It is with enormous concern for the future of this planet
and its inhabitants that this type of education and site is proposed. A
holistic view of this project is the criteria that best serves this proposal
in the desire to speed along the green revolution that will facilitate
our ability to deal with and survive the damage that continues to take
place on this planet. Urgent action is required to stop the destruction
and damage that is RIGHT NOW limiting our ability to produce the resources
we require for survival.
BMHC and site, historically was for the care and wellness
of people and now has the opportunity to do the same, in a more enhanced
way, with ever expanding benefits to Manitobans and beyond. With ACC’s
sustainable environmental programs included among the suggested list of
programs, it allows for the much needed space at ACC. At BIOS, wellness,
education and sustainability would be the theme in ALL considerations.
Building retrofits and construction would be under Canada Green Building
Council standards that require Leading Energy and Environmental Design.
As energy costs would be at the forefront of consideration, the Integrated
Design Process could be utilized. Endorsement by the Manitoba organizing
group of the Canada Green Building Council is now being requested. This
method has been utilized in buildings that are in good repair, structurally
sound and with classical architecture in Manitoba.
This public treasure has the opportunity to be an international
institute that we could all be proud of. With degree, diploma and casual
studies available, large numbers of people could utilize and enjoy this
luxurious facility, year after year. BIOS could be a model of a sustainable,
self-contained, efficient, closed loop operation. Brandon, Manitoba and
the Doer government would leave a legacy achievement in this internationally
The local ecology, in keeping with the theme would be
operated organically and in itself be the teaching tool for organic gardeners,
farmers, research, inspection and food for the food services department.
Over 25 species of trees on the finest urban forest grove in the region
can now be protected and cherished. Numerous bird species found nowhere
else in Brandon and monarch butterfly habitat can remain undisturbed. There
is no replacing century-old trees in our lifetime along with the added
benefit they offer our environment.
As all Manitobans are concerned about an increase in taxes,
a need for funding partnerships arises. Polluters should begin to factor
in the cost of the free natural capital they are using and start to pay
for the damage they have caused and re-educate themselves. So with this
in mind, sponsorships and beneficial partnerships can exist -- such as
Manitoba Hydro, Krausse Auto Inc., Interface Inc., Whole Foods Market Inc.,
Kyoto Protocol, Eco-action, UBC Press, Rodale Books and the Industrial
Building Incentive Program to hint at a few possibilities. A funding and
resource materials drive must take place.
It is hoped that Manitoba students who are presently
receiving an education in environmental law, business law and various other
programs could offer assistance in funding requests, research and legal
and environmental planning.
Economically, Brandon and Manitoba could benefit first
with construction and retrofitting, second with teachers and students and
all the revenue generated and third, but no less important, the education
and teachings leading to the clean up of our environment, that directly
benefits us all. These new sustainably trained, highly skilled graduates
can begin their work of care, wellness and sustainability for all.
The Brandon Institute Of Sustainability will consist of
a beautiful 160 acre campus, plus 500 acres that can be utilized for organic
agricultural research, green building architecture, R2000 retrofit instruction
sites, solar collection and instruction and even organically raised livestock
to provide a completely balanced ecosystem to name a few options. BIOS
can offer on-site teaching of the process of a green audit, that will become
a requirement of sustainable industry and development in the future. As
well, it has the potential to be a source of inspiration and new direction
amongst attendees -- and it will give way to transformative initiatives.
In keeping with the holistic view, local expertise will
be utilized wherever possible as Gavin Reynolds of Celtic Power and Machining
Limited (bio-fuel expert) is interested in instructing at BIOS. What finer
atmosphere could one ask for in an employment or learning environment than
environmentally friendly buildings and grounds, a sustainable education
and organic food to savour from BIOS' own kitchens and gardens.
Below is a sampling of classes BIOS will offer to supplement
the vision I see for the amazing BMHC site, naturally using the holistic
criteria in choosing the educational offerings:
-environmental police, policy, bio-safety and
This process could happen on an as-time-and-resources-allow
basis. In essence, instruction of apprentices could begin at the
same time as construction and retrofitting begins. The hands on, credit
offering experience, with revenue beginning almost immediately, could reduce
some labour costs. Manitoba is ripe and overdue for an expansion
into a renewed, positive approach to a future that is rapidly approaching
us. This has the possibility of getting Manitoba back in the loop and giving
this province new life and a healthier future.
-organic inspection and auditing
-environmental law, liability law, Unnatural Law
-ecology, soil science
-The Natural Step – principals and practice
-organic research, seed saving, diversity
-marketing sustainable and recycled products (Energy
-business solutions – Interface methodology
-bio-fuels and reclamation
-communities – sustainable urban and rural development
-carbon (sequestration), nitrous oxide, sulphur and methane
-LEED, R2000 retrofitting, green construction, IDP
-sustainable economics, investing
-development of fiber processing and value added industries
-ACC sustainable environment courses
-green industry inspection and auditing
-Manitoba stewardship program, solar power studies