Re: Sustainable Restaurant Practices
2011-12-14 09:23:47 UTC
You might be interested in what the Tea Room restaurant at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario has been able to achieve. I worked there a couple of years ago and they recently eliminated all consumer waste: http://www.queensu.ca/news/articles/tea-room-eliminates-consumer-waste
Re: Cost of CBSM vs "Standard" Marketing
2010-06-25 16:23:53 UTC
Hi Todd, I am also interested in this information. If you manage to gather any material would you mind passing it on?
Re: Protecting Rural Groundwater
2010-04-20 11:01:59 UTC
A colleague directed me to your query and I might be able to add some information from north of the border. I recently carried out research on social learning and participatory drinking water source protection in Ontario, Canada and encountered some use of CBSM concepts.
Source protection plans are being developed in Ontario for municipal drinking water sources (ground and surface) but they do not cover private wells. An NGO (Green Communities Canada) launched the "Well Aware" program with provincial funding to educate the public about protecting their own wells and groundwater resources. More information about the program is available on their website (http://www.wellaware.ca). They purposefully involve CBSM concepts to encourage behaviour change among the Ontario public. You can read about the program in more detail in the attached article, but here is a quick summary of their program components:
- resource materials (e.g. factsheets)
- public website
- community forums
- guided self-assessments of wells and/or home visit where assessment is performed
I had the opportunity to watch a mock home visit during a workshop in Ontarios Bay of Quinte and was really impressed by the high quality, yet accessible, communication and education process.
From my own research I found that watershed-based multi-stakeholder groups (with strong technical support) were excellent forums for increasing individual knowledge and awareness about groundwater issues. In fact, learning about groundwater hydrology was one of the most common learning outcomes among source protection committee members. The ongoing challenge, of course, is translating that learning beyond the community of interested individuals to the broader public. I think the Well Aware program provides a good example of how that's being done in Ontario. I would encourage you to contact the folks at Well Aware to learn more about their experiences as I imagine they would have some useful insights for your work.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!