Canada Green

What Is Bullfrog Power All About, Anyway?

David Dodge | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

A question we've run into from time to time is a simple one -- is Bullfrog Power for real? Their grassroots ubiquity in the renewable energy movement meant that people were familiar with the brand, but maybe not as familiar with their business model.

Building a Better Wood Stove: What a Rocket Can Do

David Dodge | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The rocket mass heater will challenge your traditional pre-conception of a wood-burning stove. The wood is fed in vertically and the fire is contained. It's a hyper-efficient wood-burning stove that burns the biomass internally and at higher temperatures than a typical stove.

Is Obama's Faith in Carbon Capture a Technicolor Dream?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

President Obama's climate action announcement yesterday relies heavily on carbon capture and storage technology eventually paying off as a commerc...

[Infographic] Keystone XL Pipeline Means Less Jobs Than They Say

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

Keystone is an "export pipeline" that will take tar sands oil from Alberta and pump it down to a tax-free zone in Texas and out to foreign markets. In other words, the EU, China and Latin America get the oil, the foreign-owned oil companies get the cash and North Americans get a few jobs and oil spills!

Net-Zero Homes Are Getting Simpler and Cheaper

David Dodge | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When it comes to net-zero homes it too is an idea that seems more science fiction than anything, especially in the cold climes of Edmonton, Alberta. A home that produces as much energy as it consumes -- well that's just crazy.

10 Reasons Canada's Tar Sands Suck

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Pardon my french, but Canada's tar sands suck. As a Canadian it blows my mind that we can have the second largest deposits of oil in the world, but our government remains billions in debt and one in seven Canadian children live in poverty. Here are ten reasons Canada's tar sands suck.

The Next Big Thing in Green Power: Community Ownership

Ron Seftel | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada
Ron Seftel

Any socially transformative movement gets to a point where it needs to be fully embraced by the people it impacts. The green power movement within Canada is at just such a point. The past decade has seen an increase in the number of options available to Canadians to support renewable energy -- often associated with a premium cost to the consumer.

Biohackers Are Kickstarting Some Unregulated Experiments

L. Jim Thomas | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Business
L. Jim Thomas

Three biohackers from California have hijacked the Kickstarter machinery -- they have made Kickstarter the conduit for a nationwide release of untested, unregulated and unmonitored bioengineered organisms.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and the Fourth R

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

Many of us grew up in a time when we finished with a piece of paper, crumpled it up and tossed it into a waste paper basket. Then recycling bins came along. And with it a message of reduce, reuse and recycle. Flash forward to 2013. It's time to revisit the three Rs and add a fourth -- renewable.

Going Green for Earth Day 2013

Kendra Hagerman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Style
Kendra Hagerman

The colour green represents fertility, life, and hope, and what better way to embrace this colour than on Earth Day? Whether you participate in it by recycling your cosmetics packaging, using a reusable cup, or choosing eco-friendly products, now is the time to go green.

Everything You Need To Know About The Green Living Show

CP | Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - With an expanding slate of eco-friendly products coming to market, companies are rising to meet the growing demand among consumers keen on g...

The Effects of Canada's Climate Change Ambivalence

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Every UN nation -- 194 countries and the European Union -- is currently part to this agreement. Canada is setting a shocking precedent of climate ambivalence at a time when strong leadership is what is needed the most. All of us live in a world governed by a climate whose energy is becoming more dynamic and expressive by the year.

How Your Thermostat Can Save Energy and Money

David Dodge | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

While programmable thermostats have been around for quite awhile, the product category has seen a lot of upheaval and innovation in the past few years. Internet connectivity and mobile apps meant people could turn down the heat from across town and keep reliable data on their heating habits.

UBC Is Heating Up and Getting Green

David Dodge | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The creaking, turn of the century steam pipes at the University of British Columbia are transforming into a modern, modular low-carbon Lego style hot water system. The new hot water style heating system at UBC can now integrate renewable energy systems like biomass, geoexchange, solar thermal and waste heat into this natural gas system all because the barrier for entry is lower.

Does Canada's Ambassador Know Canada Buys $780 Million in Crude Oil from Hugo Chavez Every Year?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

Recently, Gary Doer, Canada's Ambassador to the United States, made headlines when he stated that: "If you ask the question: Do you want your...

Farming for Biogas: Closing the Loop on Cow Poop

David Dodge | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

French fry oil, molasses, donuts and cow manure. No, it's not the grossest Tim Horton's ever, it's called biogas and Canadian farmers are starting to wrap their heads around this farm diversification idea.

Speaking With the Founders of Idle No More

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Sarah van Gelder

The four founders of Idle No More didn't start out famous. Until flash-mob round dances, prayer circles, and blockades spread across Canada, few people knew Jessica Gordon, Sylvia McAdam, Sheelah McLean, and Nina Wilson. But today, Idle No More is emerging as a powerful movement for the rights of native peoples to protect the lands and waters.

Is This the Greenest Building in Canada?

David Dodge | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
David Dodge

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, or CIRS, building on the University of British Columbia campus is a building that nearly lives and breathes. Determining what the greenest building in Canada is a bit of a fool's errand. But if green is a journey to architecture that regenerates and repairs the environment around it then the CIRS building is something to aspire to.

My Sustainable Dream Vacation

Meghan Telpner | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Travel
Meghan Telpner

Sustainable vacationing is about choosing a way to have a holiday that will fully support the local community, the environment and the health of both the staff and the guests. These are things we rarely think about when we book that all inclusive package to lay at the beach for a week sipping on daiquiris.

How Sewage Is Heating Vancouver Homes

David Dodge | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
David Dodge

This sewage heat recovery system in Vancouver is the first in North America, with the other systems in Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan. It goes deep underground and it feels a bit like an ultra-modern cave troll lair from the future. The process has a couple of steps.

What Non-Indigenous People Can Learn From Chiefs' Anti-Oil Sands Efforts

Ben West | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

I feel strongly that as non-indigenous people living here in what we now call North America that we all have a lot to learn from those that were here long before we were. Working together, we need to find ways to heal from the history of colonialism and find new ways to work together to make healthy alternatives to dangerous tar sands oil, a reality. There are very real energy, housing and transportation solutions already readily available.

How Would Wolves Manage The Human Population?

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

"Perhaps the most important part of our "Draft Management Plan For Humans In British Columbia" is to minimize the threat to wolf safety caused by humans. Whereas wolves pose a very limited threat to humans, the opposite is certainly not true. For instance, the B.C. government says that approximately 1,200 of us wolves were killed deliberately in 2010 by hunters and trappers for sport, trophy or profit."

25 Ways To Be Green In 2013

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Yummy Mummy Club

The New Year is here and this is the time that many of us decide to make positive changes in our lives. No matter what shade of green you may be, the following list will hopefully give you some inspiration on how to make some eco-friendly changes for both your family and the environment.

B.C. Wolf Management Draft Scapegoats Carnivores

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Despite rhetoric about conservation, the main thrust of B.C.'s wolf management plan is clearly killing predators with the goal of reducing predator impacts on huntable species like moose, elk and deer, plus contributing to a presumed reduction in livestock conflicts on public lands. Any rational review of the impact of wolves on B.C.'s hunting opportunities, as well as livestock industry, would demonstrate that there is no "problem" in need of solving. Rationality, however, long ago ceased to be the currency of wildlife management policy in B.C.

Beautiful Packaging Shouldn't Be Ugly for the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Business
Ian Lifshitz

Since going green no longer means having to forfeit beautiful packaging to sell a product in a way that is consistent with any brand's image, there is simply no longer any excuse for offering products in unsustainable packaging. In the new age of green packaging, sustainability and brand promise can now go hand in hand and beautiful packaging doesn't have to be ugly for the environment.