Archive for October 2018

CNHE Strategic Planning Meeting will be held on Nov 10, 201830 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

CNHE 2018 Strategic Planning Invitation


Our CNHE Strategic Planning Meeting is a follow up to our Annual General Meeting and will be held Saturday November 10th 2018.

It will begin at 2 pm Pacific, 4 pm Central, 5 pm Eastern

The CNHE invites all current members to attend our Strategic Planning Meeting via Blue Jeans video conferencing (you can join by computer or phone).

Please join us to further discuss our strategic plans for the upcoming year - we have a lot of exciting activities in the works and request your input to ensure we do this in a way that serves YOU!

Please also consider joining our Executive Board. We have the following positions open:

• Provincial and Territorial Representatives (we need reps for all except ON, BC, QC)

Check your Email or the Member Portal for details on how to join the Meeting.

The Meeting is open to all Current CNHE Members.

Climate Change & Extreme Heat Webinar27 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Join Jennifer Morin RN, MN, CAE to learn how climate change and extreme heat impact our society. As our climate continues to change, extreme heat events and heat waves are expected to increase in frequency, length and severity, resulting in increased health risks for many Canadians. Additionally, the health effects related to air quality can increase the number of hospitalizations and visits to emergency departments as well as mortality rates.
Extreme heat is a current health risk. Older adults, those who are chronically ill and socially disadvantaged people, among others, are more vulnerable to health effects related to extreme heat. These effects can include serious illness and even death. In some parts of Canada, the annual number of extremely hot days is expected to more than double over the next 30 years (Government of Canada, 2018).

Please contact Jennifer with any questions or if you would like to set up an education seminar that is focused on content specific to your work environment through the CNHE website contact page.

Climate Change & Extreme Heat from ARNM on Vimeo.

Air Quality Health Index Webinar27 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Join Jennifer Morin RN, MN, CAE to learn how air quality affects our society. Air pollution is a growing health concern. The correlation between air pollution and cardiovascular and respiratory disease is strong. Individuals with existing heart and lung disease are at an increased risk, as are individuals with diabetes, older adults, young children, some members of the general population, pregnant women, and people who are active outdoors (exercise; workers). The effects of short-term exposure to pollution include exacerbation of pre-existing diagnosis such as asthma, COPD, and cardiovascular disease. Long-term exposure effects can include increased incidence of lung cancer, pneumonia, and the development of atherosclerosis.

Please contact Jennifer with any questions or if you would like to set up an education seminar that is focused on content specific to your work environment through the CNHE website contact page.

Air Quality Health Index from ARNM on Vimeo.

Waste Reduction Week - Day Seven: Sunday Oct 21 - E-Waste21 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Did you know globally last year, the total amount of electronic waste reached 44.7 million tonnes and approximately only 20 per cent is recycled?

Our new theme for 2018 is e-waste. On Sunday of Waste Reduction Week, join the conversation on e-waste and how less waste can be produced through circular approaches to product design, business models, and procurement.



Key messaging for E-Waste Sunday

* Purchase refurbished electronics instead of purchasing
* Repair broken electronics whenever possible
* Refurbish or recycle electronics instead of landfilling them.
* Creating innovative approaches to product design

VIEW VIDEO: Almost everything you know about e-waste is wrong

VIEW VIDEO: waste: Why We Need to Act Now


Electronic Products Recycling Association operates regulated recycling programs in nine provinces across Canada. Please select your province to find out more about electronics recycling near you.



Introducing the Recycle My Electronics Learning Hub. Filled with games, quizzes and videos about recycling end-of-life electronics, this hub is a fun and interactive resource for students, educators and parents alike.

Waste Reduction Week - Day Six: Sat Oct 20 - Swap, Share, Repair21 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Swapping, sharing, or refurbishing extends product / material life cycles and diverts them from disposal. On the weekend of Waste Reduction Week, we are encouraging Canadians to think about the lifecycle of their materials and learn more about sustainable consumption, the sharing economy, and extending the life of materials through reuse.


Become Aware of the Sharing Economy

View Video: What’s Next for the Sharing Economy?

Start a Repair Cafe


Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

Tips and Resources on : HOW TO START A REPAIR CAFE


Canada's #1 Swapping Community


Join the sharing economy!  Why buy something you don’t need all the time when you can borrow it for a fraction of the cost!  Chainsaws tents, tables for a party – these aren’t everyday items, why don’t we share them instead of owing our own?  This will save resources, money and space in your house!

Waste Reduction Week - Day Five: Friday Oct 19 - Food Waste19 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe


Take the Food Waste Pledge!

Take the pledge and commit to making choices that will keep your food from becoming waste. You can take the pledge as an individual, school, business/organization, household, or community.

When you take the Food Waste Pledge, you'll commit to:

* Learn about food waste in Canada 
* Take action to reduce your food waste by:
* Planning meals and making a grocery list
* Storing fruits and vegetables properly so they last longer
* Getting creative with leftovers
* Thinking about expiry dates
* Share your food waste reduction tips and encourage others to take the pledge on social media using the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek



Waste Reduction Week - Day Four: Thursday Oct 18 - Plastics19 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Since the 1950s 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been generated around the world and only 23 per cent of those plastics have been recovered or recycled. It is estimated that an additional 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by 2050.

Join us as we highlight how the circular economy can drive resource efficiency and reduce the amount of plastic waste generated. Companies are creating innovate products and process to reduce plastics use altogether and to recover and reuse plastics that are already in the environment.


Key Messaging for Plastics Thursday

We recommend communicating the following key messages on Plastics Thursday

Make simple changes in your everyday life to reduce your plastic footprint. Every action counts.
Engaging circular economy in product design and business models to reduce plastic waste.
Learn about how plastic affects marine environments and how you can take action.

Take Action!

Learn how to reduce and reuse plastics in everyday life through our online resources.
Find resources and links to other plastics awareness campaigns.
Share your thoughts on plastics use and reuse on social media using the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek.


Waste Reduction Week - Day Three: Wed Oct 17 - Celebrating the Champions and Innovators18 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Today we are celebrating the champions and innovators who are disrupting traditional business models to embrace waste reduction initiatives. We will tell the stories that celebrate what is possible when organizations approach waste reduction positively and progressively and those that are moving the conversation on waste reduction forward to what the next great innovation will be.

What can you do?

Proclaim Waste Reduction Week in Canada and demonstrate your dedication to waste reduction and circular economy.
Nominate a person, group, community, school, or organization who is making big changes. Let us know so we can help share their story!
Share your waste efforts on social media using #WasteReductionWeek. Remember, every action counts


Waste Reduction Week - Day Two: Tuesday Oct 16 - Textiles16 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe


Did you know the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled? Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production.

Textiles Tuesday will raise awareness on the environmental consequences of clothing and textiles consumption, and provide information on how you can donate your clothes for rewear/reuse.

Key Messaging for Textiles Tuesday

We recommend communicating the following messaging on Textiles Tuesday:

Practicing conscious consumption
Learning about the environmental impacts of clothing production
Repairing clothes before purchasing new
Repurposing clothes into new outfits and accessories
Extending the life of textiles through reuse: clothing swaps, shopping thrift, and donating clothes.



The Power of Circularity | Dame Ellen MacArthur | #BoFVOICES 201716 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Inspiring talk about applying circularity to the Fashion (textiles) Industry

Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy16 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

A great introduction to the Circular Economy

Waste Reduction Week - Day One: Monday Oct 15 - Circular Economy and Kick Off16 Oct, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

Waste Reduction Week - Day One: Monday Oct 15 -

Circular Economy and Kick Off


Each day of Waste Reduction Week and its associated theme will be presented through the lens of its contribution to advancing a Circular Economy. As a relatively new concept in Canada, the theme days will provide an opportunity to educate what is meant by the Circular Economy as each theme has its own story to tell. In selecting the themes for WRW 2017 we considered the topics that were relevant and top of mind for the public and engaged stakeholders.

Monday’s programming will showcase new and innovative circular economy stories and the organizations that are championing this new concept helping making linkages to how it advances resource efficiencies and waste reduction.