Canada Green

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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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...

Harper's Out of Step With the Rest of the World on Climate Change

Kevin Grandia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Stephen Harper recently announced that dealing with climate change will not come at the expense of crippling the economy, and said that he encourages other countries to do the same. He claimed he was just being honest and that no leader really wants to take action on climate change, but based on recent actions by China, United Kingdom and the United States, this doesn't seem to be the truth.

Give Mom Some Eco Friendly Skincare This Mother's Day

Candice Batista | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Candice Batista

The average woman applies about 12 personal care products each and everyday and in some cases that means she's applying about 168 toxic chemicals. This year for Mother's Day, why not give the gift of natural skincare? All of the items featured are tried and tested and are simply fabulous.

Do You Know These Skin-Boosting Weapons Hidden In Your Kitchen?

Candice Batista | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Candice Batista

Eat sage everyday, it improves digestion and breaks down fatty deposits that cause cellulite. Enjoy a cup of coffee, but keep the left over grounds. They are a great natural cellulite treatment. Simply rub them on the problem area, rinse and apply your moisturizer.

Metro Vancouver Wants You To Pay For Burning Recycling

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

The Metro Vancouver regional authority wants to build a massive garbage incinerator at a yet-to-be-determined location that will purposefully pump more smog into the air and burn recycled goods like paper and plastic. And get this, taxpayers are going to have to foot the $470-million bill to breathe it all it all in.

Food Packaging Trends That Tread More Lightly on the Planet

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Ian Lifshitz

As environmentally conscious consumers increasingly demand more sustainable packaging, we are seeing significant innovation in food industry packaging. With that, we see five emerging trends that we expect to continue and grow in coming years.

When It Comes to the Environment, We're All Hypocrites

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

We live in a society where it is impossible to live a functional lifestyle and not consume products made from petro-chemicals every single day. As such, the notion that environmentalists -- such as Neil Young for example -- have no right to criticize oil sands developments, pipelines or fracking because they "choose" to heat their homes and drive cars is downright nonsensical.

We Can Disagree Mr. Harper and That's Okay

Kevin Grandia | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to figure out that not everyone is going to agree with him and his government's policies -- and that's okay. Rock legend Neil Young is making his way across Canada this week on a high-profile concert series in support of First Nations who oppose further expansion of oil sands extraction into their lands. Harper, through his spokesperson, responded to Young's concerns with empty talking points, reiterating that the natural resource sector remains a "fundamental part of our country's economy."Okay. Thanks Captain Obvious. Why is it so hard for the Prime Minister to speak with people who disagree with him?

How Climate Change Could Affect Your Pension

Kevin Grandia | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

Is your pension fund or insurance company a leader or laggard when it comes to avoiding risky bets on the future impacts of climate change? A new survey finds that major Canadian institutional investors are not adequately taking into account the long term financial risks of climate impacts.

Join the Cheap Solar Revolution

David Dodge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
David Dodge

Soon, it won't make sense to not have solar on your house, on your office or on any spare building that faces South. It's simple math. The cost of electricity is going up while the cost of solar is going down. Way down. Thirty-five years ago a watt of solar photovoltaic power cost $75. Now it costs $0.75.

Will Harper Take a Big Climate Change Opportunity?

Kevin Grandia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

With talks starting this week in Warsaw Harper and his new environment minister, Leona Aglukaqq, have an opportunity to redeem themselves. It would be good for our international reputation to do so, not to mention my children's children who, as it stands today, face a pretty bleak future

Canada's Democracy Is Not For Sale

Mike Schreiner | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Citizens vote, not corporations or unions. Yet, if you look at who funds Ontario's three old-line parties at Queen's Park, you might think otherwise. Canadian democracy week is the perfect time to tell politicians at Queen's Park that our democracy should not go to the highest bidder. We need a ban on corporate and union donations to political parties.

Has Your Child Seen This Propaganda Film in School?

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Kenneth P. Green

Recently, a concerned parent pointed me to a film being shown to his child's sixth grade class, called The Story of Stuff. The movie, created in 2007, depicts a world in which big corporations, in cahoots with big government, pretty much destroy the entire planet and maliciously poison the environment for their own filthy ends. This is merely one example of how The Story of Stuff misleads.

Oil Sands: 4,000 Environmental Infractions, 40 Punishments

Kevin Grandia | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Business
Kevin Grandia

A new report out today finds that environmental infractions by companies in the Alberta oil sands are addressed with an enforcement action far less often than similar infractions reported to the United State's Environmental Protection Agency. Of the more than 4,000 infractions reported in the oil sands, less than 1 per cent (.09 to be exact) were addressed.

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.