show citizens how to save money while using fewer resources.

Sustainable School Blog Feb 6

February 6th Teaching Plot

Continuing on our narrative curriculum, we’ve taken our charcters (Horse with Mustache, WolfFang and others) and began to create a story, complete with problem for characters to solve. We suggested that the problem revolve around a sustainability issue. (We had a school covered in garbage by an evil uncaring monster)


People weren’t recycling, so Havy the Hound had to fix it and after Havy the Hound fixed it, everybody saw how great recycling is.

What we Learned:

The fascinating part of this lesson was that the youngest grades had the easiest time creating an original story and problem for their character. It seemed as the classes became older, their stories drew more from known (read Disney) films and characters than from the students own imaginations.

 What We Got Wrong:

This week didn’t show any glaring incorrect assumptions. The students had a great time working in groups and they seemed to enjoy the lesson.

Best Quotes:

“Well, most times the bad guy learns his lesson by the end of the story and becomes a good guy, but most times they don’t do that and they stay a bad guy, and some times they just stay in the middle.”

Looking For Board Members


EcoLiving Events is looking for people to join our enthusiastic and proactive board of directors!

EcoLiving Events is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education, resources, programs and initiatives to individuals, organizations, and schools related to green and sustainable living and technology. We bring people together through initiatives such as our Home Sustainable Home school outreach program, our Home Winterization program – providing energy savings and sustainable technology upgrades to elderly homeowners and people in need – and our EcoLiving Fairs, showcasing sustainable and green living vendors in communities.

If you are interested in green and sustainable living and technology and keen on making a difference in creating and implementing practical, hands-on solutions to green living, come join us!   We are looking for board members who can volunteer 5-10 hours a month. Board members will be expected to:

  • Attend regular board meetings;
  • Help out with events and fundraising activities as well as participate in committees;
  • Monitor the organization’s financial affairs;
  • Liaise with, advise, and support EcoLiving Events’ Executive Director; and
  • Assist EcoLiving Events in building on our strategic goals of: communications, building relationships, fund development, research, and building capacity.

Prior experience in not-for-profit organizations and/or serving on a board of directors will be an asset but not required.

To apply, please send a brief paragraph to Iris at info@ecolivingyyc.com with a short introduction to yourself and why you are interested in joining EcoLiving Events’ board of directors. We look forward to hearing from you!