Canada Green

The Wind Energy Institute Makes A Big Investment

David Dodge | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

There are some who say PEI is tapped out on it's renewable energy, but after speaking to the energy minister, the CEO of the PEI Energy Corporation, Summerside's utility manager and Scott Harper of the institute it seems pretty clear PEI is determined to do more.

How Calgary Is Looking Ahead And Embracing Clean Energy

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Alberta's carbon tax is expected to have a relatively minor impact on middle to lower income folks, but what about a major city that buys $60 million worth of power every year? That's going to cut into some budgets! It turns out there's one municipality that's positioned very well for a carbon tax but its name might surprise you.

The Case For Impending Ecological Doom Is Thin

Mathieu Bédard | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Mathieu Bédard

When it comes to climate change, Bailey doesn't think we're doomed. He does think that the balance of the scientific evidence indicates that man-made global warming likely poses a significant problem for humanity, but he believes that human ingenuity can most likely solve that problem well before the end of the century.

Dear Premier Notley: Alberta Workers Need Jobs Not Pipelines

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
Mike Hudema

Raising the minimum wage, diversifying Alberta's economy and supporting working people have my full support, but I'm sorry Premier Notley, I just can't get behind you on pipelines. New pipelines aren't good for the environment, they aren't good for the climate, and I'm sorry, but they aren't good for working people or good governance, either.

How Men Can Get The Perfect Shave

Candice Batista | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Style
Candice Batista

A man's skin is very different from a woman's, in most cases it's oiler, the pores are larger and it's more sensitive due to the daily shaving routine, I've rounded up my top tips (with product recommendations) for the perfect shave.

Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything But

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." And she says no decision has been made yet. It is widely reported that she is touring the country to hear Canadians on the TPP. But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.

Green Beauty vs. Eco-Chic: How To Navigate Through 'Green' Terms

The Huffington Post Canada | Charlotte Singmin | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Style

In the interest of bettering ourselves and bettering this beautiful planet that we all call home, we’ve come up with relatable explanations for some of the more popular terms you might be hearing as of late.

Investing In Energy Efficiency Can Jump-Start Alberta's Economy

David Dodge | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

If Alberta invested $34 per capita, the average of other provinces, Alberta would generate $510 million in energy savings and 3,000 jobs while reducing emissions and making Alberta more competitive.

Paper Weight Keeps Canadian Companies From Being Competitive

Al Varney | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Al Varney

Even though it's become vastly more efficient and effective to digitize work processes over the past few years, they're still stuck in the past, printing off reams of documents. It's unnecessary paper use that wastes resources, undermines productivity, bogs down workflow and prevents companies from realizing competitive advantages derived from becoming digital enterprises.

St. Patrick Actually Wore Blue, And Other Facts History Got Wrong

Leah Morrigan | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

When you think of St. Patrick, the man who brought Christianity to Ireland, what do you see? A man with a white beard in green clerical robes, wearing a mitre, carrying a crook? This is the commonly recognized version of the saint but it turns out that much of his costume has been appropriated from different time periods and is not necessarily true to the period in which St. Patrick lived.

Go Green This St. Patrick's Day With Eco-Friendly Smart Home Gadgets

YPNextHome | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Living
YPNextHome

With our favourite Irish holiday just around the corner, it's only fitting to show how you can make your home green, too. And we don't just mean decorating the space in shamrocks, but instead by incorporating these eco-friendly devices.

The Sustainable Benefits Of Building A Carbon Neutral Laneway Home

David Dodge | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Business
David Dodge

A carbon neutral home and net-zero home are similar in that both produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. The difference is a net-zero home produces its own energy right on the home, whereas a carbon neutral home can produce its energy elsewhere in the community.

Can This Radically Sustainable Home Survive A Cold, Canadian Winter?

David Dodge | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

An earthship is an off-grid home that produces its own energy, captures its own water, treats its own wastewater, grows its own food and passively collects the sun's energy for heat. That's the idea, anyways. But ever since the Kinney Earthship was built in the summer of 2014, Duncan Kinney has received many emails about one particular subject: how does it hold up so far north?

Insulation 101: One Builder's Secret Blueprint For A Net-Zero Home

David Dodge | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
David Dodge

The era of net-zero homes is upon us. These super-efficient homes use rooftop solar energy production and smaller, electric powered heating systems such as air source heat pumps to produce as much energy as they consume. That's some sexy technology, but it only gets us halfway to net-zero. The real secret is insulation.

2015 Was A Breakthrough Year For Green Energy

David Dodge | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Dodge

Renewable energy is transitioning from a few keen farmers and municipalities to provincial and perhaps even national scale initiatives. This is good news for climate change and emissions reductions, but it also represents investment in new jobs and industries with plenty of future potential.

Vitoria-Gasteiz: Spain's Green Capital Is Made For Walking

Dylan Thompson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Dylan Thompson

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.

A Holiday Guide To Giving Greener Gifts

Jillian Doucette | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Living
Jillian Doucette

The holidays are a notoriously wasteful time of year with an estimated 300,000 additional tonnes of garbage created by Canadians between mid November and New Years' Day. With an excess of gift wrap, consumer packaging, and food waste, that's not hard to believe. Here are five ways you can give the gift of green this holiday season.

These Green Homes Look A Lot Like Hobbit Homes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living

They look perfectly suited to host a second breakfast.

Sorry Harper, the Canada-EU Trade Agreement Is Still Not a Done Deal

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

A year ago -- Sept. 26 to be exact -- Prime Minister Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The flights alone cost $300,000.

The Dalai Lama Sounds the Alarms for Sustainability

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada
Natalie Pace

A peacemaker for the ages walks among us. Whether he is blessing world leaders who are notorious for war, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, or speaking...

Why Wood Waste to Energy Is a No-Brainer

David Dodge | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada
David Dodge

Wood is certainly not a new fuel. We've been using it since the invention of fire to keep warm, but can it be a big part of our electricity mix in our modern age? Biomass provides green baseload power -- an important consideration for grid operators who want to integrate more renewable energy by balancing the intermittent nature of solar and wind.

Where Agriculture and Climate Change Meet

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada
Corinna Clendenen

How will we grow our food for the rest of the century? Faced with a changing climate, this is a daunting question for farmers. Increasingly extreme we...

B.C. Couple Builds Dream Green Home With Their Own Hands

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

When most people say they're building their own home, they mean they've hired an architect and a contractor and are overseeing the production. But ...

Build Great and Build Green in Alberta

Brad Lamb | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Brad Lamb

If you look at Calgary and Edmonton, their skylines full of construction cranes, developers must do more than 'aim for height'. As the old adage goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day". Developers must be creative and work closely with architects to foster the development of robust communities that reflect cohesive design, and feature functional buildings that people want to live in.

How We Built Our Own Earthship

David Dodge | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada
David Dodge

This article was written by Green Energy Futures editor and production manager, Duncan Kinney. When you tell people you're building an Earthship there...