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Webinars & Videos

Offering a range of live and internet-based workshops and events, Faith & the Common Good (FCG) occasionally records those events for later consumption. This page lists our current offerings.

Videos

One Planet: Harnessing Hope

" With one foot in the world of social work and the other in the world of photography, I feel I have finally found the perfect union. " -- Irene Borins Ash

Irene Borins Ash is  social worker, photographer, author, speaker, and environmentalist.

Thirty years ago when she was studying at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work in New York City, she came across the philosophies of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson. The Rebbe preached about a non-judgmental love for all mankind and he counselled people of all faiths. This was the beginning of Irene's lifelong passion for multi-faith.

“One Planet: Harnessing Hope” is her latest work about what some multi-faith and multi cultural groups are doing to help the environmental situation we are all experiencing. She partnered with Dr. Lucy Cummings, Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good, in this endeavor. 

We are all in this together. We are one.

Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship

Faith & the Common Good’s 2016 Annual Forum brought together a dozen speakers from Canadian Indigenous and settler backgrounds to address allyship, climate justice, and the interfaith response. The all-day forum was held at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON. Thanks to Divest Waterloo for co-ordinating the event. This video recording contains bookmarks for each of the speakers.
June 10, 2016

Podcasts

Community Resilience to Climate Change podcast

Rabble.ca Resilience podcastApril 3, 2018
Sheila Murray, Beatrice Ekoko, Lidia Ferreira, and Michelle Sullivan all work in some capacity with an initiative called the Lighthouse Project, a pilot that aims to develop new approaches for building resilience in a number of Ontario communities in the face of the growing spectrum of threats presented by climate change. Scott Neigh interviewed them about those threats, about what exactly resilience might look like, and about the different approaches they are using to get there.

Listen to the podcast.

Webinars

Resilient Communities Presentation

Resilient CommunitiesNovember 24, 2015
With support from Live Green Toronto , Olive Tree Foundation, Evergreen CityWorks, Wellbeing Toronto, City of Toronto’s Environment & Energy Division, City of Toronto's Office of Emergency Management OEM), and the University of Toronto’s Geography & Planning department, Faith & the Common Good conducted a 2015 proof of concept project to understand how Toronto’s diverse faith communities could be better utilized as local service centers during extreme weather emergencies. This presentation was the culmination of that effort.

Presenters:

  • Moderator: Dave MacLeod
  • Donna Lang, Faith & the Common Good
  • Adam Garcia
  • Adriana Chang, University of Toronto
  • Boris Rosolak, City of Toronto OEM

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Resilience Hub Costs

Resilience Hub CostsThe cost of acting as a local extreme weather resilience site is one of the principal concerns for faith communities. Can we afford to serve vulnerable residents during extreme weather emergencies? What kind of capital and operating costs does this work entail? University of Toronto's Geography & Planning graduate students helped us look at this question in 2015. The result is this PowerPoint presentation.

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Webinar : Energy Savings Webinar

November 15, 2017
Saving energy is becoming increasingly important for large buildings, with cap and trade now in Ontario. But did you know that faith buildings account for 42% of all faith community green house gas emissions?

This is why Faith & the Common Good is engaging in an exciting, new benchmarking program. It will allow you to measure and track your energy consumption, and reduce it over time.

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Presented by Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces Toronto chapter, with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toronto Hydro, Save ON Energy, and Enbridge Gas.

Climate Change and Energy Benchmarking Webinar

January 22, 2018
We were delighted to welcome Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dr. Dianne Saxe, to the webinar launch of our new Faith Building Energy Benchmarking program.  For those of you who attended, we hope that you found Dianne Saxe’s talk inspirational, concerning the moral, physical, and economic urgency of meaningful action on climate change.

Download options include:

  • Entire webinar
  • Individual pdf presentations:
    • Dianne Saxe presentation — Facing Climate Change
    • Faith & the Common Good presentation — Energy Benchmarking
    • Toronto Hydro presentation — Energy Saving Programs for your Place of Worship
    • Enbridge presentation — Minimizing the Cost Impact of Cap and Trade through Energy Efficiency

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Protecting Water and Your Place of Worship, with RAIN

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November 18, 2015
PRESENTERS:
Alix Taylor 
is the RAIN Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Green Communities Canada. She has been involved in community environmental engagement for over 10 years. For the last 6 years Alix’s focus has been on engaging the public and municipalities in urban and rural water issues.

Andrea Prazmowski is the former Faith Formation Leader at Kitchissippi United Church in Ottawa. Prior to that she established the Ecological Christianity Circle at the church, and has been active in local environmental initiatives since 1990.

Alan Coughlin is in charge of the Green Passion ministry at St John the Evangelist Anglican Church in Kitchener, where he helped champion the Rainwater cistern project.

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Individual Presentations from the CEPP Webinar

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August 30, 2011
Background: The Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) was a program of the Province of Ontario to assist community groups with new renewable energy projects.

Download options include the following pdf presentations:

  • Solar Projects by Faith Communities
  • Greening Sacred Spaces: Introduction to solar
  • The Neighbourhood Solar Project
  • Guelph Solar Community Cooperative

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Webinar : The Business Case for Solar at Your Place of Worship

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October 6, 2015
Description: Does your faith group want to help build a clean energy economy for your children and grandchildren? Is your faith-based organization looking for an ethical, low carbon, and socially responsible return on investment? Join a webinar to learn how your community can generate energy from the sun. Roof-top solar success stories, cooperative bonds and shares, join us as we explore both the ethical and the business case for engaging in Ontario’s Feed in Tariff program to generate electricity from the sun.

Presenters: 
Steve Dyck, President of Guelph Solar www.guelphsolar.net
Brian Unrau, President of Community Energy Development Coop
Cathy Hansen, Erin United Church, on solarbonds.

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Renewable Energy 101

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April 2015
Description:
 Learn the basics of renewable energy and community power in Ontario

Presenters: TREC Renewable Energy Coop, the Federation of Community Power Co-operatives, and Faith & the Common Good co-hosted this webinar.

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Greening Sacred Spaces DVD

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This engaging and instructive 5-part DVD highlights different aspects of Greening Sacred Spaces.

The first part is a 12-minute segment, Reasons to Green, offering insightful interviews with faith leaders from eight religious traditions on why people of faith need to address the ecological crisis and how their faith communities are responding.

The Renewing the Sacred Balance section offers stories of how people from different faith traditions are working to change their ways of life to be more ecologically sustainable.

The Greening Sacred Spaces section, in both an 18 minute and 5 minute version, point to a variety of ways that faith communities have begun to green their buildings. These are divided into light, medium, and deep green options.

The final section, Auditsprovides a 5-minute tour of how a professional auditor conducts an energy audit of your religious building.

 Order the Greening Sacred Spaces DVD($12)

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