August 16, 2017
The environment connects us all, and although one person can make a difference, there are some problems better faced together.
In Calgary, flooding is one such problem. Rain tends to come in big spurts here, and all that pressure can cause the city’s drainage systems to back-up. Although some overflows, such as the 2013 flood, are impossible to avoid, it is possible to reduce damage during most harsh rains. Unfortunately, one sole person cannot protect the city or even his or her own property from a flood. To really make a difference, each of us must do a little bit to improve water drainage in the city.
Green Calgary is an organization that helps connect Calgarians for the good of the environment we all share. It has many programs, events and products to assist the average Calgarian in doing good for the whole.
When it comes to flooding, Green Calgary suggests installing rain barrels, planting deep roots and rain gardens, as well as de-paving. Also, consider purchasing a rain barrel from one of their sales in the spring.
If half of Calgary residents had a rain barrel and garden, it could have a huge impact on the city’s storm drainage system. Next year is Green Calgary’s 40th anniversary, and they want to crown it by having saved 1 billion litres of water in Calgary! Help Green Calgary makes this goal a reality! Thank goodness Green Calgary is here to help empower us with information and knowledge to live for the greater good!
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August 16, 2017
Since the motto of the EconoUs conference is “building an economy for all people,” it only makes sense that the venues, tours, and programs are as accessible as possible.
Enter Universal Access, an auditing company that certifies public spaces based on their ability to accommodate people with disabilities.
“I think ‘us’ precludes to inclusion,” says Universal Access CEO Sean Crump. “And ‘us’ is a big word. When saying that, you need to talk to the society that you’re doing the event for. Excluding an entire demographic is not in that spirit. It’s refreshing that EconoUs takes that very seriously.”
Universal Access was invited by Momentum and Thrive – host of EconoUs – to audit every aspect of the event. Sean, a wheelchair user living with quadriplegia, is committed to making the events as accessible as possible.
The exhibition floor will be hosted at Hotel Arts, which is currently in the process of being audited and certified by Universal Access. Since the event is across many venues, Universal Access will be only auditing, not certifying.
The auditing process will follow Universal Design guidelines, catering to the full spectrum of disabilities where possible. For those venues that are not already accessible, they will rent equipment such as ramps, where possible.
“It feels amazing to have this opportunity as a young company,” says Sean, who founded Universal Access in January. EconoUs is both the first event and multi-venue audit under his belt.
“The core values of EconoUs align really well with what we want to do. We’re working with Momentum, a business that cares as much as we do about accessibility.”
Sean hopes that this will lead to more events being audited by Universal Access.
“I’m certainly thankful for this chance, and hopefully we can do it some justice.”
Click here to register for EconoUs, running from Sept. 13-15, 2017.
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