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Useful Links

Sou’west Nova Transit

A community based, non-profit, rural transportation society.  It was established by local residents to provide low cost, door to door, affordable transportation on a dial-a-ride model. www.souwestnovatransit.ca

Efficiency Nova Scotia

Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation is a new independent organization responsible for helping Nova Scotians reduce their energy consumption and improve their energy efficiency at home and at work. It was established by legislation in late 2009. www.efficiencyns.ca

Renewable Electricity in Nova Scotia

The law has changed in Nova Scotia and it is going to make our province greener and cleaner. Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan and regulations lay out a clear legal requirement: 25% renewable electricity supply by 2015, using only environmentally-friendly sources such as hydro, wind, solar, biomass, and tidal. This site explains how we intend to reach our 25% target, and build jobs and prosperity in our province. www.nsrenewables.ca

Tri-County Local Food Network

The Tri-County Local food network is a grass roots group formed to build and support a sustainable, healthy, local food system that is accessible to all through action, education, advocacy, and relationship building in Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties. http://www.tricountylocalfoodnetwork.ca

Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat

The Canada-Nova Scotia Infrastructure Secretariat (CNSIS) administers the federal-provincial agreements (including the Gas Tax Agreement) that provide funding to infrastructure projects in Nova Scotia. The CNSIS helps communities access funds to improve their infrastructure – contributing to healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities. http://www.nsinfrastructure.ca/index.aspx

Ecology Action Centre

The Ecology Action Centre has acted as a voice for Nova Scotia's environment for over 35 years. Since 1971, the EAC has been working to build a healthier, more sustainable Nova Scotia.http://www.ecologyaction.ca/

Examples of Completed Sustainable Community Plans

  • Bridgewater, NS
    Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Town of Shelburne, NS
    Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Barrington, NS
    Plans and Strategies
  • District of Lunenburg, NS
    Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities (UNSM) – Municipal Sustainability Office

    This website has been developed to provide Nova Scotia’s 55 municipalities with timely and practical information on energy-efficiency, climate change, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability as it relates to local governments and their communities. It is a place for "municipality-to-municipality" sharing of tools, best practices and events. http://www.sustainability-unsm.ca/

    Nova Scotia Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act

    Nova Scotia aims to have one of the cleanest and most sustainable environments in the world by 2020. This commitment was adopted in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, proclaimed in June 2007. The act sets out 21 far-reaching goals for the province, ranging from reduced air emissions and waste, to new energy standards for buildings and increased protection of our land and water. http://www.gov.ns.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/docs/2020FactSheet.pdf

    The Natural Step

    The Natural Step is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, advisory work and research in sustainable development. Since 1989, we have worked with thousands of corporations, municipalities, academic institutions and not-for-profit organisations that have proven that moving strategically toward sustainability leads to new opportunities, reduced costs, and dramatically reduced ecological and social impacts.
    http://www.naturalstep.ca

    ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

    The ICLEI is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations who have made a commitment to sustainable developmenthttp://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=global-about-iclei

    IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the leading body for the assessment of climate change, established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic consequences.
    http://www.ipcc.ch/

    IISD – International Institute for Sustainable Development

    The IISD is a non-partisan, charitable organization specializing in policy research, analysis and information exchange. Through its head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba and its branches in Ottawa, Ontario; New York, NY; and Geneva, Switzerland IISD applies human ingenuity to help improve the well being of the world's environment, economy and society.
    http://www.iisd.org/