Welcome to the CRC blog, where we discuss bleeding edge issues around sustainable community development. The term ‘bleeding edge’ connotes the idea of our failure to somehow or other convince the publics about the urgency of responding to climate change now, and that we need to better communicate the principles and practises of sustainable development to the wider publics. So, yes it takes courage to be 'at the edge', and sometimes one 'bleeds' a lot, but let's start the conversation now. I encourage our students and former students to use this blog and share what they are learning out in the real world. Ann
Rawdon, Quebec is a cottagey town to the north of Montreal with a population of only 11,000. Yet Rawdon and the surrounding region of Lanaudière have the highest per capita rate of electric car ownership in Quebec, as The Star reports. What makes this tiny town so eco-friendly?
A museum that celebrates the founding of the coal mining industry in a small town in Southeast Kentucky will soon be powered by clean, renewable energy. Owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum has ironically found a new way to cut down costs: solar energy.
It’s a good time to revisit this 2011 TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg. He is a time-lapse nature photographer whose work is all about what we cannot see. In this talk he zeroes in on pollinators--hummingbirds, bees, bats, and butterflies--and how colony collapse disorder is possibly the most serious problem we face today.
Unlike in Canada, where ‘save door-to-door’ signs are a common sight, the postal service in Germany does not need any saving. The Deutsche Post DHL is the world’s largest postal and courier service, so it’s no surprise that they are ahead of the curve in other areas as well. The Deutsche Post teamed up with a startup to create a zero emission electric delivery van.
Several months ago, Alan Rusbrider, editor-in-chief of the Guardian announced they were embarking on a global climate change campaign. This is one of the richest climate sources I know and I encourage you to explore the "biggest story in the world".