Green Living

International Games Need To Focus On Building A Better Future

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.28.2014 | 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?

We Should Let Nature Thrive in Cities

Dan Kraus | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Dan Kraus

Cities rely on nature for their very well-being. Nature in cities reduces energy bills, cleans the air and protects us from floods. There is a growing body of evidence that nature makes us better people and builds better communities.

Promise On Our Warming World

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

Sustainable energy holds promise for a cleaner world and clear promise for economic prosperity. When more governments around the world realize that their economies will flourish in a sustainable energy future, the inevitable conversion to renewable energy will be triggered.

Eight Ways to Have a 'Greener' Workday

Lisa Borden | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Sure, we all work hard, but why are all of those office building lights still on at 3 am? Your cell phone charger that is plugged in (that is warm even when not charging), the wireless printer that is always on (we see the glowing light) and that computer you never shut down are all offenders in the perpetual energy (and bank account) drain. Unplug, people!

How To Save Energy With Your Appliances

Canadian Living | Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living

There's a vampire stalking your home and we're not talking about those mournful, sparkly types from Twilight. This is something far more sinister: Vam...

The Power of Passive Solar and Thermal Mass

David Dodge | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

The Ancient Pueblo peoples got free heating and cooling at the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings in what's now Colorado and they did it without electricity, insulation, natural gas, air conditioning or modern building techniques. Contrast that with modern homes built in Edmonton, Vancouver or Toronto today.

5 Green Things You Can Do Today That Will Make A Difference

Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living

Although any eco-friendly steps you make contribute towards a healthier planet, putting in a little more effort can result in hugely reducing your car...

How to Have a More Fun, More Eco-Friendly Halloween With Your Kids

Lisa Borden | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Halloween produces more boos, eeks, screeches and ding dongs than we should tolerate. In an attempt to make sure our kids don't hate us, and our neighbours, family and friends don't ridicule us, this list provides useful suggestions and inspires others to have a less scary Halloween (since, boycotting the holiday altogether is a little ambitious and un-spirited -- for this year anyway).

That Magical Place Where No One Gets Hurt

Lacey Haynes | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Lacey Haynes

I'm in the forest in my salvaged ragtag bed sheet skirt. A basket filled with foraged mushrooms hangs in the crook of my arm as I walk flanked by ...

10 Reasons You Should Be Drinking Green-Veggie Smoothies

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Although green vegetables offer a wealth of advantages, eating a large amount of them can be difficult. The easiest way is to simply put them all in the blender and drink the resulting concoction at one time. Here are 10 reasons why I have a green veggie shake every day.

15 Ways to Go Green on Back-to-School Supplies

Lisa Borden | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

Gearing up for school (literally and figuratively) can be stressful and expensive. By being smart, a.k.a. "green," you can take away a lot of the running around stress and certainly save plenty of your hard earned dollars and your health, too, now and throughout the year.

Keep Your Beach Trip Non-Toxic

Jen Mayville | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada
Jen Mayville

While beaches are wonderful places to enjoy the sun and sand, they're also fragile eco-systems that need to be protected. One way to do this is by keeping away toxic chemicals that can affect the health of humans and the environment. Here are some tips to keep you safe in the sun, while also keeping you and yours away from any toxic products.

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.

10 Reasons to Drink More Green Smoothies

Charlotte Singmin | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Charlotte Singmin

Whether you drink your kale with a side of spinach and sprouts, or mask the grassy goodness with mango and sweet summer berries, green smoothies are leading the way to optimal health. Here are ten of my favourite reasons to enjoy at least one glorious green smoothie a day.

Eco-Friendly Father's Day Gifts

Jen Mayville | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Jen Mayville

Father's Day is fast approaching. Have you bought your dad a gift yet? Before you buy a boring, typical tie or coffee mug, consider purchasing a gift that will not only have your dad looking and smelling great, but will be good for the planet. Here are some tips to help you buy non-toxic gifts for your dad this year.

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.

50 Simple Things I Do To Reduce

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Lisa Borden

I must admit, I would have never guessed that reducing would have been a hobby of mine, but, once I started, I realized that I was good at it, and it felt good too. I hope that what I've done (so far, because it's a work in progress) inspires you on your own path of living a little bit lighter.

Lawrence Grassi Blazes a Low-Key but Effective Energy Conservation Trail

David Dodge | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Alberta
David Dodge

Lawrence Grassi was a trailblazer. An immigrant from Italy he was a respected mountaineer and guide who built and maintained many of the original trails throughout the mountains around Canmore, Alberta. Short of stature and eschewing alpine guide stereotypes for suspenders and hobnail boots Grassi was one of the key personalities in Canmore's early history. And the school that bears his name, Lawrence Grassi middle school, has blazed a trail much in its namesake's fashion. Nothing too fancy, but a lot of hard work and common sense can go a long way.

What Could I Have Done to Avoid Parkinson's?

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Soania-Mathur

More than 15 years ago, at the start of my medical career and expecting my first child, the neurologist confirmed what the first clinician had suspected -- the tremor I had been experiencing over the preceding year was Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. Genetics seemed to have loaded the gun, but what exactly pulled the trigger?

How A Green Daycare Is Raising Green Kids

Dale Mikkelsen | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dale Mikkelsen

The children born into one of Metro Vancouver's newest communities will live and learn in homes and schools that are at least LEED Gold. Their childcare centre, part of SFU's UniverCity, celebrates its first anniversary this month, and is expected to be certified as Canada's first Living Building - which is to say, the first building with a zero environmental footprint. These are youngsters who will believe, absolutely, that it is possible to live in a sustainable world because they will have spent their whole life in a sustainable community.

Earth Day: Sure I'll Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse... Except For That

Dileen Simms | Posted 06.21.2013 | Canada Living
Dileen Simms

On April 22, Canadians will join others across the globe to celebrate Earth day. We will take part in projects that highlight our particular concerns to improve life on our planet. I'm all about saving the planet, but there is still one eco-friendly thing I can't bring myself to do....

14 Little Things That Are Harming Our Planet

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada Living

You might think you already know how to reduce your carbon footprint: walk or bike instead of driving, limit flights, recycle. And some of the little ...

Green Your Celebrations This Earth Day

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Today, the challenge isn't finding green products, it's detecting greenwashing (companies misleading consumers with green PR but shoddy goods). In preparation for Earth Day on April 22, and with a nod to the Green Living Show held this past weekend in Toronto, we've compiled some of the show's featured products and services.