Green Living

Alberta's Clean Energy Shift Is A Massive Economic Opportunity

Duncan Kinney | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Alberta
Duncan Kinney

Not only is there an opportunity for a thriving, diversified economy but the positive health effects from phasing out coal also save our provincial government real dollars. Devon is relatively close to several major coal fired electricity generation plants in Alberta. The town could see real health benefits from coal phase out.

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.

Instructions For A DIY Home Energy Audit

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

Electricity bills have been steadily rising with no respite in the foreseeable future. Increasingly, home owners are turning to efficient building envelopes to create homes that utilize less energy. While a professional home energy audit will be more accurate, you can do your own and get a general idea of which issues to tackle first.

10 Stylish Gifts That Give Back

The Huffington Post Canada | Madelyn Chung | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Style

Gifts you'll feel good about giving.

The Planet Is Dying Of Consumption And Only We Can Halt The Process

Doreen Barrie | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Living
Doreen Barrie

If the warming of this planet is to be slowed -- if not halted -- it will not come about by government fiat, nor should it. Governments are reluctant to impose unpopular measures and the corporate sector will resist attempts to curtail our freedom to consume. The impetus must come from citizens.

This Tiny Vancouver Home Is Affordable. But There's A Catch.

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Only $20,000. But read the fine print.

We Are Entering The Sustainable Energy Age

Development Unplugged | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have such a grand, evocative ring, and they include a goal on energy, a huge concern for everyone's future. So what does the goal ask for -- and can we meet it?

How Real People Live In Tiny Homes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living

From a shipping container-turned-home to a tiny trailer, these spaces are seriously small.

10 Last Minute Eco-Chic Stocking Stuffers

The Huffington Post Canada | Charlotte Singmin | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Style

Finish the year off with a nod to being eco-aware.

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.

Renewable Energy Jobs Are On The Rise

Dylan Thompson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Business
Dylan Thompson

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.

Enchanting Tiny House On B.C. Island Can Be Quite The Party Pad

The Huffington Post B.C. | Emily Murray | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"It’s a way for young people to own their own home when they’re 20–something."

A Canadian Climate Change Idea For The World To Follow

Rob Shirkey | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Rob Shirkey

Our greatest obstacle to transitioning to a more sustainable future is the systemic inertia of the status quo. The simple act of pumping gas is a habitual, automatic behaviour that has been normalized for several generations. Complacent, disconnected markets don't drive change. While we may not be actively saying, "Give me oil," we have the perfect downstream environment to perpetuate the status quo.

Small Steps Toward Sustainability Make A Huge Impact

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

I've never considered myself an environmentalist. Sure, I care about the environment, I sort my garbage and turn off the lights as soon as I leave a r...

This October, Let's Stop Pinkwashing Breast Cancer

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Despite the lovely pink ribbon, toxic ingredients are polluting us. Maybe it's just the cynic in me, but I think it should be common sense that we can't shop our way to a cure -- especially by listening to companies who claim to be supporting us and fighting breast cancer, while selling products that can contribute to causing the very disease.

Leap Manifesto Sets Sights on a Green Canada by 2050

Maude Barlow | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Maude Barlow

One could be forgiven for thinking climate change would be at the centre of the election. A decade of gutted environmental laws, unfettered fossil fuel expansion, missed carbon pollution reduction targets and a failure to capture the tangible benefits of shifting to cleaner energy production and use has not only lowered our collective expectations, but put us at the back of the pack globally.

How to Build Better Suburbs

Lisa Jackson | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

Agrihoods can also be potentially profitable, partly by attracting buyers and appreciating property values. Agritopia is not only self-sustaining, but actually generates revenue by selling produce to upscale restaurants and chefs.

5 Ways to Feed Your Inner Locavore This Summer

The Otesha Project | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
The Otesha Project

People are more aware of their environmental impact and conscientious about their meals. The question "what's for dinner?" no longer suffices. Local foodies also want to know where that dinner came from, how it was grown and who did the growing. Here are a few reasons why buying local matters.

Small Towns Beat Big Cities

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

Here, I can still buy a house at an affordable price and my groceries don't require a second mortgage. I'm not sure if there is more to do here or if you just get to hear everything that's going on but there's nothing sleepy about small towns. And sure it takes you 45 minutes to buy a loaf of bread because you have to chat to everyone, and you get embroiled in the minutiae of the lives of others no matter how much you resist the dark side of alluring gossip, but at least you're getting in the game.

Going Off The Grid Doesn't Have To Mean Living In A Wood Shack

Houzz | Mitchell Parker | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living

You never know until you try. That was the attitude of husband-and-wife architects Keith Robertson and Jennifer Corson when they set out to build ...

5 Small Things You Can Do to Make an Impact on Earth Day

Alex Mifflin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Mifflin

We are made aware almost daily of the dire impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. It can be overwhelming, but the good news is that there are simple things we can do in our daily lives that can make a real difference. And Earth Day is the perfect time to consider taking a couple of small steps. I've had the good fortune to travel the world with my brother making documentaries about the environment for more than four years, and here are just a few tips that we've picked up, and you can consider adopting them too.

How to Throw a Sustainable Seder

Lisa Borden | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

We make, serve and share organic food -- and as much locally grown and made as possible -- and we make sure to take everyone around our table into consideration: allergies, lifestyle, beliefs (in our home that means nut-free and plant-based, so thank goodness for quinoa!).

What One Small Prairie Town Did to Reverse its Population Decline

David Dodge | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Impact
David Dodge

About 10 years ago the town of Craik, Saskatchewan was facing a problem common to so many rural centres on the prairie. The town was slowly dying. People were moving away to bigger cities and other provinces and each census confirmed it. That's when the people of Craik hatched a plan.

International Games Need To Focus On Building A Better Future

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Among the incentives to host a major international sporting event is the promise of an enduring legacy of infrastructure for future generations of athletes and citizens to enjoy. It seems that the global athletic events of the future will leave something other than crumbling ruins behind, as short-term sporting venues are built with social development in mind. We can only hope so much for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games. With a total budget of $1.44 billion, the creative opportunities for a sustainable legacy, like the athletes themselves, know no limits.

Is Being Environmentally Friendly a Waste of Time?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

The news is filled with Eco-Armageddon as each new study reveals that the polar ice is melting even faster, polar bears are starving, there are garbage gyres in the ocean, and sunblock is destroying coral reef. Is green living a worthwhile pursuit or are we really just wasting our time?