Moose Jaw to host Build­ing Saskatchewan Green Con­fer­ence

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Ap­prox­i­mately 100 del­e­gates from across the prov­ince will con­verge on Moose Jaw on Novem­ber 12 and 13 for the an­nual Build­ing Saskatchewan Green Con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence is put on by the Saskatchewan Chap­ter of the Canada Green Build­ing Coun­cil (CaGBC). Typ­i­cally, the event is held in Saska­toon or Regina. “I fi­nally con­vinced them to come to Moose Jaw,” said or­ga­nizer Troy Til­bury, who is one of the CaGBC board mem­bers. “Our theme is fo­cus­ing on smaller com­mu­ni­ties that are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and which are im­ple­ment­ing some dif­fer­ent en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives.” Til­bury adds that they are en­cour­ag­ing del­e­gates to spend time in Moose Jaw out­side of the con­fer­ence. He also hopes that rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the city will at­tend. On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 12 del­e­gates will be will be able to take a tour of both the Grant Hall and Mo­saic Place. The tours will fo­cus on Grant Hall’s geo­ther­mal heat­ing sys­tem and will high­light Mo­saic Place as a LEED reg­is­tered fa­cil­ity cur­rently work­ing on LEED cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The day will also in­clude train­ing ses­sions at Saskatchewan Polytech­nic and a gala din­ner hosted at the Grant Hall. The din­ner is open to the pub­lic and tick­ets cost $50 per per­son. The Build­ing Saskatchewan Green Awards will be handed out fol­low­ing the meal. The main con­fer­ence will be­gin on Fri­day, Novem­ber 13 at Mo­saic Place. The open­ing speaker will be Paul Han­ley. He is an author who writes on the en­vi­ron­ment. He will dis­cuss sus­tain­abil­ity in Saskatchewan. Daniel Wal­lach will also speak. He is a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the small town of Greens­burg, Kansas. The town un­der­went a ma­jor re­design af­ter a 2007 storm. “It is a re­ally in­ter­est­ing story. It is a small town of less than 1,000 peo­ple and it was lit­er­ally wiped out by a tor­nado. They said if we are go­ing to re­build then let’s re­build right. They did some re­search and brought in some con­sul­tants who said they should use Build Green and LEED as kind of a way to build en­ergy ef­fi­cient build­ings. At this point in time they have the most LEED build­ings per capita in the world,” said Til­bury. “I’m re­ally cu­ri­ous to hear how they came to that de­ci­sion as a town coun­cil and how they went for­ward and how they are im­ple­ment­ing things.” Other ses­sions will dis­cuss fi­nanc­ing green projects, as well as a panel on LEAN de­sign. Of course, Moose Ja­vians will likely be fam­ily with LEAN, as it was im­ple­mented into the de­sign of Moose Jaw’s new re­gional hospi­tal. An­other pre­sen­ta­tion will fea­ture a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Form­Line Ar­chi­tec­ture in Van­cou­ver. The com­pany has dealt a great deal with First Na­tions groups and the panel will dis­cuss some of their projects. The key­note speaker is Lloyd Al­ter. He is the man­ag­ing editor of Tree­hug­ger.com. The lecture will be held at the Mae Wil­son Theatre. It is open to the pub­lic and is of­fered free of charge. Til­bury be­lieves it will be a great pre­sen­ta­tion. “We are re­ally ex­cited to have Lloyd come out. He is re­ally well known around the coun­try for his views on sus­tain­abil­ity. He has done a lot of re­search on the Pas­sive House sys­tem and he will likely talk on that,” said Til­bury. “I think that is go­ing to be a re­ally good ses­sion and we are hop­ing to fill the Mae Wil­son.” It should be an in­ter­est­ing and note­wor­thy con­fer­ence. “A lot of peo­ple mark this on their cal­en­dars. I used to live in Al­berta and I would come to this con­fer­ence be­fore I moved here five years ago. We are very ex­cited to have it in Moose Jaw this year.” Visit www.build­saskgreen.ca for more in­for­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence.

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