St. John`s Sustainable Living Guide

St. John`s Sustainable Living Guide
St. John’s
Sustainable Living Guide
This sustainable living guide is the product of a class project for Geography 6250 at Memorial
University, a graduate course on the conservation and sustainability of natural resources. It was
designed by the class for the public of St. John’s. We would like to acknowledge Ratana
Chuenpagdee (course professor) and Kelly Vodden (Geography Professor) for their guidance,
comments and support. We would also like to thank the MMSB, and particularly Catherine
Parsons (Marketing and Public Education Officer) for information about recycling programs in
St. John’s. We would especially like to acknowledge Toby Rowe (Memorial University
Sustainability Coordinator) for the interest in this work and for inviting us to display the guide on the
MUN Sustainability Office Website. For more information about sustainability initiatives at Memorial
University please visit www.mun.ca/sustain.
Contributors:
Amy Tucker
Christina Goldhar
Alyssa Matthew
Courtney Drover
Nicole Renaud
Melinda Agapito
Hena Alam
John Norman
Copyright © International Coastal Network, 2009
Recommended Citation:
Tucker, A., Goldhar, C., Matthew, A., Drover, C., Renaud, N., Agapito, M., Alam, H., & Norman, J.
2009. St. John’s Sustainable Living Guide. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s,
Newfoundland, Canada, 40 p.
Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the above contributors.
Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..1
Sustainable Landscaping……………………………………………………………………………………………..2-4
Sustainable Home Living……………………………………………………………………………………………..5-8
Sustainable Food Choices…………………………………………………………………………………………….9-12
Responsible Buying and Consumerism…………………………………………………………………………13-16
Waste Reduction……………………………………………………………………………………….………………..17-19
Sustainable Transportation…………………………………………………………………………...………….…20-21
Outdoor Recreation……………………………………………………………………………………………………..22-25
Activism……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...26-30
Sustainable Living Map……………………………………………………………………………………………..…31
Sustainable Living Directory………………………………………………………………………………………..32-37
References………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..…38-40
Introduction
Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs
of the future generation 1. Sustainable living is a specific lifestyle that attempts to reduce an
individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources. This includes an attempt to reduce
our carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet 2.
Sustainable living is making conscious choices in everyday life and being aware that you are
making a choice when you leave the tap running while brushing your teeth, or while shopping
for groceries.
In St. John’s, a general lack of information as well as the perceived inaccessibility of services for
consumers with an interest in sustainable living, points to a need to offer functional
information on sustainable businesses, services and organizations existing around the city. St.
John’s has a lot of potential, though it unfortunately falls behind other major cities in its urban
green initiatives. As such, it is important that a guide to sustainable living be available to help
inspire change toward a more sustainable city.
The objective of this guide is to produce a directory for sustainable living in St. John’s, directed
towards all city residents. The guide will provide a database of many existing resources to
facilitate sustainable living in St. John’s.
The guide will address 8 general categories of sustainability:
• Sustainable landscaping
• Sustainable home living
• Sustainable food choices
• Responsible buying and consumerism
• Waste reduction
• Sustainable transportation
• Outdoor recreation
• Activism
In addition, a map of St, John’s is provided, highlighting the locations of businesses and services
mentioned throughout this guide. Following the map is a table listing the businesses and their
contact information. The list is not comprehensive, however it does provide a reference for
many sustainable living options. It is our goal to increase awareness of local sustainable
initiatives by improving the accessibility of these resources and empower individuals to make
more environmentally conscious decisions.
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Sustainable Landscaping
Introduction: What is Sustainable Landscaping?
Sustainable landscaping creates
an attractive and beneficial
vegetation environment that is
in balance with the local
climate. If hardy and possibly
native species were selected for
your garden a reduction or
elimination in the use of
harmful fertilizers, pesticides,
and herbicides would result.
This type of landscaping should
require little to no extra water
than that which naturally occurs
through precipitation 3. The
clearing of native woodlands
and other natural habitats for urban area growth has been a long standing trend in North
America and St. John's is no different. Most often the removal of native species is replaced with
manicured lawns and gardens dominated by exotic non-native species which can place a heavy
toll on environmental and human health. This type of a landscape requires extensive use of
mechanical equipment and heavy consumption of our limited natural resources (water and
fossil fuels). These unnatural environments require frequent applications of fertilizer,
pesticides, and herbicides. As a result of chemical use, our surface and ground waters can be
polluted. Traditional landscaping also increases the risk of urban and suburban flooding,
produces extra noise and air pollution within our neighbourhoods and results in a large
production of solid yard waste which ends up in our landfill sites4.
Some extra facts about traditional landscaping methods:
• Gasoline-powered landscaping equipment such as
mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers and chain saws
account for over 5% of urban air pollution in North
America.
• Residential applications of pesticide and herbicide
chemicals are typically at a rate 20 times that of
farmers per acre.
• Yard wastes such as grass clippings and leaves
comprise 20% of municipal solid waste collected during
spring and summer months.
• A lawn has less than 10% of the water absorption
capacity of a natural forested area thus resulting in
increases in suburban flooding.
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The Main Principles of Sustainable Landscaping
• Protecting existing natural areas. If your property has native tree or shrub species they
should be utilized as an anchor for other plantings. They are likely well developed, which
are costly to purchase and maintain.
• Plant species which are hardy or native for the area. When in local garden centers
around St. John's ask what growing zone your selected plants cannot only survive in but
thrive in. St. John's and much of Newfoundland’s east coast is in growing zone 4b-5a
which means that species found at garden centers with growing zone numbers outside
of 1a- 5a should not be planted to any great extent. For example, a Magnolia with a
growing zone of 7a would likely not survive the winter or would require major care and
maintenance.
• Build
and
maintain
healthy, rich soil on your
property through on-site
composting which not
only benefits the garden
but also the local landfill
sites
through
the
redirection of waste.
• Reduce or eliminate the
use of turf or practice
natural
lawn
care.
Gardeners in the St.
John's region can use
woodland, meadow or other natural plantings instead of grass, which requires vast
amounts of water during dry periods and often uses chemicals for pest and weed
management. The elimination of lawns also eliminates the costly ownership and use of
mowers. If a homeowner prefers grass try then to use only small amounts and use
holistic or organic treatments for management.
• Eliminate the use of harmful pesticides/herbicides and replace with holistic pest and
weed management. Local garden centers such as Travers Gardens in Torbay can provide
excellent suggestions for natural pest solutions.
• For much of the growing season St. John's sees significant precipitation so gardens
should take advantage of this by installing rain barrels to collect water for garden use,
thus reducing the amount of water removed from local reservoirs. Rain barrels are
available in many local hardware, building and gardening centers.
• Use outdoor plantings to reduce heating and cooling needs inside the home. Deciduous
trees planted along the south sides of buildings can reduce air conditioning costs in the
summer through shading the sunniest rooms, and cut heating costs in the winter when
leaves fall off these tree allowing sun to warm these rooms. Coniferous trees can be
planted to block prevailing winter winds from hitting the NE sides of homes.
• Work toward creating wildlife habitat. Sustainable landscaping can create a safe and
natural habitat for small mammals and birds as well as work to create wildlife corridors
for larger species on the edges of urban developments.
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There are benefits for humans when sustainable landscaping is used:
• Safer environments for our families with the elimination of toxic chemicals
• Quieter neighbourhoods through the removal of gas powered equipment.
• Water conservation that benefits the homeowner and the entire St. John's region.
• Reduced flooding and costs for storm water management.
• Greater opportunities to enjoy nature at home.
• Reduced time, energy, and money put into traditional landscape maintenance and more
time to sit back and enjoy.
• Reduced strain on municipal waste collection and water treatment in St. John's.
• Cleaner water bodies for fishing, swimming, drinking, etc.
• Reductions in home heating and cooling costs.
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Sustainable Home Living
Introduction
A great number of sustainable choices are made right in our own homes- from brushing our
teeth to cleaning our homes to disposing of waste. The first step in sustainable home living is
recognizing what our choices are and transforming our daily habits into conscious living
decisions. While sustainable choices can be made in an infinite number of areas relating to our
homes, this section focuses on consumer choices, the way we use water, and energy.
Water
Canadians are second only to the United States in average daily domestic water use
internationally! That’s 329 litres of water consumed on average per person, per day in our
homes5. The UN recommends a daily consumption of 62 litres per person, per day- a figure
that highlights the excessive overuse of water in Canada 6.
Some basic tips:
• Shut off water when soaping,
during a shower or brushing
your teeth
• Fill a bottle with water and
suspend it in your toilet tank
(the larger the bottle the
more water you will save with
each flush)
• Run full dishwashers and
washing machines
• Consider purchasing a lowflow shower head or low-flow
toilets
• Above all else: fix leaks!
Home Water Use In Canada
kitchen
and
drinking
10%
cleaning
5%
showers
and baths
35%
laundry
20%
toilet
flushing
30%
Environment Canada, 2005
Heating and Cooling
Key energy users are space heating and cooling 7, so reducing energy use in these areas will not
only help reduce the overall energy and carbon footprint of your home, it will help save you
money. If you are curious about your own home energy use, consider using this online
calculator:
http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=HOME_ENERGY_YARDSTICK.showGetStarted
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Some basic tips:
• Don’t over heat or cool an empty
house
• Consider purchasing a
programmable thermostat
• Clean air filters
• Insulate your water heater (this
could be done by wrapping a
thick blanket around it)
• Ensure windows are properly
fitted and sealed
• If using duct heating and cooling
ensure your ducts are properly
sealed (simple use of duct tape
can help this)
• Lower the temperature on your
water heater thermostat to
50°c/120°f (often manufactures
set them higher than this)
• Consider washing laundry in cold
water
Home Energy Use in Canada
space
cooling
lighting
3%
5%
appliances
14%
water
heating
18%
space
heating
60%
Natural Resources Canada, 2005
Appliances
Some basic tips:
• Hang clothes to dry rather than using the dryer
• Unplug electronics or consider using power bars to cut energy to appliances when not in
use (models with digital clocks or stand-by modes account for 40% of appliance energy
consumption when not in use! 8)
• Use electric kettles rather than stove-top models to boil water
• Cover pots when cooking
• Consider purchasing “Energy Star” certified dishwashers, washing machines, dryers and
other appliances- this ensures you are purchasing an energy-efficient model
Lighting
Some basic tips:
• Go outside- consider taking indoor activities to your backyard or park, making use of
sunlight when possible
• Turn lights off when not in use
• Consider installing sun ceilings and windows that will maximize the sunlight entering
your home
• Use motion sensor lights in hallways, basements and porches where lights are often left
on
• Consider using compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs), which use 75% less energy and last
roughly 10 times longer than regular light bulbs 9
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Cleaning
There are a wide range of non-toxic cleaners that can be made from a few simple ingredients
found at the grocery store. These cleaners not only cut down on the amount of harmful
chemicals washing down our sinks, bathtubs and showers- they cut down on a large amount of
paper and plastics commonly used to package cleaning products. An alternative to making your
own cleaners is purchasing from a wide range of non-toxic, biodegradable cleaners typically
found in the organic food section of the grocery store. Consider “Nature Clean” laundry
detergent, or “Down East” dishwashing soap, window, all-purpose and assorted cleaners- all
available at Sobeys and Dominion.
Here are a few non-toxic cleaners easily made at home 10:
• Creamy soft scrubber
1/2 cup of baking soda
enough liquid detergent to create a creamy texture
Mix the two together and spread onto a cloth or sponge. This recipe is great for
cleaning bathtubs as it rinses easily and doesn’t leave a gritty film. Adding 1 teaspoon of
vegetable glycerine and storing in a sealed glass jar will allow you to keep the mixture
moist so the remainders can be used again later. Otherwise make as much scrubber as
you need each time.
• Window cleaner
1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and mix it up. Spray and use in the same way
you would any commercial brand.
• Oven cleaner
1 cup or more baking soda
Water
A squirt or two of liquid detergent
Generously sprinkle the bottom of the oven with water and coat in a thick white layer of
baking soda. Let this mixture set overnight. The grease on the oven will have loosened
in the morning and will be easy to remove with a cloth. When the majority of grime has
been removed wash the area with a fresh cloth and a bit of liquid soap. If this recipe
doesn’t work consider using more water and baking soda next time.
• All-purpose spray cleaner
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot tap water
Spray bottle
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle until the washing soda had dissolved. Spray and
wipe off with a rag.
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Home Purchases
Some basic tips:
• Consider purchasing low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paint, (VOCs are the cause of
the toxic fumes you smell when painting, low VOC/no VOC paint is better for the
atmosphere and allows you to breathe easier in your home)
• Consider purchasing miss-tint paint or asking friends about using their paint ends for
small jobs (miss-tint paints, or paints that were mixed in a colour different from what
the customer requested, come in a wide range of colours and may be perfect for your
job)
• Look for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber, and products made from
reclaimed wood
• Avoid polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic (labelled no. 3) these plastics are typically used to
make shower curtains, blinds and flooring (PVC releases toxic pollutants into the
atmosphere and isn’t easily recyclable due to the high chlorine content and other toxic
additives)
• Consider purchasing paper products that don’t use old growth forests in their
production (examples include Compliments Value found at Sobeys, and PC Green found
at Dominion)
• Compost your kitchen scraps and food waste (if you live downtown and are concerned
with rats consider an indoor compost using red worms/vermi-worms to create rich
garden soil)
Directory by Topic
Cleaning products
Compact florescent light bulbs
Composting information
“Energy Star” appliances
Low-flow shower heads
Low-flow toilets
Miss-tint paints
Paper products
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Dominion, 260 Blackmarsk Rd., 709-579-0133 (Nature
Clean, Down East)
Sobeys, 8 Merrymeeting Rd., 709-745-2387
(Nature Clean, Down East)
Canadian Tire, 60 Elizabeth Ave, 709-722-1860
Canadian Tire, 50 Kelsey Drive, 709-722-5530
Chester Dawe/Rona, 1298 Topsail Rd., 709-782-3101
Food Education Action St. John’s (FEAST),
http://www.feastnl.ca
Sears, 48 Kenmount Rd.., 709-726-3770
Canadian Tire, 60 Elizabeth Ave, 709-722-1860
Canadian Tire, 50 Kelsey Drive, 709-722-5530
Chester Dawe/Rona, 1298 Topsail Rd., 709-782-3101
Chester Dawe/Rona, 1298 Topsail Rd., 709-782-3101
Chester Dawe/Rona, 1298 Topsail Rd., 709-782-3101
Smith’s Home Hardware, 650 Topsail Rd., 709-3647525
Dominion, 260 Blackmarsk Rd., 709-579-0133 (PC
Green)
Sobeys, 8 Merrymeeting Rd., 709-745-2387
(Compliments Value)
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Sustainable Food Choices
Introduction
Food sustainability initiatives in St. John’s encourage local food production and local
distribution infrastructures that make nutritious food available, accessible and affordable to the
public11. This section focuses on ways that consumers can support local food sustainability, with
such benefits as local economic support, reduced fossil fuel emissions from food transport,
reduced pesticide use, and increased food security and self sufficiency 12. Buying local also
ensures that the products are fresh and of high quality.
Local Food
Common food items that are grown within the
province include a variety of fresh vegetables,
such as carrots, potatoes, beets, cabbage,
onions, lettuce, peas, celery, spinach, tomatoes,
cucumbers, eggplant and others. Fresh, local
produce is available in St. John’s from a variety
of venues, including roadside farm-stands, the
Farmer’s market, as well as agricultural farms.
The 2009 Farmer’s market in St. John’s is a
seasonal outlet for the public to purchase local
food. The market runs every Saturday from 9 am
- 2 pm from June until the end of November on
the Lion’s Club property on Bonaventure Ave.
For detailed information, visit http://stjohnsfarm
ersmarket.com
Businesses
Amongst the various businesses and
local distribution infrastructures
available is Bidgood’s Traditional
Newfoundland Foods, located in St.
John’s. This local business is a
popular food venue that provides
local vegetables, fresh fish, local
berries, homemade pickles and other
condiments. Visit www.bidgoods.ca
for more information. Auntie Crae’s,
located on Water Street in St. John’s,
is also well-known for its use of local
wild and domestic berries in their
specialty jams and jellies. For more
information visit http://www.auntie
craes.com.
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Organizations
• Food Education Action-St.
John’s
(FEAST)
is
a
community
based
organization affiliated with
the provincial Food Security
Network. Operating under
the Community Garden
Alliance, FEAST advocates
and promotes food action to
“get to the root of our local
food systems” and save
agricultural land within St.
John’s and surrounding
areas.
For
further
information, visit http://
www.feastnl.ca.
• The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Network (NLEN) is a local
environmental network that communicates environmental sustainability issues to the
general public. For more information, visit http://www.nlen.ca.
• The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is a non-profit organization
that promotes sustainable organic farming in the Atlantic Provinces “from seed to
farmer to consumer”. For more information, visit www.acornorganic.org
• Green Conception Bay: Citizens for Environmental sustainability is another community
based organization concerned with local agriculture sustainability and food security. For
more information, visit http://greenconceptionbay.org/what-is-happening-2/localagriculture-food-security/.
• The Food Security Network of Newfoundland & Labrador (FSN) is a provincial,
membership-based, non-profit organization in St. John's that promotes communitybased solutions to ensure access to adequate and nutritious local food. FSN are involved
in anti-poverty work, emergency food aid and school nutrition programs. Their aim is to
describe the nature of the local food security problem, educate the public about the
concept of food security and foster dialogue and joint action on food security. The FSN
office is located at 204 Water Street, St. John’s. For further information, visit
http://www.foodsecuritynews.com.
Organic Food
Organic food is a sustainable food alternative. It has various environmental benefits, which
include reduced pesticides use, preservation of soil organic matter, preservation of biodiversity,
promotion of more ‘green spaces’, habitat heterogeneity and reduced fossil fuel emissions from
farming machinery, as well as health benefits such as reduced artificial preservatives13.
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Businesses
• The Organic Farm grows and
markets organic produce, as well
as provides gardening supplies,
seeds, plants and transplants to
persons and businesses in the
greater St. John’s area. A wide
variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs
and berries are grown on the
farm. The Organic Farm also
provides food without charge to
persons recovering from illness
who are using organic food and
juices, such as carrot juice, sage
tea and wheat grass. To build
organic matter in the soil at the farm, soy, kelp meal and crab are used 14. In addition,
the organic produce is sprayed with compost tea and fish oil emulsion. The Organic
Farm provides fresh, local organic vegetables to various St. John’s retailers, including,
but not limited to 15:
• Georgetown Bakery
 The Rooms Café
 Atlantica
• Food for Thought
 Blue on Water
 Basho
• Belbin’s Grocery
 The Vault
 Chef Over
• Chef-to-Go
 Lighthouse Picnic
 Bianca’s
• Magnum and Stein’s
 Restaurant 21
 Bacalao
The Organic Farm also sponsors an annual vegetable co-op, a bulk buying club, which
takes place seasonally. In addition, the farm has also been involved in the Greenhouse
Gas Mitigation Project, initiated by the federal government. The Organic Farm is located
on 42 Churchill Road, Portugal Cove-St. Philips. Visit http://www.the organicfarm.net for
more information.
• The Hungry Heart Café is another St. John’s restaurant that receives its produce supply
from The Organic Farm. This is a unique restaurant and catering business that creates
affordable meals to the public and provides meaningful employment for persons with
disabilities. The profits generated help support low cost meal programs and well as fund
employment training. The Hungry Heart Café is located at Rawlins Cross in St. John’s.
• Grow Crazy is a local business that markets many of the supplies in order to grow
organic vegetables indoors. It specializes in both organics and hydroponics (growth
without the use of soil). The most efficient crops for growing indoors include cherry
tomatoes, snow peas, lettuce and herbs. The shop is located on Stamp’s Lane in St.
John’s.
• Other local businesses that market organic food include Newfoundland and Labrador
Organics (http://www.nlorganics.com) as well as Eastport Organics, located in the
Farmer’s market (for more information, email: eastportorganics@gmail.com).
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Organizations
• The Rabbittown Community Garden is a communally cultivated plot of organic
vegetables. Operating under the Community Garden Alliance, the community garden
contains raised soil beds to offset St. John’s lead contamination issues. The labour and
harvest of the community garden is shared equally by all contributors to the Rabbittown
Community Garden plot. The communal nature of the community garden makes it an
environmental initiative in addition to an organization addressing local food security,
and in extension, poverty and hunger.
• Safer Soils, a project of the Centre for Long-term Environmental Action in Newfoundland
and Labrador (CLEANl), is a local organization that provides educational materials and
holds workshops to discuss the ways that soil lead content can be reduced as well as
alternatives such as raised plot gardening. The organization also cultivates organic
greens and produce in raised plot beds for consumption at Gathering Place, a
community drop-in centre on Military Road providing hot meals and support for
community members in need. In addition, Bridges to Hope Food Aid Center is a
charitable organization located on 39 Cookstown Road, St. John’s. The Bridges to Hope
program offers food to area residents who are in need.
Overall, St. John’s has a wide variety of local businesses and organizations that are committed
to local food sustainability and food security. However, it is up to the sustainable consumer to
avail of existing local food products and services.
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Responsible Buying and Consumerism
Every decision to buy comes with different choices, and it is important to think of the different
considerations and options available. There is often a trade off. Here are some things to
consider that can enhance your sustainable lifestyle:
• If possible buy local!
Local products help reduce transportation costs and
environmental impacts, while contributing to the local economy.
• Second-hand consumerism can help reduce waste with usable products and less
packaging, and can also support the St. John’s community through events such as
charity fundraising.
• Informal exchanges such as bartering help reduce the distance between the producer
and the buyer.
• Buying new, high-quality merchandise made more sustainably can be less harmful than
purchasing a used item.
• Purchasing clothing made completely or partly of more sustainable materials such as
bamboo and hemp rather than cotton can support sustainable agricultural industries.
Remember to consider things such as: where was the item made? What materials and
processes were used to make this item? Is it wasteful to continue to use this item? Is it possible
to send this article back into circulation?
Possible solution: is there a way to produce sustainable materials with the resources we have
here in the province, without needing to import plants which grow naturally in warmer
climates, such as bamboo and hemp? Is there a way to convert “one person’s junk”, such as a
native species of weed, into “another person’s treasure” as a viable crop used for local
sustainable clothing production?
So what avenues for sustainable living exist in St.
John’s?
• Second hand and used products
• New products with sustainable practices
Locally-made items
• Local materials
• Eco-conscious stores
• Fairly traded items
• Barter and Exchange
Temporary events: craft fairs, Avalon Mall Sunday
Night Flea Market, yard sales, garage sales.
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Sustainability Indicator Legend
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Please see the directory at the end of the guide for vendor contact and location
information
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Waste Reduction
Introduction
Waste Reduction, as the name implies, is anything that reduces waste by using less material in
the home, office and school. Recycling goes along with waste reduction. Recycling is an
environmentally friendly activity that helps to reduce waste disposal, helping to achieve a
sustainable future. Recycling saves energy because processing goods from recycled material
generally requires less energy than the collection, processing and transportation of raw
material. Recycling and waste reduction protects our environment because it reduces the
demand on landfill space and it is also good for the country’s economy.
What is Recyclable in St. John’s?
Beverage Containers
There is a deposit on most ready-to-drink beverage containers, at 8 cents on non-alcoholic
containers and 20 cents on alcoholic containers. This applies to: Aluminum cans: soft drinks,
beer, juice, flavored drinks, energy drinks Drink boxes (Tetra): juice, milkshakes, flavoured
drinks and some alcoholic beverages like wine and vodka Plastic and glass bottles: clear, tinted
and opaque soft drinks, water, juice, flavoured drinks, liquor bottles, imported beer, flavoured
(strawberry or banana) “twist-and-go” milk containers, and yogurt drinks Steel cans: juice
Gable Top Containers: Juice and flavoured drinks. When you return these containers to a
recycling depot, you will receive 5 cents back on non-alcoholoc containers and 10 cents back on
alcoholic containers. However, be sure to prepare them by removing caps and straws, emptying
and rinsing them and removing garbage.
Paper/Cardboard
All sorts of paper including corrugated cardboard
(but not including box board) are accepted at the
Scotia Recycling Depot in Mt. Pearl. They accept
this material from their beverage container
customers. Call in advance to confirm, as they
sometimes exceed their capacity and have to stop
receiving new material. They can be reached at
579-7466.
Newsprint
The Evergreen Green Depots on Elizabeth Ave and Blackmarsh Rd. accept newsprint as well as
beverage containers. They can be reached at 758-5350. The Scotia Recycling Green Depot in
Mt. Pearl also accepts newsprint, along with the above mentioned items.
Cell Phones
Through the Recycle My Cell program, cell phones can be dropped off at participating locations
throughout the province. There are over ten locations in the St. John’s area, for more
information visit recyclemycell.ca.
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Plastic Bags
Plastic bags can be returned for recycling at many grocery stores throughout St. John’s,
including most Sobeys, Dominion and Atlantic Wholesalers locations. For information, check
out www.myplasticbag.ca.
Hazardous Waste
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot is open every Saturday (8am to 4:30 pm) from
August 15th to December 19th, 2009 at the Robin Hood Bay Landfill. HHW items include propane
tanks, motor oil, pesticides, waste paint, prescription drugs, etc. For more information contact
the City of St. John’s at 311 or visit www.stjohn’s.ca.
Used Oil and Tires
You can return used lubricating, crankcase, and gear oil, and transmission fluid to an oil retailer
free of charge to be recycled. Tires can also be returned to tire retailers at no cost upon the
purchase of new tires. They can also be returned at a later date in manageable quantities
during business hours. They must be in whole form, free of mud or debris and have rims
removed.
Other Recyclable Containers/Paper and Cardboard
The private company Atlantic Blue Recycling will pick up a wide variety of recyclable containers
and paper/cardboard twice a week for a fee. They can be reached at 726-2583.
Other items
For more information on recycling and waste reduction visit www.mmsb.nl.ca or call the MMSB
main line at 753-0948 or toll free at 800-901-MMSB.
And remember that many businesses and schools take part in recycling initiatives, so place
recyclables in the correct receptacles when they are provided.
Composting
Composting is a form of recycling. Composting could be
defined as the purposeful decomposition of organic matter
which is performed my micro-organism like bacteria, fungi
etc. Composting of organic kitchen and yard waste produces
soil like excellent organic fertilizer. Composting is an
important tool for reducing municipal solid waste. Organic
wastes actually represent 30% of all the material sent to
landfill. Although organic waste may not seem harmful but
once it goes to landfill, it produces harmful gases and toxic
run-off. Include: fruits and vegetables, baked goods, rice and
other grains, dried corn stalks, pasta, peanut shells, coffee
grounds and filters, tea leaves and bags, egg shells, paper
towels, egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, dry
leaves, dried and untreated grass clippings, weeds, twigs,
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small branches, sawdust, plants (non-diseased), and grass clippings. Do not include: all meat
and fish products, bones, fat and oils, all dairy products, weeds that have gone to seed,
diseased plants, dog and cat waste, and plants previously sprayed with non-biodegradable
pesticides. More information about composting can be found at: http://www.mmsb.nf.ca/
composting.asp.
Basic tips to reduce waste:
• Know what items can go into your Blue Box and recycle all possible items
• Buy only what you need, use all that you buy
• Instead of buying commercial household cleaners, use less toxic alternatives
• Buy in bulk and try to eliminate excess packaging
• Take re-usable bins or canvas bags to the grocery store
• Kindly decline plastic bags when they are unnecessary
• Shop at used goods stores
• Instead of buying seldom used items rent them or borrow from a friend
• Consider repairing or reupholstering furniture before discarding
• Use a composter to reduce your organic waste going to landfill
• Use reusable gift bags rather than paper wrap
• "Lug a Mug!" - take a travel mug with you to the coffee shop
• Take a litterless lunch to school or work or eat at restaurants with reusable dishes
• Use cloth table napkins rather than paper napkins
• A reusable coffee filter can replace many paper filters
• Use cloth rags and mops rather than one-time-use disposal products
• Donate magazines to Senior's residences or Doctor's offices
• Choose quality products that are durable
• Think about the entire lifecycle of a product - from manufacturing to use to disposal
Please see the directory at the end of the guide for more recycling companies and depots in
St. John’s
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Sustainable Transportation
Introduction
A sustainable transportation system allows the
basic needs of individuals to be met in a way that
does not jeopardize the ability of future
generations to meet the same needs. It is a
system
which
is
safe,
efficient
and
environmentally
friendly 16.
Transportation
systems based around cars are not energy efficient
and negatively affects human health and the
environment. It is estimated that 27% of all
greenhouse gas emissions in Canada are a result of
transportation 17. Reducing these emissions is
essential for a sustainable transportation system.
Emissions from cars include nitrogen oxides,
carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, ozone
and particulate matter, all of which have negative
effects on human health and the environment.
Walk or Other
bicycle 2%
Public 10%
Transit
5%
Passenger
14%
Driver in a
car truck
or van
69%
Mode of Transportation to work in St. John’s
Statistics Canada 2006
Sixty-nine percent of workers in St. John`s who are 15 or over drive to work compared to 14%
who are passengers in vehicles, 10% who walk or bicycle and 5% who use public
transportation 18. The citizens of St. John`s rely heavily on their vehicles but this can change!
Carpooling
Anyone who is driving to work or school at 8:30 in the morning knows that it is the time
when there is the most congestion on the roads. An easy, sustainable transportation solution is
to carpool with your coworkers or classmates. Carpooling not only reduces congestion on the
roads but also reduces the amount of fuel consumed, the amount of harmful emissions
released and saves you money.
• Rideshare program at MUN: This program is a service that allows Memorial University
students, faculty and staff to post wanted or available rides online. Visit
www.mun.ca/projectgreen/rideshare/ for more information or visit www.mymun.ca to
post a wanted or available ride advertisement.
Public Transportation
Using public transportation instead of a taxi or personal vehicle can reduce fossil fuel use and
harmful emissions.
• Metrobus: There are 23 bus routes which run from 6:30 AM to 12:30 AM. Visit the
Metrobus website www.metrobus.com for fares, schedules and real time bus status.
• Free Ride with Buddy: If you are in the downtown area between 8:00 AM and 5:30 PM
you can get a free ride with buddy.
Visit www.metrobus.com/buddy/Buddy/Welcome.html to find out more.
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Government of Canada Tax Credit: To help increase the use of public transportation, the
Government of Canada offers a tax credit on any public transportation costs. The
amount that you claim will be multiplied by the lowest personal income tax for the year
and will be deducted from the amount of tax owed that year. To take advantage of this
tax credit, be sure to keep all receipts and expired transportation passes. Visit the
Canada Revenue Agency for more information at www.cra-arc.gc.ca.
Non-motorized Transport
Non-motorized transport includes walking, cycling and skating. These options not only reduce
traffic congestion, fossil fuel use and harmful emissions from vehicles but are also good for your
health 19. Shifting from motorized to nonmotorized travel can also have many benefits for
communities. Some of these benefits include reduced air and noise pollution, increased health
and fitness, reduced parking problems and increased interactions between people and their
community.
• MUN bikeshare program: The bikeshare program gives MUN students, faculty and staff
the opportunity to borrow a bike for a semester.
Check out www.mun.ca/projectgreen/BikeShare for more information.
• City of St. John’s Cycling Plan: The cycling plan aims to provide an alternative mode of
transportation to the private automobile 20. To view the plan and give your input visit
www.stjohns.ca/cityservices/traffic/cyclingplan.jsp.
Fuel efficient vehicles, vehicle idling, fuel efficient
driving and vehicle maintenance
When purchasing a vehicle, choose one that is fuel
efficient to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Reducing
vehicle idling time can also help reduce emissions. If
all Canadians reduced their idling time by five minutes
per day, over 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide,
and other toxic substances, would not enter the air 21.
You can also reduce fossil fuel use by fuel efficient
driving. Fuel consumption can be decreased by 37% if
you avoid quick stops and starts when driving in the
city 22. Also, when driving on the highway faster is not
always better. By driving 100 km/h instead of 120
km/h, fuel consumption and green house gas
emissions can be decreased by 20%. Finally, keep
your vehicle well maintained and check your tires
regularly. Ensuring that your engine is running
efficiently and keeping tires pumped to the
recommended pressure reduces fuel consumption.
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Outdoor Recreation
Introduction
Outdoor recreation can lead to healthier people, resources and communities through
connecting people with nature. Scientific studies suggest that quality outdoor recreation
experiences can lead to a healthier, active lifestyle for people of all ages23. We believe that this
lifestyle will help to promote sustainability through an increased appreciation and better
understanding of the environment. Here, we provide a listing of some of the organized natural
areas and programs that promote the enjoyment of nature within the City of St. John’s.
However, this is not a conclusive list, so become an urban explorer and find your own areas of
natural beauty!
Activities
Walking
St. John’s offers numerous walking trails, many
of which are part of the Grand Concourse, an
integrated walkway system for the cities of St.
John’s and Mount Pearl and the Town of
Paradise. It has 120 kilometres of walkways,
which link every major park, river, pond, and
green space in the three municipalities. By using
walkways within the city, you can promote
sustainability by walking instead of driving. The
Grand
Concourse
website
(www.
grandconcourse.ca) has all of the details on
specific walks.
Hiking
The East Coast Trail is a 540 kilometre coastal
hiking system, which connects 32 communities
along the east coast of Newfoundland. The trail
can be accessed at various points in St. John’s
including Fort Amherst, Black Head and Cape
Spear. Information on all trails can be found at
http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/.
East Coast Trail (Quidi Vidi)
Sledding in C.A. Pippy Park
Skiing, Snowshoeing and Sledding
C.A. Pippy Park has a winter activity centre, which offers rentals of skis and snowshoes and
provides groomed cross-country ski trails. More information can be found at 737-3651 or 576
8499. The park also has a large hill close to the Fluvarium, which is often used for sledding. The
Avalon Nordic Ski Club also offers groomed trails, ski lessons, programs and tours for crosscountry skiers. These are offered in Butterpot Park, less than a half hour drive from the city, and
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in C.A. Pippy Park. More information can be found on the club’s website at
http://avalonnordic.ca.
Cycling
Currently, there are no official cycling facilities in the City of St. John’s. In a recent public
opinion survey which was part of the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan 24, bicycle trails
ranked first as outdoor facilities that respondents felt were needed the most 25. Currently, St.
John’s is developing a Cycling Plan to develop a long term strategic plan for bicycle
transportation in the City. To register to be part of this process visit
http://www.stjohns.ca/cityservices/traffic/cyclingplan.jsp.
Parks
C.A. Pippy Park
Pippy Park is one of Canada’s largest urban parks,
consisting of 3,400 acres. It is a land reserve, and a
nature and recreation area containing some of the
most important symbols of the Province’s political,
historical, educational, cultural and natural features. It
contains a range of recreational facilities, including
walking and skiing trails, as well as protected habitat
for many plants and animals. All information on C.A.
Pippy Park is available at http://wwwpippypark.com.
C.A. Pippy Park
Bowring Park
This 200 acre park contains numerous features for recreational enjoyment, including flower
gardens and many kilometers of pathways and roads through forests and meadows. Rivers and
a large man-made duck pond provide suitable habitat for waterfowl and fish. Visit
http://www.bowringpark.com/ for more information.
Bowring Park
Bannerman Park
Bannerman Park is an urban park located off of Military Road in downtown St. John’s,
surrounded by historic buildings and bed and breakfasts. It contains a public swimming pool,
playground, a baseball diamond and many large open grassy areas.
Rotary Sunshine Park
The Rotary Sunshine Park is located on Thorburn Road in St. Philip’s, however it is owned and
maintained by the city of St. John’s. It is located on Healy’s Pond, which provides swimming and
canoeing opportunities, while it also has numerous walking trails and fields which can be used
for recreation.
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Centres
MUN Botanical Garden
Botanical Garden - Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Memorial University Botanical Garden is a resource centre
for basic and applied botanical research and education. There are
numerous flower gardens to be viewed including rock gardens
and a compost demonstration garden. Five nature trails wind
through a 110 acre managed nature reserve. The trails display a
large variety of Newfoundland plants growing in native
Newfoundland habitats. The centre also offers various group and
school programs and tours. Visit http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/
home.php for more information.
The Fluvarium
The Fluvarium is a public centre for environmental
education, delivering programs to over 10,000 school
children annually. It promotes responsible stewardship
through education, raises awareness of the nature of
freshwater systems and provides leadership in urban
watershed management. Visit http://www.fluvarium.ca/
for more information.
The Fluvarium
The Johnson Geo Centre
The Johnson Geo Centre is on an 18 acre property next to Signal Hill National Historic Site. It
describes scientific, geological and cultural changes in the province, while an exposed rock wall
illustrates its geologic history. An outdoor Geo Park located on the property includes walking
trails and interpretation signage to educate walkers on the natural environment. Visit
http://www.geocentre.ca/ for more information.
Outdoor Courses and Group Programs Offered by the City of St. John’s
St. John’s Department of Recreation offers the Outdoor Program, which provide a variety of
outdoor courses within the city. These courses include, but are not limited to:
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Orienteering
Map and compass
Outdoor/wilderness survival
Archery
Power kiting
Digital Outdoor Photography
Bird watching
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Snowshoeing
Cross-Country Skiing
Canoeing
Shelter/Hut Construction
Kayaking
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Hiking
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Community, youth, school, corporate groups, etc. can also receive basic instruction in a variety
of outdoor pursuits through the Group Outdoor Program. These programs are usually
implemented at the Rotary Sunshine Park, Bowring Park and C.A. Pippy Park. Further
information on all activities can be found on the city’s website at
http://www.stjohns.ca/cityservices/recreation/index.jsp. You can also register for programs at
the HGR Mews Community Centre at 576-8499 or Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre at 5768155.
Leave No Trace
While enjoying nature, it is important to remember that you are entering areas of animal
habitats and vegetation diversity. It is necessary to leave the area as clean as you find it, so the
motto “take it in, take it out” applies. You should always place litter in receptacles or take it
with you. You should not disturb wildlife, especially during the breeding season, and you should
not disturb vegetation by picking flowers, peeling bark or breaking branches for kindling. You
should stay on the beaten track as much as possible, in order to minimize erosion and
environmental impact. Dogs should always be kept on a leash and cleaned up after, in order to
minimize disturbance and keep walkways clean. Be aware of environmental conditions and the
legality of lighting a fire. If you do light a small fire, it is better to use caution and an existing
campfire site, or better yet use a cook stove instead. Overall, make sure that there is little
evidence of your visit; leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photographs.
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Activism
Introduction
The City of St. John’s is rich in environmental organizations from community-based to provincewide or network types of organizations. This activism section contains the different non-profit
organizations that operate and have membership or projects in St. John’s. Also, some on-going
green projects within the city are mentioned here but more can be found on the websites in
the directory. The organizations you will find here have directed their focus on advocacy,
education in schools and the community, networking and collaboration, conducting researchoriented projects, and implementing local projects. Most of them seek members, volunteers,
interns and donations. If interested in learning more about the activities of these organizations,
their website and contact information is included in the directory of this guide.
Non-profit organizations
Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador is a non-profit engaged in youth training,
environment employment and partnerships with other environment and cultural heritage
sectors. Their efforts are directed at sustainable development of the natural and cultural
resources in NL and encourage conservation ethics, and youth leadership.
CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter is a
non-profit membership-based conservation group. The major responsibility of this organization
involves protection of park and wilderness ecosystems in order to preserve habitat and species
diversity. In Newfoundland and Labrador, this group supports the establishment of both
terrestrial and marine protected areas and has been instrumental in protecting more than 40
million hectares of wild places in Canada. Please visit the link http://cpawsnl.org/support/index
.php for more information.
East Coast Trail Association is engaged in the long term development and maintenance of the
almost 540-kilometre east coast hiking trails.
Food Education Action St. Johns (FEAST) is composed of volunteers (individual and
organizations) that support action on local issues related to food sustainability. If interested in
joining their listserv please visit, http://www.feastnl.ca/page4/page4.html.
Food Security Network is an NGO that supports activities necessary to broaden access to
healthy food in the province. Its members come from diverse backgrounds including education,
health care, farming, community development, school nutrition programs and environmental
conservation.
Any interested
citizen
is
encouraged
to
be
a
member:
http://www.foodsecuritynews.com/forms/membership.pdf.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden Incorporated a non-profit
corporation that promotes conservation of plants in garden and natural areas in order to foster
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the education and outreach mission of Memorial University.
Nature Conservancy of Canada – NL Chapter a non-profit organization that promotes
biodiversity conservation by purchasing and donating ecologically significant areas. In
Newfoundland and Labrador, the organization works on two main projects such as the Grand
Codrov River Estuary Project and the Sandy Point project. This group encourages support from
members.
Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Network (NLEN) is a non-advocacy organization
that fosters communication between NGOs involved in environmental issues. This organization
sponsors community initiatives and serves as point of contact for governments agencies, public
and media about environmental issues. Existing previous and current projects include Avalon
Local Food Tour, Green Speak radio and Lunch and learn.
Newfoundland and Labrador LETS Barter Network serves as an avenue where every member
of the community (individuals or organization) can trade their skills within the network. This
group aims at making local economy more sustainable by helping its members meet their needs
through the development and use of their skills.
Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program (NAACAP) Incorporated implements
environmental projects mainly in St. John’s harbor and Northeast Avalon’s watersheds and
coastal areas and provides forum for public and government officials to discuss environmental
issues. It represents a citizen’s organization that collaborates with the community and at
various levels of government.
Northeast Avalon Group of Sierra Club of Canada is affiliated with the Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Canada Chapter, which is an NGO that is interested in environmental conservation
through public education and lobbying.
Ocean Net is a grassroots, non-profit and action-oriented organization. Its main objective lies
with ocean protection which includes stemming and reversing ocean pollution problems such
as garbage and oil and destruction of marine wildlife. This group partners with diving clubs,
government agencies as well as community and environmental organizations.
Protected Areas Association is an NGO that works primarily to conserve biodiversity and
promote sustainable use of resources in Newfoundland and Labrador. Although this group
places much emphasis on creating terrestrial protected areas, they also support the
establishment of protected areas in the marine environment.
Quidi Vidi/Rennie's River Development Foundation (QVRRDF) promotes education on
freshwater resources system, support urban watershed management and maintain The
Fluvarium that offers a venue for environmental education. They are currently seeking
volunteers and have paid positions to support their activities, http://fluvarium.ca/geninfo.php?
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Society for Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility (CESR) – Memorial University
(MUN) Chapter focuses on promoting social, corporate and environmental responsibility. This
organization provides a venue for dialogue and action in response to the above mentioned
mission.
Students for Sustainability is a coalition consisting of people from MUN and the community
that work in concert whose objectives include A) educating on and off campus community on
how to become pro-active in climate change in the entire province of Newfoundland and
Labrador and, B) creating change by encouraging university administrators and local
governments to support sustainable actions.
Technology for people Group Incorporated is an NGO of citizens of NL that promotes
sustainability at the community level by supporting healthy recycling, refurbishing and re-use of
wastes of various origins.
The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Incorporated this organization
works for the protection and enjoyment and wildlife and natural history resources in the
province of Newfoundland and Labrador and represents a subgroup of the network of Nature
Canada. This organization sponsors indoor programs that include panel discussions,
presentations /illustrated talks about different environmental issues and various interesting
projects and academic research. In addition, this organization conducts outdoor workshops that
feature learning in the field such as educational walks, clean-ups, and field trips.
Some current green projects and programs within the City of St. John’s
Project
Sponsor
Marine Environmental Education Outreach
Program
*offers marine education opportunities
*implements marine education program
NAACAP
Watershed Action Plan
*promotes protection (with public participation) of
watersheds and coastal areas in northeast Avalon region
(which includes St. John’s)
public and government
agencies
NAACAP
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Well Aware program
*provides public meetings that discuss water
conservation and issues related to water quality
Partner organizations &
agencies
CCNL
Well owners,
professionals
Green Team Program
*provides job opportunities for youth in the fields of
environment and culture
*support conservation activities in the community level
including organizations, municipalities and even
corporations.
http://www.conservationcorps.nf.ca/html/green_team.ht
m
CCNL
Youth
Presentation on Climate Change
*Interested schools and teachers can request from
CCNL a ‘Climate Change - A Local Focus on a Global
Issue’ presentation for free (SY 2008-2009)
http://climatechangeeducation.sc104.info/presentations
teachers)
CCNL
Schools (students &
teachers)
Greener Futures Program
*A resource that offers environmental toolkits to
making a smarter business
http://www.conservationcorps.nf.ca/greenerfutures/
CCNL
Anyone, entrepreneurs
Internship program
*improve formal education experience of recent
graduates through provision of 12-week employment in
the environment sector.
resource management,
biology etc)
CCNL
Recent graduates
(natural resource
management biology
Designation of proposed Protected Areas
*the Northern Peninsula Forests Wilderness Reserve,
Lac Joseph-Atikonak Wilderness Reserve, Ripple Pond
Ecological Reserve (Avalon Peninsula), and Mealy
Mountains National Park)
PAA
Public,
Conservationist
Project Green
MUN
MUN Students, faculty
*constitute a body of active members that discuss issues
related to sustainability in St. Johns the province and the
country. If interested in volunteering,
http://www.mun.ca/projectgreen/Activities/volunteeropp
ortunities.php
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Sustainability initiatives at MUN
http://www.mun.ca/sustain/initiatives/
Office, MUN
and staff
Sustainability
MUN Students, faculty
Education Programs at the MUN Garden
*School visit programs
*Youth Group programs
*Preschool Programs
*Junior Naturalist Programs
*Workshops and Lectures
*Weekends at the Garden
(Botanical
Garden)
MUN
Students, visitors,
public
and staff
NAACAP - Northeast Avalon Atlantic Action Coastal Program
CCNL - Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador
PAA – Protected Area Association
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St. John’s Sustainable Living Directory
Business/
Organization
Address
Contact
Sustainable Landscaping
Holland Nurseries
401 Torbay rd.
726-1283
Nutri-lawn
Torbay
437-9200
Pat's Plants & Gardens
Bay Bulls
334-2987
Traverse Gardens Plant Nursery
Torbay
437-5539
Sustainable Home Living
Canadian Tire
60 Elizabeth Ave.
722-1860
Canadian Tire
50 Kelsey Dr.
722-5530
Chester Dawe/Rona
1297 Topsail Rd.
782-3101
Dominion
260 Blackmarsh Rd.
579-0133
Sears
48 Kenmount Rd.
726-3770
Smiths Home Hardware
650 Topsail Rd.
364-7525
Sobeys
8 Merrymeeting Rd.
745-2387
Sustainable Food Choices
Farmer’s market
Bonaventure Ave (Lions
Club Property)
http://stjohnsfarmersmarket.com/
Rabbittown Community Garden
26 Graves St.
739-8482
Food Education Action- (FEAST)
http://www.feastnl.ca
Newfoundland and Labrador Organics
(located in the Farmers
Market)
http://www.nlorganics.com
Eastport Organics
(located in the Farmers
Market)
eastportorganixs@gmail.com
Green Conception Bay: Citizens for
Environmental Sustainability
Newfoundland and Labrador
Environmental Network (NLEN)
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at-is-happening-2/local-agriculturefood-security/
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Safer Soils
Gathering Place, Military Rd.
Food Security Network of
Newfoundland & Labrador (FSN)
204 Water St.
754-4122
http://www.foodsecuritynews.com
Bridges to Hope Food Aid Center
39 Cookstown Rd.
722-9225
Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional
Network (ACORN)
http://www.acornorganic.org/inde
x.html
Bidgood’s Traditional Newfoundland
Foods and Crafts
Goulds
368-3125
http://www.bidgoods.ca
Auntie Crae’s
272 Water St.
The Organic Farm
Grow Crazy
42 Churchills Rd. Portugal
Cove-St. Philips
55A Stamp’s Lane
754-0661
http://www.auntiecraes.com/
895-2884
http://www.theorganixfarm.net
Georgetown Bakery
60 Hayward Ave
753-8099
Food for Thought
382 Duckworth St.
738- 3544
Belbin’s Grocery
85 Quidi Vidi Rd.
576-7640
Chef-to-Go
2 Barnes Rd.
754-2491
Bianca’s
171 Water St.
726-9016
Basho
283 Duckworth St.
576-4600
Fairmont
Cavendish Square
The Rooms Café
9 Bonaventure Ave.
Restaurant 21
21 Queen’s Rd.
576-2112
Magnum and Stein’s
284 Duckworth St.
576-6500
Atlantica
Portugal Cove-St. Phillips
895-1251
Bacalao
65 LeMarchant Rd.
579-6565
The Vault
291 Water St.
738-5200
Blue on Water
319 Water St.
754-2583
The Hungry Heart Café
142 Military Rd.
Responsible Buying and Consumerism
Afterwords
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B&M Appliances
286 Main Rd. Goulds
364-1600
Central Collectables
184 Merrymeeting Rd,
738-1261
Frenchy’s Thrift Boutique
Torbay Rd. Mall
579-7390
Pondview Used Furniture and
Appliances
68 Pearce Ave.
739-4800
Previously Loved Clothes and Things
26 O'Leary Ave.
753-7283
Salvation Army Thrift Store
49 - 51 Kenmount Rd.
753-5841
Salvation Army Thrift Store
72 Hamlyn Rd.
747-1414
Sandy’s Quality Used Clothing
657 Topsail Rd.
364-9696
Second Page Bookstore and Poster
Shop
655 Topsail Rd.
722-1742
The Vintage Shop
572 Water St.
738-5892
Traders Exchange
321 Freshwater Rd.
754-5960
Traders Exchange
20 Highland Dr.
738-0838
Value Village
161 Kenmount Rd.
726-520
Hempware
98 Duckworth
738-4367
Living Planet Studio
20 Barnes Rd.
http://livingplanet.ca/
Living Planet T-Shirts
197
Water Street
http://livingplanet.ca/
Shiny Objects
Avalon Mall, 48
Kenmount Rd.
facebook group: Shiny Objects
Waste Reduction and Recycling
E-waste Recycling
953 Topsail Rd.
689-7402
1-800-GOT-JUNK
1-800-468-5865
BD Rae Waste Management
1-866-683-7937
Waste Management
1-888-964-9719
Newco Metal & Auto Recycling Ltd
MMSB
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753-3070
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Waste Management Trust Fund /
Household Hazardous Waste
757-0782
gmurphy@mmsb.nl.ca
Newfound Disposal Systems Ltd.
19 Harding Rd.
739-9302
Dominion Recycling Ltd.
377 Empire Ave.
753-6158
Avalon Recycling Services Ltd
368-0416
Newfoundland Recycling Ltd.
Pocket Rd., Long Pond
834-2064
Southern Shore Recycling Depot Ltd.
Bay Bulls, Witless Bay
334-3577
Atlantic Blue Recycling Pick- up
Service
10 Boland St., Goulds
726-2583
Atlantic Recycling Inc.
1151 Topsail Rd.
745-7572
Brewers Bottle Depot
59 Logy Bay Rd.
722-3300
Ever Green Recycling
79 Blackmarsh Rd.
758-5350
Maritime Recycling Ltd.
275 Southside Rd.
753-1505
754-3686
Newfoundland Beverage Recovery
Inc.
Powers Surplus & Salvage
26 Alexander St.
722-6585
525-2121
Riverhead Green Depot
Scotia Recycling
25 Rhodora St.
579-7466
Scotia Recycling
47 Sagona Ave.
368-7466
Evergreen Recycling
92 Elizabeth Ave.
758-5350
Evergreen Recycling
Waterfordbridge Rd.
758-5350
757-3686
prussell@mmsb.nl.ca
753-0993
cparsons@mmsb.nl.ca
Beverage Recycling / Composting
School Recycling Program
753-0955
gmelvin@mmsb.nl.ca
Tire Recycling
Sustainable Transportation
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Metrobus
www.metrobus.com
Rideshare
www.mun.ca/projectgreen
/rideshare
munbikeshare.wordpress.com
Bikeshare
www.stjohns.ca/cityservices/traffic
/cyclingplan.jsp
St. John's cycling plan
Outdoor Recreation
Grand Concourse Authority
439 Allandale Rd.
East Coast Trail Association
C.A. Pippy Park Winter Activity Centre
Avalon Nordic Ski Club
45 Hughs Pond Rd.
cycling comments
737-1077
info@grandconcourse.ca
www.grandconcourse.ca
738-HIKE (4453)
eastcoasttrail@nfld.net
737-3651 (weekends – in season)
Or : H.G.R Mews Community
Centre: 576-8499
www.pippypark.com
579-5805
jdholmes@nfsypatico.ca
www.avalonnordic.ca
cycling@stjohns.ca
15 Mount Scio Rd.
737-3655
pippyparkinfo@nf.aibn.com
www.pippypark.com
305 Waterford Bridge Rd.
364-1531
bpf@bowringpark.com
www.bowringpark.com
895-3130 or 895-2460
Memorial University Botanical Garden
306 Mt. Scio Rd.
The Fluvarium
Nagle's Place
Johnson Geo Centre
175 Signal Hill Rd.
St. John’s Recreation at H.G.R. Mews
40 Mundy Pond Road
737-8590
http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/ho
me.php
754-FISH (3474)
722-DUCK (3825)
info@fluvarium.ca
www.fluvarium.ca
737-7880
Toll free: (866) 868-ROCK (7625)
info@geocentre.ca
www.geocentre.ca
576-8499 recreation@stjohns.ca
Wedgewood Park Recreation Centre
47 Gleneyre St.
576-8155
C.A. Pippy Park Commission
Bowring Park Foundation
Rotary Sunshine Park
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Activism
CPAWS (Canadian Parks and
Wilderness Society)
172 Military Road
Conservation Corps Newfoundland
and Labrador
Suite 103, 10 Austin St.
East Coast Trail Association
P.O. Box 8034
Food Education Action St. Johns
(FEAST)
Food Security Network
204 Water St.
726-5800
nlcoordinator@cpaws.org
http://cpawsnl.org
729 7265
contactus@conservationcorps.nf.c
a
738-HIKE (4453)
eastcoasttrail@nfld.net
http://www.eastcoasttrail.com/
http://www.feastnl.ca/
754-4122
http://www.foodsecuritynews.com
http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/ho
me.php
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Botanical Garden Inc.
Memorial University
Nature Conservancy of Canada
Suite 208, 49-55 Elizabeth
St.
753-5540
Newfoundland and Labrador LETS
Barter Network
14 Colonial St.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Environment Network (NLEN)
172 Military Rd.
738-7542
letsbarter@ecomail.org
http://www.envision.ca/webs/lets
barter/
nlen.ed@gmail.com
http://www.nlen.ca
Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal
Action Program (ACAP)
172 Military Rd.
726-9673
http://www.naacap.ca/index.htm
Ocean Net
Ryan_pierce07@excite.com
Protected Areas Association
726 – 2603
paa@nf.aibn.com
http://www.paanl.org
754-FISH (3474)
722-DUCK (3825)
Quidi Vidi/ Rennie's River
Development Foundation (QVRRDF)
Box 5, Nagle's Place
Society for Corporate Environmental
and Social Responsibility (CESR)
Technology for people Group
Incorporated
St. John’s Sustainable Living Guide
thinkmoremun@hotmail.com
8 Mitchell Court
722-1201
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References
Photo Credits
Cover: Verena Matthew
The Organic Farm
The East Coast Trail Association
Mark Graesser
C.A. Pippy Park Commission
Memorial University Botanical Garden
The Fluvarium
Ratana Chuenpagdee
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Endnotes
1
Brundtland, G.H. 1987. Our Common Future, Report of the World Commission on
Environment and Development, World Commission on Environment and Development.
Published as Annex to General Assembly document A/42/427, Development and International
Co-operation: Environment.
2
Winter, M. 2007. Sustainable Living: For Home, Neighborhood and Community. Westsong
Publishing. ISBN 0-9659-0005-3
3
Colorado State University (www.ext.colostate.edu/PUB/GARDEN/07243.html)
4
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rr/greenscapes
/owners.htm)
5
Environment Canada (http://www.ec.gc.ca/water/en/manage/use/e_use.htm)
6
Bouguerra, L. (2006). Water Under Threat. London: Zed Books
7
Natural Resources Canada: http://www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca/eneene/effeff/resuse-eng.php
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New American Dream: http://www.newdream.org/marketplace/energy_savers.php
9
GreenPeace: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/take-action/greentips/tips-for-a-greenbedroom
10
Retrieved from: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/make-your-own-non-toxic-cleaningkit.html
11
Winter, M. 2007. Sustainable Living: For Home, Neighborhood and Community. Westsong
Publishing. ISBN 0-9659-0005-3.
12
What is food security? 2007. Food Security Network of Newfoundland & Labrador (FSN).
Available online: http://www.foodsecuritynews.com
13
Organic Food and sustainable agriculture. 2007. Biodelice- Organically grown foods. Available
online: http://www.biodelice.com/Organically-Grown-Foods.asp
14
The Organic Farm. 2009. Available online: http://www.theorganicfarm.net
15
Joy, K. 2009. The Food Chain. Organics in Newfoundland and Labrador. CBC. Available online:
http://www.cbc.ca/nl/features/foodchain/organics.html
16
Transport Canada: (www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/most/contactAndQuestions.htm)
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17
Retrieved from: www.carpool.ca/welcome.asp
18
Statistics Canada: www.statcan.gc.ca
19
Retrieved from: www.vtpi.org/nmt-tdm.pdf
20
Retrieved from: www.stjohns.ca/csj/cycling/cyclingJan2009.pdf
21
Memorial University Project Green: www.mun.ca/projectgreen/rideshare
22
Transport Canada: www.tc.gc.ca/quebec/eng/environment/fiche6.htm
23
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. (2007). Outdoor Recreation
Research and Education for the 21st Century: Defining National Direction and Building Capacity.
Retrieved from: http://www.csrees.usda.gov/nea/nre/pdfs/orre_strategic_plan.pdf
24
Tract Consulting Inc/PERC. (2009). Recreation and Parks Master Plan 2008-2018. Prepared for
the City of St. John’s. Retrieved from: http://www.cbc.ca/news/pdf/nl-city-rec-plan-2008.pdf
25
City of St. John’s Cycling Plan Newsletter #6 Jan, 2009. Retrieved from:
http://www.stjohns.ca/csj/cycling/cyclingJan2009.pdf
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