Stranded Assets: Energy East & Undergraduate Research

Crowd marching on the street with signs

There’s a new pipeline in the works that could be bigger news than either Keystone XL or the Northern Gateway. We talk to a member of Climate Justice Montreal to find out why they’re concerned about Energy East. Gasp! Undergraduates contributing to environmental scholarship? The Earth Common Journal proves it can work. Plus, another Eyeopener captured at the recent Peoples Climate March.

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Opposition to Energy East

Move over Keystone XL and Northern Gateway. There’s a new pipeline in town, and it’s going to leave both of those controversies choking on its dust. Not only will it be approved way faster, but it will be way bigger. It will cross six provinces, clocking in at 46 hundred kilometers—the third longest pipeline in the world.

It’s called Energy East and the TransCanada corporation thinks it could be a done deal by next fall. But that’s not what everyone in its path wants. Over the past year, resistance has been building. In rural communities, coastal villages, First Nations and the big Eastern cities, people are speaking out.

Climate Justice Montreal is one of the groups that has been educating and organizing. Trevor Chow-Fraser phoned them up last week to learn why people in Quebec are worried about Energy East—and what they plan to do about it.

Links: Climate Justice Montreal, Vancouver Observer on Energy East, Energy East Website

Undergraduate Journal for Environmental Writing

Peer reviewed undergraduate student publications? Yes please! At least one professor at Alberta’s Grant MacEwan University wants to encourage the undergraduate community to publish. Lucille Mazo started Earth Common Journal as a forum for undergraduate students to publish their research concerning conservation, global warming, and sustainability. Earth Common Journal showcases exemplary undergraduate writing, cover design, and music composition.


From time to time, we bring you Eye Openers: moments that have dramatically shifted how you look at the environment. This week, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips brings you a reflection recorded at the People’s Climate March in Edmonton. The purpose of the event was to bring people together to discuss the importance of climate change, alternative energy sources and what we as a community can do.

What’s Happening

University of Alberta Sustainability Awareness Week

With over 50 free workshops, tours and events, it’s the University of Alberta’s seventh annual Sustainability Awareness Week (SAW). From October 20 to 24, 2014, discover issues that matter to you, get involved and make a positive difference.

Full disclosure: producer Trevor Chow-Fraser works for this event’s organizer.

3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Clean Energy

The conference takes place from October 20 to 22, 2014 on the beautiful Campus of Laval University in Quebec city. Organizers hope to share and discuss recent developments in clean energy sector and to promote information exchange among professionals involved in the Clean Energy sector.

The aim of ICCE 2014 is to gather researchers, scientists, engineers, practitioners, policy makers, from all over the world to present advances in the clean energy technologies. The event will provide a forum to exchange information, present new technologies and developments, and discuss the future direction, strategies and priorities in the field of clean energy.

Solar Energy- How to Generate Your Own Power and Sell it to Alberta’s Grid

Join Warren Sarauer, the Past Chair of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta as he discusses how Alberta’s electricity market works and how you can take advantage of it as a power producer. Warren will help you understand your utility bill and explain the steps to becoming a renewable energy generator in Alberta. Join him for the free event at MacEwan University, the CN Theatre Room 5-142. Refreshments are provided at 6.30pm, with the talk beginning at 7pm.

Innovation Talk : Adapting to a Changing Climate

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in extreme weather events like floods, ice storms and heat waves. Our cities are not built to cope with these extremes, and as infrastructure and natural water systems are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the need for urban dwellers and government to adapt to more frequent extreme weather events is abundantly clear. Learn how communities and cities can become more resilient with climate change adaptation practitioners David MacLeod, Blair Feltmate and Dan Sandink at the University of Toronto St. George Campus on Thursday, October 23 from 6-8 PM. $5 is the suggested donation, and is free for Live Green Toronto members and students with student ID. It will be taking place in Earth Sciences Building, Room ES 149.

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