Manitoba Eco-Network

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The Manitoba Eco-Network is an environmental, non-governmental organization, and registered charity located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.[1] It is a regional affiliate of the Canadian Environmental Network, based in Ottawa, Ontario; the Manitoba Eco-Network is a network for approximately 50 environmental non-governmental organizations (ENGO's) throughout the Province of Manitoba.[2] The stated goal of The Manitoba Eco-Network is to "promote positive environmental action by connecting people and groups in our communities."[3] In practice, The Manitoba Eco-Network attempts to achieve this goal by providing services to its member groups and the public indirectly through its varied projects.

The Manitoba Eco-Network does not lobby and is non-partisan; however, some of its member groups are partisan organizations and may lobby government or participate in government consultations; the Steering Committee of the organization is elected at the Annual General Meeting and is composed of representatives of member groups and one or two individual members. Funding is provided by The Government of Manitoba, The Government of Canada, various foundations and granting agencies, membership fees, donations, and through fundraising events.

Projects of The Manitoba Eco-Network[edit]

Alice Chambers Memorial Library[edit]

The Alice Chambers Memorial Library is a public library of environmental information, it contains several thousand items, including books, journals, DVDs, and periodicals.[4] In addition, the library is a public registry for development proposals in the Province of Manitoba;[5] the Eco-Network has also partnered with another library in Manitoba (Ducks Unlimited) to offer an inter-library loan program.[4]

Children's Health and Environment Partnership[edit]

The Children's Health and Environment Partnership was formed in 2003.[6] At that time, it was a partnership between several environmental NGOs attempting to educate the public about the effects of environmental issues on the health of children, it was then called "The Children's Environmental Health Project".[6] In from 2006 to 2008, it went through several changes and became a more formal project. A new website was launched and the name was changed to its current incarnation, The Children's Health and Environment Project.[6]

In its current form, The Children's Health and Environment Partnership is composed of five supporting member groups, including The Manitoba Eco-Network.[7]

Climate Change Connection[edit]

Climate Change Connection is an initiative to provide public education and outreach to Manitobans about [Climate Change]; this organization takes the position that man-made climate change is occurring. The organization was "started in January 2002 as part of Canada's effort to meet our Kyoto Protocol objectives."[8] Climate Change Connection is partially funded by The Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Hydro, which is the main Manitoban electricity utility,[8] it is jointly governed by The Manitoba Eco-Network and The University of Winnipeg.[8] The organization frequently holds free workshops for young people to educate them about climate change, and teach them about potential ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.[9]

ecoDriver Manitoba[edit]

The ecoDriver Manitoba program is the result of a partnership between Resource Conservation Manitoba and the Manitoba EcoNetwork. According to the ecoDriver website, it is "a public outreach and education program aimed at helping Manitoba drivers save money by reducing their fuel consumption and at the same time decrease CO2 emissions."[10] It was established in 2009 in a partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance and The Centre for Sustainable Transportation.

Eco-Journal[edit]

The Manitoba Eco-Network publishes the Eco-Journal five times per year, which features articles about Manitoba's environmental issues, it serves to provide a platform for individuals and groups to reach out to the community and share issues that may not be frequently covered in mainstream local press. This also provides an educational service to the community; the Eco-Journal is published both in printed form (on post-consumer recycled paper) and online.[11] A voluntary subscription fee of $30 is charged, which also includes an individual membership.[11]

GIS/Mapping Centre[edit]

The GIS/Mapping Centre is a project of the Manitoba Eco-Network, with the goal to help environmental organizations organize and interpret spatial data from a variety of sources;[12] the GIS/Mapping Centre specializes in Graphical Information Systems (GIS), and has produced several interactive online maps (and printed maps) for public use.

The Winnipeg Green Map was produced to help the public identify environmental businesses, transportation methods, projects, and initiatives in their communities,[13] it is available online [1] and is built on a platform using Google Maps.

The Spence Neighbourhood Green Map is a more detailed version of the Winnipeg Green Map, focusing solely on the Spence Neighbourhood region of Winnipeg.[14]

The Manigotagan River Map was produced to encourage use of Manitoba's natural Manigotagan River for recreational purposes such as canoeing, and to promote the river's preservation;[15] this map is unique and gives a lot of details for each rapid. An online map also provides many more photos and more information.

Manitoba Environmental Youth Network[edit]

In October 2007, The Manitoba Eco-Network held an environmentally themed youth forum called Greenspace with the intention of stirring more youth involvement in the organization. There was a strong response, and several participants requested that a support group should be formed. In response, The Manitoba Eco-Network launched a new website and project called The Manitoba Environmental Youth Network.[16] To better engage the younger demographic which the network aims to support, the website was built in the form of a self-contained [social network] on the Ning platform;[16] the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network website is used by the community as a resource to plan events, participate in discussions, and seek out connections and support from other young environmentalists.

Organic Lawn Care Education[edit]

The Organic Lawn Care Education project was established by The Manitoba Eco-Network to provide workshops on organic lawn care practices and lawn care without harmful chemicals with the goal of decreasing exposure to pesticides and insecticides, and preventing excessive algae growth caused by water runoff from fertilizers.[17]

Water Caucus[edit]

The Manitoba Eco-Network's Water Caucus is intended to support other environmental organizations in Manitoba with interests in water issues, it plays a similar role with water-themed environmental organizations to the role the Manitoba Eco-Network plays with all environmental organizations, in the sense that it is a non-advocacy group, but some of the groups it supports do have advocacy or partisan components.[18] As part of its services, the Water Caucus provides an information directory on water issues to the public[19] and a series of informative publications.[20]

Other Activities of The Manitoba Eco-Network[edit]

In addition to the services provided by its projects, The Manitoba Eco-Network:

  • Provides its member groups with meeting space in the boardroom of the Eco-Centre,[21] which is a Gold Level LEED Certified green building.[22][23]
  • Holds an annual member forum to facilitate discussion between different environmental organizations in Manitoba.[21]
  • Facilitates communication between the member groups, various levels of government, and the media by referring media enquiries to relevant member groups, and by connecting member groups to Environmental Assessment processed initiated by the government.[21]
  • Publicizes environmental events such as conferences, workshops, and film showings through The Manitoba Eco-Network's website[24] and the electronic newsletter[21] which is sent out to individual and group members.
  • Provides a collection of news excerpts about environmental issues on its website to help viewers stay informed about current events.[3][25]
  • Connects individuals who are looking to volunteer with member groups which are looking for extra help through the Eco-Volunteer program.[21][26]
  • Hosts an annual Environmental Awards ceremony to celebrate individuals, groups, and businesses which demonstrate exceptional innovation or quality with regards to environmental initiatives.[21][27]

Some supporters of The Manitoba Eco-Network[edit]

Core Funding[edit]

  • Manitoba Conservation
  • Environment Canada / Canadian Environmental Network
  • The City of Winnipeg Employees Charitable Fund
  • The United Way Donor Designated Gifts Campaign
  • Province of Manitoba All Charities Campaign

Climate Change Connection[edit]

  • Federal Climate Change Action Fund (Natural Resources Canada/Environment Canada)
  • Manitoba Climate Change Action Fund (Manitoba Energy, Science & Technology)
  • Manitoba Hydro PowerSmart
  • Eco-Action, Environment Canada
  • The Winnipeg Foundation

GIS Mapping Centre Project[edit]

  • George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation
  • The Winnipeg Foundation
  • Sustainable Development Innovations Fund
  • Environmental Systems Research Institute
  • The Thomas Sill Foundation
  • Canadian Council for Human Resources

Organic Lawn Care Project[edit]

  • Province of Manitoba Urban Green Team
  • City of Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg Public Library

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - About Us, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 3, 2009
  2. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Group Members, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 3, 2009
  3. ^ a b Manitoba Eco-Network - Home, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 3, 2009
  4. ^ a b Manitoba Eco-Network - New in the Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on September 28, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  5. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Public Registry, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 16, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  6. ^ a b c Children's Health and Environment Partnership - History, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on July 6, 2011, retrieved October 3, 2009
  7. ^ Children's Health and Environment Partnership - Partners, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on July 6, 2011, retrieved October 3, 2009
  8. ^ a b c Climate Change Connection - About Us, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on October 25, 2009, retrieved October 3, 2009
  9. ^ Climate Change Connection - Youth Conferences, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on January 26, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  10. ^ ecoDriver Manitoba - About Us, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on October 14, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  11. ^ a b Manitoba Eco-Network - Eco-Journal, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 2, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  12. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - GIS/Mapping Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on October 10, 2009, retrieved October 3, 2009
  13. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Winnipeg Green Map, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 16, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  14. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Spence Neighbourhood Map, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on May 27, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  15. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Manigotagan River Map, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 16, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  16. ^ a b Manitoba Environmental Youth Network, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on September 19, 2009, retrieved October 3, 2009
  17. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Organic Lawn Care Education Workshops, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 23, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  18. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Water Caucus, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on October 10, 2009, retrieved October 3, 2009
  19. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Water Caucus Information Links, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on December 12, 2009, retrieved October 3, 2009
  20. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Water Caucus Publications, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on September 29, 2010, retrieved October 3, 2009
  21. ^ a b c d e f Manitoba Eco-Network - What We Do, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 4, 2009
  22. ^ Mountain Equipment Coop - Green Building - Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 4, 2009[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - The Eco-Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 4, 2009
  24. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Events, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, retrieved October 4, 2009
  25. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - News, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 14, 2010, retrieved October 4, 2009
  26. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Eco-Volunteer, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on May 2, 2010, retrieved October 4, 2009
  27. ^ Manitoba Eco-Network - Environmental Awards, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, archived from the original on March 16, 2010, retrieved October 4, 2009