The Ecocommunities modules are listed below, along with a short description of their content and the date the module was posted. If you wish to download any of these modules, either for the first time or to update a version that you already have, please first fill in the user registry information below, then click the 'register' button.
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||The files for this module include "ecoKit User Guide.doc" and "Working with media.doc"|
Working with media.doc
This file provides general advice on how to get the most coverage and support from local media for whatever projects you choose to implement. It includes a press release template.
ecoKit User Guide
This is an 8 page word document that gives an overview of all of the resources included in the ecoCommunities Resource Kit, explains how to use the kit, what support services are available to participating ecoCommunities, and contact information. In effect, it is the introduction to the entire kit
Power Point Presentations
This is a PowerPoint file of a generic version of the presentation given at the initial ecoCommunities workshop. There is a second powerpoint presentation entitled "ecoProjects.ppt" which gives an overview of the 17 ecoCommunities modules. However, as it is over 11 MB, it is not included for download, although it is included with the CD ROMs provided to all ecoCommunities groups.
|Dec 20, 2004|
||A fund-raising project that involves gift wrapped and labelled compact fluorescent light bulbs, complete with the dollar and GHG savings. People purchased them to be used as stocking-stuffers||Dec 20, 2004|
|Community GG Profile
||This will provide a simple methodology of identifying the gross greenhouse gas emissions for a small community and translating the data into dollars flowing out of the community. A useful tool for promoting local economy||Dec 20, 2004|
|Connecting with Others
||This module gives an overview of the other organizations that a groups or municipality could get involved with if it, after getting a few ecoCommunities actions under its belt, it wanted to proceed in a more comprehensive and structured fashion to tackle climate change and related issues.||Dec 20, 2004|
||An interactive website for people offering or seeking a ride. This includes regular commutes as well as one-time rides. Users can specify details of the ride and compatibility preferences ||Dec 20, 2004|
|Energy Efficient Tree
||Identifying and maintaining the existing municipal tree inventory is an important step in a planting-for-energy-efficiency program. Suitable locations can be identified and trees provided for summer shade and winter wind-breaks||Dec 20, 2004|
|First Class across Canada
||In this program, two grade 4 classes from different schools compete with each other to earn enough kilometres to be the first class across Canada. They earn points by listening to a short presentation once a month by ecoPerth staff or other trained person, taking a simple checklist with three easy actions home and filling it out with their parents. Those forms are then collected and kilometres awarded based on the number of actions taken. Each month, the checklist lists 3 new actions, and also tracks kilometres driven by family vehicles||Dec 20, 2004|
||This computer model looks at a family’s driving habit and suggests greener alternatives, documenting the dollar and greenhouse gas savings||Dec 20, 2004|
||Alternative lawn care and regulating pesticides is becoming an important issue for many community groups and municipalities. Background information, sample by-laws, and public education information will be provided ||Dec 20, 2004|
||This program encourages local food production and consumption, thus bypassing the typical extensive transportation and processing requirements of conventional food distribution||Dec 20, 2004|
||There are many Quick Actions that can be low cost and easily implemented, but have a real impact by getting different sectors involved in climate change activities. These can include Christmas light timers, LED lights, tire-pressure clinics, and reel mower loaners. These mini-actions will be added to from the experience in other communities||Dec 20, 2004|
||No-idling programs can start small and build up. Posting signs, such as at schools and railway crossings is a first step of an education program||Dec 20, 2004|
|One Tonne Kit
||This module suggests innovative ways to put a local community spin on the Federal Government's One Tonne Challenge initiative.|
|Dec 20, 2004|
|Personal Action Pledge
||A handy two part form that residents fill out which both encourages them to take actions, and generates a great database to help guide further actions your group might take.||Dec 20, 2004|
||This is a door-to-door program to distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents and facilitate relamping whole houses. Includes a spreadsheet that compares lighting strategies and provides comparisons of capital, operating, maintenance and total lifetime cost. Targets residences and selected institutional properties||Dec 20, 2004|
|Solar Domestic Hot Water
||Provides information about solar domestic hot water systems, how to complete a solar map of the community, plans for holding a public meeting for those interested in solar hot water, assistance with developing partnership with local retailers to receive/warehouse the units and promotion of the units||Dec 20, 2004|
|Spring Tree Sale
||As a means of creating energy efficiencies, communities are encouraged to plant trees. The project materials include information about the types of trees to purchase, suppliers, logistics and promotional materials. This is one of the most popular ecoPerth events, involving dozens of volunteers and hundreds of homeowners every year. They have distributed over 26,000 trees and shrubs to date||Dec 20, 2004|
||A promotion and education campaign for water conservation that can be done in conjunction with the municipality. May include flyers, water-bill inserts, door-hangers, and point-of-purchase promotion information||Dec 20, 2004|