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Sustainable Kingston presents speaker series

November 4, 2013 -

Pamela Blais, author of Perverse Cities author, and Tom Rand, author of Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit, are featured speakers in a series being offered by Sustainable Kingston and the City.

"The series pairs extraordinary local experts with two authors who have compelling and innovative ideas that suggest how we can advance our efforts," says John Johnson, Sustainable Kingston's Executive Director.

The first event starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St. Local Sustainability Champion Chris Vander Zwan of New Leaf Custom Homes opens the evening speaking about building Kingston's "Passive House" (PassivHaus). 

Following Chris, Pamela Blais will speak to her work as outlined in Perverse Cities. In her book she makes the case that accurate pricing and better policy, are fundamental to curbing sprawl and shows how to achieve this using market-oriented tools that promote efficiency and sustainability. 

Then, two weeks later on Thursday, Nov. 28, starting at 7 p.m., and again at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, the series continues with a presentation by Local Food Champion Mara Shaw of the Loving Spoonful, a Kingston charity committed to providing local healthy food.

Her talk will be followed by Tom Rand's public conversation about the threat of climate change and the economic opportunities afforded by global transformation to a low-carbon economy, an approach outlined in his soon-to-be published second book, Waking the Frog.

"All these experts speak to how we can contain or even shrink our carbon footprint to reduce our impact on climate change.  The City is a proud Community Partner of Sustainable Kingston and we are happy to support this speaker series," says Daniel Shipp, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator with the City of Kingston.

Both events are free, but organizers request participants RSVP to info@sustainablekingston.ca or 613-544-2075, ext. 3.

For more on Sustainable Kingston, see: www.SustainableKingston.ca

Plan to get there by bus: www.CityofKingston.ca/tripplanner

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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