Green Living

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.

How Do Photovoltaic Cells Actually Work?

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business
Nikki Fotheringham

Solar power is an abundant renewable source that could be the solution to our future energy needs, but just how does a solar array produce the electricity that powers our lives? A "photovoltaic" cell is the basic building block which converts sunlight to electric energy that we can utilize to power our homes and businesses.

How Consumers Can Do Their Part To Protect Our Earth

Gillian Farber | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

With Earth Day quickly approaching, it's time we take a good look at our own lives and what we are doing personally to help make the world a better place for future generations. Here is a list of five eco-friendly gadgets and companies working towards a sustainable, long term, green solution to climate change.

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.

How To Know If Your 'Eco' Skincare Products Are Actually Toxic Free

Candice Batista | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Candice Batista

What was once thought of a fad, is now a bonafide, legit business. In fact, so legit, that it's now become harder and harder to know which eco skincare product is right for you and whether the "natural" and "organic" claims are true. So I am going to break it down for you.

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 02.21.2016 | 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 a co...