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.

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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.

Beekeeper’s lament

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The beekeeper’s lament : how one man and half a billion honey bees help feed America by Hannah Nordhaus  595.799 M648n

This book recounts the remarkable experiences of John Miller, one of the foremost migratory beekeepers.  Despite mysterious epidemics that threaten American honey populations–and America’s agribusiness– John Miller forges on and moves ahead in a new natural world.  He travels the country with thousands of hives, seeking blooms and making honey.  Nordhaus explores the vital role beekeepers play in American agribusiness and in the maintenance of our food chain.  A fascinating read.

CSL Grown

On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan which will transform it into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec.

The action plan which was announced during a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library Complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, a farmer’s market, community gardens, as well as the distribution of food boxes.  To read more on the press conference, click here.

To read more about the action plan and food charter, click here.

 

Learn about Gardening at the Library

Home gardens play an important role in the growing “eat local” movement.  Now that spring is here, the library will be offering a three-part series, Home Grown : Vegetable Gardening for Beginners, which provides participants with the tools to grow their own vegetables, whether in gardens or on balconies.  The cost is $10 for the series and registration is required.

For more advanced gardening techniques, the library will also be offering a series of workshops, The Seasonal Gardener : Advanced Gardening Techniques, at a cost of $5 per workshop.  Registration is required.

For information on the times and dates the above are being offered, consult our Programs and Events brochure Spring/Summer 2013.

Go with the flow : DVDs on Water

On the theme of water, with World Water Day coming up on March 22, you might like to check out the following two DVDs in our library’s collection.

Blue Gold: World Water WarsBlue gold : world water wars is based on the book Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World’s Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke.  Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this film gives a chilling portrait of a future world where wars are fought over water, as they are today over oil.

Flow: how did a handful of corporations steal our water?
Investigates the growing privatization of the world’s dwindling fresh water supply from the perspective of politics, economics, pollution and environmental issues, human rights, public health, and the effects of corporate greed and apathetic governments. Features interviews with scientists and activists, who discuss the water crisis at both the global and human scale. Also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies to address the problem.