|In this issue:
• Invitation to Clear the Air consultation
• CASA Science Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities
• Be idle free
• CASA to organize a Priority Setting Workshop
• New board members
Mark Your Calendars
Invitation to Clear the Air consultation
The Government of Alberta has asked CASA to renew the Clean Air Strategy for Alberta and CASA invites you to participate in a public consultation about clean air in Alberta.
There are several ways you can participate:
- Read the discussion guide and complete the online questionnaire at www.clearairalberta.ca by November 30.
- Request a printed discussion guide by calling
1-866-940-1AIR (1247) and then return the questionnaire to CASA (by fax 780.422.3127 or via mail).
- Attend one of the remaining town hall meetings in the following communities:
- Lethbridge - Wednesday, October 15 at the Lethbridge Lodge, 320 Scenic Drive
- Calgary - Thursday, October 16 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Panorama Room, 8220 Bowridge Crescent NW
- Edmonton - Thursday, October 23 at the Chateau Nova, Grand Room, 159 Airport Road (City Centre)
Town hall meetings have already taken place in Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Bonnyville and Red Deer.
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CASA Science Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities
CASA will convene a science symposium on indoor air quality at the Westin in Calgary on April 26 - 28, 2009. Your sponsorship will reach the several hundred indoor air quality experts from across North America that the symposium is expected to attract. Click on the link below to view the various sponsorship opportunities available and/or contact Jennifer Allan at email@example.com or 780.427.9793.
Registration for the symposium opens in November 2008.
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Be idle free
CASA is a partner in the City of Edmonton's excessive-idling public education and awareness campaign. Titled, You hold the key, be idle free, the campaign focuses on educating drivers about the benefits of reducing vehicle idling times outside of routine traffic situations. The campaign ran this spring and continues this fall with these messages:
- Canadian motorists idle their vehicles an average of five to 10 minutes per day. A recent study suggests that in the peak of winter, Canadians voluntarily idle their vehicles for a combined total of more than 75 million minutes a day – equivalent to one vehicle idling for 144 years.
- If every driver of a light-duty vehicle in Canada avoided idling for just five minutes per day, we would save 1.6 million litres of fuel worth more than $1.2 million.
- Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to do this is to drive the vehicle. With today's modern engines, you need no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days before driving away.
- If every driver of a light-duty vehicle in Canada avoided idling for just five minutes per day, we would prevent more than 3,800 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
- Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the battery and the starter motor. Component wear caused by restarting the engine is estimated to add $10 per year to the cost of driving, money that will likely be recovered several times over in fuel savings from reduced idling. The bottom line is that over ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
The City partnered with the Clean Air Strategic Alliance, Alberta Motor Association, Alberta Motor Transport Association, Edmonton’s Children Organized for Anti-Idling Recruiters (ECO-AIR) and local schools to deliver the excessive-idling message. The campaign feaures transit ads, billboards and radio advertising as well as communication through partners.
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CASA to organize a Priority Setting Workshop
The CASA Board approved a proposal from Alberta Environment for CASA to organize a Priority Setting Workshop in the fall of 2009, following the completion of the new Clean Air Strategy. CASA organized the previous priority setting workshop in 2004. A multi-stakeholder organizing committee will be formed to organize the event , in conjunction with the CASA Secretariat, and Alberta Environment will fund the workshop. The priorities identified as a result of the workshop will inform the development of ambient air quality objectives.
New board members
- Rich Smith of Alberta Beef is the new board member for Industry - Agriculture after the retirement of Len Vogelaar.
- Eileen Gresl of the COPD & Asthma Network of Alberta (CANA) is the alternate director for NGO - Health, following the departure of Tim Lambert of the Canadian Public Health Association.
- Ann Baran of the Southern Alberta Environmental Group is the alternate director for NGO - Wilderness.
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Coming this winter...
The CASA Electricity Framework Review project team will be consulting with Albertans this winter by mail, online and at three public meetings. CASA was asked by the Government of Alberta to conduct the first five-year review of the 2003 Emissions Management Framework for the Alberta Electricity Sector. The review will look at specific elements of the framework to determine if they need to be updated in light of new technology or new information related to air emissions and their impacts. The review will also reach out to Albertans who have an interest in this issue, particularly those who live near existing or proposed coal-fired generation facilities. Watch future issues for more information on how you can participate.