News and Events
Durham Partners in Project Green Launches with Business Workshop
Durham Sustain Ability is pleased to announce the launch of its Durham Partners in Project Green (DPPG) program with its first business workshop “Spot the Energy Savings Opportunities” held May 3, at Hubbell Canada, in Pickering. The workshop was a success with 16 businesses spending the day learning how energy efficiency can contribute to both their bottom line and the... read more
Durham Sustain Ability Wins Award!
The Ontario Trillium Foundation named the eight recipients of the prestigious 2012 Great Grants Awards and Durham Sustain Ability was one of them! The awards recognize charitable and not-for-profit organizations that have had an exceptional impact in their communities. These organizations exemplify excellence, innovation and leadership in building healthy, vibrant communities. The 2012... read more
Social Enterprise Competition Announcement
Calling all young philanthropists and social entrepreneurs! Are you ready to take your world-changing idea to the next level? Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) announces its inaugural Social Enterprise Student Competition . Do you have a great idea for a new socially responsible product, service or business model? Then OCE's Social Enterprise Student Competition is for... read more
Durham Sustain Ability Named Finalist for 2012 Great Grants Award!
The Ontario Trillium Foundation today announced that Durham Sustain Ability is a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Great Grants Awards. The awards recognize Ontario organizations that have demonstrated exceptional results, innovation and a lasting impact on the communities they serve. Durham Sustain Ability has been selected as a finalist in the environment category. A total of eight 2012... read more
Just Released...Pickering's Measuring Sustainability Report 2.0
Pickering has just released the second version of its comprehensive and groundbreaking Measuring Sustainability Report. The first Report released in 2010 generated a meaningful dialogue with residents, businesses and other stakeholders. As a result, the City initiated further technical review, analysis of the original indicators, and carried out a community survey to glean more insight... read more
2012 Federal and Provincial Funding Programs for Commercialization Projects
Durham College is here to help solve technology, productivity, and social innovation issues! They can match you with teams of professors and students and seek funding from various government agencies to share the costs for eligible projects. Teams work to create solutions in the areas of: Proof of concept Product and process improvement; Engineering design; ... read more
The 99% Solution
On Aug. 10, Shawn Williamson put out his family's first bag of trash in 26 months. That's right, 26 months and just one bag of trash for Williamson, his wife, Monica, and their 7-year-old daughter Alyssa. The Brooklin family recycles, reuses or composts 99.3 per cent of their waste, Williamson calculates. "It's easier and cheaper," says the management consultant, who specializes in... read more
Pickering Town Centre Opens Eco-Friendly Farmers' Market
Pickering Town Centre is pleased to announce the opening of its outdoor Farmers’ Market on July 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Conveniently located near Entrance 4 at the Centre’s East parking lot, across from Pickering City Hall and adjacent to the Durham Region Transit bus loop, this upscale, modern and eco-friendly market will be host to... read more
DSA awarded The Irene Kock Education & Communication Award
The Durham Environmental Advisory Committee's (DEAC) prestigious 2011 Environmental Achievement Awards were handed out on May 12th during a special ceremony at The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters in Whitby. Durham Sustain Ability was among the winners, taking home the Irene Kock Education/Communication Award for our We Have the Power phase two program. The program included... read more
EcoDriver Challenge - Youth Pilot a Success!
Durham Sustain Ability (DSA) teamed up with Earth Day Canada’s EcoMentors program to get Dunbarton High School students to think outside the car! Students participated in the EcoDriver Challenge pilot program on April12th . The goal of the pilot - get students to take action and use alternatives to commute to and from school. Students heard from NASCAR Canada Driver and... read more
DSA and Smart Commute Durham Teaming Up!
Durham Sustain Ability is working with Smart Commute Durham to get more businesses thinking outside the car. Smart Commute Durham helps local employers and commuters explore and promote different commuters choices, such as carpooling, teleworking, transit, cycling, walking or flexible work hours. If you're interested in receiving more information on the Smart Commute program, please... read more
Durham Sustain Ability Honours Jack McGinnis
Jack McGinnis, founder of Durham Sustain Ability, believed as long as people were given the right tools, they would do the right thing. It was that thinking that solidified Jack as a visionary pioneer, educator and leader in conservation, recycling and sustainability. Jack died peacefully on January 29 th at the age of 64. Jack is regarded as the father of the blue box introducing the... read more
Friends and Colleagues Remember Jack
Many wonderful articles have been written about Jack and his legacy. Below is a collection of stories and articles written about him. Toronto Star Requiem for a Recycler Metroland Durham Region Pickering environmentalist remembered A Pickering pioneer, an Ajax achiever Blogs Remembering a Canadian Environmental... read more
4th Annual Hometown Chili Cook Off
The Port Perry BIA will be hosting the 4th Annual Hometown “CHILI COOK OFF” 12:00 - 2:00 pm with their top commercial kitchens going head-to-head in a “heated” friendly competition for the “Best Chili in Port!" Stop by the BIA booth, get your 4th Annual Chili mug for your collection. $5.00 will get you a mug and Chili samples to be able to place your... read more
4th Annual Environment Leadership Forum
Are you interested in environmental stewardship activities? Whether you are just starting out or have been for years, there is something for you at the 2012 Environmental Leadership Forum. When? September 29, 2012 from 8:30am - 3:00pm at the Pickering Civic Complex. Enjoy a free day of workshops, outdoor training sessions and networking. read more
Sign Up for a Well Aware ONLINE COURSE!
What you don't know about your well CAN hurt your family. As a private well owner in Ontario, you are responsible for maintaining your well to prevent contamination. That’s the law. A substandard well can put your family’s health at risk. And it could cost you thousands of dollars to fix. That’s why you need to be a responsible well owner. Know how to... read more
Sustainability Applied 2012
October 17-18, 2012 | Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario Sustainability Applied 2012 is a unique two-day event that will feature hands-on workshops and interactive discussions to explore best practices and market opportunities, showcase new products and services, and celebrate outstanding accomplishments in sustainability. Grounded in... read more
Come Out to Green Drinks!
Do you want to meet a lively group of friendly people interested in environmental issues from academia, business, government and NGOs for good conversation? If so, join us for drinks (please drink responsibly)! There's no agenda or other formality - it's a chance to meet regularly to chat, debate, socialize and connect with other Durham residents passionate about environmental and... read more
Check out Durham Sustain Ability at the Port Perry Home and Garden Show!
Come out and see DSA's display and check out Carlie McDonald presenting RAIN: Slow it Down! Soak it Up! Keep it Clean! at 11:00 am on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information click here . When : April 21st 9:00 am - 6:00 pm & April 22nd 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Where : Scugog Arena: 1655 Reach Street, Port Perry read more
Do you have an unwanted bicycle that needs a good home?
Do you have an unwanted bicycle that needs a good home? You can donate your bike to Africycle to get it out of your garage, keep it out of our landfills, and provide quality, sustainable transportation to the people of Malawi, Africa. In coordination with Earth Week, our main bicycle drop off day is Saturday April 21 st , 2012, from 8am to 12noon at 6 locations across... read more
Free Gardening Workshops!
Gorgeous Gardens Do you know when or how to properly prune your outdoor plants? Want to know which plants will thrive naturally in your garden? Join the experts from the Durham Master Gardeners as they walk you through proper pruning techniques through hands on demonstration and share how to create a gorgeous naturalized garden. Bring your pruners if you have them. Register... read more
Recycle your e-waste and get FREE Green Living Show tickets!
Samsung and Sears are bringing you the opportunity to clear-out your homes and offices of old and unwanted electronics that have been collecting dust for years. Best of all, when you bring in your e-waste for recycling, you’ll get FREE tickets to the Green Living Show ($15 value), compliments of Samsung! Drop off your e-waste during store hours at the Pickering Town Centre on March... read more
Downtown Pickering Intensification Open House
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 7 from 6pm – 9pm and plan to attend a visioning exercise for Downtown Pickering at the Pickering Civic Complex, Council Chambers (One the Esplanade). We have all been to memorable downtowns. What did you love about these spaces? What amenities did they have? What did they look like? The City of Pickering... read more
Greenwashing EnviroChats - January 31, 2012
Greenwashing EnviroChats - January 31, 2012 - 7pm Scugog Connections, your environmental action center and P'Lovers present: EnviroChats - an informal evening that draws the community together to tackle all things "green". Join Carlie McDonald of Scugog Connections to learn about Greenwashing. You'll learn about the tricks companies use to mislead consumers into believing the... read more
Durham Region is Bursting with Creativity!
The CREATIVE SOCIAL event is a monthly get-together where Durham Region’s most creative network and inspire one another. The opportunities to share, learn and explore are endless when like-minded creative people amalgamate to savour all that their community has to offer. Each event is hosted at a celebrated venue of the region on the last Thursday of each month. For more information... read more
Durham Region Green Drinks Is Coming Back in January!
Join us at The Brock House in Whitby the second Wednesday of the month. January 11th is our next event. Do you want to meet a lively group of friendly people interested in environmental issues from academia, business, government and NGOs for good conversation? If so, join us for drinks! There's no agenda or other formality - it's a chance to meet regularly to chat, debate,... read more
Electronics Recycling Event
Keep electronics out of landfill. Bring your unwanted or broken electronic and electrical equipment for FREE recycling. Date: Saturday, January 14, 2012 Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Location: Waste Management Centre, 4600 Garrard Road, Whitby Bring a non-perishable food item to support our local food banks. For more information contact the Region of Durham at 1.800.667.5671... read more
Scugog Connections , your environmental action center and P’Lovers are pleased to announce the launch of EnviroChats – an informal evening that brings the community together to tackle all things “green”. Environmental experts and professionals will address hot button topics affecting our environment. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and... read more
Let's Get Fishing Workshop
Lake Scugog is greatly valued for its recreational activities and it is estimated that approximately 200,000 hours are spent fishing in any given year. However, expanding urban and agricultural practices are affecting the environmental health of Lake Scugog, raising concerns about the status of its sport fish populations and its longevity as a recreational hotspot. On Wednesday, October 5... read more
Septics, Wells and Shoreline Ecology Workshop
Septics, Wells and Shoreline Ecology This free workshop will help you keep your septic system and well in good, functioning condition, and introduce you to the important role that shorelines have in our environment. As part of the workshop, we will use the “Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide for the Lake Scugog Watershed,” which will be provided at no cost. The guide is... read more
Pond Workshop Do you have a pond? Want to build a pond? Or going to close an old pond? Attend this workshop to learn about the following: How ponds function and change over the course of 10 or 20 years How to manage aquatic plant and algae growth, and other issues The best locations for situating a new pond, and different types of ponds Stocking your pond with... read more
Green Building Open House
Check out the upcoming Devi Mandir Green Building Open House on Wednesday, October 12th, 6-10 pm. It you are interested in solar power, it’s a great opportunity to see it firsthand. Register at www.devimandir.eventbrite.com . PrithiviInitativePoster.pdf read more
Pickering Farmers Market Tuesdays 2-7pm until October 18th
Pickering Town Centre is pleased to announce the opening of its outdoor Farmers’ Market Conveniently located near Entrance 4 at the Centre’s East parking lot, across from Pickering City Hall and adjacent to the Durham Region Transit bus loop. This upscale, modern and eco-friendly market will be host to local farmers, local arts and culture, and a weekly food drive in support of... read more