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9 May 2011



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Note: The Gallon Environment Letter GL will post a selection of events from environmental non-profit groups and from organizational subscribers. The general principle for the free listings is one event a year held in Canada or featuring Canadians and on the types of issues discussed in GL relating to business, environment and sustainable development. The decision of whether to post, what to include and how long the posting is listed is the decision of the GL editor. Please allow plenty of lead time and send events in plain text to with the Subject line as "Event for Free GL Posting"; if commercial please include name and email for the contact person for your organizational subscription of the Gallon Environment Letter. Listings are not an endorsation of the event or the group. Otherwise GL offers paid space identified as sponsored space for 250 words at the price of $100 in the electronic edition which would include a listing on the events web page.


Natural Resource Canada Dollars to $ense Energy Management Workshops. In 2010 to June 2011, the Office of Energy Efficiency is delivering four 1-day workshops in specified cities across Canada on:

  • Energy Management Planning
  • Spot the Energy Savings Opportunities
  • Energy Monitoring
  • Energy Efficiency Financing

The sessions are for those in the industrial, commercial or institutional organizations. Range of costs: e.g. one workshop costs $340 per person and four workshops $1105 per person. Additional people from one organization reduces per workshop cost to $255 for the extra person. Workshops can be customized and presented at the location of your choice. or call 613 943 2361.

May 2011

10th Annual Ontario Power Summit. May 9 – 10, 2011. St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Toronto
The first talk is called "Looking Back at the Premise of a Decade Ago – Who Would Have Predicted This? David J. McFadden, Q.C. Chair of Gowlings International Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP amd Chair of the Conference. A sample of topics include:

  • Colin Andersen Chief Executive Officer Ontario Power Authority on How Ontario’s new long-term plan (IPSP) will contribute to a sustainable and reliable electricity system including the procurement of clean energy and new conservation targets.
  • Brian Bentz President and Chief Executive Officer, PowerStream Chair, Electricity Distributors Association (EDA) on the role of the Local Distribution Company and new technologies such as renewable generation, battery electric vehicles.
  • Jim Hogan President and Chief Executive Officer Chatham-Kent Energy Inc. on taking a unique leadership role in promoting renewable generation and other programs to support the greening of the electricity industry
  • Ivano N. Labricciosa Vice President, Asset Management Toronto Hydro Electric System Limited on small and medium-sized distributed generation plants in the city adding to the grid. Toronto needs innovative solutions to increase the security of supply to the city.
  • The Honourable Brad Duguid Ontario Minister of Energy and Infrastructure keynote lunch address.
  • Steven Lindley Vice President, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs SNC-Lavalin Inc. Community power in remote northwestern Ontario – opportunities and challenges of interconnecting remote communities in northwestern Ontario Register Online or call 1-888-777-1707.


Waste – The Social Context People, Policies, Persuasion, and Payoffs. May 8-11, 2011. Grant MacEwan University Robbin's Health Learning Centre 10900 - 104 Avenue NW Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Hosted by Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence EWMCE.

The focus is on the social, economic and environmental aspects of waste management. A tour of Edmonton's
solid waste management facilities and wastewater treatment plant is also part of the event. Topics will include social marketing, community engagement, influencing policy makers and regulators and social change.
Examples of papers on the theme and speakers are:

  • People: "Citizens' Attitude and Policy for 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Behaviour in Japan"
  • Policies: "Building Better Waste Policies Through Engagement"
  • Persuasion: "Using a Food Waste Diary to Impact Food Waste Reduction in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs"
  • Payoffs: "From Lying-In-State to Treasure Pot: The Story of Waste Management Transformation Through Waste Governance in Lagos Megacity"
  • Kit Strange, Director of the Resource Recovery Forum, an international association of 250 organizations and editor of the Warmer Bulletin. His keynote speech is entitled Consuming the Planet - Resources and Wastes in the 21st Century
  • Stephen Stanley, Senior Vice President for EPCOR Utilities Inc in charge of Water Services. His lunch speech is on "Recycled Water at Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant".

The EMWCE website is and details at


Ontario Centres of Excellence - Discovery 2011 May 18-19, 2011. Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The showcase will include exhibits from sectors identified in Ontario’s Innovation Agenda such as Cleantech, Advanced Health, Digital Media and Information Communications and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing. New this year will be a zone devoted to the water sector. Discovery 2011 will also welcome the delegates of Ontario’s Global Water Leadership Summit at Discovery’s opening luncheon on May 18th. This event also serves as the closing luncheon for the Summit and OCE anticipates delegates in attendance from around the world. Premier Dalton McGuinty along with a number of key stakeholders important to the water sector will be joining OCE for the luncheon and Discovery. The Discovery show-floor will open following the luncheon and delegates including Ontario Global Water Leadership Summit participants will then have the opportunity to tour the Discovery show-floor starting with the Water Technologies Zone.

To register,


June 2011

CMOS Congress 2011: Ocean, Atmosphere and the Changing Pacific. Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographical Society June 5 to 9, 2011 at the Victoria Conference Centre Victoria, British Columbia. The program highlights state "The Pacific Ocean contains nearly half or our planet's seawater and covers approximately one third of the earth's surface. Its changes, both natural and human-induced, thus can have a profound influence on the planetary environment and its ecosystems. Because such influences are largely governed by interactions between the many components of the earth system, this theme potentially has a very broad reach."

Session topics include weather, climate and atmospheric sciences, to oceanography and biogeochemistry. There are eight plenary speakers. Two public lectures will be given by Ken Denman, Environment Canada & Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Verena Tunnicliffe Canada Research Chair in Deep Ocean Research, University of Victoria.


38th Annual Zero Waste Conference on June 8-10, 2011. Whistler, British Columbia. Presented by The Recycling Council of British Columbia. The 2011 RCBC Environmental Awards will be presented. Deadline for nominations for the awards - April 8, 2011.
As extended producer responsibility EPR programs expand in BC, the trend is away from taxpayer funded municipal solid waste collection to user-funded producer responsibility. The conference explores the theme The Green Economy: Ready, Set, Grow!. The 2011 Keynote Speaker: Sam Harrington of Ecovative Design talking about his company's innovative alternative packaging. Jan Enns will discuss integrating social media into communication. Glenn Munroe who has been involved with waste diversion funding since the early 1990s, most recently providing input to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario's special report on the Ontario eco-fee controversy will be the speaker for the Feature Feature Plenary Session: EPR: Visible Fees vs. Invisible Hand.


Air & Waste Management Association A&WMA's 104th Annual Conference & Exhibit. June 21-24 2011 Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando Florida USA The conference theme is "Beyond All Borders". The Critical Review will cover environmental issues and management strategies for discarded electronic and electrical equipment (e-waste).

Call for abstracts ends December 3, 2010. January 10, 2011 deadline for session proposals and draft panel and notification of authors of abstract acceptance.

July 2011 Global Ecological Integrity Group. International Conference. The First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. July 11-16, 2011. The theme is "Human Rights and Duties: Supporting Biological Integrity for Public Health". Among the speakers are:

  • Sheila Abed (IUCN) Keynote “Environmental Rights and Indigenous Rights: Opposed or Complementary?”
  • Ulrich Grober (Germany “A Short Account of the Long History of Sustainability”
  • Don Brown (US) “Individual Responsibility for Climate Change Harms to Human Health and Ecological Systems”
  • Colin Soskolne, Colin (CA) “Canada’s ‘Rogue Nation’ Position on Asbestos”
  • Claire Breen, Claire (NZ) “Health, the Environment and Collective Rights within International Law”
  • Helena Hnilicova, Helena (CZ) “Human Rights and Duties: Supporting Biological Integrity for Public Health”
  • William Rees (CA) Keynote

General Discussion and Close of Conference: Sum up by Don Brown (Rapporteur), Klaus Bosselmann, Ron Engel, Colin Soskolne and Laura Westra co-chairs. GEIG:

September 2011

XXIVth World Road Congress Roads for a better life. Mobility, Sustainability and Development Mexico City, Mexico. September 26-30, 2011 Hosted by a number of groups including the World Road Association (PIARC),

The conference is focused on the challenges facing road and road transport including mitigating the impact of the road system on climate change and managing the road infrastrucut for sustainable development and climate change adaptation. Congress contqact: Camino Santa Teresa 187, Parques del Pedregal,
México, 14010, D. F. Tel: +52 (55) 5528 3706


October 2011

84th Annual Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition and Conference. Conference > October 15–19, 2011. Exhibition > October 17–19, 2011 Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, USA The topics include not only expected topics such as water treatment and reuse technologies and green infrastructure but also broader issues:

  • bioenergy. Examples: barriers to biogas use for wastewater treatment plants, cogeneration to maximize energy recovery, biosolids to produce fuel.
  • climate change. Examples: reducing carbon footprints, mitigating GHG emissions and adapting to climate change.
  • US national and state environmental priorities. Examples: economic challenges effects on environmental and water quality issues.

The technical program was posted in April at

November 2011

Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo. November 9-10, 2011 Palais des Congres De Montreal
Organized by Messe Frankfurt. Waste and recycling shows like this one exhibit products relating to both consumer, business and industrial applications, from large scale self-loading containers to office desk blue boxes. The expo will feature a Product Innovation Pavilion as well as the regulor exhibits.


SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting Navigating Environmental Challenges: Historical Lessons Guiding Future. Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, USA., 13-17 November 2011.

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is a non-profit, worldwide professional society comprised of individuals and institutions engaged in:

  • the study, analysis, and solution of environmental problems
  • the management and regulation of natural resources
  • environmental education
  • research and development

SETAC's mission is to support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity.

SETAC promotes the advancement and application of scientific research related to contaminants and other stressors in the environment, education in the environmental sciences, and the use of science in environmental policy and decision-making. The Society provides a forum where scientists, managers, and other professionalsexchange information and ideas for the development and use of multidisciplinary scientific principles and practices leading to sustainable environmental quality.

March 2012

Globe March 14-16, 2012 Vancouver Converntion Centre. Special subthemes include clean technology, water, sustainable retial and the future of the auto industry.

May 2012

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) May 14 - 16, 2012 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
This meeting is also referred to as Rio+20 because the original conference which developed Agenda 21, a global plan for sustainable development was held in Rio in 1992.

November 2012

SETAC North America 33rd Annual Meeting. Long Beach, CA, 11-15 November 2012

November 2013

SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting. Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN, 17-21 November, 2013

November 2014

SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, 9-13 November, 2014

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