Cochrane Ranche Days July 30 – August 1
Cochrane will celebrate its heritage and all things western during the Cochrane Ranche Days celebration later this week.  This year’s event celebrates the 130th anniversary of the province’s oldest ranch, Cochrane Ranche, and will include wagon and pony rides, family games, an expanded Farmers’ Market, art displays, music, heritage activities and much more.  The event is being sponsored by The Town of Cochrane, Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources (SPUR), Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation, Cochrane Tourism Association, the Cochrane Posse and other community partners.  Look for events at the Cochrane Ranche Historic Site the weekend of July 30, 31 and August 1.  Read more. 

The Farmers' Market is in Season
Pathway 5 of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan is all about consuming the bounty of our local economy.  There’s no better place to do that then at the Cochrane Farmers’ Market, where up to 50 vendors are on hand every Saturday, selling produce, arts and crafts, canned goods, baking and much more.  Sponsored by the Cochrane Environmental Action Committee, the market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cochrane Ranche Historic Site.  Look for local farmers, artists, and entrepreneurs that “make, bake or grow it,” all on hand to share their wares.

CSP Breakfast of Champions
This April, Sustainability Champions joined together for a Breakfast of Champions, designed to help them share ideas, strategies and inspiration for sustainability initiatives across the community. The event was a great success, helping motivate businesses and organizations on the path to a sustainable future.  Look for similar events in the coming months.

CSP Sustainability Celebration This October
It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since Cochrane and area residents first started work on what was to become the award-winning Cochrane Sustainability Plan.  This fall, we’re planning to celebrate the success and impact of the plan with the CSP Celebrate Sustainability event, from October 6 to 16.  Be sure to check future editions of our e-news for more information on the activities, events and info that will shape the celebration, plus details on how you can get involved.

Ambassadors in Profile:  Jeff Couillard
You may best recognize Jeff Couillard for the work he did developing one of the area’s first vehicles to be fueled by waste vegetable oils.  But in addition to his mechanical skills, Jeff is an avid supporter of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan, serving as Co-Chair of Sustainability Partners Uniting Resources (SPUR).  Read more.

Welcome New Sustainability Champions
The number of area businesses and organizations committed to achieving the Vision of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan has climbed to 35.  In recent weeks, Futuriva, Wired West Enterprises Ltd., Archiasmo Architectural Works Limited, Tremar Computer Solutions, Peratos Consulting and Cochrane IGA have signed on as Sustainability Champions.  Welcome!


In Our Community:  Kim Kendall-Knitter Wins Natural Alberta Award
Cochrane resident Kim Kendall-Knitter is an active supporter of the Cochrane Sustainability Plan.  Fortunately for her students, her commitment to sustainability extends to her work as a Grade 4 teacher at Glenbow Elementary School.  Recently, Kim won a Natural Alberta Award for inspiring her students to think about public consultation and environmental protection with her “potatogate’ project.  Read more.  

Recommended Resource: The Empathic Civilisation
An enlightening offering from RSA Animate features a thought-provoking perspective on the importance of empathy and connections.  Based on Jeremy Rifkin’s The Empathic Civilisation, this 10-minute presentation  puts an interesting spin on the connections between individuals, societies and groups – and the great things that can be achieved when people empathize, collaborate and strive toward common goals.

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