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David Dodge

Producer/Host, Green Energy Futures.ca

David is the host and producer of GreenEnergyFutures.ca, a multi media project that tells the stories of Canadians engaged with green energy solutions in their homes, businesses and communities.
David is the former communications director of the Pembina Institute, he produced the EcoFile radio series for CKUA, was editor of Borealis magazine, the Alberta executive director of CPAWS and the production manager of Lone Pine Publishing. In his spare time David has coached soccer and basketball and has served as the president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.
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How Vancouver Plans To Go 100 Per Cent Renewable

As we increasingly become a nation of urban citizens, it is cities that are leading the way on climate change and renewable energy. So when a city says it's going to go 100 per cent renewable, that definitely got our attention. Vancouver's commitment came in March 2015, and they're not wasting time to put it in place.
01/05/2016 11:45 EST
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Vitoria-Gasteiz: Spain's Green Capital Is Made For Walking

Vitoria Gasteiz is a very compact city of 250,000 people and because of its geographical density you are never more than three kilometres from downtown, no matter where you live. But in spite of its compact form, Vitoria-Gasteiz used to have a twelve-lane roadway that ran right through its heart. Then planners did something other cities only talk about.
12/17/2015 01:17 EST
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Renewable Energy Jobs Are On The Rise

By any metric, the renewable energy sector is a growth industry. By the end of 2014 there were 7.7 million jobs in the renewable energy industry world wide, up 18 per cent over the year before. This according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. And that doesn't include large hydro.
12/07/2015 05:09 EST
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Investing In Solar Power Pays Off For Communities

While the leaders of the world meet in Paris and craft sweeping policy that affects the entire planet, let's remember that the most important changes usually happen close to home. I've seen the positive things solar and energy efficiency can do for communities. So when we started a big infrastructure refurbishment project at Evansdale Community League, I knew exactly what to push for.
12/01/2015 11:46 EST
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Alberta Can Learn From Washington State's Coal Phase Out

Asking companies to shut down plants isn't easy but as Alberta wades into this challenge it behooves us to examine successful case studies where coal power producers, workers, governments and environmental groups worked together to shut down a coal plant in a smart, humane and economically responsible way.
11/24/2015 05:47 EST
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The Story of Tillsonburg Exemplifies Ontario's Green Energy Act

A small town of 16,000 people in southwestern Ontario, Tillsonburg's history is famously celebrated in Stomping Tom Connor's distinctive drawl when he sung about making seven dollars a day in the tobacco fields. But in 2009 the Green Energy Act spurred on the development of renewable energy with guaranteed rates for renewable energy producers.
07/16/2015 08:27 EDT
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Calgary's Wind Powered LRT Is an Incredibly Successful System

The CTrain in Calgary is one of the greatest examples of electrified transport in Canada. It is overwhelmingly popular with resident. It has kick started smarter, denser development around its stations. And best of all it and the City of Calgary's operations are 100 per cent powered by renewable energy.
07/06/2015 05:33 EDT
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Five Mini Net-Zero Communities Spring Up Across Canada

The race to build net-zero homes across Canada is on. Natural Resources Canada has a program that's helping five builders build five net-zero homes each to support a rapid evolution to affordable net-zero homes. And the prize is one everyone can appreciate: a home that produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. A net-zero home is not a passive consumer in the energy system -- it is a clean and green participant.
06/29/2015 04:23 EDT
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How Ontario Is Leading Energy Storage in Canada

There are not many entrepreneurs who can command a room like Elon Musk. When he stepped onto a stage in May to unveil the Powerwall the audience oohed and ahhed and dutifully pre-ordered more than 38,000 of Tesla's new home battery systems.
06/22/2015 05:35 EDT
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This Man Built a Solar-powered Shipping Container Cabin

Whether you call it a cottage or a cabin, Jason Rioux's summer home built partly out of shipping containers near Bobcaygeon, Ont. is pretty cool. With its rustic décor and innovative off-grid approach this solar-powered getaway is an interesting take on shipping container architecture.
06/15/2015 05:56 EDT
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Ontario: Canada's Energy Transition Success Story

When you look at Ontario's greenhouse gas reductions you can pin it to one thing: Shutting down coal-fired power plants and transitioning to renewables and lower carbon electricity generation. And while a lot of governments and politicians have talked the talk on greenhouse gas reductions Ontario has actually walked the walk.
06/09/2015 08:39 EDT
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The Hidden Costs of the Neighbourhood You Choose

When you buy a house the first thing your eye goes to is the sticker price. But buying a home comes with a major hidden cost that doesn't show up in the MLS report: Transportation costs could more than eat up the savings of a lower-priced home in the suburbs. The concept is called location efficiency and it's the amount of time, energy and greenhouse gas emissions you spend getting from where you live to the workplace as well as your other frequent trips. And location efficiency may be the secret sauce to saving money and getting that house in the neighborhood you never thought you could afford.
05/25/2015 05:32 EDT

Geothermal 201: Hitting the Sweet Spot

Geothermal, also called geoexchange, has one big weakness: high upfront cost. And while our first episode concentrated on residential systems, this time we've found a more appropriate sweet spot for these systems -- commercial buildings.
05/05/2015 03:48 EDT
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Saving Energy Is a Much More Profitable Business Than You Think

Energy consultants have been helping companies reduce operator error, identifying energy wasting systems and proposing energy efficient retrofits for a while now. But what is new is the next generation of energy efficiency companies who are using super smart meters and big data to identify, measure and wrestle energy sucking systems to submission.
04/27/2015 05:54 EDT