Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk is a conference core value with respect to reducing our environmental footprint, embracing diversity and community, while remaining inclusive and accessible. We welcome feedback when we are doing well and embrace suggestions for what we can do better. We are committed to the following initiatives and incorporating them into the planning of this conference.

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  • Local and sustainable food with no disposable eating ware
  • Zero Waste: We pledge to do so as a conference and will ask participants to make a commitment as well. We plan to rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle. The Annapolis Valley has one of the best waste management systems in Canada and Divert Nova Scotia is on board to help us along the way. There will be no swag. We will post presenter hand outs with permission and ask that they not use printed hand outs.
  • Energy Tracking and Carbon Emissions: We will be tracking energy use on campus and are actively working to develop a carbon off setting program as a part of this Group and shared transportation options will readily be available when necessary.

Embracing Diversity

  • Simultaneous French translation of keynotes & French website
  • Workshops in English and French with shoulder to shoulder translation
  • Mi’kmaw partnership youth program
  • Embracing Mi’kmaw, Acadian, Celtic and African Nova Scotian traditions

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  • Selecting venues that promote interaction
  • Building free time and open space into the schedule while offering networking strategies
  • Encouraging participants to lodge on campus
  • Emphasizing engagement and hands-on experience in workshop offerings
  • Emphazing intergenerational learning with a youth stream and children and family programming

Providing Accessibility

  • Fundraising efforts to lower costs and providing scholarships
  • Acadia is providing affordable and comfortable accommodations
  • The main conference venues are accessible although a couple of auxillary buildings are not