N-Solv Corporation is “Green”ing the Oil Sands – This too is social entrepreneurship or as Michael Porter and Mark Kramer would call it “Creating Shared Value”.
As per: http://www.n-solv.com/
N-Solv™ is a patented in-situ technology that uses warm solvent to extract bitumen from oil sands efficiently, sustainably, and economically. Currently, N-Solv™ is preparing to demonstrate the commercial readiness of the technology at its field pilot plant located near Ft. McMurray, Alberta, scheduled to start production in May 2013.
As per: http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/06/18/Green-Oil-Sands/
By Geoff Dembicki, 18 Jun 2012, TheTyee.ca
“The small company John Nenniger founded and now leads, N-Solv Corp, claims to be demonstrating that path with technology that could virtually eliminate water usage and carbon emissions for new oil sands operations – and make them twice as profitable.”
Read full Geoff Dembicki article in TheTyee.ca here.
SEA Change is grateful to The Tyee for starting an oil sands series aimed at uniting environmentalists and the oil industry. A balanced approach is the right approach for Alberta.
An excerpt from: http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/06/18/Green-Oil-Sands/
Read full article here.
Could Alberta’s ‘Tar’ Pave the Road to a Green Canada?
Steps to an oil sands we can live with. First in a Tyee Solutions Society series.
By Geoff Dembicki, 18 Jun 2012, TheTyee.ca
Suncor’s Millenium oil sands mine east of the Athabasca River. Photo: David Dodge, The Pembina Institute.
John Nenniger believes he can achieve something many think impossible. He intends to make Alberta’s oil sands legitimately “green.” He believes it can be done without harming the provincial or Canadian economies. Quite the opposite: oil sands producers, and the country as a whole, could actually get even richer.
“There’s this cliché that the environment is tugging in one direction and economics are taking you in another,” he observes.
Nenniger, along with many others I spoke to in researching this series, believes instead that the acrimonious “pro-oil” vs. “pro-environment” divide obscures a promising, if under-explored, possibility: that real-world policies and technology could one day reconcile the vast wealth of Alberta’s oil sands resource with the survival of its Boreal forests and the stability of the global climate.
The small company Nenniger founded and now leads, N-Solv Corp, claims to be demonstrating that path with technology could virtually eliminate water usage and carbon emissions for new oil sands operations – andmake them twice as profitable.
The oil sands are often portrayed as a single environmental issue. In reality, they represent many. After scores of conversations with men and women like Nenniger over the past four months, I chose to broadly divide the industry’s impacts into two categories: the regional and the atmospheric.
Read full article here.
Attention Urban Farmers in Calgary! Here’s a great resource we learned about through REAP.
FarmOn: About Us
As per: http://farmon.com/pages/about.aspx
The FarmOn Foundation was formed by a group of young agricultural enthusiasts, from rural Alberta, determined to see the industry thrive and become tangible for new farmers looking to be a part of it. With Canada losing 60% of their young agricultural producers in the last 15 years, leaving only 9.1% of farmers under the age of 35, it was mission critical to form an organization that existed solely for the benefit of young farmers and seeing them succeed.
As such, the FarmOn Foundation was born, with the mandate to inspire young farmers to action by equipping them with the tools, knowledge and hands on skills needed to increase the profitability of their agricultural businesses.
Governed by a Board of Directors, all in touch with the agriculture industry, the Foundation continues to create programming that is of benefit to farmers who are evolving their operations.
Click here to join this amazing support network for farmers in Alberta.
SEA Change would like to welcome Vintage Pop-Up Shop to our Calgary Social Entrepreneurship family! We love what your doing to build community in Calgary.
Vintage Pop-Up Shop
Vintage Clothing, Accessories and Furniture sourced for you by two lovely ladies.
We set up shop in different locations around the city. A vintage theme will be showcased at every pop up. Vintage Pop-Up Shop is dedicated to finding our customers beautiful Vintage treasures.Please contact us with any questions. email@example.com. We would love to hear from everyone!
SEA Change thanks Endeavor Arts for their amazing support of Calgary’s social entrepreneurs! We love having our events in your beautiful space :)
As per: http://www.endeavorarts.com/about/
Endeavor Arts is an innovative contemporary art gallery featuring mixed media, digital, sculptural and other artwork featuring the materials, methods and mediums of our time.
The gallery space is also available for rent as an event venue, it is 2800 square feet of amazing open space that was originally used as a Dance Studio and years later was The Night Gallery. We’re proud to be a contemporary unique venue located within Victoria Park on Suite 200, 1209 First Street SW Calgary, AB.
Click here to book your next event!
If you have an Awesome idea that will make Calgary a better place, click here to apply and pitch for this $1000 no strings attached grant!
History of Awesome Foundation
As per: http://www.awesomecalgary.org/p/what-is-awesome-foundation.html
Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.
The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.
The founder of Awesome Foundation Calgary, Lori Stewart writes:
Awesome Calgary was literally founded on Bow Trail in the midst of West LRT construction on a freakin’ cold last day of January 2011. I was listening to CBC radio and Matt Galloway was chatting with Matt Thompson about AwesomeTO and I slammed the brakes on (ok, I was actually stopped in traffic so it’s not as dramatic as it sounds), went home and contacted Tim Hwang (@Awesomefound) founder and got things rolling. What a way to end the January blahs!