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5
May

Get Down and Dirty! Come Out and help Clean the Creek – Thursday May 8th


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We are meeting at 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the back of the campus half way behind the Student Residence and the Water Treatment Facility. We meet at the blue bridge. We will have gloves and safety vests for you as well as garbage pinchers and garbage bags. Please wear appropriate footwear as the banks can be slippery. Thank you for helping us to keep the water free of debris so that the ducks and others animals can enjoy their home. If you have any questions please contact Angie March ext# 4501

14
Feb

Registration open for Okanagan College’s new Applied Sustainability course!

Okanagan College’s first Local Open Online Course (LOOC) in Applied Sustainability seeks to promote learning about sustainability goals, practices and behaviours that can enhance quality of life in the Okanagan Valley while living within the limits of ecological systems. This course is different from other open course offerings you may have heard about, because you are in charge of your learning–you can choose to engage with the material, and with other learners, on your own terms and in your own way.

Wherever you start from, this course will enable you to:

Create and nurture new networks of learning within which to pursue your own individual learning pathway;
Discover your own interests and passions with respect to local and global sustainability issues; and
Take action and be empowered in your own life to apply the learning in practical and substantive ways.

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18
Apr

Get Down and Dirty! Come Out and help Clean the Creek – Thursday May 8th

creekWe are meeting at 3:00pm – 4:30pm at the back of the campus half way behind the Student Residence and the Water Treatment Facility. We meet at the blue bridge. We will have gloves and safety vests for you as well as garbage pinchers and garbage bags. Please wear appropriate footwear as the banks can be slippery. Thank you for helping us to keep the water free of debris so that the ducks and others animals can enjoy their home. If you have any questions please contact Angie March ext# 4501

5
Mar

Okanagan College Speakers Series

This presentation will discuss the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence (JPCOE) on the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College, one of the most water and energy efficient buildings in western Canada.  The talk will cover how the project evolved, how the building is performing relative to expectations (and more standard buildings) and what the future holds.  Time and technology permitting, there will be an online tour of energy and water consumption monitoring systems along with the automation control and mechanical system operation.

About the Presenters:

Peter Csandl is the manager of Operations and Energy Systems at Okanagan College

Rob St Onge is the Energy Manager for Okanagan College

Donna Lomas is the Regional Dean for the South Okanagan Similkameen Region of Okanagan College

For More Information:

http://www.alivingclassroom.com/

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18
Feb

Okanagan College Speakers Series

Jennifer Cockrall-King visited a dozen cities in five countries at the forefront of incorporating food production into their urban spaces to get a wide-angled look at this growing movement. This global garden-hopping slideshow and talk looks at community gardens and urban beekeeping in Paris, rooftop veggies and urban wine in London, commercial coop urban farms in Havana, urban fruit rescue outfits in Toronto, SPIN farming in Kelowna, and the world’s first vertical farm in Chicago, among others.

Food and the City [Photo from: www.foodgirl.ca]

Food and the City [Image from: http://www.foodgirl.ca]

About Jennifer Cockrall-King:

Jennifer Cockrall-King is a food and wine writer who splits her time between Edmonton and Naramata. Her first book, Food and the City, is published in Canada, the US, and the UK. It will be published in Japan and Korea in 2013. It has already received the national Dave Greber Book Award for social justice writing. She is also the founder of the…

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1
Feb

Okanagan College Speakers Series

Join Eva Durance and Jennifer Vincent for an introduction to the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association (PUAA). The central objectives of PUAA, formed in 2010, are to educate people in how to grow some of their own food, assist those in need to have access to more locally produced, high-quality food, and promote support for local farmers. To that end, we have set up the Centre for Urban Agriculture (C.URB) on leased property in Penticton. Our presentation will discuss the need and possibilities for greater food security in our area, what we have accomplished so far, programs we are working on currently for 2013 and beyond, and how others can help us achieve our objectives.

Organic gardening education [Photo courtesy PUAA]
Organic gardening education [Photo courtesy PUAA]
Potatoes growing at the PUAA demonstration garden [Photo courtesy PUAA]
Potatoes growing at the PUAA demonstration garden [Photo courtesy PUAA]
Sign at the Centre for Urban Agriculture in Penticton. [Photo courtesy PUAA]
Sign at the Centre for Urban Agriculture in Penticton. [Photo courtesy PUAA]

About Eva and Jennifer:

Eva Durance, President of…

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31
Jan

OC Speakers Series February 4, 2013 – Merle Kindred: Urban Agriculture in Kerala India

On February 4, join Merle Kindred at the OC Penticton Campus at 7pm for a talk about urban agriculture in southern India.

The State of Kerala on the southwest coast of India on the Arabian Sea is a largely agricultural region, yet the size of its population (nearly equal to that of Canada) means it’s still challenged in providing adequate food for its urban citizens. The state has a history of remarkable development over the past half century in the areas of education, health care, empowerment of women, and devolution of political power to villages. Kerala also focuses on improving its agricultural production, including urban agricultural initiatives and showcasing agriculture in its school programs. This presentation discusses progress in urban agriculture in this region of India.

 

About Merle Kindred:

Merle Kindred did her doctoral field studies in alternative communication strategies pertaining to increasing awareness and action about energy use in the built environment. Organizations in Michigan and Kerala were her case studies. Since completion of her PhD six years ago, she has continued her association with the Centre of Science and Technology for Rural Development in Kerala and, as an informal consultant in communications, she has made lengthy annual trips to India. Here in Penticton, she is on the boards of both Habitat for Humanity South Okanagan and the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association.

For more information about the Speakers Series at OC Penticton, please visit: https://ocspeakerseries.wordpress.com/

 

23
Jan

Monday January 28 – Summerhill Permaculture and Biodynamic Viticulture with Gabe Cipes

On Monday January 28, join Gabe Cipes of Summerhill Winery to explore and discuss:

  • Wild crafting or foraging for indigenous food, fiber and medicine plants in the many Okanagan mesoclimates.
  • The 9 biodynamic preparations and working with the astral calendar in deciphering the cosmic rhythms of the moon and stars.
  • Establishing ecosystems, animal integraton and whole systems horticulture design approach to farming.

Where: Okanagan College, Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre (583 Duncan Avenue; corner of Duncan Ave and HWY 97)

When: 7 pm

About Gabe Cipes:

Gabe Cipes makes and sources the nine biodynamic preparations applied to Summerhill Vineyard and has successfully led the transition to Demeter Certified biodynamic status. He is also diversifying the farm with food forests and edible landscaping, conducting experiments based on Permaculture principles to increase biodiversity within the vineyard system and grow complimentary crops between the vineyard rows. Gabe has completed courses in Permaculture Design Certificate at Selkirk College and Natural Earth Building at the Cob Cottage Company with Ianto Evans, and has completed the vineyard management courses and viticulture certificate at Okanagan College Penticton.

Gabe is inspired by the ideas and knowledge associated with creating self-sustaining food producing ecosystems and sees him self, planning and planting food forests and working with ecological communities for as long as he is able.

Aside from his work on the farm, Gabe is a visual artist, public speaker and festival producer. Over the past five years, he has produced a pan-Okanagan Art, Music, Craft and Spoken word, ecologically themed festival called Conduit.

16
Jan

National Sweater Day is Back!

February 7th, 2013 is the next National Sweater Day, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can rally friends, family and colleagues to turn down the heat and put on an UGLY sweater! Read more »

27
Nov

Tinhorn Creek Winery Sustainability Programs, Penticton Speakers Series, Monday December 3, 2012

Monday December 3, 2012

7:00 pm in the Penticton Campus Lecture Theatre

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has been on a sustainability continuum since its founding in 1994. CEO and Winemaker Sandra Oldfield will explain the winery’s journey and vision and how it uses a four-pronged approach to the idea of sustainability. In addition she will explain how to make the business case for small companies to strive toward greater sustainability.

Sandra Oldfieldwas born and raised in Sonoma County, California.  She received her Master’s Degree in Enology (Winemaking) from the University of California, Davis. In 1995 she moved to Oliver, BC, as winemaker and one of four owners of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. In 2011 she was named the winery’s CEO. She lives on the Tinhorn Creek property with her husband, her seven-year-old adopted daughter, and a menagerie of dogs and cats.