Passive housing

The term “passive house” refers to a standard for building construction that results in ultra-low energy buildings which require little energy for space heating and cooling.  In other words, buildings whose ecological footprints are greatly reduced.  Passive house construction is rapidly gaining popularity here in North America and will undoubtedly play an important role in future construction trends. There is a very interesting article on award-winning passive homes in Fine Homebuilding, April 25, 2013.  To read the article, click here.

Food and the City

Click for more infoFood and the city  : urban agriculture and the new food revolution by Jennifer Cockrall-King discusses how urban agriculture can help revolutionize the environmentally unsustainable modern food industry.  The author provides evidence of thriving urban farms within “food deserts” and describes the global movement towards alternative food production.  It’s a very interesting and timely read.

The Genius of Earth Day

Click for more infoThe genius of Earth Day : how a 1970 teach-in unexpectedly made the first green generation  by Adam Rome is a new book in our library which addresses the history of Earth Day and the environmental movement.  It describes the first-ever Earth Day in 1970 and how it has grown to be an inspiration to millions around the world.  It is a fascinating read.

Reconnecting with the St. Lawrence River

The majestic St. Lawrence River has been a great influence on the cultural, as well as the natural, history of Quebec and Canada.  Unfortunately, during the course of the last century, this mighty river has suffered greatly due to pollution.  Although water quality has improved  during the past decade, the St. Lawrence still has a bad reputation when it comes to recreational use.

The David Suzuki Foundation hopes to dispel myths about the state of the St. Lawrence with a week of activities along the river in June aimed at encouraging people to reconnect with the great waterway.  From June 7 to 15, the Semaine du St-Laurent will feature activities throughout Quebec, including a family fishing day at Valleyfield, swimming at Montreal’s Old Port and a downtown barbeque of sustainable seafood from the St. Lawrence.  For more information, click here to see The Gazette’s May 27th article.

The St. Lawrence, it’s our River!  Le Saint-Laurent, c’est notre fleuve!” 

Green thumbs up!

The Gazette recently published a 2013 gardening calendar containing information on local gardening events, such as plant sales, flower shows, garden tours, workshops, lectures and demonstrations in the Montreal region.  For more information, click here.

Come to the library and discover some of our books on gardening.  We currently have a Reference Island display on gardening/jardinage. Also take a look at our Research Centre for relevant information and links.